Santa Fe Community Convention Center to Turn On Solar Power

Editor | - May 31, 2012

"Project features locally made system, installed by local company"

From a city of Santa Fe press release...

Mayor David Coss and City Councilors will flip the switch on a new solar electric system installed for the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. Consisting of 386 panels made by SCHOTT Solar in Albuquerque and installed by Santa Fe-based Positive Energy, the system has already helped boost the local economy and provide jobs; now it will provide locally produced energy to help keep Santa Fe clean and green.

“It’s so important for the city of Santa Fe to support local businesses and keep jobs here. Strong partnerships with the private sector have been crucial in generating clean energy and building skills for a local, green workforce of the future,” said Mayor David Coss.

The 90.7kW solar electric system will generate 154,000 kWh per year and will cover more than ten-percent of the facility’s electric use. The city of Santa Fe will purchase power at a fixed price ($0.065) for the next 20 years which is less than the city is currently paying. The savings are expected to increase as the cost of electricity from the utility rises.

“SCHOTT Solar is proud to be part of the solar installation at the Santa Fe Convention Center,” said Tom Hecht, president and chief sales officer of SCHOTT Solar PV, Inc. “By teaming with Positive Energy, we were able to provide the Santa Fe Convention Center with high-quality, Buy American Compliant, solar panels installed by a team of experts. The end product is a solar system that will save the customer money over the life of the system, while helping contribute to their environmental goals.”

There will be a celebration and ribbon cutting at the convention center on June 8 at 2 p.m. to commemorate the commissioning of the system with Mayor Coss, Marc Pangburn from MP2 Capital, Dr. Michael Jacquorie of SCHOTT Solar Albuquerque, Randy Sadewic from Positive Energy and members of the City Council.

“The city has been on the forefront in promoting renewable energy and using local vendors.  Positive Energy, a local, employee-owned solar integrator is pleased to have been selected as the supplier for this project using SCHOTT solar modules assembled in Albuquerque, and MP2 Capital as the system developer.” said Randy Sadewic, president of Positive Energy.

Positive Energy is New Mexico’s industry leader in residential and commercial solar installations. Customers trust Positive Energy to provide maximum value from their investment in solar photovoltaic technology. Positive Energy brings over 60 years of combined solar expertise to assist each customer in realizing their renewable energy goals.

MP2 Capital is committed to creating a sustainable future by developing, financing, and operating renewable energy assets, and has assembled a team of professionals with the proven experience, dedication and vision to make it happen.

SCHOTT Solar has 54 years of experience within the solar industry and is one of today’s global cutting-edge manufacturers, uniting photovoltaic competence and know-how in receiver technology for solar power plants.