Prairie Gold Completes 1 MW plant in Puerto Rico

19.12.2016
In Puerto Rico 80% of the islands electricity is generated by burning oil but an increasing number of companies decides to start using solar energy. (Photo: Stion)
In Puerto Rico 80% of the islands electricity is generated by burning oil but an increasing number of companies decides to start using solar energy. (Photo: Stion)

In the Caribbean electricity can be unreliable and costly. For this reason an increasing number of companies decides to start using solar energy. In Puerto Rico for example Prairie Gold installed a 1 MW PV plant for the mining company Ecologica Carmelo.

The project consists of 6,908 frameless Stion modules, which are ground mounted. They are expected to produce 1.74 GWh every year. This would mean an increase of 6 % compared to similarly sized traditional crystalline silicon arrays. Stion's modules are certified for installation in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, with the CEC Puerto Rico Certification and also maintain the Salt Mist - Severity 6 IEC certification.

The project was built for Ecologica Carmelo, which mines sand and aggregates. The mining facility will save approximately $ 300,000 per year in energy costs. Moreover, with Puerto Rico experiencing an island-wide blackout in September that lasted nearly 3 days, solar can provide a more dependable source of energy for industrial and commercial companies in Puerto Rico.

Allied Energy Services developed the project and then sold it to Prairie Gold. The owners are now awaiting commissioning of the system.

Philipp Kronsbein / Stion

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