Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Facebook Selects Affordable Solar For Data Center Project in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- Affordable Solar, the most experienced solar power solution provider in New Mexico, proudly announces the company has been selected to build a 30 MW photovoltaic project for the Facebook Data Center in Los Lunas, NM. PNM has awarded Affordable Solar the $37 million contract for engineering, procurement, and construction of the 30MW solar generation project. Construction on the first of three 10MW sites will begin in mid-2017. The new solar energy facilities will utilize solar tracking technology developed by Array Technologies, a New Mexico-based industry leader.

First Solar Secures Financing for Utility-Scale Solar Project in Japan

TOKYO, JAPAN--(eSolarEnergyNews)--First Solar announced today that it has obtained non-recourse project debt financing of approximately 27 billion yen (US$240 million) in a syndicated loan arranged by Mizuho Bank Ltd. for a utility-scale solar project in Ishikawa prefecture, Japan. This financing arrangement demonstrates First Solar’s technology, project development, operations and maintenance, and project financing capabilities for utility-scale solar projects in Japan.

The Ishikawa Sogo Solar Power Plant, with a generation capacity of 59.5 megawatt (MW)AC, will be one of the largest mega solar projects in the Hokuriku region. Once complete, it is expected to provide enough clean energy to serve the needs of around 17,500 average Japanese homes, displacing approximately 35,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Cajon Valley Union School District Selects SunPower for 24 Sites

SAN JOSE &EL CAJON,CA --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- This spring, Cajon Valley Union School District  and SunPower will begin construction of SunPower® Helix™ solar systems at 24 school sites in the El Cajon region of San Diego County. The solar installations totaling 4.6 megawatts (MW) will primarily include carports, as well as a few rooftop systems, and should be operational by the end of this year.

"With CVUSD's solar investment, we continue to enrich both our schools and our communities by generating clean, renewable energy which will help save on electricity costs and improve our local environment," said Scott Buxbaum, CVUSD Assistant Superintendent of Business Services. "After reviewing qualifications and proposals from six firms, we are very pleased to have selected SunPower's proposal as the best value to the District. Their team has been great to work with."

Yingli to Supply Over 50 MW of Solar Panels for 2 Solar Power Plants in Japan

BAODING, CHINA & MADRID, SPAIN --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- Yingli Green Energy, one of the world's leading solar panel manufacturers, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Yingli Green Energy Spain, has signed a 50.6 MW solar panel supply agreement with X-ELIO, a leading Spanish developer and operator of utility-scale PV systems.

The agreement is for two Japan solar power plants: the first one is called Hayato, which will install more than 52,650 pieces of YL320P-35b multi-crystalline solar panels and has a capacity of 16.9 MW; the second is called S-13, which will install more than 127,000 pieces of YL265P-29b multi-crystalline solar panels and has a capacity of 33.7 MW.

IKEA Taps Phoenix Solar for Rooftop Solar Project in Singapore

SINGAPORE & SULZEMOOS, GERMANY --(eSolarEnergyNews)--Singapore’s Phoenix Solar Pte Ltd has been awarded a contract by IKEA Southeast Asia to design and build a 1 MWp solar system on the roof of IKEA Tampines. The system is expected to generate 1.3 million kilowatt hours per year – enough renewable energy to power the equivalent of 283 four-room HDB flats. IKEA expects to trim an estimated $2.4 million from the store’s electrical bills over the next ten years.

This project follows the successful 1 MWp solar rooftop system installation on top of the company’s Megabangna mall in Bangkok and is the start of additional collaborations already in the pipeline between IKEA Southeast Asia and Phoenix Solar.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

CalCom and SunLink Partner to Bring Solar to Farms in California’s Central Valley

MILL VALLEY & VISALIA, CA.--(eSolarEnergyNews)--With shared expertise in designing, permitting, building and optimizing solar energy systems for agricultural operations, SunLink Corporation and CalCom Solar have successfully completed three solar projects in Shafter and Wasco, Calif. – the first in a larger Central Valley portfolio of installations.

To streamline all project construction, SunLink standardized its mounting solution design and permit set to align with CalCom’s installation preferences. SunLink PowerCare geotechnical testing was also performed on sites in Madera and Tipton, Calif., to optimize designs and inform the installation teams in order to further accelerate these projects’ timelines. CalCom was then able to customize and complete the installation per that customer’s needs, such as uneven terrain and boundary constraints.

Standard Solar Installs Multi-Building Solar System

ROCKVILLE, MD.--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Standard Solar, Inc., a leading solar energy company specializing in the development and financing of commercial solar electric systems nationwide, announces the completion of a 708 kilowatt (kW) solar project for Montgomery County, MD-based commercial real estate developer, DANAC, LLC. The project, featuring a parking garage solar canopy, a solar carport and a rooftop system, was completed in late 2016 and was recently named a finalist for a 2016 Wintergreen Award for Excellence in Green Building.