BrightSource, SCE add energy storage capabilities to power purchase agreements
BrightSource Energy Inc. has added its SolarPLUS thermal energy storage capability to three of its power purchase agreements with Southern California Edison.
Under the original power purchase agreements with Southern California Edison, BrightSource would provide about 4 million MWh of electricity annually across seven power plants. Due to higher efficiencies and capacity factors associated with energy storage, the new set of agreements will provide about the same amount of energy annually but with one less plant, reducing the land impacts of delivering this energy and avoiding transactional costs that ultimately impactCalifornia’s ratepayers.
The new set of contracts, which is subject to approval by the California Public Utilities Commission, consist of two BrightSource solar thermal plants scheduled to deliver electricity in 2015 and three plants with energy storage scheduled to deliver electricity in 2016 and 2017.
Blue Oak Energy, Point 2 Structural Engineers design 2.8-MW solar system for United States Coast Guard
Blue Oak Energy and Point 2 Structural Engineers have designed a 2.8-MW solar electric project for the U.S. Coast Guard inPuerto Rico. The PV systems are span two sites, Air Station Borinquen inAguadilla, andRioBayamonHousingCenterinSan Juan. The U.S. Coast Guard reduced greenhouse gases by replacing brown power with PV-generated green power. The PV systems include 200 residential rooftops, 6 commercial rooftops, 5 carports arrays and 3 ground mount arrays.
Avnet’s New Jersey branch office gets LEED certification
Avnet Inc. has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified level certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its branch office inMarlton,N.J.This marks Avnet’s second facility within the company that meets the LEED certification standard, and builds upon the company’s legacy of sustainable business practices from how it operates its data centers to its commitment to reducing the company’s global carbon footprint.