USA: Blue Earth Inc. announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Xnergy Inc., finalized the construction of two renewable energy projects utilizing solar PV (photovoltaic) technology.
The two projects include a 60 kilowatt (kw) system for Leja Farms in Coachella, CA and a 55 kw system for Vessey & Co. in Holtville, CA. Leja Farms is a leading producer of dates in California while Vessey & Co. offers over 25 different types of fruits and vegetables grown chemically and organically on over 10,000 acres.
The combined value of the contracts is over $530,000. In addition to being the general contractor and EPC ("Engineering, Procurement and Construction") provider on the project, Xnergy's service department is also contracted to maintain the systems for at least the next five years.
The projects were eligible for significant government and utility incentives, including the federal government's 1603 program, which awards a cash grant of 30 percent of the eligible project price in lieu of a tax credit. Additional considerable incentives came from the local municipal utility. Combined, the solar power plants will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by offsetting 133 metric tons of CO2 per year.