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Fortnightly Magazine - October 2011
Public Service Company of Oklahoma installed an integrated volt-VAR system as part of its Owasso smart-grid demonstration project.

systems using the Ontario feed-in tariff (FIT), totaling 2.3 MW of capacity. SunEdison is building and operating all 15 photovoltaic (PV) solar energy systems and GE Capital Real Estate is hosting the installations on its commercial buildings in the Greater Toronto Area.

In a related announcement, SunEdison developed an industrial rooftop PV project in collaboration with Purolator. Under the terms of the agreement, SunEdison will deploy, operate and maintain approximately 1.14 MW of PV systems on five building rooftops, with future opportunities for another 1.2 MW distributed over an additional six buildings. The projects will be hosted at Purolator-owned facilities, and the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) will purchase the energy produced under the terms of Ontario’s FIT program. The Purolator projects will be located throughout Ontario, in Etobicoke, Ottawa, Hamilton and Pickering.

SunPeak Solar selected Suntech Power Holdings to supply 28.7 MW (DC) of solar panels for a 23 MW (AC) solar power plant in Niland, Calif. SunPeak subsidiary Imperial Valley Solar I will oversee the project’s construction, including installation of about 100,000 units of Suntech’s 285/290W Vd-Series modules. Suntech said the modules will be manufactured using SuperPoly silicon processing technology that improves module performance by up to 10 percent, and the 72-cell Vd-Series module comes with a 25-year power output warranty.

Employees at IEEE’s operations center in Piscataway, N.J., who drive electric vehicles can charge their cars for free, using a level-2 charging station donated by Graybar.

Austin-based Solar Community and Houston-based Reliant Energy teamed up to offer a new financing option for solar electric power systems. The Reliant solar leasing program provides turnkey solar energy systems with free monitoring and a 20-year power production guarantee. Each system is custom designed for each customer’s location, budget and electrical consumption. The solar lease program offers “sell-back plans,” which credit customers’ bills for power produced in excess of their consumption. The financing and lease contracts will come from Reliant Energy while Solar Community will design and install the solar energy systems.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff informed South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) that the commission completed the final safety evaluation report (FSER) for SCE&G’s two planned new nuclear units at V.C. Summer Station in Jenkinsville, S.C. The NRC concluded that no safety aspects would preclude issuing the combined construction and operating licenses (COL) for the proposed reactors. Previously, the NRC staff issued the FSER for the Westinghouse AP1000 reactor design that SCE&G selected for the new units. Issuance of SCE&G’s COL is dependent upon completion of subsequent rulemaking processes and a hearing. The schedule continues to support NRC approval of the COL within the company’s previously announced timeframe of late 2011 or early 2012.

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) implemented a three-year agreement with Japan’s Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI) to jointly research nuclear power plant issues related to materials science, plant component performance and radiation safety. The collaborative work will facilitate the sharing of research and experimental results, data and scientific information that will expand the knowledge base of critical plant infrastructure and radiation safety in and around nuclear power plants. Its results are expected to provide the technical foundation to enhance the safe and efficient operation of nuclear plants worldwide. Some of