Five solar projects utilizing a patented ground-mounting rack solution are nearing completion in California.
The portfolio uses a total of 3 MW ErthosEarth Mount Solar PV System, which installs solar panels directly on the ground without the use of trackers or other steel substructures. Earth Mount is designed to reduce the steel needed to install solar at scale.
The plants are designed by Erthos Energy Partners and are being developed and sold by strategic development partner White Pine Renewables. The plants will be maintained by Erthos Energy Services through a subcontract with NAES Corporation, an independent operations, maintenance and repair service, and controlled by myPV, which supplies and operates ErthCompatible SCADA systems.
Four of the five projects will be built by One Sun Power, one of the industry’s first Erthos-certified builders.
The power stations will be owned by electrical contractor Directional Services. Energy from four of the plants will be sold under 20-year power purchase agreements to Olam Food Ingredients, a supplier of natural and sustainable food ingredients in California’s Central Valley. The other two projects will sell power under 25-year PPAs.
“As a new technology, stakeholders naturally want to know that the technology is admissible, insurable and affordable. Fortunately, we have now successfully and repeatedly authorized our UL 2703 certified system in four counties, in two utilities, and with owners successfully and consistently securing insurance and non-recourse financing,” said Jim Tyler, CEO of Erthos. “These projects will help further prepare the pump for our substantial pipeline.”
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