Mayor Alan Arakawa Joins with Hawaii Officials in Dedicating BioReal Solar Project, the Largest PV Array in Maui
Flyers Energy, Pacific Power Renewables, Solaria Corporation and MECO Collaborate to Bring 568kW Project Online
KIHEI, MAUI, NOV. 15, 2012 – Today Hawaii officials, including Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa, joined with Flyer’s Energy, Pacific Power Renewables, Solaria Corporation and Maui Electric Company (MECO) in dedicating the 568kW BioReal solar power plant, the largest solar power system in Maui.
Through an innovative public-private partnership, MECO, Flyers Energy and Pacific Power Renewables teamed to leverage Hawaii’s feed-in tariff (FIT) program to build and develop this solar project. Flyers Energy contracted with MECO for a 20-year power purchase agreement for the BioReal power plant. This project will help MECO reach their goal of powering Maui with 40% renewable sources by 2030.
The solar system was designed and installed by Pacific Power Renewables, using state-of-the-art, low concentration Solaria photovoltaic modules operating on PPR’s proprietary single-axis, ground-mounted tracker, SunViper. The SunViper tracks the sun across the sky, increasing the energy yield by up to 25% more than fixed tilt systems. The BioReal system will generate 1,180,700 kWh per year of clean electricity – the equivalent energy to power 200 households.
“Flyers Energy and Pacific Power Renewables are proud to have financed and developed this significant solar installation. Thanks to a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with MECO, Maui will enjoy clean electricity generation with no upfront capital expenditures,” noted Alan Breeze, Finance Manager for Flyers Energy.
“Working with MECO, Flyers Energy, Solaria and its partners, Pacific Power Renewables has built an emissions-free solar power plant that will serve this region well,” said David Dwelle, President of Pacific Power Renewables. “We applaud MECO and Maui officials for their vision in working with us on this milestone solar installation, which demonstrates that solar makes good financial sense for utility customers today.”
“We’re excited that the BioReal project partners selected Solaria’s technology to expand the use of solar power Hawaii,” said Solaria CEO Dan Shugar. “Hawaii has been a visionary in solar deployment and in harnessing smart renewable energy solutions. This new solar power plant will provide Maui with a cost-effective, reliable, non-polluting solar power system that will add to MECO’s renewable power portfolio over the next 20 years.”
About Flyers Energy LLC
Flyers Energy franchises the Flyers fuel brand and distributes wholesale and branded retail fuel, commercial lubricants, renewable fuels and solar power in the United States. Flyers Energy is the largest member of the Commercial Fueling Network, and is also the marketer for more than 100 Chevron, Shell, Valero, and 76 branded stations.
About Pacific Power Renewables
Pacific Power Renewables (PPR) is a solar power (PV) utility company. We offer our clients an alternative way to power their business. Founded in 2010, PPR is a power company with the capabilities to serve clients in North America. Our customers experience long term electricity savings. Our Power Purchase Agreements require no investment. Just lower monthly electricity rates.
Solaria Corporation designs, manufactures and markets silicon PV modules and systems to solar system integrators, project developers and electric utilities. Based on its patented low-cost technology, Solaria’s modules provide reliable performance while matching form, fit and performance of conventional PV modules. Solaria headquarters are in California with operations in Germany and India. For more information, please visit www.solaria.com.
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