Thursday, January 19, 2017

Canadian Solar Energises Two Solar Power Plants in Japan

GUELPH, ONTARIO, CANADA --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- Canadian Solar today announced that it started the commercial operation of two solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants, totaling 12.7 MWp in Japan. The two plants include the 10.2 MWp Aomori Solar Power Plant in Rokunohe Town, Aomori Prefecture and the 2.5 MWp Saitama Minano Power Plant in Minano Town, Saitama Prefecture.

"We are pleased to announce the successful grid connection of two additional solar power plants in Japan, which brings our total portfolio of operating plants in Japan to 58.51MWp," commented Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar Inc., "This represents another milestone for our energy business strategy, and we look forward to continuing to deliver additional solar projects as we build out our portfolio of high value operating solar energy plants in Japan."

sPower Supplies 68.8 Megawatts of Solar Energy to Southern California Public Power Authority

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(eSolarEnergyNews)--sPower, the largest private owner in the United States of utility-scale solar operating assets, announced that its Antelope DSR 1 and 2 facilities achieved commercial operations before the end of 2016 and are now providing 68.8MWdc (55MWac) solar power to Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA). Participating member agencies using the renewable energy from the newly commissioned sites are the cities of Azusa, Colton, Riverside and Vernon.

The sPower Antelope DSR 1 and 2 facilities were constructed on roughly 440 acres in Lancaster, Calif. sPower employed a peak construction crew size of 500 workers who installed more than 200,000 solar panels mounted on a tracker system that follows the sun to maximize energy output.
“SCPPA continues to seek long-term supplies of cost-effective renewable energy resources like the power we’re receiving from sPower’s solar farms,” said Ted Beatty, SCPPA interim executive director. “These facilities help SCPPA’s members provide safe, reliable and low cost electricity to the more than two million customers they serve.”

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Constellation and Mohave Electric Cooperative Complete 13.8 Megawatt Solar Project

BULLHEAD CITY, AZ. & FORT MOHAVE, AZ.--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation and a leading competitive retail energy supplier, and Mohave Electric Cooperative (Mohave Electric) today announced the completion of a 13.8-megawatt (DC) solar generation project in Fort Mohave, Ariz. The ground-mounted solar power system is located across 84 acres and fitted with a state-of-the-art single-axis tracking system that enables the system to remain at an optimal angle to the sun throughout the day, maximizing energy output.

“This project offers us a cost effective way to incorporate more renewable power into our purchased power portfolio,” said Tyler Carlson, Mohave Electric’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our members want solar— they are for it as long as it’s cost effective for the Cooperative.”

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Washington's Largest Solar Rooftop on IKEA's New Seattle Area Store

RENTON, WA.--(eSolarEnergyNews)--IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced that the installation of solar panels is complete atop the relocated Seattle-area store currently under construction in Renton, WA that will open in early Spring 2017. The project is the largest solar rooftop array in the state of Washington.

The store’s 244,000-square-foot solar array consists of a 1.13 MW system, built with 3,268 panels that will produce approximately 1,261,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store, the equivalent of reducing 886 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) – equal to the emissions of 187 cars or providing electricity for 131 homes yearly (calculating clean energy equivalents at www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator).

APS Partners with ASU, PayPal to Add More Solar Power in Arizona

PHOENIX, AZ--(eSolarEnergyNews)--The Red Rock Solar Plant – an example of how utilities can partner with customers to develop cost-effective solar energy – was unveiled to the public today. APS developed and will own and operate the 40-megawatt photovoltaic plant, located 30 miles south of Casa Grande in Red Rock, Ariz. Arizona State University (ASU) and PayPal will purchase renewable energy from APS that is equivalent to the amount Red Rock is projected to generate.

“The construction of Red Rock is a great example of how we partner with our commercial customers to find innovative and sustainable solutions that can help them realize their green energy goals,” said Daniel Froetscher, APS Senior Vice President of Transmission, Distribution and Customers. “The cooperation between APS, ASU and PayPal demonstrates how the Arizona business community is committed to developing solar energy in a smart, cost-effective manner.”

Monday, January 09, 2017

Sunnova Expands Zero-Money-Down Solar Ownership Program

HOUSTON, TX --(eSolarEnergyNews)- Sunnova, a market leader in residential solar services, today announced the expansion of its EZ Own Loan, allowing homeowners to own their solar power system with no out-of-pocket expenses for down payments or maintenance.

"The EZ Own Loan allows Sunnova to provide more homeowners with the option to choose solar and lower their electricity costs," said Jordan Fruge, Chief Marketing Officer at Sunnova. "The loan offers customers the combined benefits of ownership and a power purchase agreement, providing the best of both options."

sPower Hits One Gigawatt Milestone

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(eSolarEnergyNews)--sPower, a leading independent power producer (IPP), crossed the one gigawatt (GW) milestone for operating solar projects before the end of 2016. This takes sPower’s total portfolio of operating renewable assets to 1,153 megawatts (MW) when including its growing wind portfolio. The company has reached this landmark achievement in just 34 months since becoming a portfolio company of Fir Tree Partners in early 2014.
 sPower crossed the one gigawatt milestone for operating solar projects before the end of 2016.