Cypress Creek Renewables Launches Portfolio of Battery Projects

posted by kevin on June 28th, 2017

Cypress Creek Renewables teams up with United Renewable Energy to co-develop 12 solar-plus-storage projects in North Carolina

Cypress Creek Renewables, the nation’s fastest-growing solar farm developer, announces its collaboration with United Renewable Energy to co-develop a series of 12 solar-plus-storage projects with Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) in North Carolina. The 12 projects have a combined storage capacity of 12 MWhs, making them one of the largest solar-plus-storage portfolios in the country. The projects are set to commence construction this month and are expected to be on line by October 2017.

United Renewable Energy LLC developed the unique project structure and power purchase agreements with Brunswick EMC, allowing the cooperative utility in Southeastern North Carolina to benefit from the energy storage capacity in the batteries while purchasing solar energy at avoided cost.

Cypress Creek Renewables acquired the projects and provided late stage project development, financing and construction. Cypress Creek Renewables and United Renewable Energy are at the forefront of the solar-plus-storage space. The solar portion of the system will charge the batteries during off-peak periods. Once the batteries are charged each day, the solar portion of the projects will continue to deliver energy to the grid. During Brunswick EMC’s peak load times in the summer and winter, the projects will provide reliable solar energy using the solar panels and/or the batteries and will reduce the utility’s peak power requirements.

“These projects provide low-cost solar energy to our members, and compound the value by delivering it exactly when we need it,” said Don Hughes, CEO of Brunswick EMC. “This partnership will provide significant value to our members for years to come.”

“Energy storage is a key component for solar. We see energy storage as inevitable. It makes solar 24/7 and permits us to be better partners to everyone in the energy food chain,” said Cypress Creek Chairman Ben Van de Bunt. “Cypress Creek Renewables began building out our storage team in 2016. These efforts are aligned with our goal to create a generation profile that more accurately matches the needs of our utility partners and retail customers. Energy storage allows Cypress Creek Renewables to provide ancillary services to utilities to help them with reliability concerns and to allow them to defer investment in certain types of grid updates.”

“We are proud to collaborate with Brunswick EMC to bring innovation in solar-plus-storage to its members,” said William Silva, CEO of United Renewable Energy LLC. “We are very grateful to partner again with Cypress Creek Renewables, whose outstanding team will bring these projects to life this year.”

As their customers evolve, Cypress Creek Renewables and United Renewable Energy look forward to offering more ways to access clean energy with either co-located solar-plus-storage projects or standalone energy storage projects. Near term, Cypress Creek Renewables intends to focus on solar-plus-storage, while leveraging its highly efficient core development, finance and utility-scale construction capabilities.

About Brunswick EMC:
Brunswick EMC is the second largest electric co-op in NC, the 35th largest of nearly 900 co-ops in the U.S. and serves more than 91,000 locations in Brunswick and Columbus counties, plus small areas of Bladen and Robeson counties. Locally owned, the not-for-profit corporation is committed to providing safe, reliable and affordable electricity to its members. Established in 1939, the co-op has a longstanding tradition of working to improve the quality of life in the communities it serves. For more information about Brunswick EMC, visit http://www.bemc.org.

About Cypress Creek Renewables LLC:
Cypress Creek Renewables partners with local communities to provide widespread access to affordable, clean energy. With over 5 gigawatts of solar deployed or in development, Cypress Creek Renewables is one of the largest and fastest-growing dedicated providers of local solar farms. For more information about Cypress Creek Renewables, visit http://www.ccrenew.com.

About United Renewable Energy LLC:
United Renewable Energy LLC, is a highly experienced development and construction firm specializing in industrial and utility solar photovoltaics and energy storage systems. URE is a licensed multi-state general and electrical contractor operating throughout the Southeastern U.S. and New York State. URE’s focus on key utility and independent power producer (IPP) partners allows it to deliver solar projects with utility-level quality, performance and safety at the lowest possible cost in the Eastern United States. For more information about United Renewable Energy, visit http://www.u-renew.com.

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United Renewable Energy LLC Completes First Community Solar Project with National Grid in New York

posted by kevin on May 12th, 2017

United Renewable Energy LLC Completes First Community Solar Project with National Grid in New YorkPhoto Courtesy of Ben Foster
Somerville, NY, May 3, 2017

United Renewable Energy LLC has completed construction of the first Community Solar Project interconnected to National Grid in New York state. The project is located in Northern New York, in the Hamlet of Somerville, on approximately three acres of underused pasture land. The solar photovoltaic modules peak output is 241 Kilowatts DC, yielding a peak of 165 kilowatts AC returned to the power grid.
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United Renewable Energy and Cypress Creek Renewables partner on 7 MW Bladen County, NC Solar Project

posted by kevin on December 9th, 2016

URE and Cypress Creek 7MWElizabethtown, NC, December 5, 2016– United Renewable Energy LLC and Cypress Creek Renewables are pleased to announce the completion of a 7 MW solar photovoltaic facility located in Bladen County, NC. The project was completed in a partnership between United Renewable Energy LLC, which completed the development activities, and Cypress Creek Renewables who acquired and constructed the facility in late 2015.

The 7 MW facility provides solar energy to Duke Energy Progress through a Power Purchase Agreement and is located on approximately 30 acres of land. This is one of the first solar projects constructed in Bladen County, NC, but many more have recently been announced. Solar projects offer competitive lease rates for landowners, benefit the local property tax base, and provide local jobs to assist with the construction and operation of facilities.

“We are proud to work on this exciting project with Cypress Creek Renewables, one of the largest and fastest growing independent power producers in the world. Their focus and strict adherence to high quality standards are an excellent fit for our developed projects. ” said Keith Herbs, Executive Vice President of United Renewable Energy LLC.

“The 7MW Bladen County project completed with United Renewable Energy was very well developed and is the first of many solar project investments in Bladen County, NC that Cypress Creek is planning.” said David Bunge, Vice President of Development for Cypress Creek Renewables. “It is also our first project complete with United Renewable Energy LLC. Based on the excellent results, we look forward to working together on many future projects.”
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Tri-County EMC Commissions Solar Facility for “ourSolar” Program

posted by kevin on October 9th, 2016

tri-county-EMC-commissions-solar-facilityEATONTON, Ga., Oct. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ – Tri-County EMC, a member owned electric co-op, is proud to announce commercial operation of a one megawatt (MW) community solar electricity generation farm in Eatonton, Georgia. The project was developed jointly between Tri-County EMC, Georgia Power and United Renewable Energy LLC. Tri-County EMC provides the low cost solar energy to its participating member-owners as a credit on their bill. Tri-County EMC was formed in 1939 by farmers and homeowners in Baldwin, Jones and Putnam counties and currently serves five additional counties, totaling more than 21,000 accounts. As a co-operative utility, it is owned by its members receiving electric service.
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Third Phase of Dalton Solar Plant Now Online

posted by kevin on May 13th, 2015

Third Phase of Dalton Solar Plant Now OnlineThird phase of Dalton Solar Plant now online. 7 MW of new solar energy now flowing to Dalton Utilities ATLANTA, May 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Leaders from Georgia Power, Southern Wholesale Energy, United Renewable Energy LLC and Dalton Utilities gathered this past week for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the latest expansion of the Dalton Solar Plant in Dalton, Ga. With more than seven megawatts (MW) of new generation capacity, this expansion adds to the approximately 700 kilowatts from two previous phases, which came online in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

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Mohawk teams with clean energy firms to add solar in Summerville

posted by kevin on April 7th, 2015

Mohawk teams with clean energy firms to add solar in Summerville | United Renewable EnergyPhoto by Contributed Photo/Times Free Press.

SUMMERVILLE, Ga. — Even under Thursday morning’s overcast skies, the new 1,400-panel solar array perched on the roof of a Mohawk Industries building was generating power. The array can produce up to 628,000 kilowatt-hours a year, roughly enough to power around 55 homes annually. The project was a coming-together of flooring manufacturer Mohawk, clean energy firm Constellation, solar infrastructure firm United Renewable Energy LLC and utility provider Georgia Power. Officials from all four were on hand Thursday morning to celebrate the new array’s unveiling.
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Eastanollee Solar Panels Up and Running for Ga. Power

posted by kevin on April 28th, 2014

Eastanollee Solar Panels Up and Running for Ga. PowerSolar panels installed on land owned by the Stephens County Development Authority are up and running.

The solar panels are located in the area of Turner and Wolf Pit roads. Development Authority Executive Director Tim Martin said that the panels were turned on and began producing 700 kilowatts of electricity to send to the Georgia Power grid on Tuesday morning. Martin said it is part of an initiative by Georgia Power to increase solar power usage. “Georgia Power Company wanted to increase the percentage in their portfolio of all sources of electricity, they wanted more solar,” said Martin. “So they created this advanced solar initiative and we became part of that.”
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Nestle Purina’s Atlanta Facility Unveils Company’s Largest Solar Array

posted by kevin on May 13th, 2013

Nestle Purina's Solar Install

Partnering with United Renewable Energy, pet food manufacturer demonstrates commitment to renewable energy

FAIRBURN, Ga., May 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Nestle Purina PetCare today unveiled the Company’s largest solar array at its Atlanta pet food manufacturing facility. The solar array, designed and installed by United Renewable Energy (URE), represents the latest step in Nestle Purina’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

Fairburn Mayor Mario Avery joined a Nestle Purina delegation, as well as representatives from the offices of U.S. Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson and URE on the factory’s rooftop during a dedication ceremony for the nearly 1,900 glistening solar panels.

“Congratulations to Nestle Purina on this tremendous achievement,” Mayor Avery said. “I’m excited to be here on behalf of the people of Fairburn to mark another major milestone for this great company. Nestle Purina represents what we’re trying to promote in this community, and we’re glad you’re here.”

Nestle Purina Atlanta’s solar array will produce more than 585,000 kilowatt hours of clean sustainable energy each year, with this energy used to power equipment in various areas of the plant, including Processing, Packaging and the Warehouse. The amount of electricity produced annually by the solar array could power nearly 52 average-sized homes — or approximately 5,000 light bulbs — for one year. The carbon offset for a system this size equates to a C02 emissions reduction of approximately 16 million pounds. (more…)

South Atlantic Services, Inc. Commissions 500 kW Solar Installation

posted by kevin on November 30th, 2012

South Atlantic Services, Inc. Commissions 500 kW Solar Installation

WILMINGTON, NC (September 26, 2012)- For over 40 years, South Atlantic Services, Inc. (SAS) has been a leader in the contract manufacturing of automotive fluids and agricultural products. The company continues to be an industry leader and recently completed the construction of a 500 kW photovoltaic solar energy system at their manufacturing facility in Wilmington, NC. The rooftop system is comprised of 2,033 solar panels which will utilize 35,000 square feet of otherwise unused roof space. The system is mounted to the roof using a non-penetrating mounting solution that clamps directly to the standing-seam metal roof. The system will produce enough energy for 46 average American homes and offset the CO2 emissions equivalent to 78 passenger vehicles. The project was engineered, procured, and constructed using a local workforce by commercial solar contractor United Renewable Energy, LLC. (more…)

Innovation and Success

posted by kevin on June 25th, 2012

Innovation and Success

Publication of Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce | June 2012

Dalton Utilities, in partnership with Georgia Power, has created a solar plant located on Dalton Utilities’ property. All of the renewable energy credits will become the property of Dalton Utilities. The initial phase of the plant, located on Looper Bridge Road in Dalton, went online in 2011. Construction on the second phase was completed in late March. The first two phases consist of more than 3,100 fixed-tilt solar panels and provide a combined capacity of approximately 700 kW, enough energy to power 95 homes.

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