Tuesday, July 30, 2019

C2 Energy Capital Scales Up Solar Sheep Program And Drives Down O&M Costs

Pilot Project’s Success in Jacksonville, Florida Clears the Path for Vegetation Management by Sheep

New York, New York, July 30, 2019 – C2 Energy Capital, LLC, a rapidly growing investor in renewable energy and storage assets, is scaling up its solar sheep program for vegetation maintenance after a highly successful pilot program launched at a Jacksonville, Florida solar power generation site. The 7-MW solar project is one of the power suppliers for JEA’s SolarMax program aimed at offering more clean energy options to its commercial customers. C2 Energy Capital expects to reduce its vegetation maintenance costs across its land-based solar power plants through the new program. Additional benefits of C2 Energy Capital’s solar sheep program include providing new economic opportunities for regional sheep farmers and further lowering the company’s carbon footprint. The company expects to rollout the new program across ten solar projects totaling over 79 megawatts.

“JEA appreciates the ongoing pursuit of supporting local economies while lowering our collective carbon footprint and overall costs, so C2 Energy Capital’s solar sheep program fits well with our principals and goals,” said Steve McInall, JEA, VP of Energy and Water Planning.

In early 2018 C2 Energy Capital began the test program with a regional sheep farmer to control ground vegetation on the site. Between 80 and 100 sheep graze the solar farm daily. The committed sheep crew work, eat and sleep on the site 24 hours a day.  Due to its more rural location, the sheep are protected by a Great Pyrenees guardian dog who lives among the flock.

“In the next phase, we’ll scale up our solar sheep program to projects covering over 300 acres in three states and drive down ground maintenance costs. It’s a win-win situation that makes good business sense for everyone involved,“ said Michael Howell, Director of Asset Management for C2 Energy Capital.

C2 Energy Capital is also currently in a test program with site vegetation management through the use of wildflower plantings to limit mowing while providing excellent pollinating habitat for insects - particularly bees whose population decline is widely reported in the media.

C2 Energy Capital, LLC, a rapidly growing investor in renewable energy and storage assets, provides capital and support services for the development and construction of assets as part of a long-term ownership strategy. Founded in 2014, the company manages capital on behalf of leading investors and is a Registered Investment Adviser. With a steadfast commitment to building long-term relationships, C2 Energy Capital’s experienced leadership team collaborates with developers, vendors and power purchasers to safely deliver high-quality power plants. To learn more visit www.c2.energy (important disclosure information).

JEA is the largest municipal electric utility in Florida and one of the largest water and sewer utilities in the nation providing electric, water and sewer service to residents and businesses in northeast Florida.  Please visit our website:  www.jea.com

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Solar FlexRack Signs Supply Contract with Swinerton for 26.4 MWAC Solar Project


Solar FlexRack’s G3-X fixed tilt racking was installed in a 58 MW solar project in Michigan in 2017.

Youngstown, OH, July 23, 2019 – Solar FlexRack™, a division of Northern States Metals and an innovative leader in photovoltaic mounting and solar tracker solutions, has completed a contract to supply a 26.4 MWAC solar power generation plant for Swinerton Renewable Energy (SRE). SRE will serve as the project’s engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) firm. The Tobacco Valley solar project, located in Simsbury, Connecticut, will be installed with Solar FlexRack’s industry-leading Series G3-X fixed tilt solution, known for its ease of installation and reliable performance in challenging climates.

George Hershman, General Manager, Swinerton Renewable Energy commented, “Swinerton Renewable Energy is dedicated to building solar projects that provide maximum value for our clients, our partners and the community, and our suppliers are instrumental in meeting this goal. We’re pleased to have a proven partner like Solar FlexRack on this project.”

“Swinerton Renewable Energy is an employee-owned organization which maintains a high standard for the work they complete, their employees and commitment to the communities in which they work. They build responsibly and that philosophy is driven throughout their organization,” said Steve Daniel, Executive Vice President of Solar FlexRack.

Solar power energy delivers emissions-free electricity that helps reduce Greenhouse Gases (GHG). GHG are major contributors to global warming and climate change. As of 2018, there are over 64,000 megawatts of solar installed in the US or enough solar to power a population the size of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island combined. The solar industry employs over 242,000 Americans and the amount of solar installed per year has doubled almost every year since 2010. The continuous adoption of solar energy has helped to drive down its cost and, today, solar is one of the lower-cost energy solutions available.

Construction is currently underway, and the Tobacco Valley solar project is scheduled for completion in 2019. In all, the project is expected to generate enough energy to power 6,800 homes and create over 300 construction jobs.

About Solar FlexRack
Solar FlexRack, a division of Northern States Metals, is an integrated solar company that offers custom-designed, fixed tilt ground mount and single-axis solar tracking systems in the commercial and utility-scale solar mounting industries. Solar FlexRack also offers full turnkey packages, including engineering, geotechnical, pullout testing, field, layout, and installation services to address the actual site conditions of an installation and provide full scope of services from design to delivery and installation. Solar FlexRack has completed over 2 GW of solar racking installations in 40 states across America and five countries globally.  For more information, go to
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