LONGi achieves highest ever bankability rating – “LONGi Solar, a subsidiary of LONGi Green Energy Technology Co., Ltd, has recorded its highest-ever bankability rating in the recently released Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) Solar Module & Inverter Bankability 2019. BNEF surveyed banks, funds, developers, EPCs and technical due diligence firms which brands out of 48 modules manufacturers they considered bankable (i.e. can be used in solar projects with non-recourse debt). In the 2019 results, LONGi rose significantly to 91%, its highest ever, a clear indication of LONGi’s maturity as an established brand in the industry.” Source: LONGi
Trina cells used in winning solar car – “Trina Solar Co. announced that the Osaka Sangyo University (“OSU”) Solar Car Team’s solar car, the “OSU-Model-S”, which is equipped with Trina Solar’s Interdigitated Back Contact cells and modules, came in first place in the category of “Dream Class” at the 2019 FIA Electric and New Energies Championship Solar Car Race (the “FIA Suzuka Solar Race”), held at the Suzuki International Racing Circuit in Japan. The FIA Suzuka Solar Race, first held in 1992, is the largest international solar car race taking place in Japan. As one of the event’s sponsors since 2015, Trina Solar has supported several teams in Japan with its cutting-edge PV solar technologies. In order to win at the FIA Suzuka Solar Race, the racing car is required to feature both highly efficient solar cells as well as light structures. The car must also perform well under changing solar radiation conditions throughout the entire race. The “OSU-Model-S” was part of the “Dream Class” category, the top ranked category of the five-hour race, and won the category by 69 laps.” Nice. Source: Trina Solar
ENGIE installs 3.5 MW storage at Downey Unified School District – “ENGIE Storage and Downey Unified School District [Downey, Calif.] today announced the installation and deployment of 3.5 MW/ 7 MWh of battery energy storage systems that ENGIE Storage will operate using its GridSynergy software at seven school sites throughout the district. Downey Unified’s use of the battery storage systems will cut its electricity bills by reducing demand charges, which are assessed based on spikes in electricity usage caused by air conditioning and stadium lighting, as two examples, at three high schools, one middle school, and three elementary schools… Downey Unified is expected to save more than $5.7 million over the lifetime of the system, which was funded through the use of Proposition 39 dollars.” Source: ENGIE
Fairfax County, VA seeks 30-40 MW solar – “In June, Fairfax County announced it was seeking proposals from solar companies to install solar at up to 130 county-owned facilities and schools, with another 100 sites to be considered for a later round. The request for proposals (RFP) covers solar on building roofs, ground-mounted solar and solar canopies over parking lots. This massive solar buy could add as much as 30-40 megawatts of solar, according to one industry member’s calculation.” Source: Power for the People VA
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