United Solar Part Of Record Speed In Rooftop PV
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Solar Integrated Technologies GmbH, a subsidiary of Rochester Hills-based Energy Conversion Devices (Nasdaq: ENER), and the New York City-based power company ContourGlobal have made rapid progress on green energy solutions on four different sites of Athens, Greece-based Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Co. S.A. using thin-film photovoltaic modules powered by United Solar, another ECD company.
The sites were finished in the shortest possible timeframe, by year-end — in time to benefit from this year’s feed-in tariffs.
Initiated by ContourGlobal, a solution based on Uni-Solar was once again chosen for PV installations on four CCH sites in Italy, following other installations in Europe and the United States.
The PV systems in Marcianise (905 kWp), Nogara (1249 kWp), Oricola (622 kWp) and in Monticchio (472 kWp) will help CCH, well known for its environmental corporate responsibility, to produce clean energy while reducing its carbon footprint.
All solar systems combined will generate an estimated 3,330 megawatt hours per year, saving about 1,770 tons per year in CO2 emissions.
ContourGlobal is the system owner and operator that provided financing and integrated the solar energy systems into a larger energy savings program for CCH, providing further benefits towards their efforts to further reduce its carbon footprint and increase the energy efficiency of its operations.
The decision to partner with United Solar and Solar Integrated was due to CCH’s requirement of a low-impact PV installation on the rooftops of their facilities. Both Uni-Solar products used in the installation – PowerPlate and PowerTilt – are light-weight and adapt perfectly to the architectural design, while generating high energy yields.
Solar Integrated’s PowerPlate consists of flexible Uni-Solar thin-film PV laminates adhered to an aluminum-zinc coated steel sheet, ideally suited for metal roofs. PowerTilt is a new addition to Uni-Solar’s product line, optimizing a high-performing technology by 10 to 20 percent and making even low-sloped roofs accessible for PV installations.
Solar Integrated’s engineering capacity end experience in the field of photovoltaic installations was one of the driving factors behind the decision for Solar Integrated and Uni-Solar brand products. As an expert in rooftop PV applications, Solar Integrated has more than 350 projects with a capacity of over 30 MWp installed to date.
ContourGlobal has about 900 employees worldwide and over 1,300 megawatts of capacity in operation, under construction, or in active development in a diverse set of markets including the United States, the European Union, Ukraine, Brazil, Colombia, Togo, Rwanda, and Nigeria. ContourGlobal develops and operates electric and combined heat and power businesses around the world for both governments and multinational companies.
More at www.contourglobal.com.
More about ECD at www.energyconversiondevices.com.