Dominion Energy acquires two Urban Grid developed solar projects in Virginia

Dominion Energy

Solar developer Urban Grid sold two solar projects, totaling 240 MWac, in Surry County, Va., to Dominion Energy. The projects, Colonial Trail West Solar (142 MWac) and Spring Grove Solar I (98 MWac), will cover approximately 2,950 acres and generate power equivalent to the consumption of 60,000 homes. Once completed, together these projects will represent the largest contiguous solar project in Virginia.

Dominion Energy’s acquisition of these projects supports its commitment to expand its renewable fleet by 3,000 megawatts under development or in operation by early 2022. The effort was enabled by the Grid Transformation and Security Act of 2018.

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The two projects will take about two years to complete and will generate approximately 720 jobs. Construction will commence in early 2019 for Colonial Trail West Solar, allowing the project to reach commercial operation in December of 2019, and allowing Spring Grove Solar I to reach commercial operation in October of 2020. The solar projects will provide direct and indirect economic benefits to the Commonwealth of Virginia of approximately $115.9 million.

“We are excited to have such a strong and proven owner of solar projects here in the Commonwealth of Virginia acquire these two exceptional solar projects from Urban Grid and are pleased to be able to assist Dominion Energy with achieving their renew-able energy goals. Urban Grid would like to thank the many individuals that made these projects possible and would especially like to thank Surry County, Virginia for their support and cooperation throughout the development process. Urban Grid looks forward to continuing to bring quality development projects and economic benefits to the Commonwealth and the mid-Atlantic,” said Frank DePew, President of Urban Grid.

— Solar Builder magazine

Quixotic Systems installs solar systems for low-income apartments in New York

Quixotic Systems Bay Street Senior Housing

The Bay Street Senior Housing solar project, designed and installed by Quixotic Systems Inc. for the Arker Companies, will offset the building’s electricity use for shared areas by 87 percent.

As the solar industry continues its expansion to serve lower income communities, a New York solar leader, Quixotic Systems Inc. (QSI), has partnered with affordable housing developer Arker Companies to design and install rooftop solar energy systems for two low-income communities in the New York City area.

The first project, Bay Street Senior Housing, is a six-story building offering apartments for low-income senior citizens located along Staten Island’s Stapleton waterfront. QSI designed and installed a 35.3-kW roof-top system that includes 108 high-performance SunPower 327-watt solar panels. The system offsets 87 percent of the building’s energy use for shared-use areas that include computer facilities, a social services office and a fitness center.

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Bay Street Senior Housing was partially financed with a grant from New York’s Low-Income Housing Credit Pro-gram (LIHC), which was established to promote private sector involvement in the retention and production of rental housing reserved for low-income households. The solar system helps reduce operational expenses and keep rents at an affordable level.

“QSI delivered a custom-designed, robust, aesthetically pleasing solar energy system that has performed extreme-ly well and exactly as expected,” said Alex Aker, principal of Arker Companies. “We are always looking for sub-contractors who can do high-quality work conforming to our own rigorous building schedule. QSI met that stand-ard.”

The second project, also developed by Arker Companies, is currently under construction in Queens. Both projects will benefit from rebates from NYSERDA’s NY Sun – Residential/Small Commercial program as well as the federal Investment Tax Credit for commercial solar energy systems.

— Solar Builder magazine

U.S.-based blockchain clean energy platform partners with South Korean city

Swytch

Austin-based Swytch is a blockchain platform that tracks, verifies and rewards those reducing the global carbon footprint. An Open “Oracle” at the heart of the system acts as a distributed authority, awarding Swytch tokens to people, companies and organizations that make a meaningful and measurable difference in reducing emissions. In what could be a model for much of the rest of the world, the platform recently formed a partnership with Chuncheon, the capital of Gangwon Province in South Korea, to drive economic and environmental sustainability and to reduce carbon emissions in the city.

Under the partnership, the participating organizations have agreed to jointly pursue sustainable alternatives to traditional energy sources through the development and adoption of solar energy and the implementation of the Swytch network. Attendees of the meeting included Lee Jae-Soo, the mayor of Chuncheon, Brock Pierce, chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation and a representative from the United Nations Future Forum.

“This partnership aims to address energy shortages while incentivizing infrastructure development in a city that is ready to decrease its dependence on fossil fuels,” said Youngsook Park, vice president of business development of Swytch in South Korea. “Swytch enables renewable energy investments to shift to areas that will have the biggest impact on carbon reduction, creating a more fluid energy market.”

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Swytch leverages smart meter and blockchain technology to reward the companies and people who reduce carbon emissions the most. At the core of the Swytch solution is an open platform that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to determine how much carbon is being displaced and therefore how many Swytch tokens to award.

“There is no doubt that growing our renewable energy dependence is a positive action,” said Lee Jae-Soo, mayor of Chuncheon. “We look forward to this partnership that will decrease our carbon footprint and increase sustainable energy.”

“As the Swytch platform evolves and we continue improving our models for predicting and valuing the effectiveness of different energy assets and sustainability programs, this partnership in Korea will be invaluable to us,” said Evan Caron, co-founder and managing director of Swytch. “We look forward to driving collaboration and innovation in Chuncheon.”

Several other cities in South Korea have already developed partnerships with Swytch and additional agreements in Asia, Europe and the Caribbean are under discussion.

— Solar Builder magazine

Conti Solar is looking to hire a bunch of project managers, engineers, more

Conti solar ohio parklands

A Conti Solar project at the Ohio Parklands

Conti Solar, a national solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), O&M and energy storage development company, announced a ton of job opportunities in project management, energy storage solar engineering and procurement roles in California, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, and New York. Applicants can view open positions and apply online here.

Named one of the Top 100 Best Places to Work by NJ Biz in 2017, Conti Solar’s team of dedicated professionals has been able to successfully develop and install over 500 MW of solar projects since the company’s early initiatives in 2008. The company has more than 80 MW of solar projects under construction.

“Conti Solar is a growing company filled with challenging and rewarding opportunities,” said Eric Millard, Chief Commercial Officer at Conti Solar. “Expanding our regional teams enables us to continue to streamline all phases of solar project development, design, construction and operations to drive down project costs.”

Open Positions

Energy Storage Engineer

  • Edison, NJ

Field Engineer

  • Barstow, CA
  • Edison, NJ
  • Worcester, MA

Procurement & Contracts Specialist

  • Edison, NJ

Project Developer

  • Edison, NJ

Project Engineer

  • Barstow, CA
  • Edison, NJ
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Worcester, MA

Project Estimator

  • Edison, NJ

Project Manager

  • Barstow, CA
  • Ithaca, NY
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Worcester, MA

PV Design Engineer

  • Edison, NJ

Senior PV Design Engineer

  • Edison, NJ

Superintendent

  • Barstow, CA
  • Edison, NJ
  • Ithaca, NY
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Worcester, MA

— Solar Builder magazine

Conti Solar is looking to hire a bunch of project managers, engineers, more

Conti solar ohio parklands

A Conti Solar project at the Ohio Parklands

Conti Solar, a national solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), O&M and energy storage development company, announced a ton of job opportunities in project management, energy storage solar engineering and procurement roles in California, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, and New York. Applicants can view open positions and apply online here.

Named one of the Top 100 Best Places to Work by NJ Biz in 2017, Conti Solar’s team of dedicated professionals has been able to successfully develop and install over 500 MW of solar projects since the company’s early initiatives in 2008. The company has more than 80 MW of solar projects under construction.

“Conti Solar is a growing company filled with challenging and rewarding opportunities,” said Eric Millard, Chief Commercial Officer at Conti Solar. “Expanding our regional teams enables us to continue to streamline all phases of solar project development, design, construction and operations to drive down project costs.”

Open Positions

Energy Storage Engineer

  • Edison, NJ

Field Engineer

  • Barstow, CA
  • Edison, NJ
  • Worcester, MA

Procurement & Contracts Specialist

  • Edison, NJ

Project Developer

  • Edison, NJ

Project Engineer

  • Barstow, CA
  • Edison, NJ
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Worcester, MA

Project Estimator

  • Edison, NJ

Project Manager

  • Barstow, CA
  • Ithaca, NY
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Worcester, MA

PV Design Engineer

  • Edison, NJ

Senior PV Design Engineer

  • Edison, NJ

Superintendent

  • Barstow, CA
  • Edison, NJ
  • Ithaca, NY
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Worcester, MA

— Solar Builder magazine