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E.ON Climate Renewables Joins MDV-SEIA as a Reception Sponsor for Solar Focus 2013


Nov 13


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E.ON Climate & Renewables joins MDV-SEIA as a Reception Sponsor for the 7th annual Solar FocusConference.MDV-SEIA is proud to partner on this event with E.ON Climate& Renewables, a longtime supporter of the organization’s efforts and an active solar stakeholder in the Mid-Atlantic. We had a chance to catch up with the E.ON Climate & Renewables’ team to learn more about the company and their thoughts on East Coast solar.

MDV-SEIA: Tell us a little bit about your company.

E.ON Climate & Renewables: Created in 2007, E.ON Climate & Renewables is a global business committed to the development, construction and operation of large scale renewable energy assets within the E.ON Group, one of the world’s largest energy companies. Solar power is a key area of E.ON Climate & Renewables’ strategy and covers both photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP). By adding more than 70 MW net capacity each year and reducing energy costs by 35% over the period 2012–2015, we will leverage E.ON’s energy expertise and give ourselves the flexibility and speed to prosper in this sector.

E.ON Climate & Renewables launched its North American solar business in 2011, building the team and locating its global solar headquarters in San Francisco, California. Since then, the business has grown into a vertically integrated team comprising all management functions across development, origination and marketing, design and engineering, financing, construction, and operations. The team drives forward a pipeline of projects in multiple key North American markets, working together seamlessly across all phases of the project life cycle.

In 2012, E.ON Climate & Renewables built its first North American PV project, 5 MW in Tucson, Arizona. The project was developed in collaboration with the Campus Research Corporation (CRC) at the University of Arizona Science and Technology Park Solar Zone, showcasing a range of different PV technologies. In mid 2013 we completed our second North American PV project, Valencia Solar at 10 MW.

MDV-SEIA: What markets do you operate in?

E.ON Climate & Renewables: Arizona as mentioned above. Additionally, E.ON Climate & Renewables competes successfully in California, having secured three PPAs with a total capacity of 74 MW. These projects will reach commercial operation in 2014 and 2015. E.ON Climate & Renewables is currently expanding its North American solar business unit to compete in the broader Western U.S., the Mid-Atlantic and Texas.

About E.ON Climate & Renewables

E.ON is one of the world’s largest investor-owned power and gas companies. At facilities across Europe, Russia, and North America, our more than 72,000 employees generated approximately. EUR132 billion in sales in 2012. In addition, there are businesses in Brazil and Turkey we manage jointly with partners. E.ON’s diversified business consists of renewables, conventional and decentralized power generation, natural gas, energy trading, retail and distribution. We supply around 26 million customers with energy. With our broad energy mix we own almost 68 GW generation capacity and we are one of the world’s leading renewables companies. We have an ambitious objective: to make energy cleaner and better wherever we operate. With our strategy cleaner & better energy we’re transforming E.ON into a global provider of specialized energy solutions, which will benefit our employees, customers, and investors alike.

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Founded in 1984, MDV-SEIA represents the interests of photovoltaic and solar thermal developers, financiers, equipment manufacturers, installers, distributors and component suppliers serving Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia. Our members design, sell, integrate, install, maintain and finance solar energy equipment for residential, commercial and institutional customers throughout the region.

MDV-SEIA delivers on policy formation and advocacy, market representation, networking, education, and additional benefits to our 100+ members representing more than 2,000 direct jobs in our region. In the last few years, MDV-SEIA’s leadership has resulted in increased state requirements as well as increased penalties for non-compliance, creation of a solar thermal market, improvements to net metering, and game changing gains in the deployment of solar.

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