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by Ryan Work, wwdmag.com | May 13, 2013
Wastewater treatment facilities are prodigious users of electricity. With heavy equipment including pumps, digesters and aerators needed to maintain operations 24 hours a day, seven days a week, wastewater treatment facilities yield extremely high electricity bills for their owners or operators. On top of that, energy costs are on the rise.
Solar energy is more than a commitment to the environment; it also is a solution to rising energy costs. Misconceptions about solar abound—it is too expensive, it is impractical for many applications, and it is too much of a hassle. In reality, solar energy is an affordable, simple and straightforward solution that many wastewater treatment facilities have already adopted to save bundles in electricity costs.
Solar’s economics are already cost-effective for many applications and are only continuing to improve. Costs have plummeted by 30% in the past two years, leading to a 70% increase in installed solar nationwide over the past year. Furthermore, experienced project developers are accustomed to working with a range of municipal requirements, helping municipalities easily surmount installation challenges to keep cost-per-watt low and headaches minimal while complying with applicable regulations.
by staff, pv-tech.org | May 9, 2013
IKEA continues to expand its solar footprint in the U.S., announcing the completion of its 38th solar project at its store in Stoughton, Mass.
The 118,000-square-foot array consists of a 590.8-kW (DC) system, built with 4,220 laminated
panels. IKEA Stoughton’s program will produce approximately 695,000 kWh of clean electricity
annually, the equivalent of reducing 479 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), eliminating the emissions
of 94 cars or powering 60 homes yearly.
For the development, design and installation of the Stoughton store’s customized solar
power system, IKEA contracted with REC Solar, Inc., a national leader in solar electric system
design and installation with more than 9,000 systems built across the U.S.
“We at IKEA believe in the never-ending job of improving the sustainability of our day-today
business,” said Frank Briel, store manager. “The Stoughton coworkers are excited to help
contribute to this goal with our newly operational solar energy system. We appreciate the
support of the Town of Stoughton, National Grid and REC Solar, our partners in this project.”
by Steven Bushong, Solar Power World | May 1, 2013
For all their trouble with the weather and other forces beyond control, farmers have become some of America’s scrappiest business people. They’re always looking for a means to be more profitable and save money for the inevitable bad year. When something goes well at a farm down the street, it isn’t long before other farmers hear about it and adopt the practice for themselves. It’s no surprise that solar PV has taken off in the agricultural space, solar developers say. It just makes sense.
“I’ve been in this industry for 12 years, and farmers have gone from skeptical of to confident in solar technology,” says Ryan Park, director of business development at REC Solar, which has more than 10,000 solar installations nationwide. “They know this stuff works.”