BCE’s project experience in large-scale photovoltaic projects has positioned it as a leader in American solar farm development. BCE is poised to develop and finance major utility-scale projects in the US market. BCE is currently developing two solar farms in Central Florida with Power Purchase Agreements from Progress Energy Florida.
10 MW Rinehart Solar Farm
|The Rinehart Solar Farm, located in Lake Mary, is a 10 MW utility scale solar photovoltaic plant utilizing 380,000 square feet of rooftop on multiple buildings and 24 acres of ground-mount installations on BlueChip Energy’s production facility and surrounding grounds. The solar farm will generate an estimated 15 million kilowatt hours annually – enough to fulfill the average annual electricity needs of as many as 1,100 typical Florida households.Stage One, completed in March of 2011, and Stage Two of the project consist of 620 kW of the planned 2 MW of rooftop capacity. Subsequent stages will consist of a third, 1.4 MW rooftop system and an 8 MW ground-based system. BlueChip Energy holds an agreement to supply Progress Energy Florida with renewable solar power from the Rinehart Solar Farm. As a clean energy project, it will stimulate the local economy by creating an estimated 100 high-paying, high-skilled jobs while building local expertise in solar energy.|
100 MW Sorrento Solar Farm
|The 100 Megawatt (MW) Sorrento Solar Farm project, currently under construction by BlueChip Energy, LLC, will be one of the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants in the United States. The project – covering 400 acres of open field in Lake County, Florida – is being developed in two stages, 40 MW and 60 MW. The project site enjoys the economic and engineering benefits of being adjacent to two existing utility substations. Upon completion, over 100 million kilowatt hours of clean energy will be generated annually from this large-scale power plant.
Advanced Solar Photonics (ASP), the manufacturing subsidiary of Blue Chip Energy is providing high effi ciency crystalline PV modules, and PV ground mount systems made in the USA. Additional PV equipment is to be provided by strategic partners. The solar farm is being built in stages and will feature a new generation PV ground-mount system. The ASP ground mount system features the use of helical anchors to make installation of large PV solar projects simpler and far more efficient.
The Sorrento Solar Farm will generate renewable electricity for sale to net metering customers and to Progress Energy Florida under an off -take agreement signed in 2010. The Sorrento plant has received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as a self-certifi ed small power production facility, or Qualifi ed Facility (QF), requiring the local utility to provide interconnection to it and purchase the electricity it produces.
FERC has also approved Sorrento Solar Farm’s status as an Exempt Wholesale Generator (EWG), providing the facility with undisputed access to the power distribution network.
Sorrento Solar Farm will provide a number of environmental and social benefi ts making it a leader in the environmental planning of utility-scale solar farms. As a clean energy project, it will stimulate the local economy by creating hundreds of skilled jobs while building local expertise in solar energy.