There are murmurs of a 100 MW solar plant coming to Dulles Airport – Dominion Energy Virginia and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority have entered discussions regarding the development of a 100 MW solar project located on 1,200 acres at Dulles. Documentation has also been signed to begin feasibility studies for the potential project. Source: WTOP
SunPower safe harbors 200 MW of panels – SunPower has entered into a joint venture with Hannon Armstrong, to acquire and deploy 200 MW of safe harbored panels, preserving the federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) 30% value for third-party owned commercial and residential systems and meeting safe harbor guidelines. The companies expect to increase the volume in later years. The federal investment tax credit is slated to step down from 30% at the end of this year to 26 percent in 2020, 22 percent in 2021 and then level at 10 percent for commercial customers and zero for residential customers in 2022 and beyond. The safe harbor facility is expected to preserve 30% ITC value for projects placed in service from now through mid-2022. Source: SunPower
350 MW proposed for Buffalo, NY – EDF Renewables has filed to bring 350 MW of glorious solar power to a premier salt-of-the-earth city, Buffalo, NY. The project would be located on 2,500 acres in the southern Erie County towns of Concord and Sardinia. It would be the largest in the state, if approved. The project would generate enough electricity to power 80,000 homes. Source: The Buffalo News
Contra Costa County partners with SunPower on solar carport initiative – “Contra Costa County in California recently selected SunPower to deploy a mix of Helix Roof and Carport solar systems at 10 locations totaling 3.7 MW, which is expected to offset approximately 68% grid electricity and save $16.5 million in energy costs over 25 years. Three of those sites will also feature Helix Storage systems that reach a combined 1.5 MW (3,000 kilowatt hours) and deliver significant demand charge savings to Contra Costa County.” Source: SunPower
Alta Devices powers Stanford Solar Car – “When the Stanford Solar Car competes in this month’s Bridgestone World Solar Challenge (BWSC) race, the car will be powered by Alta Devices solar technology. This year, for the first time in BWSC history, a solar car will use flexible, glass-free solar that also delivers high levels of power, and can also be manufactured at cost-effective prices. This provides a vision of what solar technology might look like for mass-market automotive.” Source: Alta Devices
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