Solar Power Provider to Install Photovoltaic Systems in Schools Designated as Red Cross Emergency Shelters
Lake Mary, Florida, October 29, 2012 – BlueChip Energy (BCE) a fully-integrated solar energy provider for residential, commercial and utility applications, has been awarded the contract to build bi-modal photovoltaic systems for five Florida schools designated as Red Cross or EHPA (Enhanced Hurricane Protection Area) emergency shelters.
A 10 kilowatt ground mount PV system at each school will provide electricity for emergency power and help reduce each school’s electricity costs throughout the year, while providing scientific data that can be analyzed by students. Students will develop critical thinking skills as they analyze data and compare their information with schools throughout Florida.
“Not only does solar provide clean electricity for use by the schools during the day and reduce the need for expensive peak power utility production, but also teaches the next generation about environmental benefits of solar, and helps ensure that Florida continues to grow in solar adoption” said Lawrence Hefler, spokesman for BlueChip Energy.
The University of Central Florida/Florida Solar Energy Center solicited proposals from qualified firms to provide and install 10kWdc (minimum) grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) systems with battery backup for specified Florida schools designated as Red Cross or EHPA (Enhanced Hurricane Protection Area) emergency shelters.
With funding from Progress Energy and Tampa Electric (TECO), the Florida Solar Energy Center designated eleven (11) turnkey installations of bi-modal, 10 kWdc (minimum) grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) systems with battery backup for specified schools. The five schools awarded to BlueChip Energy include:
- Davenport School of the Arts, Polk County
- Branford Elementary School, Suwannee County
- High Springs Middle School, Alachua County
- Citrus Springs Middle School, Citrus County
- Citrus High School, Citrus County
In early 2012, BlueChip Energy completed a 108 kW solar energy system at Charlottesville High School in Virginia.
BlueChip Energy, LLC (BCE) is a fully-integrated solar PV power generator, occupying all segments of the solar power value chain, from manufacturing of solar panels and balance of systems components, to the sale of turnkey solar power plants – and electricity – to utility, commercial and residential customers. BCE develops finances, constructs, operates, and monitors solar plants for companies and individuals, as well as for its own portfolio. www.bluechipenergy.net
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