The California solar industry recently wrapped up a groundbreaking 2016 thanks to a number of major projects, including the much anticipated and recently commissioned 155 MW Springbok 2 Solar Farm in Kern County, just north of Los Angeles, California – a project that uses SMA inverters.
According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the state of Georgia has major potential when it comes to solar power. Georgia currently has 495 MW of solar energy installed, and recently, Radiance Solar added 1.25 MW of additional solar power to that total for a Georgia Power solar research project being hosted at the University of Georgia.
Radiance Solar’s design for the project was built around Georgia’s unique climate and energy needs. It includes Sunny Tripowers, SMA’s reliable, high-performing commercial solution.
“When we began this project, we knew that SMA inverters were easy to design with and would produce significant power,” said James Marlow, CEO and co-founder of Radiance Solar. “Sunny Tripowers are reliable, and we know we can count on the support of SMA Service to keep this project running smoothly.”
This new research site at the university will serve as a real-life classroom, providing project partners with a place to study solar performance and better understand how to bring more solar power to Georgia.
SMA is proud to be part of this great effort.
Photos courtesy of Radiance Solar
Top managers in Germany like to toss around the phrase, “growing pineapple in Alaska.” Among them is former RWE CEO Jürgen Großmann, who has joked that subsidizing solar energy is equally unlikely. Although nobody is actually growing pineapple in Alaska yet, solar energy is gaining ground in that remote U.S. state.
The Catalagan Solar Farm on the Philippine island of Luzon was commissioned in March. At 63 MW, it is one of the world’s largest photovoltaic plants including string inverters, supplying solar power to the entire western part of the Batangas province. Spread over approximately 160 hectares (about 400 acres), the solar farm includes more than 200,000 PV modules, along with 830 Sunny Tripower 60 inverters and 23 SMA Inverter Managers.
College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine is taking its classroom outside for serious hands-on know-how in its renewable energy practicum program. Lead by Professor Anna Demeo, Ph.D., students learn the ins-and-outs of building design and how to incorporate renewable energy during the planning stages.
The long journey from Hoboken, New Jersey to Irvine, California was worth the effort for Stevens Institute of Technology’s SURE HOUSE, which won the 2015 Solar Decathlon hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy. SURE,
standing for Sustainable plus Resilient, represents the team’s vision for a post-Hurricane Sandy Jersey Shore home. The house uses 90 percent less energy than the average New Jersey home by implementing the passive house building standard.
Land allocation is something farmers take very seriously. Dedicating almost five acres of farmable land for a one-megawatt solar system came with heavy considerations by the team at the Red Top Jersey Dairy in Chowchilla, California. Thankfully for this farming operation, the four and a half acres of land are still contributing to the farm’s bottom line by harvesting power from the sun to offset more than 86 percent of all electrical needs.
Santa Ana Golf Club (SAGC) in Bernalillo, New Mexico, is one of the most celebrated and scenic golf facilities in the American Southwest. Situated on 270 acres, it offers spectacular views of the Sandia Mountains, the Rio Grande and the dormant volcanoes crouched along the West Mesa. It includes a 27-hole championship links-style golf course with five sets of tees on every hole, allowing golfers to play from 5,500 to 7,400 yards. There also is a 22,000-square-foot clubhouse, full-service pro shop, four-star restaurant, casual bar and grille, practice facilities and hospitality quarters.
In 2006, Mike Strizki converted his Hopewell, New Jersey home to run exclusively on solar and hydrogen power. As the only house of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, Strizki’s revolutionary home has become an educational center and real-world example of integrating clean energy technology to provide the power needs for the typical American household. It has hosted students, professionals, government officials and foreign dignitaries alike, all of whom were looking to learn from Strizki’s research and system development.