Black & Veatch Teams up with Brightergy to Develop Multi-Million Solar Rooftop Systems
Black & Veatch formed a strategic alliance with Brightergy to develop $100 million in solar energy projects over the next three years. The venture will install commercial rooftop PV systems in the Kansas City Metro area as well as reach into other parts of the United States to address the growing demand for renewable energy. Brightergy serves as the project developer and provides sales, marketing and financing resources while Black & Veatch applies engineering, procurement, construction and consulting experience. The partnership will target commercial-scale PV solar rooftop projects ranging from 25 kilowatts to 2 megawatts.
Upsolar Grabs Third Solar Industry Award
Upsolar, a leading international provider of solar PV modules, has been awarded the Solar Industry Awards for the third year in a row in the “Energy Usage Enabling” category. Upsolar’s on-board power optimization technology maximizes power output at the panel level to increase PV system design flexibility and overcome obstacles such as partial shading, varying tilts and multiple orientations. This enhanced power output gives customers a lower overall cost of system ownership and faster return on investment. The awarding ceremony was held in Paris, in conjunction with the 28th EU Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference.
Nigeria Inks Deal with China Exim Bank for 700MW Hydro Project
The Nigerian government has signed a deal with the Export-Import Bank of China for the development of a 700-MW hydropower project in the country’s northern region of Zungeru. 75% of the US$1.3 billion project will be funded by China Exim while the remaining amount will be covered by Nigerian government. Officials hope the Zungeru plant will help alleviate the country’s energy problems, where much of the population relies on diesel generators. The project will be developed by the China National Electric and Engineering Corporation and SinoHydro, says Nigerian Minister of Finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
groSolar Installs Two Solar Power Systems for Massachusetts Utilities
groSolar has completed its second Massachusetts utility-tied solar project this year. A 3MW AC solar PV system was completed in Berkley by the end of September while a 2MW system was completed in Sterling early this January. Both projects are co-owned by Canadian Solar Inc., one of the world’s biggest solar power companies, and INDU Solar Holdings. The projects were developed by Community Energy Solar, LLC. The Berkley East Solar Power Project and Sterling Solar systems are expected to generate enough energy to power approximately 600 homes and 400 homes per year.