Happy Monday and welcome to this edition of the pvMB. Today weâ€™ll be looking at Engieâ€™s storage installation for a school district, Virginiaâ€™s Fairfax County seeking solar and more!
August 12, 2019
LONGi achieves highest ever bankability rating â€“ â€śLONGi Solar, a subsidiary of LONGi Green Energy Technology Co., Ltd, has recorded its highest-ever bankability rating in the recently released Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) Solar Module & Inverter Bankability 2019. BNEF surveyed banks, funds, developers, EPCs and technical due diligence firms which brands out of 48 modules manufacturers they considered bankable (i.e. can be used in solar projects with non-recourse debt). In the 2019 results, LONGi rose significantly to 91%, its highest ever, a clear indication of LONGiâ€™s maturity as an established brand in the industry.â€ť Source: LONGi
Trina cells used in winning solar car â€“ â€śTrina Solar Co. announced that the Osaka Sangyo University (â€śOSUâ€ť) Solar Car Teamâ€™s solar car, the â€śOSU-Model-Sâ€ť, which is equipped with Trina Solarâ€™s Interdigitated Back Contact cells and modules, came in first place in the category of â€śDream Classâ€ť at the 2019 FIA Electric and New Energies Championship Solar Car Race (the â€śFIA Suzuka Solar Raceâ€ť), held at the Suzuki International Racing Circuit in Japan. The FIA Suzuka Solar Race, first held in 1992, is the largest international solar car race taking place in Japan. As one of the eventâ€™s sponsors since 2015, Trina Solar has supported several teams in Japan with its cutting-edge PV solar technologies. In order to win at the FIA Suzuka Solar Race, the racing car is required to feature both highly efficient solar cells as well as light structures. The car must also perform well under changing solar radiation conditions throughout the entire race. The â€śOSU-Model-Sâ€ť was part of the â€śDream Classâ€ť category, the top ranked category of the five-hour race, and won the category by 69 laps.â€ť Nice. Source: Trina Solar
ENGIE installs 3.5 MW storage at Downey Unified School District â€“ â€śENGIE Storage and Downey Unified School District [Downey, Calif.] today announced the installation and deployment of 3.5 MW/ 7 MWh of battery energy storage systems that ENGIE Storage will operate using its GridSynergy software at seven school sites throughout the district. Downey Unifiedâ€™s use of the battery storage systems will cut its electricity bills by reducing demand charges, which are assessed based on spikes in electricity usage caused by air conditioning and stadium lighting, as two examples, at three high schools, one middle school, and three elementary schoolsâ€¦ Downey Unified is expected to save more than $5.7 million over the lifetime of the system, which was funded through the use of Proposition 39 dollars.â€ť Source: ENGIE
Fairfax County, VA seeks 30-40 MW solar â€“ â€śIn June, Fairfax County announced it was seeking proposals from solar companies to install solar at up to 130 county-owned facilities and schools, with another 100 sites to be considered for a later round. The request for proposals (RFP) covers solar on building roofs, ground-mounted solar and solar canopies over parking lots. This massive solar buy could add as much as 30-40 megawatts of solar, according to one industry memberâ€™s calculation.â€ť Source: Power for the People VA