18 April 2011

Interservice Uzunovi to install 1MW Solyndra CIGS PV project in Bulgaria

Solyndra LLC of Fremont, CA, USA, which makes cylindrical copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) photovoltaic (PV) systems consisting of panels and mounting hardware for large commercial rooftops, and Interservice Uzunovi plc solar division, a project management affiliate of Interservice Uzunovi plc of Sofia, Bulgaria, have signed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement for a 1MWp Solyndra installation on the rooftops of logistics firm Biomet Co Ltd of Sevlievo, Bulgaria. Solyndra says that the project highlights the continued adoption of its rooftop solar PV systems in Bulgaria and in South Eastern Europe.

The installation consists of about 6000 Solyndra solar panels, which will produce more than 30,000MWh of electricity. This should reduce CO2 emissions by more than 140,000 tons over the next 25 years (equivalent to powering 500 households, according to the EPA carbon calculator). The installation is planned to be connected to the grid by mid 2011.

“Solyndra’s proven and bankable technology allowed us to complete the planning process in a very short time,” comments Interservice Uzunovi’s general manager Ralitza Uzunova. “We were looking for a solution that was designed to partner with the roof, and Solyndra’s performance on flat rooftops, combined with the lightweight, non-penetrating design, proved to be the ideal choice.”

“This logistics company rooftop is a perfect application for our product and demonstrates Biomet’s commitment to the environment as well as the strong government support for distributed power in the region,” says Clemens Jargon, president of Solyndra International AG, who describes the installation as an “important showcase project in Bulgaria”.

Interservice Uzunovi PLC solar division was founded by the entrepreneur Krasimir Uzunov at the beginning of 2009 following Bulgaria’s commitment to meet the requirements of the EU Directive 2001/77/EU, which promotes electricity produced from renewable energy sources in the country’s energy market. Its first photovoltaic project (with an installed capacity of 5MWp) is situated in Ravna Gora village, in the municipality of Avren. The plant has been operational since March 2010 and sells electricity to local distributor E.ON.

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