IVC’s Sustainable Solar from United Renewable Energy | March 31, 2011

posted by kevin on March 14th, 2011

United Renewable Energy | IVC Solar InstallMarch 31, 2011, Dalton, Georgia –

Dalton, Georgia – IVC US has commissioned a solar energy system at its new U.S. Headquarters in Dalton, Georgia. The rooftop solar array is complimented by a 15′ X 15′ solar tracker on the Dalton Bypass that follows the sun as it moves across the horizon.

The 101.66kW system collects radiation from the sun with Schüco panels, and converts the power for commercial energy use with a grid interactive inverter. The project was engineered, procured, and constructed by United Renewable Energy LLC, a commercial solar installer based out of Alpharetta, Georgia.

Last year IVC constructed its new US headquarters in Dalton with state-of-the-art manufacturing and distribution facilities. The 520,000 square foot building more than doubles the size of the previous location, and will further propel IVC US to the forefront of the domestic sheet vinyl industry. The $75 million capital investment has created more than 150 long-term jobs for Dalton, a community that has been plagued by unemployment caused by the economic recession. “IVC US believes in being good corporate stewards of our community and environment, and we understand the importance of minimizing our ecological footprint,” said Xavier Steyaert, CEO of IVC US. “Utilizing solar energy is one of several green initiatives we have integrated into our new facility.” (more…)

Georgia Power Solar Deal with Dalton Utilities

posted by kevin on February 10th, 2011

United Renewable Energy Utility Solar United Renewable Energy Developer and EPC for Georgia Power and Dalton Utilities Deal.

ATLANTA – Georgia Power recently acquired a series of solar projects of up to 1 megawatt (MW) in Murray County, Ga., co-developed by United Renewable Energy LLC and Mack Creek Energy LLC. Georgia Power will sell the output from the facility to Dalton Utilities. The plant will be constructed on Looper Bridge Road in Dalton by United Renewable Energy and will be owned and operated by Georgia Power. Under the terms of the deal, Georgia Power will lease property for the solar facility from Dalton Utilities, which will purchase 100 percent of the plant’s capacity and energy through a 25-year power purchase agreement. (more…)

Marglen Chooses URE to go Solar

posted by kevin on February 9th, 2011

Marglen Chooses URE to go SolarRome, Georgia – Marglen Industries has recently commissioned a 95.2 kilowatt solar energy photovoltaic (PV) energy system on their rooftop in Rome, Ga. The system was installed by Alpharetta, Georgia based United Renewable Energy, LLC, and is the largest in the Southeast to use Solyndra’s unique cylindrical thin-film solar energy system.

The system was installed on the rooftop of Marglen Industries plastic bottle recycling plant in Rome, Georgia. The plant produces a post consumer recycled PET resin that is used in the manufacturing of sustainable food-grade packaging. The plant also produces a polyester fiber that is used in the manufacturing of sustainable flooring and other textile products. As part of it’s overall sustainable mission, Marglen has emerged as a renewable energy visionary with their latest solar installation, but has been a leader in sustainability for decades.

We at Marglen Industries are committed to bringing our values and principles of sustainability to the forefront of our business. This solar array stands as our responsibility for leadership in the industry, and our goal to bring value to our community and customers.” said Marglen’s CEO John Burnes.

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Atlanta Solar Install | 10.08 kW

posted by kevin on January 11th, 2011

Atlanta Solar Install | 10.08 kWAtlanta, GA Independent Senior Living Facility – 10.08kW system utilizing 210 kW panels and a string inverter. 13,586kW generated annually.

In the heart of Atlanta, GA, this brand new, Independent Senior living facility used its construction savings to generate carbon footprint savings as well. The 10.08 kW array is front and center of their roof. It’s easily seen from the road, and is a point of pride for its residents, and their visiting families.

  • 10.08 kW PV system
  • Produces 13,586 kWh annually
  • Utilizes 210 kW solar panels
  • 557,018 vehicle miles offset
  • 279 tons of CO2 prevented over 25 years

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Chatsworth Solar Install | 65 kW

posted by kevin on January 10th, 2011

Ter Leembek Solar Install | United Renewable EnergyAlong with stormwater capture and extensive recycling and composting, the owner’s commitment to sustainability inspired her to install this array. With the largest solar PV array in Chatsworth, the owner felt that leading by example was the best way to demonstrate the need for a movement towards sustainability.

65 kW

NJ Utility Solar Install | 21.08 kW

posted by kevin on January 10th, 2011

NJ Utility Solar Install | 21.08 kWUnited Renewable Energy Designed, procured, and provided construction management services and ongoing support and maintenence for this Utility scale solar PV project. The customer is a Fortune 500 electric Utility. The installation is located at a high voltage electrical substation. Each set is tilted at 40 degrees due south.

  • 21.8kw System
  • 190w Sanyo Hit panels
  • SMA inverters
  • 27,552 kwh generated per year
  • Installed November 2008
  • 1,132,830 vehicle miles offset
  • 574 tons of CO2 prevented

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USFloors Turns Up the Solar Power

posted by kevin on December 30th, 2010

USFloors Turns Up the Solar PowerUSFLOORS is the largest producer of solar energy in Georgia.

DALTON, Ga., Nov. 12, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — In November of 2010, USFloors commissioned its third solar photovoltaic (PV) project intended to supply half of the facility’s energy. This installation of  365.04 kw is the largest solar array in Georgia, eclipsing the record once held by the Georgia Tech Natatorium, installed for the 1996 Olympics. Alpharetta-based United Renewable Energy installed 1521 Suniva solar panels and an SMA Sunny Central Inverter for this ARRA, GEFA Grant funded project . The combined output of all three USFloors solar arrays will total over half a Megawatt, and makes USFloors the largest producer of solar energy in the state of Georgia. USFloors is producing enough solar energy to power 54 average American homes, offsetting 11,400 tons of CO2 and nearly 23 million vehicle miles.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101112/CL00646 )

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20101112/CL00646 )

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The Broome County Library is Going Green

posted by kevin on December 30th, 2010

The Broome County Library is Going GreenView Video

The Broome County Library is going green, thanks to some new roof-top solar panels that are up and running .

The panels now line most of the roof of the library, They turn sun into energy that will be used by the library — plus enough extra to take three Binghamton homes off the grid.

One of the things that made the installation possible — the price of solar technology has dropped significantly over the past few years.

“I think the library has made a great stance here in demonstrating that this technology works today. It’s very robust, very efficient, and well-tested. So, it’s been around for years, and the difference is the cost has finally come down, and it’s in the reach of businesses and homeowners all across the Triple Cities and Broome County,” said Bill Silva, President of United Renewable Energy, LLC.
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City of Alpharetta, Wills Park Pool

posted by kevin on December 28th, 2010

City of Alpharetta Solar Install | 3.84 kWCity of Alpharetta, Wills Park Pool

Alpharetta, GA. December, 6, 2010. The City of Alpharetta just installed its first Solar Photovoltaic (PV) array on the rooftop of Wills Park Pool on Old Milton Highway (west of GA 400 and Highway 9). The Array, 3.84 kW, utilizes local solar panel technology, and will save 110 tons of CO2 over the next 25 years, the equivalent of 220,800 vehicle miles. “This is an exciting moment for the City of Alpharetta and a logical next step in our efforts to be a greener, more sustainable community,” said Arthur Letchas, Mayor of Alpharetta. “By using the sun’s energy to provide power to one of our most frequented recreation facilities, we hope to educate our citizens on this effective way to more wisely use our resources.”

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Here comes the sun: Lanier Technical College solar program grows to meet industry demand

posted by kevin on July 12th, 2010

Always looking for new opportunities to connect students to sustainable jobs, Lanier Technical College has set its sights on the solar industry.

Demand for solar energy has grown about 30 percent per year during the last 15 years, according to Solarbuzz, which tracks the industry worldwide as part of the marketing research firm, NPD Group. Solar photovoltaic (PV) installations increased by 7.3 gigawatts in 2009; up from 6,080 megawatts in 2008. (A megawatt is 1,000,000 watts; a gigawatt is 1,000 megawatts.)

The firm projects strong industry growth in the Asian Pacific, European and U.S. markets for the next five years. More efficient and less-costly technology has made solar options more affordable at the same time the world has increased its demand for renewable energy sources. (more…)