SunEdison Scores Big Solar Contracts

The solar services provider SunEdison had a few big announcements recently. This week, the company said it was awarded a contract to build a 14.5 MW solar PV plant at an Air Force Base in Arizona, as well as a contract to deploy 2.2 MW on rooftops in the province of Ontario.

The 14.5 MW ground-mounted installation will be developed on a 130-acre plot at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (DMAFB) in Tucson. DMAFB will buy the solar electricity at a fixed price over 20 years.

The project is expected to produce about 31.5 million kWh of power per year, enough to meet about 35% of the base’s electricity needs.

The Ontario projects are one among many that SunEdison has announced in the province in the last few months. Under an agreement with GE Capital Real Estate, SunEdison will install and operate 2.2 MW of projects on GE Capital facilities around the Toronto area. SunEdison will sell electricity back to the grid through the province’s feed-in tariff. Construction of those facilities will begin this fall.

Finally, earlier this month SunEdison said it had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Korean government to build up to 400 MW of projects throughout a southeastern portion of the country. If these planned projects go forward, they could be a big boost for the company in the coming years as demand in Europe falls because of feed-in tariff cuts.

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