Esdec enters U.S. solar market to change C&I rooftop mounting

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Esdec, a leading European solar rooftop mounting solutions provider, is making its debut in the U.S. market this week at SPI (Booth 378). With more than 1.8 GW of installed capacity and leading market share in several European countries, the company brings 14 years of solar mounting and racking innovation and experience to the U.S. solar community.

Esdec’s initial U.S. product offering is the FlatFix system, a lightweight, clickable solar mounting system for flat roofs. Featuring a 20-year warranty and UL certification, FlatFix’s innovative design enables rapid assembly, allowing commercial installers to significantly reduce installation times compared to other systems in the market.

Esdec’s Atlanta-based U.S. subsidiary will be led by Bart Leusink, a seasoned executive with more than 25 years of management and executive experience. Bart has significant experience in and familiarity with the U.S. solar market, having served for seven years as president and CEO of Renusol America.

The FlatFix system

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FlatFix’s racking components, including bonding straps, are assembled by snapping into a locked position without the need for tools. The rails click together easily and quickly to form an interconnected, solid structure. Complete module installation requires just one tool and minimal parts, while power optimizers can be attached via snap-on clips in a matter of seconds.

Using self-levelling baseplates, FlatFix is available with ballasted and hybrid attachment options. The flexible system can be oriented in a traditional south-facing direction or in a dual-tilt orientation. FlatFix’s materials and design compensate for thermal effects, reducing potential heat-induced degradation of the PV modules and protecting the integrity of the roof.

Esdec is also introducing its ClickFit product to the U.S. market. A lightweight, fully adjustable rail-based racking system, ClickFit can be used on various types of pitched residential and commercial roofs. FlatFix and ClickFit are both UL-certified Class A fire-rated, having achieved top-of-class fire mitigation for Type 1 and 2 PV modules.

— Solar Builder magazine

Carlisle Roof Foam and Coatings present C&I roof restoration options at SPI

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Just as a mechanic wouldn’t put a new Ferrari 456 V-8 engine in an old Geo Metro, a deteriorating old roof is not the best option to hold a new solar array on an existing building. Carlisle Roof Foam and Coatings will be showcasing its roofing options, for new and restored roofs, compatible with any type of solar mounting system, at Solar Power International (Booth 3671, Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace).

Since most solar systems have a service life of 20+ years, a new PV system installed on an existing roof often will outlast the roof and its warranty. Carlisle manufactures liquid-applied acrylic and silicone roof coatings that are perfect for restoring old roofs. Carlisle also manufactures spray polyurethane foam (SPF) roofing, ideal for new construction. All of Carlisle’s roofing systems are seamless and self-flashing, completely sealing any penetrations. They are also lightweight and able to conform to any angle, surface, or substrate. Carlisle’s team of technical professionals can address any issues of construction, code compliance, energy efficiency, and maintenance.

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Standard Solar, Inc. will be joining Carlisle at SPI this year to present their full suite of services, from EPC to low-cost financing. Standard Solar and Carlisle have joined forces on several previous projects to develop, fund, and operate solar systems on newly restored commercial roofs. Owned by Énergir, a leading energy provider with more than $5.8 billion US in assets, and with more than 100 megawatts installed, financed and maintained, Standard Solar is one of the most trusted and respected solar companies in the United States.

Carlisle Roof Foam and Coatings is a new business segment of Carlisle Companies Incorporated, which acquired Accella Roofing Solutions in 2017. The transition of Accella to Carlisle Roof Foam and Coatings harnesses Carlisle’s long history in the development and production of commercial and industrial building envelope products, to now offer a whole building solution.

— Solar Builder magazine

Sunrun commits to 100 MW of solar on affordable multi-family housing

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Sunrun Inc. is expanding its low- and moderate-income solar offering plans to develop a minimum of 100 MW of solar on affordable multi-family housing — in which 80 percent of tenants fall below 60 percent of the area median income — over the next decade in California. Sunrun’s commitment, when fully deployed, will directly benefit at least 50,000 moderate and low-income households.

The installations will be done through building owners at no cost to the tenants.

“Sunrun is built on the foundation that solar energy should be accessible to everyone,” said Lynn Jurich, Sunrun co-founder and Chief Executive Officer. “In offering affordable home solar to residents in low and moderate-income housing, we’re able to support the communities that often experience the most harmful effects of pollution and climate change. This expansion further illustrates the essential role of home solar in improving people’s livelihoods, supporting a healthier environment, and building a more resilient energy system, for everyone.”

As we’ve noted, the lack of plans for solar in the the LMI and multifamily housing sector is holding back massive potential. Smart legislation in the California, such as the affordable housing solar roofs program, has empowered companies like Sunrun to expand access to solar. To date, 39 MW of solar have been installed on affordable multi-family dwellings through the California Public Utilities Commission’s Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) program, and will continue through its successor program, Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH). Sunrun’s commitment aims to satisfy one-third of the SOMAH program’s goal of 300 MW of solar on affordable housing by 2030.”

In addition to its commitment in California, Sunrun is also introducing a discounted electricity rate to low-income residents in Nevada, supported by the state’s RenewableGenerations program, which comes shortly after Sunrun joined the Connecticut Green Bank Program. The company also will continue its six-year partnership with GRID Alternatives. Sunrun has helped install 2.5 MW of solar for 260 families, and generated significant job opportunities for GRID trainees. Sunrun employees have also volunteered over 4,500 hours with GRID.

— Solar Builder magazine

New York creates toolkit to guide solar development of brownfields, landfills

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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority released a new tool kit to provide guidance and resources for communities seeking to develop solar projects on underutilized properties such as landfills and brownfields. This new Municipal Solar Procurement Toolkit supports recent revisions to the NY-Sun Megawatt Block Program which provides financial incentives for developing solar projects in those areas.

“Responsible development of solar projects on brownfields and landfills enables municipalities to transform this dead space into a renewable energy resource that helps lower consumer energy bills and provide emission free energy,” said Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA.

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The New York Solar Guidebook is a comprehensive resource created by NYSERDA to help municipalities and officials engage in informed decision making about the potential benefits, effects and impact on the community’s character that renewable energy projects may bring. It contains tools, step-by-step instructions and information about solar project permitting, inspection, property taxes, land leases and more.

Municipalities can use the new Municipal Solar Procurement Toolkit as a guide to develop solar projects on these underutilized lands instead of other productive land. It includes an overview guide on municipal procurement as well as ready-to-use templates for a land lease agreement and a request for proposal. Aditionally, NYSERDA offers free technical assistance to help municipalities implement the policies and practices for becoming solar-ready communities.

This toolkit is part of statewide effort to support renewable energy project growth and compliments a rulemaking package adopted by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in June to streamline the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) process to encourage sustainable development. The updates will take effect on January 1, 2019, and will expand the number of actions not subject to further review under SEQR, known as Type II actions, modify thresholds for actions deemed more likely to require the preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS), and require scoping of an EIS.

Examples of Type II actions to be added include installation of solar arrays on closed landfills, cleaned-up brownfield sites, wastewater treatment facilities, sites zoned for industrial use, or solar canopies on residential and commercial parking facilities and the installation of solar arrays on an existing structure not listed on the National or State Register of Historic Places; among others.

The NY-Sun initiative supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s mandate for 50 percent of the state’s electricity to come from renewable resources by 2030 to combat climate change.

The NY-Sun Megawatt Block program has already supported 652 megawatts of completed projects and another 979 megawatts are currently under development. In June, NYSERDA announced improvements to the Megawatt Block incentive program including higher incentives for projects on landfills and brownfields as part of NYSERDA’s soft, indirect cost reduction effort. New York has more than 1,300 MW of installed and operating solar capacity, or enough to power approximately 229,000 homes, and is rapidly adding more every day.

— Solar Builder magazine

Maryland’s Francis Scott Key Mall adds 2-MW rooftop solar system via Safari Energy

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The solar rooftop system at Francis Scott Key Mall in Frederick, Maryland is now operational. The 2-MW capacity project is currently providing clean energy to power the Class A shopping destination, owned by PREIT, a leading real estate investment trust.

The project is Safari Energy’s eighth in the state, bringing the total capacity of Safari Energy’s commercial rooftop solar systems in Maryland to nearly 10 MW. Francis Scott Key Mall is Safari Energy’s fifth project with PREIT, adding to a growing nationwide portfolio.

“Safari Energy is proud to continue expanding our portfolio of projects with PREIT and to take advantage of the positive renewable energy landscape in Maryland,” said Matt Rudey, Chief Executive Office, Safari Energy. “We look forward to completing more commercial solar projects in Maryland while the favorable policies and incentives are in place.”

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Safari Energy developed the Francis Scott Key Mall project, conducting site analysis, engineering design, financial, tax and legal structuring, incentive capture, permitting, construction management and interconnection approval. The project has now moved into the asset management phase, with Safari Energy providing the site with O&M services. Safari Energy is similarly providing ongoing O&M services in Maryland for systems installed at Mondawmin Mall in Baltimore and Federal Plaza in Bethesda.

“We partnered with Safari Energy on our first rooftop solar project at Cherry Hill Mall in New Jersey, and we are pleased to continue building on this partnership with five installations now complete,” said Joseph F. Coradino, CEO, PREIT. “Safari Energy has helped us realize significant economic value and environmental benefits from previously unused roof space from Massachusetts to Maryland, enhancing our sustainability efforts.”

Francis Scott Key Mall is located in Frederick, Maryland, within an hour of Washington, DC and Baltimore, and offers shoppers more than 70 specialty retailers. PREIT, which owns Francis Scott Key Mall, operates a robust portfolio of carefully curated properties combining retail and lifestyle offerings with destination dining and entertainment experiences.

— Solar Builder magazine