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Congratulations to Duke Energy Renewables

GroundWork is proud to have provided the resource assessments prior to development and the plant MET equipment for EPC Swinerton at 20-MW Rio Bravo I, 20-MW Rio Bravo II, and 15-MW Wildwood Solar II. Read more about the acquisition here.

GroundWork Renewables is chosen by the World Bank Group

GroundWork Renewables is chosen by the World Bank Group to be included in their Solar Measurement Roster of Firms for the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program program (ESMAP). Learn more about the global initiative here.

Ann Gaglioti & Justin Robinson weigh in on soiling trends to PV Insider

PV Insider recently interviewed CEO Ann Gaglioti and Technical Director Justin Robinson on improvements in soiling measurement systems that interpret the impact of soiling on PV plant performance. GroundWork believes this data is highly valuable, and offers PVSOIL: PV Soiling Measurement System to deliver site-specific soiling ratios.

Mexico’s 2nd Auction Winners Announced

GroundWork is excited about the prospects for utility-scale PV in Mexico. PV Magazine reported on the winners of the second power auction. Solar PV projects accounted for 4.8 of 8.9 terawatt hours per year awarded at an average price of USD 33.47 per MWh.

We are currently gathering data at five PV project sites throughout Mexico.

Observational MET programs reduce uncertainty

GroundWork's MET Stations for Solar Resource Assessment

Thanks to Clean Power Research for inviting Ann to guest blog about our MET programs for the solar industry. Our partnership with Clean Power Research is in its 3rd year and stronger than ever because together we provide industry-leading ground tuned resource assessments. Using data from our comprehensive observational MET program, which includes high quality equipment and the rigor of the GroundWatch® data quality program, in conjunction with SolarAnywhere®, we are able to produce a long-term bankable solar irradiance dataset that reduces risk on solar project finance. Stop by our booth #612 at SPI to discuss!

Visit GroundWork at SPI 2016

We have a booth! It is #612. Stop by and see us at #SPIcon in Vegas next week. Feel free to e-mail info@grndwork.com to make an appointment.

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Via GroundWork!

Terrific energy at Intersolar last week in SF. It was commented that with the extension of the ITC, it is all about project execution. With GroundWork’s experience across countless job sites, we couldn’t agree more. While the US market continues to be strong, we are developing our offerings for Latin America. As reported in Renewable Energy World, Mexico has “set an ambitious target of a 22 percent reduction of CO2 emissions by 2026.” GroundWork is already on the ground in Mexico, measuring irradiance for our clients. Below is an image of the project pipeline south of the border.

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Go sPower!

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GroundWork client sPower and Salt River Project have opened the 45MW sPower Sandstone solar plant in in Florence, Arizona. Read more here. Go sPower!

US Solar Market Sets New Record, Installing 7.3GW of Solar PV in 2015

GTM reports that US solar market sets new record, installing 7.3GW of solar PV in 2015. The graph illustrates the massive growth that GroundWork is experiencing.  A couple of highlights:

“Geographically, the market continues to diversify with 13 states installing more than 100 megawatts each in 2015.”

“Cumulative U.S. solar PV installations have now topped 25 gigawatts, up from just 2 gigawatts in 2010.”

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2015 Was Hottest Year in Historical Record, Scientists Say

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This New York Times article is grim. We can’t build solar plants fast enough. But, we must work together to buck this trend…

“Michael E. Mann, a climate scientist at Pennsylvania State University, calculated that if the global climate were not warming, the odds of setting two back-to-back record years would be remote, about one chance in every 1,500 pairs of years. Given the reality that the planet is warming, the odds become far higher, about one chance in 10, according to Dr. Mann’s calculations.”