Hannah Solar mounts arrays on Tiernan & Patrylo buildings through brownfield program

Brownfields are a big opportunity for the solar industry. Tiernan & Patrylo recently partnered with Hannah Solar on two roof-mount solar arrays atop their buildings in Peachtree City, Ga. The combined 755 kilowatt (kW) systems are just the latest addition to the properties, which the company recently revitalized under the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) Brownfield program.

Hannah Solar Brownfield

The Georgia EPD’s Brownfield program allows developers to purchase contaminated properties and remediate them with limited liability for preexisting contamination. In exchange for Tiernan & Patrylo fronting the costs of the cleanup, the state of Georgia assumes the liability for groundwater contamination and cleanup, as well as the contamination and cleanup of any surrounding properties. Once the buildings were completed, the company decided to take it a step further by adding solar panels.

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“As an engineer, I have always been interested in solar systems, both photovoltaic and passive solar collectors,” said President and CEO of Tiernan & Patrylo, John Tiernan. “The return on investment for us, given the tax credits and accelerated depreciation, made it a simple decision.”

The buildings house the new headquarters for global aerospace industry leader, Wencor Group, and Assa Abloy, the world’s largest door manufacturer. The installations combined generate an average of 1,057,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) annually — producing enough energy to power the equivalent of about 78 homes.

— Solar Builder magazine

Hannah Solar teams with Sonnenbatterie for energy storage option for new residential division

Hannah SolarHannah Solar, the top independent solar integrator in Georgia, is teaming up with Sonnenbatterie Inc., developer, designer and manufacturer of integrated and unique energy storage systems, to address the growing demand for residential solar coupled with an energy storage solution. This will be the first partnership of its kind in the Southeast, creating new incentives from solar power combined with energy storage. Coincidently, the partnership news comes at a time when Hannah Solar is launching its new residential division, Hannah Home Energy. Hannah Home Energy also offers electric vehicle charging stations and Generac back-up generators to complete their new residential program.

Residential solar along with energy storage allows residents to harness and store the solar energy generated during the day for use at night, or even during a power outage and as back-up. With a growing interest in solar, adding an integrated storage solution will make it even more appealing, particularly in the residential sector according to Pete Marte, CEO of Hannah Solar. Atlanta-based Hannah Solar was founded in 2008. Since then, it has installed residential, business and institutional solar systems around the Southeast with a focus, until now, on commercial.

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“The residential solar game has changed,” Marte said. “When House Bill 57, ‘The Free Market Finance Act of 2015’ passed both the GA House of Representatives and Senate unanimously, all customers in Georgia could now finance solar energy systems for their homes or businesses. Customers don’t have to write a large check anymore for the next 30 years of energy they will consume. They can now pay for their energy over time,” according to Marte.

The Sonnenbatterie product is an integrated energy storage system that utilizes intelligent energy management software, able to monitor the energy flow – both the electricity production and the consumption – anytime and anywhere. In addition to monitoring, this information can also help the user understand their electricity storage. Each Sonnenbatterie energy storage system has a touchscreen that allows the user to control, measure and see a graphical real time display of all system information. Additionally, each homeowner will have an app for their computers and smart devices to monitor their energy use by the hour.

Sonnenbatterie was founded in Germany in 2010. Since then, the company has grown significantly. Sonnenbatterie has established itself as the pioneer of energy storage systems in Europe, having installed more than 8,000 storage solutions throughout Europe. Since its entry into the U.S. market, it opened headquarters in Los Angeles, California and has established a research and development facility in Georgia. As a pioneer in the energy storage industry, Sonnenbatterie partners with local companies that have the expertise, outstanding customer service, and credibility in their territories.

“While we have teamed-up with other companies throughout the nation,” said Boris von Bormann, CEO of Sonnenbatterie Inc., “this will be our introduction to the Southeast. Having an R&D facility in Norcross, GA, we are familiar with the solar industry in Georgia, now growing at an extremely fast pace. Hannah Solar was the best possible partnership choice for Sonnenbatterie.”

— Solar Builder magazine

Washington Gas Energy Systems Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies in Georgia

GA Solar ArrayWashington Gas Energy Systems Inc. just announced the completion of 20 solar projects, totaling more than 15 megawatts, that will produce renewable energy for Georgia Power. The company held ribbon cutting ceremonies at their sites in Donalsonville and Richland, Ga. on Thursday, Dec. 11, and another event in Greenville, Ga. on Friday, Dec. 12.

“These projects significantly increase renewable energy capacity in the state through the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative,” said Sanjiv Mahan, chief operating officer of Washington Gas Energy Systems. “We commend this program for spurring economic growth in the solar energy industry while reducing the carbon impact of Georgia Power customers, and look forward to completing more projects through this partnership with our diversified offerings across the energy eco-system.”

All of the solar arrays will be owned and operated by Washington Gas Energy Systems under 20-year Power Purchasing Agreements (PPAs) with Georgia Power. The project in Donalsonville is a 2-megawatt ground-mounted system composed of more than 6,000 solar panels, and is expected to produce more than 3,000-MW hours of electricity annually. The project was developed by Office of Solar Development and all engineering, procurement and construction was performed by Cantsink Manufacturing.

The Greenville project is a 1-megawatt ground-mounted solar away at the Meriwether County Industrial Development Authority. It is composed of more than 3,000 solar panels and expected to produce more than 1,500-MW hours of electricity per year. Engineering, procurement and construction was managed by Hannah Solar.

In Richland, the 1-megawatt solar project consists of more than 7,000 solar panels and is expected to produce more than 1,500 megawatt hours of electricity per year. The project was developed by Inman Solar in collaboration with the City of Richland and the Richland Development Authority. Other Washington Gas Energy Systems projects under construction in Georgia include sites located in Montezuma and Homer, each sized at 1-megawatt. All projects are expected to be completed by February 2015.

— Solar Builder magazine