Williston, VT Danforth Pewter and Gardener’s Supply Company, two nationally recognized Vermont-based specialty companies, have turned to the sun for emission-free power.
“This is a win through and through for Vermont and the stakeholders in the project.” - Chris Fraga, Founder and CEO of SolarSense LLC
Danforth Pewter is a family-owned fine pewter crafter based in Middlebury, Vt. Gardener’s Supply, headquartered in Burlington, Vt., is an employee-owned company providing environmentally friendly gardening products and information through its website, catalogs, and retail stores. The two companies will share the output of the newly installed solar array.
The 144kW (ac) system, constructed on the Pulling Farm in Addison, Vt., features dual axis AllSun Trackers, manufactured in Williston, Vt. by AllEarth Renewables, SunPower 345-watt solar panels, and a Power Purchase Agreement by SolarSense, LLC, a provider of clean, reliable and affordable power.
The ground-mounted solar systems, installed under Green Mountain Power’s net metering program, will provide emissions-free, net metered solar electricity for each company at below-market rates through long-term energy contracts financed, owned, and operated by SolarSense, LLC.
The project was constructed utilizing AllSun Trackers, which track the sun throughout the day to maximize energy production, and the most efficient solar photovoltaic (PV) panel commercially available from SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR), a leading solar technology and global energy services provider based in Silicon Valley, Calif. The optimized design has proven to be a winning combination. In live “test energy” production the system produced 1,660kwh per kilowatt, a 36% output premium over traditional fixed-tilt racking and standard efficiencypanels.
As part of the project, SolarSense will grant a Vermont Make-A-Wish Foundation child his or her wish as part of their “Watts for Wishes” charitable giving program.
“This is a win through and through for Vermont and the stakeholders in the project,” said Chris Fraga, Founder and CEO of SolarSense LLC, the project developer. “Not only will two of Vermont’s leading specialty firms embrace emission-free power as part of their sustainability objectives; AllEarth Renewables supplied the AllSun Trackers and provided engineering and construction services from their Williston headquarters; numerous Vermont suppliers and service partners provided products and construction services; the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) provided debt financing for the project; Green Mountain Power interconnects yet another solar PV system in their mission to make Vermont a leader in sustainable energy; and a Make-A-Wish child from Vermont will have his orherwish fulfilled and funded by SolarSensevia the “Watts for Wishes” charitable giving program. This project epitomizes our mission of socially conscious energy development, and we could not be more honored to be part of this initiative.”
“AllEarth Renewables 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. “We have been working on reducing our impact on the environment for a long time, and the creation of this solar farm allowed us to wipe out most of our electric energy carbon emissions in one fell swoop. Since the solar project is sited on land owned by one of our employees, this project really hit a sweet spot: Danforth gets reduced electricity costs, the employee who's hosting the installation reduces her power bills more or less to zero, and the atmosphere stays a little cleaner. The fact that we're partnering with our friends at Gardener's Supply as we both convert our businesses to renewable energy just makes it that much sweeter."
“The employee owners of Gardener’s Supply could not be more pleased to partner with Danforth Pewter, AllEarth Renewables and SolarSense to develop 100 percent renewable solar energy to power our Williston garden center,” said Jim Feinson, president of Gardener’s Supply Company. “Gardeners are truly America’s backyard environmentalists, improving the world one garden at a time. They also have a very intimate relationship with the sun! Now Gardener’s Supply can say we are improving our own “backyard,” and every garden center customer can feel even better shopping with us knowing the substantial electrical energy needed for our greenhouses and store is coming from solar.”
“We are thrilled to partner with SolarSense to provide locally-produced solar power for two iconic Vermont companies. Both Danforth Pewter and Gardener’s Supply have strong national reputations and their decision to go solar sends a strong message about the economic and environmental benefits of business-led renewable energy leadership,” said David Blittersdorf, president and CEO of AllEarth Renewables. “By utilizing our tracking technology with high efficiency SunPower panels, we can maximize production, boosting the total solar savings for Danforth Pewter and Gardener’s Supply and the economic returns for each project. It’s a real winning combination.”
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Williston, VT, USA AllEarth Renewables today announced that it has initiated construction on nearly 5 megawatts of projects utilizing its dual-axis solar tracker systems to provide power to 12 state government facilities in Vermont. The facilities include each of the state’s correctional facilities and several state office buildings, including the office of Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin.
"By utilizing our tracking technology with high efficiency SunPower panels, we can maximize production within the state’s net metering limit, boosting the total solar savings for the State of Vermont and the economic returns for each project. It’s a real winning combination.” -- David Blittersdorf, president and CEO of AllEarth Renewables
The ground-mounted solar systems will provide emissions-free, net metered solar electricity for each facility at below market rates through long-term energy contracts owned and operated by SolarSense LLC, and represents the state’s largest public solar initiative to date.
Each of the 500-kilowatt (ac) solar projects will be constructed utilizing AllSun Trackers, which track the sun throughout the day to maximize energy production. They are manufactured in Williston, Vt. by AllEarth Renewables.
The initial three, 500-kilowatt (ac) projects, which are scheduled to be completed in 2014, will feature 1,560 SunPower 345-watt solar panels manufactured by SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR), a leading solar technology and global energy services provider based in Silicon Valley, Calif.
“The combination of our premium, American-made dual-axis trackers with high performance SunPower solar panels is a perfect match,” said president and CEO of AllEarth Renewables David Blittersdorf. “By utilizing our tracking technology with high efficiency SunPower panels, we can maximize production within the state’s net metering limit, boosting the total solar savings for the State of Vermont and the economic returns for each project. It’s a real winning combination.”
Governor Shumlin visited St. Johnsbury, Vt. on Thursday where the first 500-kilowatt project featuring AllSun Trackers and SunPower solar panels is under construction. Each of the remaining projects has a Certificate of Public Good or is in the siting and permitting process.
“SunPower’s high efficiency solar panels will maximize production of cost-effective solar power for the State of Vermont, reducing long-term operational costs,” said Howard Wenger, SunPower president, business units. “As a SunPower dealer, AllEarth Renewables has demonstrated a commitment to delivering quality solar solutions, and we’re looking forward to their continued success in years to come.”
AllSun Trackers produce up to 30 percent more energy than fixed ground-mounted systems and up to 45 percent more energy than rooftop systems per kilowatt installed. The state’s initiative will produce more than 7 million kilowatt hours of energy each year.
The initial 1.5 megawatts of projects are being financed and operated by SolarSense LLC, the specialty solar division of Alternative Energy Development Group (www.aedgonline.com), based in Radnor, PA, who develops, owns and operates distributed generation solar and natural-gas fuel cell systems in the US.
All Earth Renewables
AllEarth Renewables, headquartered in Williston, Vt., manufactures the AllSun Tracker, a dual-axis solar tracker that uses innovative GPS and wireless technology to follow the sun throughout the day, producing up to 45 percent more energy than rooftop solar. The company has manufactured and installed over 2,300 solar tracker systems to date. Among its top-product awards, the dual axis tracker was named a “Top-10 Green Product” by BuildingGreen magazine and “Top Product of the Year” bySolar Power World. The company’s ground-mounted, pre-engineered solar trackers are designed for residential and commercial-scale installations. For more visit, www.allsuntrackers.com
SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR) designs, manufactures and delivers the highest efficiency, highest reliability solar panels and systems available today. Residential, business, government and utility customers rely on the company's quarter century of experience and guaranteed performance to provide maximum return on investment throughout the life of the solar system. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., SunPower has offices in North America, Europe, Australia, Africa and Asia. For more information, visit www.sunpower.com.
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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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Jasmine's wish to see Mini Mouse at Disney World was funded on Monday at the Gold Crust Baking facility in Landover MD. The party for Jasmine and check presentation to Make A Wish was part of the ribbon cutting ceremony for Gold Crust's new Solar PV System. Jasmine's wish was funded by Solar Developer and Wish Benefactor SolarSense as part of their "Watts for Wishes" charitable giving platform. Thirty people participated in the event including Jasmine's family members, the Gold Crust Baking Executive Team, Make A Wish's Development Director and Volunteers, SolarSense team members and numerous partners and service contractors who participated in the Solar project. "Seeing Jasmine smile and enjoy the party with her family members, and seeing her excitement over the presentation of party balloons, gifts, and talk of the upcoming trip to Disney World is what it's all about", said Chris Fraga, SolarSense's Founder & CEO. "We are honored to be part of "Team Jasmine" and wish her and her family the trip of a lifetime".
Solar PPA / Fuel Cell / AEDG New York, NY -- Karbone's Capital Advisory group, who thus far advised several solar, wind and alternative energy projects to secure equity, debt and tax equity financing, has completed its Capital Advisory Services for Developer Alternative Energy Development Group, LLC (AEDG) in a CA based joint solar and fuel cell project in the commercial & industrial space.
"This project presented us a complex financing challenge which involved the structuring of tax incentives, debt and equity financing for distributed generation" said CEO of Karbone Mr. Bensusan.
Karbone's financing team worked with developer AEDG for a duration of more than a year on identifying viable sources of capital as well as developing financial models that suited all interested parties."Karbone's people, knowledge, collaboration and resolve were important contributions to the success of this project," said Chris Fraga, AEDG's Founder & CEO.
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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.