The Tennessee-based utility shared it has reduced emissions by 57% from 2005 levels in its FY 2021 sustainability report.
We are so excited to announce that URE has made the @Inc 5000 List with 52% growth! We are honored to be included as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the US. Cheers to our U-RENEW team and partners for helping us achieve this milestone! See our rank and the full list here > https://www.inc.com/inc5000/2021
United Renewable Energy and New Energy Equity Complete 4.3 MW of Community Solar Gardens in Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS, May 6, 2021 — United Renewable Energy® (URE)®, a national Engineering, Procurement, and Construction provider, worked together with their development partner, New Energy Equity (New Energy), to add three new community solar gardens to Minnesota’s solar development portfolio. The three projects, located in North Branch, Lindstrom, and Cokato and totaling more than 4.3 MW DC, are together expected to produce 5,980 MWh of clean energy in their first year. This amount of clean energy is sufficient to power approximately six hundred average homes and will be offered to local businesses and school districts by subscription. Subscribers will receive bill credits from the utility for the energy produced by the gardens, giving them the benefits of solar energy with no equipment purchase, maintenance, or solar panels required on their own premises.
Oriden Helps Blue Ridge Energy Reduce Carbon Emissions and Stabilize Rates with Utility-Scale Solar Project
LENOIR, N.C. (April 6, 2021) – Blue Ridge Energy, a member-owned electric cooperative serving northwest North Carolina, has selected Oriden LLC to develop a utility-scale solar project as part of its Brighter Future initiative. This project will provide a local generation source and allow Blue Ridge Energy to work towards their low cost, low carbon future with two significant carbon reduction targets: to achieve 50 percent reduction in carbon emissions from 2005 levels by 2030 and to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Blue Ridge Energy’s CEO, Doug Johnson, said, “To meet our sustainability goals while upholding our commitments to reliability and affordability, we are focusing our efforts on areas that make the electric grid more flexible, efficient, resilient, and capable of supporting new energy solutions and the vitality of our communities. We look forward to implementing Oriden’s custom-designed large-scale solar solution, which we have named Brighter Future Solar, to help meet our goals.”
The Brighter Future Solar project will provide substantial additional carbon-free electricity to Blue Ridge Energy. The utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) project will cover 50 to 55 acres in southern Caldwell County and will provide 11 megawatts of power — enough for 1,600 homes. By comparison, Blue Ridge Energy’s five existing community solar gardens cover about four acres combined and produce enough power for 75 homes.
Scheduled to come online this year, the Brighter Future Solar project will generate and send 19,000 megawatt hours of carbon-free electricity into the grid annually. Blue Ridge Energy will purchase the full output of the project through a 25-year fully bundled Power Purchase Agreement. This will help control wholesale power costs to keep rates stable for cooperative members. In the future, the project can help the cooperative provide alternative rate options to benefit the membership and help manage peak power demands for electricity.
Three companies are supporting the Brighter Future Solar project:
Oriden is leading the development and financing, while overseeing all project permitting, site diligence, engineering, and major equipment decisions. Oriden is a full-service renewable energy developer funded and backed by Mitsubishi Power Americas, Inc., an industry leader in power generation, renewables and energy storage solutions.
United Renewable Energy™ LLC is providing late stage development support, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services using local North Carolina based management and labor. URE develops, designs, builds and maintains solar photovoltaic and energy storage systems for utilities, industrial and commercial companies, independent power producers, and electrical membership co-operatives.
Pisgah Energy supported local community engagement and permitting efforts. The company provides comprehensive solar and energy storage design and development services across the Southeast.
Michael Berlin, Director of Energy Development at Oriden, said, “Blue Ridge Energy’s investment in solar shows great leadership and ensures its members’ energy generation needs are met sustainably and affordably. Oriden appreciates Blue Ridge Energy’s partnership and will execute with a focus on exceptional quality as it brings northwestern North Carolina a Change in Power.”
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About Oriden LLC
Located in Pittsburgh, Oriden develops, constructs, finances, owns and operates renewable energy projects throughout the United States. As local governments, public institutions and corporations prioritize cleaner sources for their energy needs, they want a developer with the ingenuity, the agility and the speed of a start-up — a fearless pioneer. But they also want to mitigate risk with a proven veteran that has the financial strength and experience to develop, commercialize, operate and own a highly complex project. Oriden is venture funded and backed by Mitsubishi Power Americas, Inc., which has more than a century of experience manufacturing, servicing and providing power and energy solutions globally. For more information, visit the Oriden website and the Mitsubishi Power Americas website.
About Blue Ridge Energy
Blue Ridge Energy is a member-owned electric cooperative serving some 77,000 members in northwest North Carolina. The cooperative is committed to powering a Brighter Future for its members and communities by adding sustainable, renewable energy, using innovative technology for a reliable, resilient power grid and enriching the lives of the people it serves. For more information, visit BlueRidgeEnergy.com.
SHELBY, Ohio, Oct. 23, 2020 — On a partly cloudy day in December of 2019, the mayor of Shelby, Ohio, flipped the switch that would add clean, renewable solar power to the town’s power grid system. Earlier that day, engineers had finalized the testing needed to launch commercial operation of a new solar array, and over the last ten months, Shelby residents have been reaping the benefits of the renewable energy resource and a smaller carbon footprint.
Kimberly-Clark, United Renewable Energy® LLC and NextEra Energy Resources Team Up to Construct Solar Project in LaGrange, Georgia
LAGRANGE, Ga., Feb. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A 3MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project has been completed and commercialized by United Renewable Energy at Kimberly-Clark’s facility in LaGrange, Georgia. The project was the result of collaboration between Kimberly-Clark’s facility, United Renewable Energy LLC as the project developer and builder, and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC through a subsidiary, which is the long-term project owner. All of the output from the new solar facility, along with all the renewable energy credits (RECs) will be sold to Georgia Power as part of Georgia Power’s Renewable Energy Development Initiative, and the associated RECs will be retired on behalf of all of Georgia Power’s customers.
Pete: First, congratulations on making Solar Power World’s Top Solar Contractors list. What is the story behind how United Renewable Energy was founded?
William: Thank you Pete, I am very proud of our team and the work we do to provide quality solar projects. United Renewable Energy, LLC was founded in January of 2008 in Georgia by myself and my future wife at the time, Shana [Haygood] Silva. We have four children and live in Cherokee County, GA. Shana is a graduate of Georgetown University Law School, and she is the daughter of an Air Force Academy graduate, and a first daughter of Texas. I graduated with engineering degrees from George Mason University and the University at Buffalo, and am a first-generation American, son of an American mother and my father is an immigrant from Colombia, South America. We started working from our dining room in Alpharetta, and eventually grew into our current 7,000 sq ft facility in Alpharetta, (Forsyth County), Georgia. Today, United Renewable Energy, LLC (URE) is a highly experienced development and construction firm specializing in industrial and utility solar and energy storage systems. URE is a licensed multi-state general and electrical contractor operating throughout the country. URE’s focus on key utility and industrial partners allows us to deliver solar projects with utility level safety, quality, and performance at the lowest possible cost in the Eastern United States. URE employs over 35 full-time employees, and with contract personnel, employ around 200 during full construction, which is typically more than half of the year.
United Renewable Energy LLC™ Constructs Two Utility Scale Projects, United Community Bank Provides Debt to Owners
GREENVILLE, S.C., Sept. 25, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — United Renewable Energy LLC, a leading national solar project developer and construction firm, has completed construction on two solar photovoltaic projects in Georgia totaling over 3.8 MW of generation on approximately 30 acres of land. Both projects were made possible by debt financing from United Community Bank, a Southeastern regional community bank with specialized commercial lending capabilities, including renewable energy financing.