ForeFront Power to deploy solar, AI-powered energy storage for collection of California schools

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An artificial intelligence-powered energy storage company, Stem Inc., is working with C&I solar developer ForeFront Power to develop solar+storage energy systems for schools and municipalities throughout California. ForeFront Power and Stem were selected as the best renewable energy solutions provider by the School Project for Utility Rate Reduction (SPURR), a California-based joint powers authority that aggregates the buying power of over 240 member schools, colleges, and other public agencies.

Over 20 public agencies have used SPURR’s Renewable Energy Aggregated Procurement Program to secure preferential pricing and terms for solar and storage solutions with less sourcing expense and effort. ForeFront Power’s solar solutions and financing, paired with Stem’s energy storage, enable public schools and agencies to reduce substantial energy expenses, hedge rising utility costs, and conserve bond funds for other needs, with no need for capital outlay or bond money.

Stem, Inc. has been developing solar+storage projects since 2013 for public and private non-residential customers, including sites at several California schools and universities.

“Our artificial intelligence and partner-friendly platform allows solar developers to maximize economic returns for the solar customer in the face of dramatically changing solar rates and rules, while also building the capabilities for future grid services revenue,” said John Carrington, CEO of Stem, Inc.

Stem has the largest project finance pool among its peers, now over US $500 million, enabling Stem’s 860 energy storage systems under management across five states and three countries (U.S., Japan, and Canada). Athena, Stem’s cutting-edge AI, is the first of its kind for customer-sited energy storage, performing real-time energy optimization that reduces onsite peak demand and enabling customers to participate via Stem’s networks to access additional services and value streams.

— Solar Builder magazine

NASA building topped with 120-kW solar system, featuring Mission Solar Energy panels

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A roof top PV system featuring Mission Solar Energy panels was installed atop one of NASA’s newest buildings at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Over the years, NASA has made an effort to replace and revitalize many of the pre-Apollo era facilities at Marshall Space Flight Center. These new buildings were designed to be more technologically advanced and create a smaller footprint.

“We are pleased that NASA has chosen to incorporate solar in its new building construction plans at the Marshall Space Flight Center. Our team is proud to design, engineer and assemble our solar panels in the U.S. and deploying our products to projects like this gives us great pride,” said Jae Yang, President & CEO of Mission Solar Energy.

Hannah Solar Government Services (HSGS) headquartered in Charleston, SC, was selected by Madison Electric in 2017 to design, engineer and install NASA’s 120 kilowatt (kW) solar array, which is identical to the solar array HSGS installed for NASA in 2013. This solar array contains more than 370 Mission Solar Energy MSE MONO 72 solar panels, a high-power solar module ideal for commercial and industrial applications.

“We are veterans proud to continue serving our country and proud to continue providing solar energy generation for NASA,” said Retired COL Dave McNeil, President & CEO of Hannah Solar Government Solutions.

— Solar Builder magazine

NASA building topped with 120-kW solar system, featuring Mission Solar Energy panels

Mission Solar Energy

A roof top PV system featuring Mission Solar Energy panels was installed atop one of NASA’s newest buildings at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Over the years, NASA has made an effort to replace and revitalize many of the pre-Apollo era facilities at Marshall Space Flight Center. These new buildings were designed to be more technologically advanced and create a smaller footprint.

“We are pleased that NASA has chosen to incorporate solar in its new building construction plans at the Marshall Space Flight Center. Our team is proud to design, engineer and assemble our solar panels in the U.S. and deploying our products to projects like this gives us great pride,” said Jae Yang, President & CEO of Mission Solar Energy.

Hannah Solar Government Services (HSGS) headquartered in Charleston, SC, was selected by Madison Electric in 2017 to design, engineer and install NASA’s 120 kilowatt (kW) solar array, which is identical to the solar array HSGS installed for NASA in 2013. This solar array contains more than 370 Mission Solar Energy MSE MONO 72 solar panels, a high-power solar module ideal for commercial and industrial applications.

“We are veterans proud to continue serving our country and proud to continue providing solar energy generation for NASA,” said Retired COL Dave McNeil, President & CEO of Hannah Solar Government Solutions.

— Solar Builder magazine

Solar canopy installed in just five days, ready for upcoming Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

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Quest Renewables solar canopy can be assembled at ground level.

Interconnection Systems, Inc. (ISI), in partnership with Quest Renewables, completed the installation of a 54.6-kW QuadPod solar canopy system at the Harley-Davidson Rally Point Plaza in Sturgis SD in just five days in June. The plaza is used as a central gathering place during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and for numerous public events during the year. The power generated by the system will offset energy used by the building that houses the Sturgis Public Library and City Hall.

Liz Wunderlich, P.E., City Engineer for Sturgis, had this to say about the construction and the system, “The Harley-Davidson Rally Point is an extremely important public space for the City of Sturgis. Both Quest and ISI did a marvelous job incorporating the new black powder coated canopy into the aesthetic aspect of the Plaza, and were respectful of property, events and of residents. Construction even took a break while the city had a parade going by during fabrication. I am definitely pleased with ISI, Quest and the finished canopy.”

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The 54.6-kW system features the QuadPod double cantilever system from Quest Renewables. 90% of QuadPod’s construction takes place on the ground, making construction three times faster. After on-the-ground assembly, panel placement, inverter mounting, wiring and lighting, the canopy units are lifted by crane for final attachment, minimizing overhead work and optimizing worksite safety.

Nate Conaway, Project Manager of Interconnection Systems, said of the solar industry, “[It] now employs more people than the oil industry.” He also said, “[The solar industry] is an industry that’s not going to go away.”

— Solar Builder magazine

Nuance Energy awarded contract for 6-MW in solar from LA Department of Water and Power

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Nuance Energy, manufacturer of the patent-pending Osprey PowerPlatform and developer of distributed generation solar projects, was awarded a contract with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for ground mount solar arrays to be deployed at LADWP facilities. The contract was awarded after a competitive bidding process that attracted interest from dozens of vendors. Here’s a full case study.

LADWP supplies more than 26 million Megawatt-hours of electricity annually to 1.4 million homes and businesses throughout the City of Los Angeles. Like all electric utilities in California, the agency must meet the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) required by state law and the California Energy Commission. LADWP is well ahead of the mandated RPS targets with its own, more aggressive targets of 33 percent by 2020, growing to 65 percent by 2036.

Nuance Energy’s Osprey PowerPlatform is a fixed tilt ground mount system. These portable and modular units will be used to deploy solar arrays totaling 50-kW AC of power (or approximately 65-kW DC) in LADWP facilities. The successful vendor would need to be able to supply enough solar units to deploy up to 40 of these 50kW AC solar project sites in the first year. The contract is optionally renewable over the next two years for an additional 80 solar arrays resulting in a total of up to 6MW.

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“A major reason Nuance Energy was selected after such a competitive bidding process is the industry-leading ease and low cost of installation afforded by our revolutionary Osprey PowerPlatform,” said Brian C. Boguess, Nuance Energy’s founder and CEO. “The Osprey’s pre-engineered, modular design and innovative earth anchor foundation system make it possible for a three to four-person crew to install up to 50kW (AC) in an eight-hour work day using only handheld power tools, and without any need for a geotechnical report or special inspections.”

“The speed to deploy the Osprey is unmatched in the solar industry,” Boguess added. “Nuance Energy’s modular Osprey PowerPlatform allows the customer to ‘lift and shift’ the renewable energy asset as needed. Osprey PowerPlatform is a proven solar solution that can be used by any electric utility wishing to deploy solar arrays along their rights-of-way.”

— Solar Builder magazine