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Solar Update: Kyocera Donates to African Schools, IKEA Helps Sandy Area, Washington Gas Energy Systems Signs PPA with NM School District

June 14, 2013 By Linda Hardesty

African schoolKyocera Corporation donated solar power generating systems to four secondary schools in Tanzania and three primary schools in Uganda. The installations are part of larger donation projects that have been ongoing since 2009, in which Kyocera has been providing solar power generating systems to schools in Tanzania and Uganda that have no access to the electricity grid. The five-year projects consist of 600-watt solar power generating systems for 35 schools in total, each with storage batteries as well as basic equipment such as lamps, TV sets and radios – lighting up the classrooms and diversifying learning activities for the students. The solar systems also are occasionally used as an electricity source for the people of the community to charge their mobile devices. With additional installations at seven schools in the last fiscal year, donations have already been made to a total of 28 schools, with seven more to follow by March 2014.

IKEA is making a pledge to the “Solar for Sandy” project created by Global Green to help communities hurt by Hurricane Sandy. IKEA will donate $250,000 to install a solar energy system on a recreation center in Brooklyn, NY, near IKEA’s Red Hook store. The completion date is targeted for Oct. 29, Hurricane Sandy’s one year anniversary. The new solar installation will help mitigate future power blackouts and provide expanded emergency services to the community center. The new system will power lighting and HVAC and will also provide critical services such as refrigeration for medicine.

Washington Gas Energy Systems signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Rio Rancho Public Schools in New Mexico to build, own and operate two 1,215-kW solar arrays at Cleveland and Rio Rancho High Schools. The project is currently under construction and will be completed this summer. With the PPA, the school did not have to make any upfront financial investment. The project was developed by AMSOLAR and will be constructed by Conergy, which is also supplying the equipment for both schools. Each solar installation will feature 2.9 miles of Conergy SolarLinea mounting systems, a ground-mounted solution. When completed, the expected annual output will produce 80 percent of the electricity required to power Cleveland and Rio Rancho High Schools.



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