PowerStream, which provides power and related services to more than 360,000 residential and commercial customers in communities located immediately north of Toronto and in Central Ontario, is a community-owned energy company with vision. It aims to support smart grid development at the provincial level and raise awareness of the need to leverage innovative smart technologies in Ontario’s electricity sector. One way it is accomplishing this goal is through its micro grid demonstration project located at its corporate headquarters in Vaughan, Ontario.
When the Village of Oak Park, Ill., commissioned a PV system for the Avenue Parking Garage, it didn’t intentionally set out to win any awards. However, the array’s exceptional design, which was not without its challenges, made it a shoe-in for the 2013 Project of the Year Award (Structures Less than $5 Million) from the American Public Works Association (APWA) Chicago Metro Chapter and has since been nominated for an APWA national award.
When BuildingGreen Inc. founder Alex Wilson started to re-build his home and barn in West Dummerston, Vt., he knew that he wanted it to be “net-zero.” Net-zero means the property will produce 100 percent of the energy needed to run the house and barn. To make this happen, Wilson needed a solar-electric, or photovoltaic (PV), system that could generate as much energy as was consumed.
S.L. Horsford and Co. Ltd., based in Basseterre, St. Kitts – an island in the Caribbean West Indies — is a diversified company involved in multiple trading, service and manufacturing activities through its various operating departments, subsidiaries and associated companies. Established in 1875, S.L. Horsford knows the key to longevity in a sometimes volatile business climate: evolve with the times and keep the customer’s best interests at heart. That’s why it decided to commission photovoltaic systems for several of its businesses. Not only will it significantly reduce its energy consumption and carbon footprint, but this initiative will also increase the performance of the company as a whole while placing it in an even better position to pass on benefits and savings to their loyal customer base.
Since 1902, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 340 has represented members and retirees in a wide variety of fields, including utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads and government. Conveniently located in California’s state capital of Sacramento, Local 340 lobbies on behalf of myriad industries—including solar—and hosts government officials, in addition to servicing union members.
Cedars-Sinai, otherwise known as “Hollywood’s Hospital,” has been made famous for treating some of Hollywood’s most elite celebrities including Patrick Swayze, Frank Sinatra and Madonna. Cedars-Sinai is located in Los Angeles, California, and is a non-profit hospital and research institute that offers top-notch medical care to patients from around the globe.
Nestled in the foothills just west of Denver in Conifer, Colorado is a home unlike any other in this predominately suburban neighborhood. The 4,049 square foot “Dome Home” was originally built in 1996 by Bilby Wallace, a former astronaut, and sits on 38 beautiful acres at the base of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
Volkswagen recently flipped the switch on a brand new solar park and is now using solar to operate its manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The commissioning of Volkswagen’s 9.5 MW solar park took place in January. This is the largest solar project in Tennessee, and Volkswagen’s largest solar park worldwide.
Fowler Packing Company is harvesting more than just fruit these days. Pickett Solar, a Sunny PRO Club member based in Fresno, CA, recently commissioned a 2.3 megawatt PV system that offsets two-thirds of the energy needs of the Central Valley company’s packing, cooling and storage facilities.
Concept2 is a world leader in the design and manufacturing of rowing equipment and racing oars. Its products are used every day by Olympians, cardiac rehab patients and all physical abilities in between. Concept2 recently invested in a PV system for its corporate headquarters located in Morrisville, Vermont.
There is no shortage of sun in Arizona, and with more than 300 days per year of sunshine and blue skies, Gila Bend is an ideal location in this solar-rich state for the Cotton Center Solar Plant. Developed and constructed by SOLON Corporation and now owned by Arizona Public Service (APS), the 17-megawatt Cotton Center Solar Plant was the first project ever contracted under Gila Bend’s Solar Field Overlay Zone. Within this zone, the permitting for solar projects can be fast-tracked, ensuring plants come together quickly.
Spanning an area of 145 acres, the Cotton Center Solar Plant, which was commissioned in December 2011, generates up to 45,930 MWh of electricity, enough solar power to fulfill the energy needs of more than 4,000 APS customers.
Cotton Center is also the second APS AZ Sun facility to bring solar power to customers. With AZ Sun, APS is investing in the development of up to 200 MW of PV power plants across Arizona.
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Approximately 93,000 SOLON solar panels follow the sun across the sky using a single-axis tracking system. 18 SMA 1MW MV Power Platforms convert the generated energy into grid-compatible alternating current.
The SMA MV Power Platform is available in 1.0–1.6 megawatt configurations. These medium-voltage turnkey power solutions include two SMA Sunny Central inverters, a medium-voltage transformer, optional DC or AC/DC disconnect cabinets, and a control and supply panel for power distribution to local loads and (optionally) field tracker motors.
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