Essex, Sunpreme wrap up commissioning of Vermont solar project

Essex Capital Partners and Sunpreme Inc. announced Feb. 25 the completion of 90-day post commissioning of the 2.6-MW ground mount solar system developed by Essex Capital (through its subsidiary Barton Solar), located in Barton, Vermont.

The system is one of the largest commercial solar photovoltaic installations in Vermont and will generate 3,400,000 kWh of clean, emission free electricity annually. Sunpreme’s highly reliable Bi-facial panels are ground mounted, designed to maximize energy production, and are ideal for extreme and challenging environmental conditions. The solar panels installed are 7,616 Maxima GxB340 and GxB350, 72 Cell with the bi-facial advantage.

“We selected Sunpreme solar panels because of the innovative technology, their proven product reliability, an excellent value, and technical solution. Sunpreme has demonstrated that it is a reliable partner with strong technical collaboration and professional customer support,” said Bob Grant, President and CEO of Essex Capital.

“We are delighted to have partnered with Essex Capital on this challenging project in such a beautiful Vermont location. Our high output Bi-facial panels with higher AC output and lower temperature coefficient compete favorably against the best of the conventional product in both LCOE and low-light energy output. It demonstrates Sunpreme’s capability to deliver total integrated PV solution incorporating innovative Photo-Voltaic Cells derived from our Hybrid Cell Technology (HCT) platform,” said Dr. Ashok K. Sinha, Chairman and CEO of Sunpreme.

“We are privileged to have partnered with Barton Solar and achieve this critical performance milestone in collaboration with them. Our business penetration into Utility Power Plant supports our market diversification strategy, and we are proud to deploy advanced SmartSilicon® HCT solar panels at this site that will address their energy needs with the most cost effective solar electricity solution for the prestigious State of Vermont. These Bi-facial panels absorb light from both sides increasing energy yield (kWh) per kWp further,” said Surinder S. Bedi, Executive Vice President for Market Development, Systems Design and Quality at Sunpreme.

Essex Capital Partners (ECP) was founded in 1995, and since its inception, has owned, developed and operated a portfolio of commercial properties in the greater New England region. ECP handles all facets of solar development including site selection, design, permitting, construction management, equipment procurement, environmental monitoring, financing, and property management.

Sunpreme is a global solar photovoltaic company that designs, develops and manufactures its proprietary SmartSilicon Hybrid Cell Technology which delivers the best cost-performance value to clean-tech customers, worldwide. It has deployed its solutions across the U.S., including Alaska, California, Massachusetts, Utah, Florida, Puerto Rico, Vermont, and in Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Fiji Islands, India, Israel, Nigeria, the Philippines, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.