Danforth Pewter and Gardener’s Supply Company, two nationally recognized Vermont-based companies, have turned to the sun for emission-free solar power. The two companies will share the output of solar from the newly installed Vermont solar array. The 144 KW system, constructed on the Pulling Farm in Addison includes dual axis AllSun Trackers, manufactured by AllEarth Rewneables and a PPA (Power Purchase Agreement). Danforth Pewter is located in Burlington, providing enviormentally friendly gardening products and information through its website, caalogs, and retail stores. The ground-mounted soalr systems will provide emissions-free, net metered solar electricity for each of the two companies.
“ AllEarth Rewneables and SolarSense made it really easy for Danforth to become, as far as we know, the world’s first solar-powered pewter workshop,” said Bram Kleppner, CEO of Danforth Pewter. This is a win through and through for Vermont and the stakeholders in the project,” said Chris Fraga, Founder and CEO of SolarSense LLC.
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Gold Crust Baking is committed to consistently delivering high quality breads with a sustainable and environmentally friendly business model. Its new 92,000-sq-ft production plant uses natural gas ovens, LED lighting and now generates 533,000 kWh of power from its new solar system.
Summary: In its contract with Gold Crust Baking, AEDG/SolarSense had a requirement to supply a minimum amount of electricity to the building. It wouldn’t have been able to meet that minimum requirement by using the typical approach to designing commercial rooftop solar, which is to prioritize power density (kW) over power generation (kWh). Instead the developer chose to use SolarDock to achieve a high tilt angle that would help the modules produce more energy, and Motech panels for the high quality and reliability over the lifetime of the panel.
Contractor: Keares Electric
Module Manufacturer: Motech
Inverter Manufacturer: Eaton
Mounting/Racking Manufacturer: SolarDock
Project Location: Hyattsville, Maryland
Project Size: 429 kW
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Joined by business leaders and state officials, Gov. Peter Shumlin today visited a 500 kilowatt solar net metering project at the Northeast Regional Correctional Facility, the first of ten planned solar projects that will power state buildings.
The projects are part of an initiative the Governor announced in September of 2013 to deploy 5 megawatts of solar that will increase the state’s use of renewable energy while saving taxpayers on state energy costs.
“Today we are celebrating the construction of the first of ten solar projects that demonstrate leadership by example for state government when it comes to using renewable energy for our own buildings and facilities,” the Governor said. “These projects help cut carbon emissions while saving taxpayers money, and critically they also supports jobs at Vermont manufacturing companies.”
The project at the Northeast Regional Correctional Facility is using solar trackers made by AllEarth Renewables of Williston, and the trackers in turn feature components manufactured by NSA Industries of St. Johnsbury.
"This initiative demonstrates why solar is so good for the Vermont. It is saving taxpayer money, creating good local jobs, keeping electric costs down, and doing right for future generations by producing long-term clean, renewable energy," said Andrew Savage, Chief Strategy Officer at AllEarth Renewables. "Projects like this, where we can see our locally made trackers helping our state and our community, brings it all home for us for why we are in business. We look forward to the next year of projects coming online for the State and commend the Administration's leadership making state facilities among the greenest in the country."
“As a Vermont metal fabrication and machining manufacturer, NSA is pleased to be an integral supply chain partner to AllEarth Renewables for the past five years,” said Jim Moroney, CEO of NSA Industries LLC. “In addition, it is especially satisfying for us to play a part in this alternative energy initiative and for us to see our work product being utilized locally at the Northeast Correctional Complex.”
Upon completion, the ten 500 kilowatt solar projects are projected to save taxpayers $2.5 million in energy costs over twenty years, while producing 7 million kilowatt hours per year of clean electricity.
“With 5 megawatts of solar energy now under development for state facilities, I am pleased to announce today that we are setting a new goal for an additional 5 megawatts of solar to move more of our state buildings to locally-produced renewable energy,” said Gov. Shumlin. “Over the coming months, my Administration will be examining whether we can site additional state net metering projects, and whether we can pursue solar for state buildings through a public-private partnership with one or more of our utilities.”
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AEDG Featured in National Media as It Completes Its Role as Developer for 2.6 MW CA Fuel Cell Project.
Solid Oxide Fuel Cell / PPA / Bloom Fuel Cell / Alternative Energy Development Group / Bloom PPA / Bloomenergy / Power Purchase Agreement / Fuel Cell / AEDG WGL Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: WGL), through its subsidiary, Washington Gas Energy Systems (WGESystems), announced a 2.6 megawatt (MW) Bloom Energy project in Santa Clara County, Ca. (SCC). WGESystems will finance, build, own and operate the 2.6 MW Bloom Energy project and sell all energy generated to SCC under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA). The Bloom Energy Servers will generate clean and reliable power using natural gas and biogas, reducing the County's carbon emissions by nearly 5 million pounds each year.
"WGL is committed to providing clean and efficient energy answers while remaining a responsible steward of our resources," said WGL Chairman and CEO, Terry D. McCallister. "We are proud to partner with Bloom Energy, and to service Santa Clara County, as we continue to invest in clean energy solutions as part of our expanding diversified energy portfolio."
Bloom Energy's solid oxide fuel cell technology generates electricity through a highly efficient electrochemical process and provides clean, on-site energy. WGESystems designs-builds, owns and operates energy solutions that deliver financial, operational and carbon reduction results for non-residential customers across the United States. For projects such as this one, WGESystems has established a financing program that enables customers, including non-profit organizations, to deploy Bloom Energy's distributed, clean power solution.
"Santa Clara County has been a strong proponent of clean energy, and we are looking forward to having another project right here in our backyard, " said KR Sridhar, Principal Co-Founder and CEO of Bloom Energy. "Energy industry partners that are willing to invest in technology projects are key to the development of a clean energy economy, and our partnership with Washington Gas Energy Systems continues to strengthen our ability to provide attractive projects for our growing customer base."
"The County of Santa Clara was one the primary leaders in creating the 20-year power purchase agreement with other local jurisdictions," said Supervisor Dave Cortese, Chair of the Board's Housing Land Use Environment and Transportation Committee. "The agreement demonstrates that there is a market for clean energy solutions and it supports the County's goal of reducing its carbon footprint."
Alternative Energy Development Group (AEDG) served as the developer for the Bloom Energy project at four SCC facilities.
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Delaware’s Motech Americas LLC, a subsidiary of Motech Industries, Inc., today announced that 1,430 of its U.S. manufactured 300-Watt solar panels, being installed at a leading Landover, MD baking facility, are contributing to the annual elimination of 869,000 lbs. of CO2 emissions, 1,405 lbs. of nitrogen dioxide emissions and 3,200 lbs. of sulfur dioxide emissions while reducing electricity costs by some $250,000. The system, at Gold Crust Baking Company, Inc. began construction in the fourth quarter of 2013 and will be fully operational in 2014. MOTECH Americas works to provide a global source of clean and renewable energy, and strives to create a sustainable environment for future generations.
“This is a valuable and responsible undertaking,” said Dave Holleran, Senior Manager of Module Sales for Motech Americas, “because of the significantly reduced environmental footprint that will result. Specifically, the project will have tangible environmental benefits, including the equivalent of 909,407 car miles not driven and 10,126 trees grown for 10 years.
“To accomplish the savings,” he added, “1,430 MOTECH 300-watt Solar PV Panels are being installed. This will provide Gold Crust Baking Company, Inc. with 545,000 kWh’s of clean electricity annually, and more than 10.3Mill kWh’s over the term of the Power Purchase Agreement. And, with the panels’ proven record of efficiency and long-term reliability, the savings are sure to offer Gold Crust Baking Company, Inc. and their surrounding communities many years of satisfaction.”
According to Chris D. Fraga, Founder & CEO of SolarSense LLC, who developed the project and owns and operates the Power Purchase Agreement, “Gold Crust Baking Company, Inc. has been committed to sustainability by purchasing wind-generated electricity from a third party supplier, and as their business expanded they wanted to further protect and preserve our planet for future generations. On-site Solar PV generation on their large, flat roof made sense as the next step. Due to their rapid growth, Gold Crust Baking Company, Inc. partnered with SolarSense to develop, finance, construct, own and operate the Solar PV System on a turnkey Power Purchase Agreement basis versus developing the system themselves. Based on SolarSense’s previous success with MOTECH Panels in other PPA projects, we selected MOTECH as the ideal panel supplier and partner.”
SolarSense channel partner NetGain Energy Advisors (http://www.netgainenergyadvisors.com/index.php) sourced the 1.6 MW project which will be fully engineered, designed and constructed by SPG Solar (http://www.spgsolar.com/), located in Petaluma, CA. Construction on the project will begin in Q1'14 and be completed in Q2'14. SPG Solar was selected as the logical EPC partner for the project, with over 100MW's and 1,500 client sites successfully installed. This project marks the second Solar PV development project between partners SolarSense and SPG Solar in CA, totaling 3.9MW's across 6 client sites.
Shamong, NJ - SolarSense Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) Client, Shamong Township of New Jersey, extols the benefits and savings realized since they installed solar arrays on select roofs of their township complex via an article placed in the Shamong Newspaper. Township Administrator, Sue Onorato, says “It’s been a great venture for the township and we’re happy with the savings we’ve seen so far.”
Following a competitively bid RFP process, Shamong selected SolarSense as their provider for a 15-year PPA and has been in live solar production since May 2012. SolarSense, the developer, financier, owner and operator of the PPA, reports lifetime solar production and savings for the Township of 112% vs. projected proforma results, which it attributes to the quality of Solar PV products utilized, engineering, design and construction services, and ongoing operations, maintenance and management of the project.
SolarSense celebrates our clients’ success, satisfaction and realization of benefits as they validate our customer value proposition: “Save Money. Be Sustainable. Give Back.”
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Alternative Energy Development Group (AEDG) congratulates its partner Bluestone Capital Management for their recognized success as a leading investment manager. Informa Investment Solution’s recognized Bluestone with their 3rd Quarter Top Gun Award for the firm’s Bluestone Elite Fund, a Top 5 performer in the US Equity ETF universe for its 3 year return.
Bluestone Capital Management and AEDG serve as General Partners in the P2A Clean Energy Fund, a $100MM clean energy fund providing Tax Equity, Equity and Fixed Income project financing for high quality Power Purchase Agreements in the US.
The PSN Top Gun Award
PSN Top Guns performance rankings are tabulated for thousands of strategies across 58 peer groups subdivided by increasingly rigorous screens. Bluestone Elite was a Top 5 performer in the US Equity ETF universe for its 3 year return. PSN, produced by Informa Investment Solutions, is one of the leading investment manager search and evaluation databases to be offered industry wide. PSN tracks more than 1,600 money management firms and over 7,000 investment products. Since 1984, firms included in PSN have been some of the major players of the investment management business. For more information regarding the Top Guns List, you may visit www.informais.com.
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Alternative Energy Development Group and Bluestone Capital Management announce the P2A Clean Energy Fund
Alternative Energy Development Group, LLC (AEDG) in partnership with Bluestone Capital Management announce the P2A Clean Energy Fund I, a $100MM Fund to finance high quality clean energy Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) Projects. Nixon Peabody serves as Fund Counsel, leveraging their expertise in both fund formation and the energy markets.
The P2A Clean Energy Fund I, which includes a Tax Equity Fund, an Equity Fund, and a Fixed Income Fund, seeks to provide the following benefits to investors:
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AEDG executes formal EPC Agreement with SPG Solar for 2.5MW CA solar project under development. First project in long-term go-to-market partnership.
“We have worked with many EPC’s over the years and I’m pleased to say that SPG has exceeded our expectations in terms of knowledge, service, support, teamwork and competitive pricing”, comments AEDG Founder Chris Fraga. “It is rare to find an organization that embodies the same “Customer First” attitude and spirited dedication to solving customer problems as we have at AEDG, and with that as a common DNA we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship serving customers together”. SPG Solar is headquartered in Petaluma, CA and can be found at www.spgsolar.com