AeroVironment installs first electric vehicle commercial charging station in Hawaii
AeroVironment has installed electric vehicle charging stations at the Marriott Waikiki to serve hotel guests and respond to increased demand for sustainable practices in the tourism and hospitality industries. The new chargers are part of Hawaii’s growing charging infrastructure currently being deployed to support the electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.
In addition, AeroVironment intends to install additional charging stations at Outrigger’s OHANA Waikiki East, Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk and Wailea Beach Marriott on Maui. The charging infrastructure initiative helps to comply with a new state law requiring that a portion of all publicly available parking lots of a certain size become EV-ready. The deadline for EV readiness is midnight, December 31, 2011.
In March 2011, AeroVironment was selected to help lead the way to a cleaner transportation future through an $820,000 contract from the Hawaii EV Ready Grants Program.
DeWind to supply turbines for 20-MW Texas wind farm
Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. Ltd. subsidiary DeWind Co. will supply D8.2 wind turbines to the 20-MW Frisco wind farm in Hansford County, Texas. The wind turbines are being furnished from DeWind assembly contractor TECO-Westinghouse.
The 2-MW DeWind D8.2 wind turbine model, first installed in 2007, is based upon proven DeWind 2 MW wind turbine technology dating back to 2002, when the first wave of DeWind 2 MW wind turbines entered commercial operation. The grid-friendly design of the D8.2 uniquely provides grid-support capability to all grid situations.
OSU student selects First Solar modules for Solar Decathlon competition
First Solar Inc. said that a team of students from Ohio State University will use the company’s advanced thin-film solar modules to power their sustainable house in the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition. The students will install 8-kW photovoltaic rooftop system, which utilizes modules manufactured in First Solar’s facility in Perrysburg, Ohio.
The biennial Solar Decathlon challenges students to use a holistic approach to design and construct net-zero energy-consuming homes. The competition features houses from 20 universities from around the world. The competition will take place next week in Wash., D.C.
Stion opens new factory in Mississippi
Stion, a manufacturer of high-efficiency thin-film solar modules, has opened its new factory in Hattiesburg, Miss. The project, which is the first thin-film solar factory in the Southeastern U.S., will deliver more than 1,000 jobs and $500 million of investment over the next six years. The first phase of the project includes a 100 MW line, which will entail more than $100 million of investment and 200 direct jobs in 2011 and 2012.