Nuance Energy, manufacturer of the patent-pending Osprey PowerPlatform and developer of distributed generation solar projects, was awarded a contract with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for ground mount solar arrays to be deployed at LADWP facilities. The contract was awarded after a competitive bidding process that attracted interest from dozens of vendors. Here’s a full case study.
LADWP supplies more than 26 million Megawatt-hours of electricity annually to 1.4 million homes and businesses throughout the City of Los Angeles. Like all electric utilities in California, the agency must meet the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) required by state law and the California Energy Commission. LADWP is well ahead of the mandated RPS targets with its own, more aggressive targets of 33 percent by 2020, growing to 65 percent by 2036.
Nuance Energy’s Osprey PowerPlatform is a fixed tilt ground mount system. These portable and modular units will be used to deploy solar arrays totaling 50-kW AC of power (or approximately 65-kW DC) in LADWP facilities. The successful vendor would need to be able to supply enough solar units to deploy up to 40 of these 50kW AC solar project sites in the first year. The contract is optionally renewable over the next two years for an additional 80 solar arrays resulting in a total of up to 6MW.
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“A major reason Nuance Energy was selected after such a competitive bidding process is the industry-leading ease and low cost of installation afforded by our revolutionary Osprey PowerPlatform,” said Brian C. Boguess, Nuance Energy’s founder and CEO. “The Osprey’s pre-engineered, modular design and innovative earth anchor foundation system make it possible for a three to four-person crew to install up to 50kW (AC) in an eight-hour work day using only handheld power tools, and without any need for a geotechnical report or special inspections.”
“The speed to deploy the Osprey is unmatched in the solar industry,” Boguess added. “Nuance Energy’s modular Osprey PowerPlatform allows the customer to ‘lift and shift’ the renewable energy asset as needed. Osprey PowerPlatform is a proven solar solution that can be used by any electric utility wishing to deploy solar arrays along their rights-of-way.”
-- Solar Builder magazine