Solar Energy

The President’s Climate Action Plan | Executive Office of the President

While no single step can reverse the effects of climate change, we have a moral obligation to future generations to leave them a planet that is not polluted and damaged. Through steady, responsible action to cut carbon pollution, we can protect our children’s health and begin to slow the effects of climate change so that we leave behind a cleaner, more stable environment.

In 2009, President Obama made a pledge that by 2020, America would reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in the range of 17 percent below 2005 levels if all other major economies agreed to limit their emissions as well. Today, the President remains firmly committed to that goal and to building on the progress of his first term to help put us and the world on a sustainable long-term trajectory. Thanks in part to the Administration’s success in doubling America’s use of wind, solar, and geothermal energy and in establishing the toughest fuel economy standards in our history, we are creating new jobs, building new industries, and reducing dangerous carbon pollution which contributes to climate change. In fact, last year, carbon emissions from the energy sector fell to the lowest level in two decades. At the same time, while there is more work to do, we are more energy secure than at any time in recent history. In 2012, America’s net oil imports fell to the lowest level in 20 years and we have become the world’sleading producer of natural gas – the cleanest-burning fossil fuel.

Read the whole plan at whitehouse.gov.

Plant, projects help Napoleon earn title of ‘America’s Number One Solar Small Town’ | Toledo Blade

NAPOLEON — Michael Peck still finds it amazing that a tiny area smack in the middle of rural northwest Ohio can have such a large solar footprint.

Granted, since last February, the city of Napoleon has been home to a solar panel-making operation headed by Mr. Peck, chairman of Isofoton North America Inc., an offspring of Spanish solar panel Isofoton.

But Isofoton North America’s $30 million plant, which employs 30 workers, isn’t the only connection to the solar industry in Henry County, Mr. Peck noted. AP Alternatives LLC, which makes and installs racks to hold solar panels, is running successfully in nearby Ridgeville Corners. (more…)

Solar firm targets steady growth | Toledo Blade

Job fair for veterans seeks staff for plant under way in Napoleon

BY KRIS TURNER

NAPOLEON — The solar-panel machinery inside Isofoton USA’s sprawling Napoleon facility is spaced out like giant puzzle pieces.

Machines are arranged in a line across the length of the former warehouse. Some of the equipment is ready to be strung together, while other pieces are positioned for the delivery of more machinery.

A few of the solar-panel manufacturer’s 12 employees tended to the equipment Friday, getting things ready for the company’s December ramp-up deadline.

“It’s like solar world around here,” said Michael Peck, chairman of Isofoton USA, who was in Napoleon on Friday for a veterans job fair being held by the company. (more…)

Red, White and Green: The True Colors of America’s Clean Tech Jobs | DBL Investors

September 2012—a new white paper from DBL Shows Red States Lead in Green Job Growth

Clean tech may cre­ate a highly par­ti­san debate in Wash­ing­ton D.C., but in the rest of coun­try, it cre­ates jobs. A new report exam­ines the sharp con­trasts between polit­i­cal rhetoric and on-the-ground real­ity, and shows that red states – not blue states – are lead­ing clean tech or “green job” growth.

The report, “Red, White and Green: The True Col­ors of America’s Clean Tech Jobs” authored by Nancy Pfund, Man­ag­ing Part­ner, DBL Investors and Michael Lazar, a Yale Uni­ver­sity grad­u­ate stu­dent, demon­strates the grow­ing impor­tance of the clean tech indus­try in both red and blue states, and espe­cially in swing states. (more…)

Solar Energy: Napoleon’s Solar Campaign | Site Selection

Isofoton, based in Malaga, Spain, was formed in 1981 as a spin-off project at the Polytechnic University of Madrid. The global firm, which operates a factory in the Andalusia Technology Park in Malaga, formed Isofoton North America about 10 years ago with the idea of entering the U.S. market. Michael Peck, chairman of Isofoton North America, says the company’s management has long seen the U.S. market as a major opportunity, and spent three years validating the potential supply chain in Ohio before making the decision last year to locate in Napoleon, a town of about 10,000 located 40 miles (64 km.) southwest of Toledo. (more…)

Transformative 49.9 MW Solar Array to be Developed on Reclaimed Ohio Strip Mine; Spain’s Leading Solar Manufacturers to Build Ohio Production Facilities

Gov. Strickland, American Electric Power CEO, Turning Point Solar and Others Sign Memoranda to Create $250 Million Solar Farm

COLUMBUS, OHIO–October 5, 2010 — Ohio Governor Ted Strickland today announced agreements to create Turning Point Solar, a 49.9 MW solar array to be built on strip-mined land adjacent to The Wilds nature conservancy.  At signing ceremonies in Governor Strickland’s cabinet room, American Electric Power (AEP) CEO Michael G. Morris signed a memorandum of understanding with project developers New Harvest Ventures and Agile Energy to enter into a 20-year purchase agreement for the facility’s power.

Pending approval of incentives to be provided by state and local governments, two prominent Spanish solar power component manufacturers, Prius Energy S.L. and Isofoton, have agreed to open new manufacturing facilities in Ohio to help construct the 239,400 panel solar array.  If operating today, Turning Point would be the largest photovoltaic solar array in the United States. Approximately 300 jobs will be needed to build the project at peak construction.  In addition, Prius and Isofoton have agreed to locate their North American operations in Ohio, creating more than 300 permanent manufacturing jobs.

“This project is compelling on several fronts,” said David Wilhelm, New Harvest Ventures partner. “Turning Point Solar will bring renewable energy to Ohioans at a reasonable rate, utilize reclaimed mine land in an innovative way, and bring new construction and manufacturing jobs to Appalachian Ohio.”

Last week, Gov. Strickland signed an executive order eliminating Ohio’s tangible personal property tax and real property tax for advanced and renewable energy project facilities, making it easier for energy companies to do business and create jobs in Ohio.  In 2008, Strickland signed a landmark energy reform bill, SB 221, that calls for 25 percent of all energy consumed by Ohioans to come from advanced energy sources by 2025.  Of that, .5 percent must be solar energy.

“We recognized the future when we established our state’s aggressive renewable portfolio standard, invested in the energy industry and eliminated taxes for new energy facilities to create jobs and grow Ohio’s advanced energy industry,” said Governor Strickland.  “Today, the future has recognized Ohio.  One of the largest solar farms in the nation is going to be built here in Ohio, with solar panels and solar trackers made in Ohio, built by Ohioans with the know-how taught in Ohio colleges.”

Gov. Strickland, accompanied by state and federal lawmakers and project stakeholders looked on as Turning Point Solar developers signed memoranda of understanding with AEP, Prius, Isofoton, and the University System of Ohio.  Prius produces sun tracking equipment and racks for panels. Isofoton manufacturers large, 275 w solar photovoltaic panels.

“This is not your typical fixed solar array.  To maximize output, Turning Point expects to deploy high-efficiency photovoltaic panels controlled by Prius Energy’s state of the art solar tracking equipment,” said José Carlos Sánchez-Muliterno, partner and board member for Albacete, Spain based Prius Energy S.L.

Isofoton CEO Angel Luis Serrano added, “Isofoton, the reference Spanish photovoltaic manufacturer and worldwide pioneer in solar energy since 1981, is committed to setting up a next generation factory model here in Ohio.  The factory will be built with local suppliers for local end-users, and with a mandate to create good and green local jobs in close partnership with Ohio’s public sector energy leaders and private sector utilities.  We understand that ‘Made in USA’ is an attribute to be proud of.  We are honored to join Ohio’s corporate community, renewable energy sector and growing solar cluster, together with Turning Point Solar.  We look forward to becoming a dedicated contributor to Ohio’s economy, putting locally manufactured Isofoton PV cells on Prius trackers and helping to make the green economy vision a reality.”

Turning Point Solar is using a tract of at least 500 acres of reclaimed land mined by the Central Ohio Coal Company between 1969 and 1991. The land was infamously strip-mined by the Big Muskie, then the world’s largest dragline, and one of the world’s largest mobile earth-moving machines. Big Muskie removed more than 608,000,000 cubic yards (465,000,000 m3) of overburden, which is twice as much earth as was moved during construction of the Panama Canal.

A wildlife park called The Wilds, which opened in 1994, was created from 10,000 acres of the land stripped by Big Muskie and reclaimed. Turning Point Solar is adjacent to The Wilds, on about 1,000 fallow acres of the reclaimed land owned by the nature conservancy and the AEP. Prairie planting tests are currently being conducted as part of plans to transform the land under the solar panels into an organic carbon sink.

“This announcement is the next chapter in a great story of transforming Ohio’s reclaimed mine lands,” said Wilds Executive Director Evan Blumer.  “We see today that with responsible stewardship and visionary leadership, we can restore our land while we improve our energy diversity and security, and bring the green collar economy to Appalachia.”

Zane State University and Hocking College have both developed programs to train workers in a variety of green jobs programs including the essential skills needed to build and maintain solar operations such as Turning Point.

Congressman Zack Space (OH-18), in whose district the project will be located, concluded, “Today’s announcement of more than 300 jobs coming to Southeastern Ohio provides an enormous boost for our economy in the short-term, and paves the way for the kind of long-term development that will help Appalachian Ohio reverse the economic disparity that has been so devastating to our towns and communities.”

About New Harvest Ventures

New Harvest is a renewable energy development company led by David Wilhelm and Craig Overmyer, co-founders of Woodland Venture Management, which has previously launched path breaking, regionally-focused venture capital funds in the Appalachian and Great Lakes regions of the United States. They have earned a reputation for investing in strong companies located off the beaten path, often in rural areas of the country—places like Nelsonville, Ohio, Altoona, Penn., and Marquette, Mich.  The mission of New Harvest builds on that work: to advance promising projects and proven energy technologies in environmentally- and economically-challenged regions of the United States.

About Agile Energy

Agile Energy, based in San Bruno, CA, develops utility scale photovoltaic (“PV”) plants in North America. The company was founded in 2009, coincident with the closing of its Series A investment by Good Energies, Inc. For more on Agile’s history and team, please refer to its website at www.agileenergy.com. Agile’s co-founders, Mr. Glen Davis and Mr. Robert Morgan have spent their careers in the power industry, first at AES Corporation for a combined 32 years and then at Ausra, Inc. The Agile team brings over 60 years of combined experience in power project development and has collectively secured over $5 billion in debt and equity project financing spanning five continents. Members of Agile’s team have developed several solar PV projects over the last several years.

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