SimpliPhi launches Installer Qualification Program

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To better serve its network of installers operating in more than 35 countries and growing worldwide, SimpliPhi Power is introducing a new Installer Qualification Program, SimpliPhi I.Q., to provide ongoing continuing education, technical training, sales and co-marketing support to the company’s partners in the field. Two tiers of certification are available, at no cost to participants.

“For almost a decade we’ve partnered with installers around the world to design and deploy safe and efficient energy storage solutions for homes and businesses, both on-grid and off,” says SimpliPhi CEO Catherine Von Burg. “The introduction of our I.Q. program allows us to deliver an even greater level of service, as we work collaboratively with our installation partners to ensure successful systems that offer years of reliable operation for all SimpliPhi projects.”

Installers interested in obtaining certification are asked to complete the online application.

SimpliPhi Power designs and manufactures efficient, non-toxic and enduring energy storage and management systems that utilize non-toxic lithium ferro phosphate (LFP). Based in Oxnard, California, SimpliPhi combines the non-hazardous LFP energy storage chemistry with its proprietary cell and battery architecture, manufacturing processes and materials, power electronics and, Battery Management System (BMS) to create safe, reliable, durable and highly scalable on-demand power solutions for the residential, commercial, military, emergency response and film industries.

— Solar Builder magazine

Six Flags in New Jersey to be powered by 23-MW solar project

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KDC Solar LLC, a developer, owner and operator of solar power facilities announced today that it has begun construction on a 23.5-megawatt solar photovoltaic system in Jackson, New Jersey, that will supply Six Flags Great Adventure with clean renewable energy and virtually all its electrical load at the park. When completed, the project will be the largest net metered solar installation in the State of New Jersey.

The solar facility will produce approximately 30 million kilowatt hours of clean electricity in the first year. Additionally, the environmental benefits of the project will be equivalent to providing power for 2,787 homes for a year or removing approximately 108,000 cars from the road.

Debt financing for the project was provided by Seminole Financial Services through a construction and a permanent loan facility. Development capital and project equity was arranged by GoldenSet Capital Partners in its role as sub-advisor to the North Sky Capital Alliance Fund II.

— Solar Builder magazine

California’s Peninsula Clean Energy breaks ground on 200-MW solar project

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California’s largest solar installation built exclusively for a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) agency broke ground in California’s Central Valley last week. Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE), the electricity provider for 290,000 San Mateo County customers, expects the 200-megawatt utility-scale Wright Solar project to come online in late 2019.

“This is a huge step for Peninsula Clean Energy and our customers,” said CEO Jan Pepper. “The Wright Solar project moves us toward our goal of providing all customers with 100% renewable power by 2025. This long-term contract locks in the price we pay for electricity, which helps ensure that our rates will remain low. The size of the project is unique for a CCA and positions PCE as a leader in the industry.”

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Peninsula Clean Energy has an exclusive 25-year power purchase agreement with Wright Solar Park LLC to buy the solar facility’s electricity. The project is owned by Centaurus Renewable Energy and the construction and operations are managed by Clēnera, LLC. The solar facility is being constructed by Swinerton Renewable Energy with union labor hired from the surrounding areas. The facility will produce enough electricity to power more than 100,000 San Mateo County homes a year.

Peninsula Clean Energy was the fifth Community Choice Aggregation entity formed in California. PCE launched its service in October 2016 and provides electricity to all of San Mateo County. PCE estimates its lower rates save San Mateo County customers approximately $17 million a year

— Solar Builder magazine

Delaware River Solar breaks ground on community solar project in Otsego County, New York

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The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Delaware River Solar announced the groundbreaking of a 2.7-megawatt community solar project in Otsego County.

Located on Pool Brook Road, the solar array is being constructed by Delaware River Solar. Once completed, it is expected to provide enough clean energy to power the equivalent of about 400 average-sized homes per year.

“We are excited to partner with Solstice in Otsego County for community outreach”, said Cindy Menges, Delaware River Solar Community Relations Director. “Residents have the ability to save with no-risk, no cost subscriptions. It’s a win-win for all.”

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The project is being supported by NYSERDA through NY-Sun, Governor Cuomo’s $1 billion initiative to advance the scale-up of solar and move the state closer to having a sustainable, self-sufficient solar industry. Delaware River Solar also received two separate financings from NY Green Bank over the past year. The first, a bridge loan of $7 million, will finance the interconnection expenses of its community solar projects, alleviating one of the significant cost barriers for developers in the community solar sector. In addition, NY Green Bank committed $55 million to participate in a term loan to finance the capital costs of Delaware River Solar’s community solar projects, which are expected to deploy up to 70 megawatts of solar. NY Green Bank’s participation creates an easier pathway forward for developers and enables greater deployment of community solar along with other distributed generation assets throughout the state.

Alfred Griffin, President, NY Green Bank said, “New York State’s community solar market has made significant strides in 2018 and NY Green Bank is proud to play an integral role in that progress by providing financing to fund interconnection expenses and capital costs. We look forward to seeing continued growth in the New York State community solar market.”

Since 2011, solar in New York State has increased more than 1,000 percent and leveraged nearly $2.8 billion in private investments. During the months of July and August 2018, New York completed 80 megawatts of solar projects – the highest amount completed in two months in the state’s history. New York is ranked third nationally for residential and non-residential solar installed through June 30, 2018 and there are nearly 12,000 people engaged in solar jobs across the state.

— Solar Builder magazine

Here’s the new lineup of fall protection products from PSG for solar installers to know about

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The biggest news in the fall protection industry this year was the ascent of Pure Safety Group (PSG) to become the largest dedicated provider of height safety equipment and services in the world. In just 10 months, PSG acquired four leading companies: Web Devices, Guardian Fall Protection, Checkmate and Ty-Flot.

At the 2018 National Safety Congress (NSC) trade show in Houston, the company is launching as the PSG brand, a family of the combined company brands and harmonized product lines. Here are some notable products for anyone going up on a rooftop.

Checkmate Vantage X high performance harness – One-piece design front cam buckle adjuster has an integrated chest strap and connector, which improves functionality and reduces weight while increasing strength and durability. Features new Dial D technology with Control D Ring that is user adjusted for easy connection of auxiliary equipment at just the twist of a dial. The dorsal “D” automatically returns to the home position when the user is not connecting a device. Any excess webbing is neatly rolled and tethered back via a unique “Roll n Lock” system.

Guardian professional harnesses Series 1, 3, 5 — Series 1 features new rubber web keepers, Series 3 also includes core indicating webbing and dual SRL connectors, and Series 5 also adds coated, forged steel hardware and deluxe shoulder and waist padding.

Checkmate ATOM SRLS — The most innovative line of single retracting lifelines (SRLs) in the industry that includes the 6-foot ATOM-X HW, which is the smallest and lightest fall arrest block in the world. Uses acceleration instead of velocity for quicker breaking and more stopping power. Other new ATOM SRLs include the ATOM-Edge 8’ cable for leading edge applications.

Ty-Flot Dropped Objects Prevention Products — 13 new products in the Ty-Flot product range, now available through the PSG distribution network that boasts 88 patents and 40 patents pending. New products include cinch hoops, heat shrink attachments for ball pins, dual tie offs, tether-ready tools, shock absorbing tethers, part pouches with tethers, shoulder harnesses for meters, scaffold worker belts, hang loops, bucket holders, HRC clips, embossed natural floating ties and tether-ready pens.

— Solar Builder magazine