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Fortnightly Magazine - April 2013
Solon completed a multi-campus, 1.15-MW PV project for the Tanque Verde (Ariz.) school district.

Onofre’s steam generators.

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will re-examine the proposed 78-MW Goodhue wind project in Goodhue County, given changes in the ownership structure, financing, date of service, and operating elements of the project. New Era (formerly AWA Goodhue), the current project owner, and Xcel Energy , the power purchaser, are currently renegotiating the project milestones, including the in-service date.

Solon completed construction of solar systems totaling 1.15 MW for the Tanque Verde Unified School District (TVUSD) in Arizona. Spread over four campuses—Tanque Verde Elementary School, Aqua Caliente Elementary School, Emily Gray Junior High School, and Tanque Verde High School—the solar systems combine shade structures and rooftop systems. With over 4,000 solar modules, the systems will offset a portion of the daytime electricity requirements of each campus. MP2 Capital will sell the power generated from the systems to the school district under a 25-year solar services agreement.

Solon installed a 495-kW PV system at a water treatment facility in Gila Bend, Ariz.

Solon also installed a 459-kW PV system at the Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Facility for the Town of Gila Bend, Ariz. The system is expected to offset the energy usage of the water treatment facility by 86 percent. Solon designed, constructed, and commissioned the fixed-tilt system and will operate and maintain it.

M and B Switchgears Ltd. in Madhya Pradesh, India, awarded a contract to AEG Power Solutions to provide inverters for a 30-MW solar power project. Delivery is expected in the first quarter of 2013. M and B, a transformer manufacturer, signed an agreement with the government of Madhya Pradesh last October to develop nearly 100 MW of solar power plants throughout the state.

Siemens won a € 300-million ($393-million) order to supply a single-shaft power island with H-class technology for the 600-MW Samsun Cengiz Enerji combined-cycle power plant in Turkey. The customer is Cengiz Enerji Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S., an independent power producer that will build and operate the plant. Siemens says the plant will generate power with an efficiency of almost 61 percent. Commissioning is scheduled for early 2015.


EPRI performed test flights in Alabama of “drone” systems for T&D system damage inspection.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced the first step in the development of a cybersecurity framework for critical infrastructure protection, a set of voluntary standards and best practices to guide industry in reducing cyber risks. Pres. Obama called for the framework in an executive order. In accordance, the secretary of commerce directed NIST to lead the framework’s development to reduce cyber risks to critical infrastructure, such as power, financial, transportation, and communications systems.

The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) awarded a $260-million contract to ABB to upgrade the existing Celilo HVDC (high-voltage direct current) converter station in Oregon. Commissioned in 1970, the station is part of the electricity link between the Pacific Northwest and Southern California. The converter station is located at the north end of the 3,100 MW Pacific DC Intertie, also known as Path 65.

PacifiCorp and the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) entered a memorandum of understanding to work toward creating a real-time energy imbalance market (EIM) by October 2014. If the market is implemented, PacifiCorp—which controls two balancing authorities primarily covering portions of six states, including