Small Scale Solar PV Project Updates

A weekly look at select projects 1-megawatt (MW) and under being installed around the world.

Solaire Development LLC has received a grant of US $2.58 million for its 550-kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic (PV) system at the 60 Shelter Rock Industrial Park, which covers almost 2 acres of rooftop.

The grant is part of the $502 million from the first round of awards from an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act program that provides cash assistance to energy production companies in place of earned tax credits. Created under Section 1603 of the Recovery Act, the program is expected to provide more than $3 billion in financial support for clean energy projects by providing direct payments in lieu of tax credits.

“This grant has greatly enhanced the ability of Solaire Development to put this showcase solar system in operation by completely eliminating the complexity and time delay of the earned tax credits it replaced,” said Peter Lynch, a partner of 60 Shelter Rock Associates. “We are grateful to Treasury Secretary Geithner, Energy Secretary Chu and the Obama Administration for their forward thinking and swift action in pressing forward with this much needed financing enhancement.”

In Italy Isofoton started construction on a roof top PV installation in the Italian island of Sardinia. This facility has a capacity of 1 MW and is in Ottana. The modules, 4992 IS-220 photovoltaic modules, manufactured in the Research and Production Center Isofoton in Malaga, will be integrated into a parking structure.

Two solar arrays have been installed at Fort Dix, a U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard training and mobilization center in New Jersey. Installed by Honeywell, the solar installations are part of a $17.6 million program that is designed to decrease energy consumption at the base by almost 10% and water use by more than 5%. One of the largest solar projects for the Army, the 3200 photovoltaic panels will generate approximately 815,000 kWh annually.

Westwood Renewables LLC is set to begin construction on the 400-kW Saint John’s solar project at Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota. Once complete the installation will be four times larger than the current largest system in Minnesota, the company said. The facility is slated to be fully operationally by December 2009.

Finally this week, Scheuten Solar has signed an EPC and operations and maintenance contract for two PV projects in Italy. Italian companies Molino Casillo S.p.A. and Ascoenergy s.r.l. have teamed up as investors for both projects. One project is a 1-MW ground-based PV installation, the other is a 950-kW roof-top system. Work on both projects will start this fall and completion is scheduled before the end of the year. Output from the roof-mounted installations will mainly be consumed by the factories of Molino Casillo S.p.A.

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