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BlueWave Capital and SunEdison Complete 1.8 MW Superfund Project

Posted September 30, 2014 by

SunEdison, in partnership with BlueWave Capital of Boston, recently completed a 1.8 MW solar power plant constructed on a remediated EPA Superfund site in New Bedford, Mass.

The system was developed on approximately 10 acres of land on the remediated Sullivan’s Ledge landfill site and represents another significant step towards meeting the City of New Bedford’s goal to satisfy 60% of their electricity needs from solar power. The City of New Bedford is the owner and host of the site and will purchase the net metering credits generated from the system.

“Projects like Sullivan Ledge demonstrate the opportunities that can be achieved through solar,” says Steve Raeder, SunEdison’s managing director of sales. “Working on a Superfund site can be challenging, but together with BlueWave Capital we successfully transformed a site that was once used to dispose of hazardous materials into a model solar project that will provide energy savings to the City of New Bedford for years to come.”

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SunEdison partnered with BlueWave Capital to develop the project, arranged construction financing and permanent financing for the project, and managed local partners to provide EPC services. This project marks the second of three solar projects that SunEdison and BlueWave have developed for the City of New Bedford, a community that has been recognized nationally as being a leader in renewable energy.

“Sullivan’s Ledge marks the latest chapter in the New Bedford solar success story,” says John DeVillars, the managing principal of BlueWave Capital and the former regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency. “We are proud to have been a part of an exceptional team of professionals from the City, the EPA, the Massachusetts DEP and, of course, SunEdison. This team has done a masterful job on an extraordinarily challenging project.”

In addition to owning and hosting the site, the City of New Bedford signed a 20-year net credit purchasing agreement with SunEdison at rates that will significantly reduce its electricity costs. The savings generated from the Sullivan’s Ledge system are estimated to total over $76,000 annually and $1.8 million dollars over the term of the agreement.

“My administration is dedicated to furthering the City of New Bedford’s commitment to improving our city through solar projects such as Sullivan’s Ledge,” says Mayor Mitchell of New Bedford. “Not only does the new system reduce energy costs, it also deepens community awareness of the many solar opportunities available.”

More information on EBC Member Company: BlueWave Capital

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“Low Emissions Development in an Era of Cheap and Abundant Fossil Fuels”

Posted September 25, 2014 by

Check out this upcoming seminar organized by the Stockholm Environment Institute at Tufts University “Low Emissions Development in an Era of Cheap and Abundant Fossil Fuels”

The seminar will explore the emerging field of Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS), describe how the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) has been working to support a variety of international LEDS initiatives, and explore some of the significant future challenges facing these efforts.

The seminar is open to the public and will be held on Tuesday October 7th at 51 Winthrop Street, Medford MA 02155 from 1-4 p.m. I do hope you can make it to what promises to be a very thought provoking event!

Registration is required but free. It is available here.

Seminar Details:

The event will be opened by Johan Kuylenstierna, Executive Director of SEI. Speakers and topics include:
• Charlie Heaps of SEI
How SEI is supporting Low Emissions Development Planning around the World
• Ujjayant Chakravorty, Tufts University
Energy and Poverty
• Sivan Kartha, SEI
Equity and Low Carbon Development
• Michael Lazarus, SEI
Climate Change Mitigation and Fossil Fuel Lock-in
The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.

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