Intersolar North America announces the finalists for its award for Solar Projects in North America. The winners will be announced during a special ceremony at Intersolar North America in San Francisco, on July 8.
This has been an exciting day for solar power, starting with President Obama’s announcement of major commitments to solar and and energy efficiency.
It’s a fitting time to celebrate some recent solar achievements. And Intersolar North America has helped us out by identifying a few particularly innovative solar projects around the U.S.
The industry exhibition and conference for solar professionals has unveiled the finalists for the Intersolar AWARD for Solar Projects in North America: Eaton, Princeton Power Systems, Solaire Generation, Trina Solar, and First Solar. The winners will be announced during a special ceremony at Intersolar North America in San Francisco, on July 8.
The Intersolar AWARD, now in its seventh year, promotes the industry’s power to innovate. The category of Solar Projects in North America recognizes landmark projects that exemplify a high degree of technological innovation, uniqueness, economic feasibility, and benefit to the environment and society. Winners are selected by an independent committee of industry experts and are announced each July in San Francisco.
The 2014 Solar Projects in North America AWARD finalists are all in top solar states and represent some exciting developments in the industry:
Eaton’s Hyder II Solar Power Plant (Yuma County, Arizona): For this 200 MWp utility-scale project, Eaton used a direct-coupled throat connection between the PV modules and inverters. That reduced cable losses and saved on construction costs by avoiding the need to dig trenches.
Princeton Power Systems Alcatraz Project (San Francisco): To install an independent power system on Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay, developers had to design the system so it could not be spotted from the mainland. They also needed to carefully integrate battery storage and fuel back-up systems. The PV system eliminates more than 80% of the fossil fuels previously used to power the island and educates visitors on the benefits of solar power.
Solaire Generation’s Whole Foods Market Solar Carport (Brooklyn, New York): As part of a sustainable roofing system, PV modules are combined with a partial glass roof to use the sun for heat and power. Visitors to the store can see the benefits of solar energy firsthand.
Trina Solar’s Oshman Family Jewish Community Center Project (Palo Alto, California): This project exemplifies unique project financing. The project tapped private funds for a power purchase agreement rather than a lending structure typical of smaller distributed projects. The Oshman Family project now provides the community center with solar energy for $0.04 a kWh, the lowest cost of solar on public record in California.
First Solar’s Agua Caliente Solar Project (Yuma County, Arizona): Located 65 miles east of Yuma in Arizona on neglected arable land, this project is one of the world’s largest, producing 290 MW. The project comprises nearly 5 million thin-film solar modules and includes a unique power plant instrumentation and control system.
We look forward to hearing more about these projects at Intersolar North America!