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Solar Update: Architectural Grille, Owens Corning, Rio Rancho Schools

October 17, 2013 By Linda Hardesty

Energy Manage Architectural GrilleArchitectural Grille, a Brooklyn, NY-based firm that makes metalwork for use in HVAC, hired Solar Energy Systems to construct a roof-mounted 312 kW solar system on its factory (pictured). Designed to produce 365,000 kWh annually, the array will offset a majority of the company’s electric consumption. The solar array is comprised of 1,078 Trina panels and spans most of the 80,000 square feet of available roof space. Interior electrical work began in May 2013 with rooftop panel installation completed in early September 2013. Despite sustaining damages from Hurricane Sandy exceeding $7 million – with most of it exempt from coverage by insurance – Architectural Grille made plans to move forward on the solar project. The project was made possible with funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) through Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative.

Also in New York, Owens Corning, NYSERDA and Constellation completed a 2.7 MW solar generation project at Owens Corning’s thermal and acoustical insulation plant. The solar system is designed to supply about 6 percent of the plant’s annual electricity needs. The project is the largest to date under Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative. Constellation financed, built, owns and maintains the solar system. Electricity generated by the system is purchased by Owens Corning under a 20-year power purchase agreement with Constellation. The solar power system is comprised of about 9,000 ground-mounted, photovoltaic panels located on more than nine acres. The system is expected to generate nearly 3.3 million kWh per year (based on first year production). National Grid, the utility serving the Feura Bush plant, previously awarded Owens Corning nearly $1 million in energy efficiency grants to help reduce its energy usage and carbon footprint.

Rio Rancho Public Schools in Rio Rancho, NM, has completed two ground-mounted solar arrays at Cleveland and Rio Rancho High Schools. Each system is about 1,200 kW and consists of more than 4,000 solar panels. Washington Gas Energy Systems will own and operate the systems under a 20-year power purchase agreement. The project was developed by AMSOLAR and constructed by Conergy, which also supplied the equipment for both schools. Each solar installation features 2.9 miles of Conergy SolarLinea mounting systems. The expected annual output of 4,650,000 kWh will produce about 80 percent of the electricity required to power Cleveland and Rio Rancho High Schools.



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