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Suniva Powers Water Treatment Plant in Florida


September 15, 2015
By Business Wire News

NORCROSS, Ga.

Suniva, Inc., a U.S. manufacturer of high-efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells and modules, announced it is powering a wastewater treatment facility located in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

In 2010, the City of Fernandina Beach installed a small beta system on the wastewater treatment center. After realizing the benefits of the system, the City decided on a larger Suniva ground-mounted array to further reduce their electricity costs and safeguard a long-term, stable power source.

“These high-powered Suniva panels are an excellent asset to our solar generation facilities at our wastewater treatment plant,” said John Mandrick, utilities director for The City of Fernandina Beach. “The City of Fernandina Beach Utilities Department is committed to practicing good environmental stewardship and continually looks for ways to reduce their carbon foot print.”

“Suniva’s reputation for powering water reclamation centers is growing nationwide,” said Matt Card, vice president, global sales and marketing of Suniva. “We’ve seen incredible interest in this space and we’re proud that as the country’s largest US-born, US-operated module manufacturer, we are generating clean power in The Sunshine State.”

Suniva has recently participated in some high-profile solar installations in Florida. Just over one year ago, Florida’s first-of-its-kind solar powered water treatment plant went live in Coleman, Florida and earlier this summer, Suniva announced that the largest commercial rooftop in the state is now Powered by Suniva®. Click to view video of this unique installation.

The concept of using clean energy to power waste water facilities has gained a lot of interest. In addition to the two waste water treatment centers in Florida, Suniva powers the 5MW array at the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) wastewater treatment center in Maryland and the 1.9MW array at the water reclamation facility in Cary, North Carolina. For more information about Suniva-powered water reclamation facilities, click to view a case study.

Last week Suniva announced a 400MW manufacturing expansion at its Georgia headquarters, which will bring up to 500 additional jobs to the local area.

About Suniva

Suniva® is the leading American manufacturer of high-efficiency crystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) solar cells and high-power solar modules. The company is known for its high-quality products, industry-leading technology, reliability and high power density. Headquartered in metro-Atlanta, Georgia, and with manufacturing facilities in Georgia and Michigan, Suniva sells its advanced PV modules globally. For additional information on how Suniva is making solar sensible, visit www.suniva.com.

Suniva, Inc.
Keryn Schneider, +1-404-558-1809
Marketing Manager
kschneider@suniva.com