SAN FRANCISCO, CA, April 17, 2012:
It's doing distributed gen, working the RAM program, siting small projects and making big plans.
California's recently enacted Renewable Auction Mechanism (RAM) is bearing fruit in the state's southern deserts thanks to Silverado Power's embrace …Continue Reading
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, April 16, 2012:
A new solar electric generation system installed at the University of Utah is another big step forward in the university's goal to become more environmentally friendly and carbon neutral by the year 2050. The solar power arrays on the rooftop of the Natural History Museum of Utah's Rio Tinto Center and the HPER East Building were unveiled to the public today at a press conference next to the museum's solar array. …Continue Reading
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, April 2, 2012:
Silverado Power and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) today announced that SDG&E has signed two new power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Silverado Power subsidiaries Western Antelope Dry Ranch LLC in Lancaster, Calif., and Victor Mesa Linda B LLC in Victorville, Calif., for a total of 15 megawatts (MW) of solar energy. …Continue Reading
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, January 3, 2012:
Salt Lake City-based private equity fund Western Pacific Group announced the formation of Sustainable Power, LLC (sPower), a new company focused on meeting the sustainable energy challenges of today. sPower's Management Team and founders include R Steve Creamer as Chairman, Ryan Creamer as CEO and J.I. "Chip" Everest, CFO. Messrs. Creamer and Everest were co-founders …Continue Reading
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It's doing distributed gen, working the RAM program, siting small projects and making big plans.
California's recently enacted Renewable Auction Mechanism (RAM) is bearing fruit in the state's southern deserts thanks to Silverado Power's embrace of the distributed generation (DG) concept for solar energy development.
The California Public Utilities Commission created the RAM program to drive utilities to procure more distributed renewable energy generation projects of twenty megawatts or less as part of the state's 33 percent by 2020 standard. It established a regulated auction in which developers bid to sell at their lowest price and, because such DG relies largely on existing transmission and distribution infrastructure, the CPUC also streamlined the interconnection queuing process.
Six new solar projects from Silverado Power (SP) have won power purchase agreements (PPAs) with California utilities Southern California Edison (SCE). Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) in RAM auctions.
"Each utility had a solicitation," explained Silverado Power Chief Operating Officer Hans Isern. "We had been developing these projects for quite some time before the RAM was finalized for the DG programs that we saw coming," Isern explained, and, in the RAM bidding, "our projects were selected in a price competitive environment."
The six new solar PV projects amount to a total of 41 megawatts.
Expressway A and Expressway B, each with two megawatts and holding PPAs with SCE, will be co-located in Victorville, CA.
Also co-located in Victorville are Victor Mesa Linda A, a two-megawatt project with an SCE PPA, and Victor Mesa Linda B, a five-megawatt project with an SDG&E PPA.
Not co-located but adjacent in Lancaster, CA are Western Antelope Blue Sky A, a twenty-megawatt installation with a PG&E PPA, and Western Antelope Dry Ranch, a ten-megawatt project with an SDG&E PPA.
Individually, these projects do not necessarily constitute big news. But taken together and as the earliest realization of a longstanding Silverado plan to develop lots of solar with a low profile, they mark the beginning of what could be a new trend in solar development.
Silverado is laying out small projects all over the western Mojave Desert. Supported by the RAM program, such limited scale projects could minimize impacts, streamline planning and keep construction crews working for years.
"Right now, we're working on finalizing the plans to build several hundred megawatts in the Antelope Valley and San Bernardino County region," Isern said. "Ultimately we have ambitions to go much larger."
Co-location of smaller projects, Isern explained, "allows us to save on some of the costs for a solar project and pass those savings on to utilities and their ratepayers." And, he added, "If you have two systems next to each other, it is a lower impact than two systems that are separated."
Silverado is keenly aware, Isern said, of "stories of large legacy solar plants that go out and destroy pristine habitats. Our projects are sited in the right way. We have very minimal impacts. I think that is a benefit to the local communities because we are preserving a lot of the value to those areas."
Silverado has just begun efforts to minimize impacts on the affected locals through outreach efforts with surrounding communities. The firm will first introduce itself and its plan to nearby town councils and business organizations, said SP spokesperson Chelsea Minor, and subsequently use the feedback it gets to generate a statement of "what our approach is going to be to address local concerns."
Indicative of SP's larger, longer-term intent is a just-announced $50 million deposit, made in conjunction with investment partner Martifer Solar, a multinational Portuguese renewables construction firm, to "protect the company's position in the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) generator interconnection queue."
Such deposits are used by utilities to build system upgrades and new interconnection facilities. The money is provided, SP pointed out, "by developers with the most viable projects in the queue."
"Martifer has been an outstanding partner for all of our development activities," Isern said. "The partnership allows Martifer to make a big investment in the U.S.," he explained. "The company has been investing in us and we are able to turn that into investment in the local communities where we operate."
Land needed for the project, estimated at five to seven acres per megawatt, has been retained through "forward sale" arrangements. "It's all owned by individuals and businesses," Isern said. "We're not on federal land or public land at all. We're not taking those pristine areas away."
SP estimates its costs, Isern said, at "well below $3 per watt and getting closer to the $2-per-watt price range. For a two-megawatt system, you would expect it to cost anywhere from $4 million to $6 million."
The co-located and adjacent sites will essentially be built simultaneously and provide a total of approximately 200 jobs. "We have three sets of projects," he said. "We will probably be moving crews somewhat sequentially through. We will be providing jobs for a longer term and more jobs as we have more and more projects."
Most of the construction, he said, will be underway next year. "We can just continue adding on projects and keep the construction crews running to the end of 2014 and into 2015 and 2016 and so on. That's our long-term vision for the company."
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A new solar electric generation system installed at the University of Utah is another big step forward in the university's goal to become more environmentally friendly and carbon neutral by the year 2050. The solar power arrays on the rooftop of the Natural History Museum of Utah's Rio Tinto Center and the HPER East Building were unveiled to the public today at a press conference next to the museum's solar array.
The Natural History Museum of Utah's system is a 330-kilowatt system, while the HPER East system is a 263-kilowatt system. The combined arrays consist of 2,470 Sharp photovoltaic panels covering 40,000 square feet of rooftop space and together they will annually produce 802,240 kilowatt hours. Members of the public can get a unique, bird's eye view of the Museum's array - and learn about solar power - from the Museum's Sky Terrace.
"Installing and making operational this solar system is a major accomplishment for the University of Utah and another important step toward fulfillment of our Energy and Environmental Stewardship Initiative created in 2010", says Dr. David Pershing, president of the University of Utah. "Our climate action plan calls for campus to achieve carbon neutrality by the year 2050 and this goal will require many more such inventive projects in the years to come."
Installation and commissioning of the systems was handled by Utah company Sustainable Power Group (sPower), which partnered with Okland Construction and Hunt Electric to complete the construction. The Sharp modules are American-made and manufactured in Memphis, Tennessee. BacGen Solar Group of Seattle provided consulting services throughout the project. McCalmont Engineering of Campbell, California designed and engineered the systems.
Under the terms of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), sPower will own and operate the systems for 20 years and sell the power to the University of Utah. This innovative third party ownership arrangement was made possible by the U.S. Department of Energy through the State of Utah Office of Energy Development and the Division of Facilities Construction and Management, which awarded a one million dollar American Recovery and Reinvestment Act renewable energy grant to the University. The university also received $125,000 through a Rocky Mountain Power Blue Sky program funding award.
The College of Architecture + Planning was integral in the process of securing a portion of the federal grant money and will directly benefit from the solar system. Electricity from both arrays will power the Architecture building in a project already underway to remodel the early 1970's structure and achieve net-zero energy usage.
"The University's green design leadership and commitment to use innovative energy financing strategies led to our selection of this project", says Utah Division of Facilities Construction and Management Energy Director John Harrington. "The one million guests expected to annually visit the Museum of Natural History will have a unique opportunity to actually see this state-of-the-art rooftop system which demonstrates Utah's commitment to renewable energy development."
The EPA estimates that over the 20-year life of the system, the CO2 offset of the University's new solar-energy system will be the equivalent of planting 28,368 tree seedlings or the amount of carbon sequestered by 2,360 acres of pine or fir forests.
The PPA that allowed the solar systems to be built is a bold new initiative involving university planners, strategists from the State of Utah Office of Energy Development and the Division of Facilities Construction and Management, the U.S. Department of Energy and the companies that were awarded the contracts.
"These projects are consistent with our long term relationship with the University of Utah. We consider this to be a showcase of how a public entity and private companies can work together to create sustainable energy, while at the same time saving the university money. The University of Utah has truly made a significant investment in securing a long term, clean and affordable energy source for the future," says Ryan Creamer, CEO of sPower.
About Sustainable Power Group: Headquartered in Salt Lake City, with a satellite office in San Francisco, sPower (Sustainable Power Group) is a vertically integrated owner and operator of utility and distributed electrical generation systems across the US. sPower is actively buying solar development assets in any stage of development, as well as seeking to acquire operating solar projects in North America. sPower is a portfolio company of Fir Tree Partners, a leading global investment fund with more than 20 years of investing history and approximately $12BB of capital under management.
sPower's three-prong operating strategy consists of a balance between 1) developing early stage projects; 2) acquiring and then running late-stage sustainable energy projects; and 3) procuring fully operational assets. sPower's unprecedented growth (acquisition of Tioga Energy's operating assets; merger with Fir Tree Partner-backed developer of solar projects, Silverado Power; and acquisition of Bosch North American operating assets) has secured its position as a leader in the renewable energy industry. sPower uniquely possess the leadership, vision, ability and resources to plan, fund, purchase, build, own and operate complex energy installations across a variety of segments. For more information, visit www.sPower.com.
About the University of Utah: The University of Utah, located in Salt Lake City in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, is the flagship institution of higher learning in Utah. Founded in 1850, the university serves about 31,000 students from across the U.S. and the world, with over 72 major subjects at the undergraduate level and more than 90 major fields of study at the graduate level, including law and medicine. The University of Utah prepares students to live and compete in the global workplace.
About the University of Utah's Energy and Environmental Stewardship Initiative: 2010 Climate Action Plan: In fall 2010, the university released its detailed long-range effort to make the campus more environmentally friendly and achieve carbon neutrality by the year 2050. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently ranked the University of Utah fourth in the nation for green power purchases. More information can be found at www.Unews.utah.edu
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Silverado Power and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) today announced that SDG&E has signed two new power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Silverado Power subsidiaries Western Antelope Dry Ranch LLC in Lancaster, Calif., and Victor Mesa Linda B LLC in Victorville, Calif., for a total of 15 megawatts (MW) of solar energy.
Both contracts are for 20 years and each requires approval from the California Public Utilities Commission.
The project in Lancaster will generate 10 megawatts of renewable energy and the project in Victorville will generate 5 megawatts. Collectively, the two projects will generate enough electricity to power 3,225 homes. "These contracts with SDG&E mean that we are one step closer to delivering cost-effective renewable energy to California residents and businesses," said Hans Isern, chief operating officer for Silverado Power. "Our collaboration with local communities and investor-owned utilities results in sustainable projects that create jobs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help meet the increasing demand for clean, renewable energy."
Under California's Renewable Portfolio Standard program, investor-owned utilities are required to procure 33 percent of their power from renewable resources by 2020.
"SDG&E is committed to supporting and developing solar power as part our state's clean energy future," said James P. Avery, senior vice president, Power Supply for SDG&E. "These contracts add diversity to SDG&E's ever-growing renewable energy portfolio that includes wind power, biomass, biogas and geothermal energy."
Silverado's Western Antelope Dry Ranch project in Lancaster and the Victor Mesa Linda B project in Victorville will create a total of 80 construction jobs over the course of construction, which is expected to start in April 2013 and continue through October 2013.
"Both of the projects in the Antelope Valley and Victor Valley will create much needed jobs for local residents," Isern added. "We selected these sites because they have minimal biological and cultural resources and are located near existing transmission infrastructure."
Silverado Power develops utility scale solar photovoltaic ground-mounted systems. The company is based in San Francisco, Calif. and has a large solar project portfolio. It is backed by the Martifer Group, a multinational energy and infrastructure company.
Silverado Power is one of the nation's largest independent solar development companies, providing complete solar solutions for utilities, landowners and communities. Silverado Power delivers a fresh solution to the burgeoning solar market through its unique combination of experience, scale, proprietary industry knowledge and regional know how. Unlike other companies in the solar energy development space, Silverado Power's hands-on approach shepherds the full life cycle of utility-scale solar development--from site acquisition, interconnection and PPA financing, to physical plant development, site ownership and operation. Silverado Power's efforts come at a critical time as the United States aims to reduce its carbon footprint and transition off of fossil fuels. The company's unique approach to developing distributed utility-scale projects will allow it to quickly construct and bring renewable power plants online. For more information, please visit www.silveradopower.com.
SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides safe and reliable energy service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and more than 850,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The utility's area spans 4,100 square miles. SDG&E is committed to creating ways to help customers save energy and money every day. SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego.
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Salt Lake City-based private equity fund Western Pacific Group announced the formation of Sustainable Power, LLC (sPower), a new company focused on meeting the sustainable energy challenges of today. sPower's Management Team and founders include R Steve Creamer as Chairman, Ryan Creamer as CEO and J.I. "Chip" Everest, CFO. Messrs. Creamer and Everest were co-founders and former officers of EnergySolutions, Inc. (NYSE: ES)
Initially, sPower's business model will concentrate in two major fields within the sustainable energy industry. sPower's Utility Energy Division will partner with electric utilities nationwide to build and operate peak demand and distributed generation facilities, and help those utilities meet state-mandated Feed in Tariff (FiT) regulations and Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). sPower's Commercial Energy Division will assist public and private energy consumers construct and operate alternative on-site generation facilities, including rooftop solar arrays and wind farms, to minimize consumer's energy costs and carbon footprint.