Solar - Harness the Sun

SolAmerica provides turnkey solar energy services to a wide array of commercial, utility and public sector clients. The following Case Studies highlight several SolAmerica projects across select vertical markets.

Georgia

SolAmerica Energy developed and constructed two solar projects totaling 2 MW in the state of Georgia with SunEdison, under 20-year Power Purchase Agreements with Georgia Power pursuant to the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative.

The completed projects are:

  • Sam Nunn Farms in Perry, GA: 1 MW Ground Mount
  • Milliken & Company Plant in Alma, GA: 1 MW Ground Mount

Maryland

In Maryland, SolAmerica Energy provided design and construction services for the 2 MW ground-mounted solar array under an Engineering, Procurement & Construction ("EPC") agreement with SunEdison. The project is part of a 10 MW solar development at Nixon Farms, a 67-acre site in Howard County.

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SolAmerica and Citizens Energy completed four solar projects totaling 5.1 MW in various locations in the state of Georgia in 2014, each under 20-year Power Purchase Agreements with Georgia Power.

The completed projects are:

  • Taylor County Industrial Park in Butler, GA: 2 MW Ground Mount
  • Cook County Farms in Lenox, GA: 1.5 MW Ground Mount
  • Terrell County Industrial Park in Dawson, GA: 1 MW Ground Mount
  • Goolsby Farms in Sasser, GA: 1 MW Ground Mount

SolAmerica developed and constructed all four projects. Citizens Solar, a division of Citizens Energy Corp., financed and will own these projects as part of a larger portfolio.

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SolAmerica provided a 200 kW ground-mounted, turnkey solar power solution that included assistance with securing a PPA with TVA, a project feasibility study, and all engineering, procurement, and construction related to the project. The design for this project included a unique element. Daikin is the manufacturer of ZEFFLE TM fluorocoating technology used in solar panels. SolAmerica designed the array to allow for PV energy production comparisons between monocrystalline, polycrystalline and thin film panels via a state-of-the-art DECK monitoring system. At the time of completion, Daikin's ground-mounted array was the largest commercial array in Alabama.

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SolAmerica Energy developed and constructed two rooftop solar projects totaling 275 kW for CORO. The first project was a 175 kW grid-tied, rooftop array installed on a newly renovated, freestanding office/showroom building managed by CORO Realty Advisors, LLC in Norcross, Georgia. CORO is selling the solar power to Georgia Power pursuant to the utility's SP-1 Solar tariff, creating additional operating income for the property. The second project was a 100 kW project on the rooftop of a Restoration Hardware store at Perimeter Station in Dunwoody, Georgia. SolAmerica worked with CORO to obtain a PPA with GPASI.

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SolAmerica was engaged by HP to design, plan and conduct a financial feasibility study for a 350 kW rooftop solar array on HP's data center in Suwanee, Georgia. As part of this project, SolAmerica worked with HP on project conception, planning, design, site assessment, technical and financial feasibility analysis, equipment selection, and pre-construction services. SolAmerica worked with a multi-disciplinary team from HP's information technology, real estate and financial departments. The solar energy produced by the array offsets HP's power bill for the facility.

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This 53 kW grid-tied array was constructed at McKenney's LEED Gold corporate headquarters building in Atlanta. McKenney's is using the solar energy onsite to offset greater than 13 percent of its electrical demand. In addition to the energy cost savings generated by the project, McKenney's also achieved additional LEED points by implementing the solar project.

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As part of an EPC agreement with OCI Solar Power, SolAmerica developed and constructed this 1 MW commercial solar farm located on 11 acres in Lavonia, Georgia. The array is interconnected to Georgia Power's distribution network and is part of a 20-year PPA under the GPASI. The Lavonia array was the first project completed by OCI in Georgia and is part of Georgia Power's effort to add renewable energy to its energy mix.

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This 115 kW grid-tied, rooftop array was installed on an industrial building owned by ROOKER in Athens, Georgia. The project is interconnected with Jackson EMC pursuant to a PPA with GreenPower EMC, the umbrella organization of Georgia's EMCs responsible for purchase of renewable energy. Through the PPA, ROOKER was able to increase its property net operating income (NOI).

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This 37.44 kW grid and battery-tied solar array was implemented at GS Battery USA's corporate headquarters building in Roswell, Georgia. The project was a milestone for the State, as the first grid and battery-tied solar array in Georgia. GS Battery and SolAmerica are focused on implementing further battery-tied photovoltaic (PV) solutions for commercial and residential customers as battery technology continues to advance.

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SolAmerica developed and constructed this 38 kW ground-mounted solar array. Completed under a grant administered by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority, the project is interconnected with Griffin Utilities and is the largest city-owned solar array in Georgia.

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SolAmerica developed and constructed this 150 kW ground-mounted array at Clean Controls headquarters in Warner Robbins, Georgia. The project is interconnected with Flint EMC, and under a Power Purchase Agreement with Green Power EMC, the organization responsible for purchasing renewable energy on behalf of Georgia's Electric Membership Cooperatives. Environmental leadership has been a cornerstone principle for Clean Control, as its products are formulated without toxic solvents and fragrances suspected of having adverse environmental effects. Building a solar array further demonstrates Clean Control's leadership in sustainable, environmentally-sound business practices.

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SolAmerica installed four solar hot water collectors on the roof of a Waffle House restaurant, providing nearly half of the restaurant's daily hot water needs. The system reduces the overall energy consumption of the restaurant by pre-heating hot water for use in cooking and dishwashing. The solar project is expected to be paid off in less than five years and will continue to offset a substantial portion of the restaurant's hot water bill over the estimated 25-year life of the system.

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