National Solar Power (NSP), a “market leader in utility scale solar power solutions” that was just formed in 2010, announced at the end of last week that it had “reached a major milestone in its plans to build solar energy facilities totaling 700 megawatts (MW) in Florida” — it completed an agreement with SolarWorld to order several million solar panels. Can you imagine?
SolarWorld leads the Americas in solar-technology manufacturing, and orders like this make you realize why it has pushed so hard against heavy Chinese subsidies for the country’s solar panel companies.
Of course, one doesn’t take an order for several million solar panels lightly. NSP and Hensel Phelps Construction Co, also involved in the project development, toured SolarWorld’s manufacturing facility in the other corner of the US (in Oregon) beforehand.
“We’re very excited about this partnership, which is a great cultural fit between our companies,” said James Scrivener, CEO of National Solar, which is based in Melbourne, FL. “We are committed to helping make the United States the world leader in renewable energy, and this partnership gives us the building blocks to produce clean energy domestically. Best of all, we will be using U.S. technology that will create thousands of jobs for Americans and help ensure U.S. energy security and independence.”
Florida, as one who grew up there well knows, is “The Sunshine State” — it’s about time the state starts cashing in on that sun and fighting global warming, which is already causing Florida’s coastline to slowly go under. This project is clearly a good boost. 400 MW of solar power capacity are supposed to be built at NSP’s power facility in Gadsden County, 200 MW in Hardee County, and 100 MW in Liberty County.
Hensel Phelps, which was chosen to remodel the Pentagon after the 9/11 attacks, is supposed to design, build, and operate the solar farm projects, which will be built in 20-MW phases.
In total, “National Solar has executed power supply agreements for more than 3 gigawatts of solar farms” in the US.
Source: National Solar Power