3CSolar Completes Village of Corrales Installs
Solar powered fire station inaugurated
Portland, OR -- April 13, 2012 -- The Village of Corrales has taken another important step in becoming more energy efficient thanks to a new photovoltaic solar system recently installed at the main fire station by 3CSolar of Portland, Oregon.
Firefighters for the Village are now using energy from the sun for their electricity needs. The 22,560-watt system consists of 96 poly-crystalline solar panels from Schuco and four inverters from SMA. The system is expected to produce more than 46,400 kilowatt hours of electricity per year for the station offsetting approximately 25% of the station's electrical consumption.
The fire station is the last of three municipal systems installed by 3CSolar. Other systems include Village Hall and the Senior Center. Village officials approved these and the fire station solar roofing projects as part of their five-year infrastructure capital improvements plan (ICIP).
According to Village Administrator, John Avila, "a key requirement of this project was that the municipality wouldn't incur debt from the solar electric systems." With that pre-requisite, the Village issued an RFP seeking proposals from solar firms that would design, buy, finance and operate the systems on municipal property. The selected firm would resell power to the Village at discounted rates by using renewable energy credits acquired by the Village.
3CSolar of Portland, Oregon was the solar energy financing firm that met the Village's requirements. They will finance the 90 kilowatts of capacity through a 20 year Purchase Power Agreement (PPA). Under the PPA, 3CSolar owns the system and sells electricity back to the Village at a rate less expensive than PNM currently charges. "In addition", says Kirk Cameron, President of 3CSolar, "our PPA includes an escalation factor of 3% per year to help ensure that the Village will pay no more than current market rates for electricity. We anticipate electricity cost savings of over $30,000 by the 20th year of the contract," commented Cameron.
3CSolar utilized 310 Solar of Albuquerque, NM, for system installation. Both companies are authorized Schuco dealer representatives. Their turnkey partnership on this project from system design, engineering, installation and financing is the first for the two companies. Cameron notes that this is the first joint project for his firm outside of Oregon. "We selected 310 Solar because they are the premier solar energy contractor in New Mexico. Their quality of work, customer support and overall expertise with solar installs made them the obvious partner for us," said Cameron.
Village of Corrales officials recently inaugurated the fire station solar cutover. "The Village looks forward to reducing our energy costs, improving our energy efficiency and continuing to provide superior firefighting and public safety capabilities through renewable energy solutions" said Avila. "Our investment in this project is an investment in the Village's clean energy future."
3CSolar, located in Portland, Oregon, was founded to finance commercial and utility-scale solar projects from project development through construction and installation. They are active solar financing specialists providing turnkey solar systems. For more information, contact: Kirk Cameron at (503) 697-4482.
About 310 Solar
310 Solar is New Mexico's premier solar energy contractor dedicated to providing clean, efficient and affordable residential and commercial photovoltaic and solar thermal energy systems. Founded in 2005, 310 Solar has a knowledgeable staff with over 20 years of experience in the solar energy field. For more information, please contact Steve House at (505) 822-9200.
Schuco has been successfully operating in the U.S. for over four years. At its U.S. locations in Newington, CT and Union City, CA, more than 110 employees are setting standards and showing that urgently needed climate protection and economic success are not mutually exclusive. Promoting the use of environmentally friendly, renewable energies has been a primary aim of the company for many years. For more information, please contact Zakiya Johnson at (510) 477-0500.
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