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Fortnightly Magazine - January 2012
As part of The EV Project initiative, Ecotality and Walmart partnered to install Blink Pedestal electric vehicle charging stations at Walmart stores in California and the Pacific Northwest.

Oregon, and Washington for The EV Project, to collect data to guide the implementation of EV infrastructure. ECOtality will install Blink charging stations at more than 10 Walmart locations, which were selected based on traffic patterns, regional attractions, transportation hubs, guidance from Walmart, and input from regional partners. 

KCP&L is using Coulomb’s ChargePoint network to access EV charging station data collected for a three-year pilot program in and around the Kansas City region. The program consists of eight diverse program-partner EV charging sites including a community college, hospital, manufacturing plant, corporate office, municipal, and retail locations. KCP&L’s pilot project is part of an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act -funded project led by the Metropolitan Energy Center (MEC). KCP&L is working with the Kansas City Regional Clean Cities Coalition, a program of MEC, to administer the grant.

Nissan North America (NNA) selected Coulomb Technologies ChargePoint network to provide EV public charging infrastructure locations for Nissan LEAF drivers. ChargePoint Network now is fully integrated into the Nissan LEAF website, showing current and future ChargePoint locations, as well as other public charging stations documented by the U.S. Department of Energy.

GE entered an agreement to distribute charging stations at CODA Automotive electric vehicle sales locations.

EV manufacturer CODA Automotive and GE Energy Industrial Solutions finalized an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement for the sale and distribution of the GE WattStation level-2 wall-mount EV charging station at CODA retail outlets.

Transactions

Siemens agreed to acquire eMeter, in a deal that was expected to close in December 2011. eMeter becomes part of the smart grid division of Siemens’ infrastructure and cities sector, and a global business segment focusing on meter data management. eMeter will continue operating from San Mateo, Calif. JP Morgan advised eMeter in the transaction. Details weren’t disclosed.

SolarCity and Bank of America Merrill Lynch agreed to financing terms for SolarStrong, SolarCity’s five-year plan to build more than $1 billion in solar power projects for privatized U.S. military housing communities across the country. SolarStrong is expected to create up to 300 MW of solar generation capacity, and according to SolarCity it would be the largest residential solar PV project in American history. Private equity firm U.S. Renewables Group (USRG) served as financial adviser. SolarCity and USRG began the loan guarantee application process under DOE’s Section 1705 loan guarantee program in October 2010, and BofA Merrill subsequently joined the application as lender. The DOE announced a conditional commitment of a partial loan guarantee for SolarStrong on Sept. 7, 2011, but the parties were unable to finalize the loan before the September 30 program deadline. SolarCity and BofA Merrill continued to work to close SolarStrong without the loan guarantee. 

Duke Energy Renewables acquired the 1-MW Holiness PV project from ESA Renewables, along with two other 1-MW facilities in North Carolina.

NRG Energy acquired San Francisco-based Solar Power Partners , a developer of commercial and industrial distributed solar projects, including 30 MW of distributed solar projects in operation or under construction, and rights to development projects in California, Hawaii, Arizona, Connecticut, New Mexico, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ontario and Puerto Rico.

Duke Energy Renewables acquired three 1-MW commercial solar projects in the southwestern corner of North Carolina, and now owns seven commercial solar farms in the state. Duke Energy Renewables purchased the portfolio of PV projects from