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Fortnightly Magazine - June 2013
Iberdrola Renewables secured Ohio State University as a third customer for output from its 304-MW Blue Creek wind farm in Ohio.

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S&C Electric was awarded a $7.9 million contract by Green States Energy to construct a 2.5-MW PV farm near Roswell, N.M. S&C will provide procurement and construction services for the entire project. Engineering and construction work is already underway and will be completed by July 2013. 

Ohio State University purchased 50 MW from Iberdrola Renewables’ Blue Creek wind farm, located in Van Wert and Paulding counties in Ohio. The project consists of 152 Gamesa 2-MW wind turbines, located in the Tully, Union, and Hoaglin townships of Van Wert County, Ohio; and the Benton, Blue Creek, and Latty townships of Paulding County, Ohio. Ohio State University joins two previously announced customers for the project. FirstEnergy is purchasing 100 MW, and American Municipal Power (AMP) is purchasing about 52 MW. With the Ohio State purchase, more than 202 MW of the project’s 304 MW have been sold under long-term agreements. 

SRP and SunPower installed a 1-MW PV plant at Arizona State’s Mesa campus.

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) signed five agreements to purchase nearly 62 MW of solar and wind energy. SDG&E signed contracts totaling 14.7 MW with TerraGen Development for two wind projects in Kern and Riverside counties, and a 20-MW contract with E.ON Climate and Renewables, for a PV facility to be built in Kern County. Finally, SDG&E signed a 7-MW contract with Northlight Power and another 20-MW contract with Silverado Power, both PV projects in San Diego County. 

DTE Energy and the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) community dedicated a 518-kW solar energy system at the IHM property in Monroe County, Mich. The $2.6 million project includes more than 2,000 PV modules, covers three acres, and connects directly with the DTE Energy electric grid. The array is part of DTE Energy’s SolarCurrents pilot program to install PV systems on customer rooftops or property. DTE Energy will own, operate, and maintain the system, the second in Monroe County. 

Salt River Project (SRP) and SunPower Corp. dedicated a 1-MW solar PV power plant at Arizona State University’s (ASU) Polytechnic campus in Mesa, Ariz. The facility is the first commercial deployment of the SunPower C7 Tracker. SunPower engineered and constructed the plant on the southeast corner of the ASU Polytechnic campus, and is currently operating and maintaining it. SRP will purchase the output under a long-term agreement. 

Washington Gas Energy Systems signed a contract with the town of Bellingham, Mass. to build, own, and operate a 3,802-kW solar array that includes 12,672 ground-mounted panels. Bellingham will purchase the output under a 20-year agreement. The project was developed by NextSun Energy and will be engineered and constructed by Gehrlicher Solar. Startup is scheduled for June.

ReneSola, a global manufacturer of PV modules and wafers, has agreed to provide more than 108,000 of its 300-Watt high-efficiency Virtus II 72-cell polycrystalline modules to Strata Solar, for use in five 6.5-MW solar farms in North Carolina. According to the terms of the contract, ReneSola will deliver its modules to Strata Solar project sites in June and July of this year. The five solar farms will use 21,677 ReneSola modules each.

SunEdison signed an agreement with Petrobras to build one of