April 09, 2013 at 09:00 AM EDT
Enfinity turns on solar plants for California school district

ATLANTA, April 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Solar energy project developer Enfinity America Corporation, today announced the completion of a portfolio of solar photovoltaic (PV) installations across ten sites for the Greenfield Union School District (GUSD) in Bakersfield, California. All the installations went into commercial operation in mid-December 2012.

Total system size is 1,987kWp, with its first-year energy output projected to be 3,137,409 kWh. The installations use 7,868 PV panels manufactured by BenQ Solar who is also providing flat screen monitors to the school district for displaying system performance data, as part of a curriculum enrichment program.

Chris Crawford, GUSD superintendent, said, "The solar installations here at Greenfield Union School District really show the flexibility of using solar energy in a campus environment; the project comprises a mix of ground-mount, rooftop, carport and shade trellis panel installations. We can now reduce the District's energy costs and demonstrate to our students and community the viability and benefits of using solar energy."

Enfinity developed and financed the solar portfolio, and will own and operate the systems under a 20 year Power Purchase Agreement with the District. Intermountain Electric provided Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) services.

Intermountain Electric, Inc. (IME) performed the engineering, procurement and construction services required for operation of the installations.  "We were excited to be involved with this project," IME President Ed Will said.  "We have participated in a number of successful solar projects in California and look forward to helping other school districts achieve their renewable energy goals as well."

Rafael Dobrzynski, Enfinity America Corporation CEO, commented, "We were able to structure the GUSD project so that the district can use the energy produced to offset its utility costs - without incurring capital expenditure or a tax consequence to its communities. Once again we've demonstrated how solar energy can deliver real financial benefits to communities, when we work with great partners.  The dedicated administration and staff at Greenfield Union School District, and the solid teams at Intermountain Electric and BenQ Solar were all excellent partners in this project."

About Enfinity
Founded in 2005, Enfinity has rapidly grown into one of the world's largest and most experienced solar photovoltaic (PV) development companies, with operations in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.To finance these projects, Enfinity works with individual project companies funded by equity investors and banks. The company also owns its own portfolio of renewable energy installations. Enfinity has been selected to build some of the largest renewable energy projects across the globe, with over 440 MW installed and operational worldwide. www.enfinitycorp.com.

About Intermountain Electric
Committed to quality since 1946, Intermountain Electric, Inc. (IME),a wholly owned subsidiary of Quanta Services, Inc.(NYSE: PWR), is a market leader in electrical construction service and solutions for commercial, industrial and renewable energy customers. With a vast array of resources, IME provides clients with a trusted avenue for all electrical construction needs. www.imelect.com

About BenQ Solar
BenQ Solar is a division of AU Optronics Corp. AU Optronics manufactures and markets its PV products globally by using BenQ Solar as its solar product brand. BenQ Solar Business combined M.Setek, AUO crystal, and AUO SunPower to form a high-efficiency vertical solar value chain from polysilicon, ingot, wafer, solar cell, PV module and project business. BenQ Solar has successfully accomplished many large solar power plants projects in Europe, Asia and Africa.

SOURCE Enfinity America Corporation

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