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Fortnightly Magazine - March 2011
As part of KCP&L’s smart grid demonstration, Siemens is installing electric vehicle charging stations in the Kansas City project area.

New Jersey program director.

The board of directors at BPL Global appointed Pete Londa as acting CEO, succeeding Keith Schaefer.


Southern Company and Ted Turner partnered to energize the Cimarron Solar Facility, a 30-MW photovoltaic plant. Cimarron will supply power to the member electric cooperatives of Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association. Initially expected to go on line by the end of 2010, the facility was completed in eight months and began commercial operation in early December. First Solar developed and constructed the facility and will provide operation and maintenance services under a long-term contract. Southern Company and Turner Renewable Energy acquired the project from First Solar in March 2010. Turner Renewable Energy is a wholly owned subsidiary of Turner Enterprises with a focus on development of commercial-scale solar projects. The 364-acre plant site is located within the service territory of Tri-State member system Springer Electric Cooperative in Colfax County, N.M., and is adjacent to Turner’s Vermejo Park ranch.

Sempra Generation selected Suntech Power Holdings to design and construct the 150-MW Mesquite Solar 1 project in Arizona, which will sell power to Pacific Gas & Electric under a 20-year power purchase agreement, pending California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approval. Construction is slated to begin in mid-2011, with completion by 2013. Zachry will oversee the installation and integration of more than 800,000 Suntech multi-crystalline solar panels at the site.

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Pattern Energy announced a 20-year contract for 315 MW of wind energy to be generated at Pattern’s Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility near Ocotillo, Calif., approximately 25 miles west of El Centro in the Imperial Valley. Pending government approvals, Pattern plans to complete the project by the end of 2012 to coincide with a 2012 in-service date for the 500-kilovolt Sunrise Powerlink transmission line, currently under construction. SDG&E has signed four renewable power contracts in the past nine months totaling 600 MW to be transmitted across the Sunrise Powerlink. SDG&E committed to obtaining 33 percent of its electricity from renewable resources by 2020.

Southern California Edison (SCE) signed contracts with SunPower Corp. and Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) for more than 800 MW of solar power generation, including output from one of the largest single solar PV installations (325 MW) in the United States.

GreenCo Solutions and North Carolina Electric Membership Corp. entered 20-year contracts to acquire renewable energy certificates and electricity, respectively, from a new solar project Duke Energy is acquiring from SunPower. Groundbreaking at the 6.4 MW (DC) Murfreesboro Solar Project (equivalent to 5 MW AC) is expected this spring with startup in late 2011. GreenCo Solutions, a company owned by 22 electric cooperatives, will buy RECs generated by the facility to assist its members in meeting their solar power requirement under North Carolina’s renewable portfolio standard.

Pepco Energy Services reached an agreement to design and construct a $2.3 million photovoltaic (PV) project for the Department of Energy at the Germantown, Md., campus. The project will be implemented under the U.S. General Services Administration’s Utility Energy Services Contract (UESC) with Pepco. The 10-month construction project, which