ET Solar to supply solar modules for Strata Solar projects in N.C.

ET Solar Group Corp. announced Oct. 17 that it has provided 13 MW of its 300 watt high-efficiency 72-cell polycrystalline solar modules to Strata Solar LLC for two 6.5-MW solar farms in North Carolina.

Designed and being installed by Strata Solar, the solar plants use ET Solar’s 1000-Volt rated 300W solar modules, and are expected to produce approximately 20GWh of electricity a year.

“ET Solar is providing these Strata projects with quality product and excellent value,” said Markus Wilhelm, CEO of Strata Solar. “We selected ET Solar for their competitive price and high-efficiency solar modules. Moreover, we benefit from ET Solar’s outstanding customer services where for example their New Jersey office gives immediate feedback to our questions.”

Dennis She, President and CEO of ET Solar, said: “We see the east coast as a key market in the United States, and therefore established our New Jersey Office two years ago to better serve our clients. We are very excited to work with Strata Solar, who chose ET Solar as the key equipment supplier. Our ability to more than meet Strata Solar’s strict product due diligence requirements demonstrates our excellent product quality and expertise.”

North Carolina is a hot spot for solar development in the U.S., with the state Utilities Commission currently considering and recently approving dozens of projects. Most are around 5 MW in size, some ranging up to 20 MW. Strata Solar is pursuing many of them.

Wiggins Mill Farm LLC, a unit of Strata Solar, filed an Aug. 16 application with the North Carolina commission on an unusually large 74.8-MW (AC) solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Wilson County. Wiggins Mill Farm said its project would be located along Highway 301 in Wilson County and is due on-line in March 2015. Power would be sold to Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) under a power purchase agreement (PPA), the application said.

Other applications filed on Aug. 16 alone for Strata Solar projects include:

  • Stout Farm LLC for a 5-MW (AC PV) facility in Orange County, with power sold to Duke Energy under a 15-year PPA and with the facility due to go on-line by June 2014;
  • Yanceyville Farm 2 LLC (part of Strata Solar), for a 5 MW (AC PV) facility in Caswell County, to be on-line by April 1, 2015, and to sell power to “Progress” (an apparent reference to Duke Energy Progress) under a 15-year PPA.
  • Dragstrip Farm LLC, also a Strata Solar affiliate, for a 5 MW (AC PV) facility in Burke County, to be on-line by April 2014, selling power to Duke Energy under a 15-year PPA.
  • Strata Solar’s Greenville Farm LLC for a 3 MW (AC PV) facility in Pitt County, due on-line by March 1, 2015, selling power to the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency.
  • Strata Solar’s Ostrich Farm LLC, for a 5 MW (AC PV) project in Rockingham County, on-line by June 2014, selling power under a 15-year PPA to Duke Energy.
  • Strata Solar’s Mayodan Farm LLC, for a 5 MW (AC PV) project in Rockingham County, due on-line by May 2014, selling power to Duke Energy under a 15-year PPA.
  • Strata Solar’s Dobbins Mill Farm LLC, for a 5 MW (AC PV) project in Yadkin County, on-line by April 2014, selling power under a 15-year PPA to Duke Energy.
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