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Partners have now completed six projects for Meta, with construction of a seventh facility underway in Lee County
Walton Electric Membership Corporation (EMC), a consumer-owned utility with a reputation for energy innovation, and Silicon Ranch, one of the nation’s largest independent power producers, announced today that three new utility-scale solar facilities are now generating carbon-free renewable energy to help support Meta’s (formerly the Facebook company) operations in Georgia.
More than 1,200 people, the majority of whom were hired from the local region and military veteran community, completed the facilities on schedule, a feat Silicon Ranch has accomplished with every project it has contracted since the company was founded in 2011. The three projects total 287 megawatts (MWAC) of solar generation and are located in three different counties in the southwestern and southeastern parts of the state. Silicon Ranch funded the construction and will own, operate, and maintain the arrays, a disciplined approach the company takes with every project it develops.
Silicon Ranch partnered with IEA to construct the 100 MWAC Lumpkin Solar Farm, located in Stewart County, and McCarthy Building Companies to build the 80 MWAC Lancaster Solar Farm in Colquitt County, as well as the 107 MWAC Snipesville II Solar Farm in Jeff Davis County.
The solar facilities are part of an ongoing collaboration between Walton EMC and Silicon Ranch to supply 100 percent renewable energy for Meta’s data center in Newton County, Georgia. Walton EMC and Silicon Ranch have now completed the installation of six projects totaling 435 MWAC on behalf of Meta, catalyzing meaningful investments in six separate rural communities across the state.
With the first six solar projects now in commercial operation, Silicon Ranch has begun construction of the partners’ seventh project together, the DeSoto I Solar Farm, a 125 MWAC facility located in Lee County. In October, state and local officials joined Walton EMC and Silicon Ranch to break ground on the facility, and Silicon Ranch plans to hire more than 400 craft workers to build the project before the end of 2022. Once complete, DeSoto I will bring the total capacity of the partners’ portfolio to 560 MWAC of new renewable generation in Georgia.
“In 2018, Meta, Morgan Stanley, and Walton EMC came together to design a landmark energy supply agreement for Meta’s Newton Data Center, and over the past three years we have worked shoulder to shoulder with Silicon Ranch to honor the commitments we made,” said Walton EMC CEO Ronnie Lee. “The past two years especially have introduced unprecedented challenges, including a pandemic and severe disruptions to the global supply chain, and so on behalf of our Board of Directors and the entire team at Walton EMC, I want to express our sincere appreciation to Silicon Ranch for their steadfast dedication to deliver these world-class facilities right on schedule.”
“Silicon Ranch is honored by the confidence and trust that Walton EMC and Meta continue to place in our company to execute on their behalf, and we thank all the men and women at IEA, McCarthy, and Georgia Transmission Corporation who supported our efforts and helped us continue this important economic development work across the state of Georgia,” said Silicon Ranch Co-Founder and CEO Reagan Farr. “Walton EMC’s customer-centric approach has supported Meta’s meaningful investments in Georgia, and Silicon Ranch has now invested more than half a billion dollars across half a dozen counties to help our partners meet their renewable energy goals, a legacy we are pleased to expand in Lee County over the next twelve months.”
“We are thrilled that these new solar projects are now online and will help us continue to meet our goal of supporting our data center in Newton County with 100 percent renewable energy,” said Urvi Parekh, head of Renewable Energy at Meta. “We thank Silicon Ranch and Walton EMC for their continued partnership, for their dedication to successful execution, and for sharing our commitment to have a positive impact on the communities where we locate.”
Each project in the portfolio, including the facility under construction in Lee County, will integrate Silicon Ranch’s transformative Regenerative Energy® model, a holistic approach to design, construction, and operations that co-locates renewable energy production with regenerative agriculture practices. The innovative platform delivers valuable environmental, social, and economic outcomes above and beyond the significant positive impacts a solar facility alone can generate, creating additional value for the surrounding communities and project stakeholders. Through managed sheep grazing using regenerative pastureland management practices, Silicon Ranch restores the land housing each array to a functioning grassland ecosystem, while keeping each site in agricultural production.
About Walton EMC
Walton EMC is a customer-owned power company that serves accounts over its 10-county service area between Atlanta and Athens, Ga. Its primary focus is providing exceptional service to its 133,000 residential, commercial and industrial customer-owner accounts while also caring for the area’s communities. Learn more at waltonemc.com and on Facebook and Twitter.
About Silicon Ranch Corporation
Silicon Ranch is one of the largest independent solar power producers in the country, with nearly 150 operating facilities across more than 15 states coast to coast. Silicon Ranch owns and operates every project in its portfolio and has maintained an unblemished track record of project execution, having successfully commissioned every project it has contracted in its history. In recognition of its holistic approach to land management, which the company has trademarked Regenerative Energy®, Silicon Ranch was named 2020’s “Most Forward-Thinking” company by Solar Power World. Silicon Ranch pioneered utility-scale solar in Georgia and remains a market leader, with nearly 2 Gigawatts across the state. To learn more, visit siliconranch.com and regenerativeenergy.org and follow on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
Evaluating and Guiding Pipeline Operators in the compliance requirements, selection, integration and management of leak detection technologies and methodologies
Beverly, MA: KROHNE, a world-leading manufacturer and supplier of solutions in industrial process instrumentation, announces the PipePatrol Health Check Program to support pipeline operators in the compliance requirements, selection, integration and management of leak detection technologies and methodologies. The program is built upon KROHNE’s four decades of international experience in pipeline leak detection and supports operators using all types and makes of detection technology.
Leak detection is a mission critical capability for pipeline operators and increased public attention to safety and environmental concerns have led to more stringent regulatory requirements. The PipePatrol Health Check program responds to these needs by providing a systematic and comprehensive analysis that is available in three components: The Snapshot, the Checklist, and the Company Readiness Review.
The Snapshot analyzes the design of the pipeline’s leak detection implementation, starting with an examination of the pipeline itself, including the topology, pipeline material, wall thickness, fluid transported, and the likely consequences of leaks. techniques. The analysis satisfies the PHMSA and 49 CFR 195.444 requirements mandating a process for evaluating leak detection capabilities.
The Checklist advises the operator on establishing a strategy that achieves continuous improvement of leak detection performance, consistent with API 1175 and is part of a leak detection strategy. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are measured against the operator’s desired performance, industry best practice and Best Available Technology (BAT).
The Company Readiness Review analyzes alarm management and response procedures, based upon actual, past leak events, with the overall goal of identifying opportunities for improvement.
Find more details KROHNE’s PipePatrol Health Check Program, visit https://pipeline-management.com/pipepatrol-health-check/
For an overview of KROHNE please visit http://us.krohne.com
KROHNE is a worldwide technological leader in the development, manufacture and distribution of accurate, reliable and cost-effective measuring instruments for the process industries. KROHNE focuses on forming partnerships with its customers to provide them with the most reliable and innovative solutions available in the marketplace. For more information about KROHNE’s complete line of measuring instrumentation for the process industries, contact KROHNE at 1-800-FLOWING (978-535-6060 in MA); fax: (978) 535-1720, email: info@KROHNE.com, Twitter, Linked IN or visit http://us.krohne.com.
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New Regenerative Grid Simulator emulates real world conditions for testing electric vehicle charging and grid-tied applications.
NH Research Inc. (NHR), a leading provider of power test solutions for the automotive, renewable energy, energy storage, and critical-power markets, has launched the 9510 Regenerative Grid Simulator.
The 9510 Regenerative Grid Simulator is the next generation AC test solution for testing and verification of high-power grid-tied applications in compliance with regulatory testing standards, worldwide. The built-in power amplifier mode for Power Hardware in the Loop (PHIL) applications provides further testing and simulation capability ideal for research labs. The new 9500 platform is the perfect complement to the industry leading NHR 9300 DC test platform to simplify total electrification testing.
Sustainability initiatives across the globe are accelerating the electrification of vehicles, charging infrastructure, new energy deployments, and grid modernization. Increasing demands on the grid and new opportunities for distributed energy resources such as solar, wind and energy storage, require modern test solutions to simulate the grid.
Regenerative Grid Simulator Model 9510 – NH Research (NHR)
“The 9510 provides modularity, flexibility and next generation performance to test a broad range of grid-tied products in a compact, easy to use platform. Its advanced hardware performance coupled with PHIL and AC loading functionality equips engineers and researchers with the tools needed to emulate real world conditions in one asset.” said Brian Hsu, Product Manager at NH Research.
Select power levels ranging from 50kW, 75kW, or 100kW modules with a programmable frequency between 30 and 120 Hz. Modular and scalable power is available in 100kW modules up to 1.2MW. The output can be AC, DC, or AC+DC and the AC can be single, split or 3-Phase.
The 9510 is the industry’s most modular, flexible, highest performing, and compact regenerative grid simulator, power amplifier for PHIL applications with an optional 4-quadrant AC load capability. Ideal applications include testing EVs, micro-grid, PV inverters, V2G and energy storage applications.
NHR’s 9510 Regenerative Grid Simulator delivers the following key benefits:
Scalable power available from 100kw modules up to 1.2MW for future increased power demands. Same unit can act as the master or parallel auxiliary unit.
Widest true power operating envelope covers the broadest selection of grid-tied products with a single product. (Voltage: 150V to 350V with full power)
Power Amplifier mode for PHIL with low latency at 50μs enables emulation of real-world conditions
High accuracy current measurement increases performance and optimizes testing.
Built-in galvanic isolation eliminates the need for an external transformer and simplifies test set-up.
Highest power density with small footprint provides significant energy, cost, and space savings
Optional 4 Quadrant AC Load capability provides flexibility to source and load with a single device
For more information, visit: www.nhresearch.com.
About NH Research
NH Research, Inc. (NHR) enables electrification by accelerating innovation, validation, and functional test of today’s technologies. Backed by over 50 years of experience in power conversion and electrification test systems we provide world class test instruments and systems. Our solutions provide the performance, simplicity, and safety that engineers and researchers desire.
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