SunEdison, BITHENERGY complete 2-MW solar project for Maryland city

SunEdison, in partnership with BITHENERGY, a leading solar developer, on Sept. 11 announced that Columbia, Md. is now offsetting 100% of its energy use from renewable sources.

Columbia now sources 75% of its energy from wind renewable energy credits, and 25% from the newly-completed 2-MW (dc) Nixon Farm solar project located in West Friendship, Md.

Columbia, Md. is home to approximately 100,000 people, and is managed by a non-profit service corporation, Columbia Association. The non-profit is purchasing the solar power for the community through a 20-year power purchase agreement with SunEdison. The solar farm is located outside of Columbia, and via virtual net metering credits the community can enjoy the benefits of solar without the need to locate the solar farm on-site.

“With the completion of the Nixon Farm solar power plant, the people of Columbia now enjoy the environmental and cost benefits of getting 100 percent of their electricity from renewable sources,” said Steve Raeder, SunEdison’s general manager of Eastern U.S. commercial and industrial solar.

“Columbia Association is proud to be a leader in clean energy,” said Jeremy Scharfenberg, the association’s energy manager. “The SunEdison solar installation is a key component of our renewable energy strategy, providing 25 percent of our power requirements. By supplementing Nixon Farm’s solar energy with wind-based renewable energy certificates, we’ve been able to achieve our sustainability goals and reduce our carbon footprint by more than half.”

SunEdison provided its high performance solar panels and financing for the construction of the project, while solar developer BITHENERGY originated the project with Columbia Association and completed the permitting, site work, and pre-construction services for the project. SolAmerica Energy was contracted as the engineering, procurement, and construction firm to build the plant to SunEdison’s specifications. The operation and maintenance of the solar plant will be performed by SunEdison Services.

SunEdison develops, finances, installs, owns and operates renewable power plants, delivering predictably priced electricity to its residential, commercial, government and utility customers. SunEdison is one of the world’s largest renewable energy asset managers and provides customers with asset management, operations and maintenance, monitoring and reporting services.

BITHENERGY is an award-winning, energy services company that provides innovative solutions for maximizing energy and operational efficiencies, while expanding energy sourcing options. BITHENERGY offers its government, corporate, and non-profit clients consulting services, intelligent engineering strategies, advanced information systems, leading edge business processes, and full implementation services for managing energy consumption, sourcing power purchases, smart grid infrastructure build-out, and the development of renewable energy systems. More than 40 MW of solar installations and Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems (HRES) have been completed or are under development for government, educational, and commercial clients both in the United States and West Africa.

Founded in 2009, SolAmerica Energy is a leading developer, EPC, and operations and maintenance provider of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects for commercial, industrial, and government clients. With offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, N.C., and Washington DC, SolAmerica has extensive experience delivering high-profile solar projects.

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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.