Solar Roundup: Konica Minolta, Conergy, Kyocera, Ikea

In Northern California, Conergy Projects Group has broken ground on a 725 kW photovoltaic system that will power T&P Farms’ almond hulling and shelling operations.

The system will supply T&P with 95 percent of its energy needs, producing 1,138,280 kWh annually, the companies say. The PV system will be divided into two installations for T&P – installed on both the south face of the site’s hull storage barn and atop the elevated solar structure used to store T&P Farm equipment. The two installations will feature 3,024 Conergy PM 240P Watt solar modules and 3.9 miles of Conergy Mounting System rail.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions plans to install solar panels at its headquarters in Ramsey, NJ, with the help of Nautilus Solar Energy. Nautilus Solar will be the owner and provider of the 839.5 kW photovoltaic system being installed as part of “Project Sunway,” and will sell the generated electricity to Konica Minolta at a discount to the company’s current utility rate. The Nautilus Solar system being installed in the parking lots at the Konica Minolta offices will consist of carport canopies supporting about 3,498 240-watt solar panels. Project Sunway will generate about 967,000 kWh of solar energy annually, replacing up to 20 percent of the Konica Minolta offices’ typical energy consumption, the companies said.

Kyocera Corporation along with Marubeni Corporation and Marubeni Protechs Corporation announced that the companies have supplied a total of 160 kW of solar power generating systems to the Diakov Hospital and Research Institution of Obstetrics Gynecology and Perinatology in Dushanbe, the capital city of the Republic of Tajikistan. The solar systems are Kyocera’s first installations in the country and will generate about 196 MWh of annual electricity. The installations are being funded by the Japanese government’s Official Development Assistance to help raise power generation capacity and diversify energy sources in Tajikistan. They are the country’s first grid-connected solar systems, comprised of 768 Kyocera 210-watt solar modules.

Ikea has activated the solar energy system installed at its distribution center near Savannah, Ga. The 182,300-square-foot PV array consists of a 1,458.2 kW system, built with 6,076 panels. The IKEA distribution center in Savannah is expected to produce about 1,973,562 kWh of clean electricity annually. This installation represents the 34th completed solar project for Ikea in the US, with five more locations underway. Ikea owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings and globally has allocated €590 million ($765 million) to invest in renewable energy, focusing on solar and wind during the coming three years.

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