Wednesday, May 27, 2015

MPOWERD Delivers Over 2,000 Solar Lights to Victims of Nepal Earthquake

NEW YORK, NY--(eSolarEnergyNews)--MPOWERD, Inc., the maker of Luci inflatable solar lights, announced today that they have delivered over 2,000 lights to victims of the deadly Nepal earthquake.

Following the disaster, MPOWERD, a Certified B Corp, immediately mobilized a large-scale donation of 1,200 lights and began offering special discounted pricing to individuals, groups and charities distributing the lights in Nepal.

"We think when disasters occur there is a shared global responsibility to mobilize resources as quickly as possible," says John Salzinger, Co-founder and Chief Business Development Officer of MPOWERD. "But then the key is to continue to help once the news cycle moves on. In keeping with our sustainable business model, we're affordably providing lights to organizations already set up to assist the affected populations."

Nepal's 7.8-magnitude earthquake killed over 8,000 people and crippled much of Nepal's already weak infrastructure, including the electric grid. Millions have been displaced from their homes and left without shelter, food and access to reliable electricity.

Luci lights are a safe and sustainable alternative to harmful kerosene lamps often used in energy challenged countries and communities recovering from disaster. Luci lights are now available in over 80 countries as well as in 700 retailers in the US, where the company leverages high volume retail sales to lower costs and sell affordably into developing markets.

To efficiently deliver and distribute the lights on the ground in Nepal, MPOWERD collaborated with organizations Byond Disaster Relief, Rotary International (Taiwan), Global Peace Foundation, and Sam Johnson Volunteer Student Army.

Green Power EMC Continues To Grow Georgia's Solar Energy Supply

HAZLEHURST, GA --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- Green Power EMC, the renewable energy supplier for 38 Georgia Electric Membership Corporations (EMCs), has reached a new agreement to purchase the full output of a new 52 megawatt (MWAC) solar array planned for construction in southeast Georgia.

This is the second such agreement that Green Power EMC has executed with owner-operator Silicon Ranch Corporation. The two parties are currently developing a 20 MWAC solar array that will begin producing electricity in the fall of 2015. Both projects, totaling over 72 MWAC of capacity, are located near Hazlehurst, Ga. in Jeff Davis County.

Collectively, the Hazlehurst projects are set to be one of the largest solar generating facilities in Georgia and will propel Jeff Davis County into position as one of the top solar communities in the United States.

Jeff Pratt, president of Green Power EMC, said the additional site in Hazlehurst serves as yet another signal of the company's commitment to add more solar energy to its portfolio. Pratt said the two Silicon Ranch sites at Hazlehurst combined will more than triple the total renewable capacity of Green Power EMC – from the current 32 MW to about 104 MW.

"This phase represents our second major solar power addition in less than a year, and we are excited about the considerable benefits it will bring to the state of Georgia," Pratt said.  "Georgia is the fastest-growing solar state in the country, and we are proud to work with Silicon Ranch to strengthen that position."

According to Pratt, the 52 MW array will occupy approximately 600 acres, will include technology that allows the panels to track the sun from east to west, and will produce enough electricity to serve approximately 8,500 EMC households. Once completed, the 52 MW array will generate more than 134 million kilowatt hours of clean, renewable electricity annually. That amount of clean energy offsets 92,500 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to the annual emissions from burning 10,400,000 gallons of gasoline, or put another way, the emissions from more than 19,500 passenger cars.

Under the agreement Silicon Ranch will own and operate the solar array, and Green Power EMC will purchase all the energy and environmental attributes it produces at cost-competitive rates over a 30-year period.  Construction on the 52 MW array is scheduled to begin in late 2015, and the facility will be ready to produce electricity in the fall of 2016.

Silicon Ranch Corporation is a top 15 solar owner-operator in the U.S. and provides customized solar solutions based on the needs of its customers.  Silicon Ranch has been instrumental in assisting many of its customers accomplish numerous firsts in their marketplaces.  Silicon Ranch currently owns and operates Georgia's largest solar facility in Social Circle, GA. The project announced today, however, will be almost twice as large.

Matt Kisber, president of Silicon Ranch Corporation, said, "We are honored to continue our important partnership with Green Power EMC and their members to help them fulfill their long-term goal of incorporating solar into their renewable power portfolio.  The leadership and membership of Green Power EMC deserve tremendous credit for their vision and commitment to provide competitively priced, renewable power to their membership and to the state of Georgia."

Kyocera, Gaia Power, Kyudenko and Century Tokyo Leasing Announce Construction of 92MW Solar Power Plant in Japan

KYOTO, JAPAN--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Kyocera, K.K. Gaia Power, Kyudenko, and Century Tokyo Leasing announced that the companies have made a joint investment in Kanoya Osaki Solar Hills LLC, a solar power operating company, to construct and operate a 92-megawatt (MW) solar power plant. Planned for construction on a site stretching across Kanoya City and Osaki Town in Kagoshima Prefecture, the project will become one of the largest solar installations in Japan.

Project planning began in January 2014, as the local community expressed interest in effectively using the project site, which had been designated for a golf course more than 30 years ago but subsequently abandoned. Covering a total of approximately 2,000,000m2 (approx. 494 acres), the site will accommodate 340,740 Kyocera solar modules, and is expected to generate roughly 99,230MWh annually — enough electricity to power approximately 30,500*1 typical households, offsetting roughly 35,730 tons of CO2 emissions per year*2.

Under the agreement, Kanoya Osaki Solar Hills LLC will operate the site, and a joint venture established by Kyudenko and Gaia Power will undertake the design, construction and maintenance of the solar installation. Kyocera will supply its high-efficiency solar modules, and Century Tokyo Leasing will arrange financing. Approximately 35 billion yen (approx. USD290 million) in investment is planned for the project, with a goal to start construction in the second half of FY2016 (October 2015 to March 2016) and begin operations in FY2018 (April 2017 to March 2018).

The land development application for the project was submitted in April 2015, along with a year-long environmental impact assessment which has been completed. The massive installation will contribute to the local community through job creation and increase of tax revenues in Kanoya City and Osaki Town. The companies are cooperating with Kagoshima Prefecture, Kanoya City and Osaki Town to ensure environmentally friendly construction methods, and remain committed to promoting renewable energy as well as contributing to environmental protection and the creation of a sustainable society.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

SPI Announces Agreement with K.K. Uniroot to Jointly Develop Over 500 MW of Solar PV Projects in Japan

SHANGHAI, CHINA --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- Solar Power today announced that SPI and its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPI Solar Japan G.K. have entered into a strategic partnership agreement with K.K. Uniroot ("Uniroot"), a diversified Osaka-based corporation with significant solar PV project development interests, to jointly develop a pipeline of more than 500 megawatts (MW) of solar PV power plant projects in Japan.

Under the terms of the agreement, SPI will assume primary responsibility for certain functions including project funding, construction and equipment procurement, with Uniroot bearing primary responsibility for other matters including land purchase and lease, securing necessary permits, and obtaining power purchase agreements with local utilities, among others. SPI and Uniroot will establish a joint venture in Japan, in which SPI will hold no less than 51% equity interest, for the development of the Solar PV power plant projects.

"We are delighted to announce this partnership agreement with Uniroot to jointly develop solar PV power plants in Japan, one of SPI's core markets globally," said Xiaofeng Peng, Chairman of SPI. "Combining SPI's leading expertise in developing world-class PV power plants with Uniroot's deep local connections and experience in the Japanese solar market, we are confident that this a win-win partnership which will create significant value for both parties in the years ahead."

sPower Breaks Ground on Sierra Solar Facility, 22.5MW in Los Angeles County

SALT LAKE CITY, UT --(eSolarEnergyNews)--sPower, a leading renewable energy provider, today announced that it has broken ground on a 22.5MW solar project in Lancaster, Calif. The Sierra Solar project is sPower’s first in Los Angeles County.

”sPower is pleased to help Los Angeles County meet its goal to become a leader in renewable energy in a cost-effective and environmentally-responsible manner,” said Ryan Creamer, sPower’s CEO. “The Sierra Solar approval process required significant time and effort from everyone involved. We appreciate LA County’s collaboration and expect to build on this first success going forward.”

The EPC contract was awarded to Rosendin Electric, which will install more than 250,000 First Solar photovoltaic modules in a fixed ground mount array. The project is expected to begin commercial operation in September 2015.

When fully operational, the Sierra Solar facility will generate enough clean, renewable energy for more than 2,500 homes and is projected to reduce carbon emissions by an estimated 28,000 metric tons annually – the equivalent of CO2 emissions from 65,000 barrels of oil consumed each year1. The project has a 20-year PPA with Southern California Edison (SCE).