Wednesday, March 25, 2015

JinkoSolar to Supply 104 MW of PV Solar Modules for Utah Red Hills Renewable Park Project

SHANGHAI, CHINA--(eSolarEnergyNews)-- JinkoSolar, a global leader in the solar PV industry, today announced that it will supply 104 MW dc of PV solar panels for the Utah Red Hills Renewable Park project.

JinkoSolar will deliver over 340,000 of its utility-scale, high-efficiency polycrystalline 72-cell panels to the Utah Red Hills Renewable Park though a contract with Swinerton Renewable Energy. Scatec Solar, the project's developer and a long-term owner, hired Swinerton Renewable Energy to construct the plant and procure the appropriate technologies.

The Utah Red Hills Renewable Park, set to be built on a site with excellent solar irradiation, will generate around 210 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per year, which will be fed into the grid under a twenty-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with PacifiCorp's Rocky Mountain Power, according to the utility's obligation under the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act. Based on EPA estimates, it will power approximately 18,500 homes and prevent nearly 145 thousand tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

"We are thrilled to be a part of this large project," said Nigel Cockroft, General Manager of JinkoSolar (U.S.) Inc. "The Red Hills project is a true testament of the positive progression in the sustainable energy industry, which JinkoSolar is proud to support."

"Swinerton is excited to continue our successful partnership with JinkoSolar--an innovative leader in the Solar Industry--and to bring jobs and years of clean power to the Parowan residents. Utah Red Hills Renewable Park is a great project for the city of Parowan and we couldn't be more eager to work with this team," commented Mr. George Hershman, Vice President and Division Manager of Swinerton Renewable Energy.

"Scatec Solar is proud to bring on experienced partners and proven technologies to build a project that will deliver clean and reliable energy to the residents of Utah," said Mr. Luigi Resta, Managing Director of Scatec Solar North America. "Our team on the ground is excited to be building the first utility-scale PV project in a state with such incredible solar potential."

SunLink Completes Acquisition of Flagship Single-Axis Solar Tracker Solution

SAN RAFAEL, CA--(eSolarEnergyNews)--SunLink Corporation continues to solidify its leadership position in the commercial and utility solar market by finalizing the acquisition of the SunLink ViaSol Tracker — proven on such high profile, multi-megawatt projects as Arizona State University and USAA’s Phoenix Campus sites, as well as a Southern California community solar project for NRG Energy. Applying SunLink’s engineering expertise to the tracker market for the first time, the SunLink ViaSol Tracker features installation and O&M benefits through the utilization of industry standard, off-the-shelf components and a streamlined design.

“As the leader in ground-mount solutions, SunLink is the perfect company to enhance and scale this proven single-axis tracker technology,” said Michael Maulick, CEO of SunLink. “We’ve been watching this segment with keen interest for quite some time, and now thanks to significant gains in module efficiencies, the economics of trackers have finally gotten to the point where an investment made sense for our company and for our customers. Lowered project costs, coupled with the current ground-mount market boom, motivated our move to command the tracker space with a reliable and extremely price-competitive solution for our partners.”

According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) in the U.S. Solar Market Insight 2014 Year in Review, 8.1 GW of PV is forecasted to be installed in 2015. Of that total, approximately 5 GW is likely to be utility-scale and commercial ground-mount projects. Now offering a full range of trusted fixed tilt and tracker ground-mount solutions, SunLink is better able to support customers that are tapping into this market potential, especially the more than 65 percent of ground-mount projects being built with tracker technology today.

SunLink’s ViaSol single-axis tracker features a robust central drive that delivers 25+ year durability, lower hardware costs and higher reliability while requiring significantly less maintenance than distributed driven products. Using drive components that have been proven over decades in the heavy equipment industry, each power unit drives up to 1 MW of solar modules. The product offers market-leading pricing in both the utility sector and the commercial space – particularly for commercial projects of 1 to 5 MW.

PG&E Leads U.S. as Largest Solar Utility with More than 150,000 Solar Customer Installations

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Pacific Gas & Electric Company  today announced that it has reached a significant milestone by connecting the 150,000th solar customer to its electric grid. In addition, during 2014, the utility connected more rooftop solar customers to its grid than any other year in its history. More than 45,000 new solar customers were added in 2014 alone. During this time period, PG&E added approximately 326 MW of installed solar power – enough to power more than 70,000 homes.

On average, the company is connecting about 4,000 new solar customers per month across Northern and Central California, more than any other energy company in the nation. Approximately every 11 minutes, PG&E connects a new solar customer to its electric grid.

“Every month, thousands of PG&E customers are choosing to go solar to help them save on their bill and to reduce their carbon footprint. Solar power is critical to California’s clean energy future and we are 100 percent committed to getting even more customers connected with solar in 2015,” said PG&E’s Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer, Laurie Giammona.

The Marine Mammal Center, the world’s largest marine mammal rehabilitation hospital, uses solar energy to help power its operations and saves enough on their energy costs to feed roughly 200 sea lions per month.

“Running a hospital for sea lions and seals is an incredibly energy intensive endeavor. We have pumps and filters moving water through a filtration system every hour – that requires a lot of energy and ultimately costs a lot. Whatever dollars we can save through our solar installation, we can put right back into the care and feeding of the animals that we treat here,” said Dr. Jeff Boehm, executive director at the Marine Mammal Center.

CK Mondavi Family Vineyards, one of the largest wineries in the world and a PG&E solar customer, reduced its carbon footprint and now harvests the abundance of Napa sunshine to help power its winemaking production.

“Successful winemaking requires diligent stewardship of the land and the environment. Installing solar was not only the right choice to reduce our energy costs, but it was also the right choice for the environment. Anything we can do to benefit the land and the people around us, while also helping the business thrive, is always going to be a top priority. PG&E was the energy expert and supported us throughout every step of our solar journey,” said Marc Mondavi, Co-Proprietor, CK Mondavi Family Vineyards.

Customer Resources for Going Solar

Every day, PG&E is helping customers make solar more affordable and hassle free. The company has reduced the average application processing time for new solar connections from an industry average of four weeks down to five days. In addition, PG&E offers a solar calculator, which helps customers estimate the appropriate size for their solar system, the likely cost and how much energy it will help them save.

To help customers maximize the cost savings from their solar investment, PG&E also offers resources to increase energy efficiency such as Home Energy Checkup as well as information on various financing options, how to hire a contractor and incentives for adopting renewables.

See how a San Anselmo family recently utilized PG&E online resources to help them go solar and understand the process on the latest episode of Energy House Calls.

Finally, the company is pleased to soon offer its electric customers a new clean energy program that will provide up to 100 percent solar power for a modest cost premium each month. Known as the green option, the program will let customers buy into a pool of clean solar energy, locally produced in PG&E’s service area. PG&E expects to start enrolling customers in the program during the fourth quarter of this year.

Visit CleanEnergyCA to learn more about how Californians are leading the way by investing in clean energy.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Ultrasolar Technology and NanoEnergy Partner to Provide Cutting-Edge Efficiency for Solar Projects

SANTA CLARA, CA.--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Ultrasolar Technology, a leading startup in the solar space providing systems for increasing energy harvest from solar modules, today announced a strategic alliance with NanoEnergy of Japan a technology distributor of energy efficiency systems. This partnership will enable Ultrasolar and NanoEnergy Ltd. to deliver QuantumBoost™ to the Japan market, with an initial order of 177MW.

President of NanoEnergy, Koyo (Kenny) Iwasaki explains, “At NanoEnergy, now we are poised to capitalize on the growth of renewable energy in Japan. This partnership positions us uniquely in the marketplace to deliver the best energy efficiency systems. Today, the solar booster TAM is $5.6B (¥680B); entering into a long term agreement to install and commission QuantumBoost™ systems will drive NanoEnergys’ growth.”

Santosh Kumar, CEO of Ultrasolar commented, “NanoEnergy and Ultrasolar have been working together to build a solid infrastructure to place QuantumBoost™ in Japan. We look forward to a long relationship delivering value to the Japanese market with our technology.”

“NanoEnergy prides itself on delivering the most advanced energy efficiency technology such as Nano Fuel Emulsion Equipment; and hard water treatment systems. I'm confident QuantumBoost™ will grow our business significantly over the next few years,” according to Muneya Arakawa, Chairman of NanoEnergy, who introduced Ultrasolar into the Japan market at its inception.

Since then, Ultrasolar and NanoEnergy have been working together to build the global footprint of Ultrasolar. That partnership created the opportunity to increase the global business profile of Ultrasolar Technology enabling the growing startup to establish a position in Japan and Asia/Pacific.

Sun Solar Partners with Sungage Financial for Low-Cost Solar Financing

BOSTON, MA & BAKERSFIELD, CA--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Sun Solar Energy Solutions today announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with Sungage Financial, a marketplace that provides homeowners with access to low-cost solar financing. Through this partnership, Sun Solar hopes to enable California homeowners to save more through solar ownership.

Sara Ross, CEO of Sungage Financial, said: “Solar helps homeowners save on their energy bills, but the upfront cost keeps this opportunity out of reach for many. Sungage partners with local installers who want to make it easy for homeowners to go solar and to start saving immediately. We are excited to have Sun Solar as a partner to meet the needs of California homeowners.”

The Sungage® Solar Loan provides an opportunity for homeowners to own a solar electric system with no money down and low monthly loan payments. The Sungage Solar Loan was designed specifically to finance the installation of residential solar electric systems and does not require any home equity.

Scott Ryan, Vice President of Sun Solar, said: “Sungage Financial offers a simple, easy and affordable financing option and we are excited to partner with them. With Sungage, we know we are providing our customers with the very best in solar financing packages.”