Solar Shines in Florida with Suniva


In the midst of Florida’s solar struggles, Fernandina Beach has found a way to harness the sun. The city has contracted with Suniva to power the wastewater treatment plant with solar.

Suniva installed a small beta system at the plant in 2010. Fernandina Beach saw the light, and now the city is going full-scale. Suniva will be installing a ground-mounted array at the treatment center.

“These high-powered Suniva panels are an excellent asset to our solar generation facilities at our wastewater treatment plant,” said John Mandrick, utilities director for The City of Fernandina Beach. “The City of Fernandina Beach Utilities Department is committed to practicing good environmental stewardship and continually looks for ways to reduce their carbon foot print.”

Suniva has been involved in powering wastewater treatment facilities before. In Florida, Suniva provided the panels for the Coleman facility. Suniva also powers the 5 MW array at the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) wastewater treatment center in Maryland and the 1.9MW array at the water reclamation facility in Cary, North Carolina.

“Suniva’s reputation for powering water reclamation centers is growing nationwide,” said Matt Card, vice president, global sales and marketing of Suniva. “We’ve seen incredible interest in this space and we’re proud that as the country’s largest US-born, US-operated module manufacturer, we are generating clean power in The Sunshine State.”

Suniva has been involved in Florida solar projects before. Earlier this summer, the company was involved in the largest commercial rooftop solar installation in the state, at Great Bay Distributors.

As Suniva’s installations grow, it is expanding its manufacturing capabilities in the U.S. This summer, the company expanded its operations in Georgia, adding 400 MW of manufacturing capacity and 5,000 jobs.