by Staff Writers
Cayce SC (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Construction has begun at two of the three solar facilities to be completed for one of the nation's largest utility-sponsored community solar programs, SCE and G announced this week. The 16 megawatt Community Solar Program was first unveiled in September 2016, and since then SCE and G has worked closely with Clean Energy Collective (CEC), a leading community solar solutions provider, to accelerate program development, enroll customers and build the local solar facilities.
Community solar sites in Jasper and Orangeburg counties began construction activities this month. A third site will be developed in Hampton County, next year. CEC is developing, constructing and operating the utility's community solar portfolio.
"SCE and G launched the Community Solar Program as part of our commitment to provide customers greater access to clean energy and more choices for meeting their power needs, particularly for those who previously didn't otherwise have a pathway to solar," said Danny Kassis, vice president of customer relations and renewables for SCE and G. "Building these sites will get us even closer to realizing that vision."
An alternative to rooftop solar, community solar gives SCE and G residential electric customers, schools, churches and municipalities the opportunity to purchase or subscribe to panels in local solar arrays, and receive monetary credit on their utility bills for the electricity those panels produce each month. Hundreds of SCE and G customers have signed up for the program, and both residential and nonresidential enrollments are now complete.
"We are proud to partner with SCE and G in making the benefits of solar energy available to so many more of their customers," said Tom Sweeney, president of renewables at CEC. "Program enrollment launched about five months ago, and thanks to high customer demand for the financial and environmental benefits delivered by locally generated clean energy, available allocations have reached capacity."
When all three arrays are operating, they will produce about 733,754 megawatt hours of reliable clean energy over the initial 20-year term - an estimated environmental equivalent of planting 2 million trees or avoiding more than 1.5 billion car miles.
In addition to facilitating customer enrollment, CEC is managing production monitoring, and providing billing integration services. Customers interested in learning more about community solar or signing up for the waitlist should visit here.
Almeria, Spain (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Excess solar flux could be harnessed and used to generate additional electricity at a tower CSP plant, by cladding part of the tower containing the receiver with photovoltaic (PV) panels, according to Sandia scientist Cliff Ho. He found that adding PV on the tower could generate over 10 MW, or 10% of the total capacity of a 100 MW CSP plant. One use for additional direct electric power fro ... read more
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