pvMB 1/25/19: Digital Reality+SunEnergy1+Facebook+80MW, Ikea hits 56 MW and more…


Digital Realty, Facebook agree to 80 MW PPA – “Digital Realty contracted with SunEnergy1, which has developed and will own and operate the solar project, to be located within Virginia Electric and Power Company territory in North Carolina… This agreement marks the first back-to-back utility-scale renewable energy transaction between a data center provider landlord utilizing a virtual power purchase agreement to underpin the renewable energy supply dedicated to a customer.Source: Digital Realty


Norfolk, VA IKEA to get a massive 1.26 MW rooftop system – “IKEA Norfolk will feature a 180,000-square-foot solar array, which will consist of a 1.26 MW system, built with 3,654 panels, and produce approximately 1,743,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store. This installation will represent the 56th solar project for IKEA in the U.S., and contribute to the company’s solar presence atop nearly 90% of its U.S. locations, with a total generation of more than 56 MW. IKEA owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings – as opposed to a solar lease or power purchase agreement.” To state the obvious, this is a nice size for a rooftop installation, and their portfolio of projects is really inspiring. Hopefully construction of this system is easier than IKEA’s furniture is. Source: IKEA


ForeFront Power completes first 27 of 75 MW community solar in New York – “ForeFront power has, through a portfolio of nine different projects totalling 27 MW, completed the first stage of it’s planned 75 MW of community solar in New York. For all these completed New York projects, ForeFront Power selected Arcadia Power to subscribe interested customers to a portion of the energy produced from these projects. These installations are anticipated to provide power and bill savings to 10,000 subscribers statewide.” Source: ForeFront Power


DeSantis talks climate change, but where are the renewables? – New Florida Governor Ron DeSantis held a press conference earlier in January where he stressed the need to protect Florida’s environment. With the words came action, as DeSantis announced a littnay of environmental measures, including including spending more on Everglades restoration, appointing a chief science officer, moving to ban fracking and offshore drilling and creating a resiliency office to prepare the coasts for rising seas. The issue? He never touched on renewables. Considering his career, this should come as no surprise. In the past DeSantis has advocated for the expiration of the wind energy production tax credit and voted against 10 out of 11 pro-clean energy bills during his time Congress, according to his League of Conservation Voters National Environmental Scorecard. Source: BuzzFeed News


Because we strive to provide you with only the most interesting of graphics, here’s a look at the evolution of the global installed capacity of solar PV from 1991 to 2016:


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