Cascade Solar Power Plant

P.U.S. is all about the green...ENERGY, that is! Performance Utility Supply provided utility supplies to the newly completed Cascade Solar Power Plant, located in Joshua Tree, California. 

SunEdison, a leading solar technology manufacturer and provider of solar energy services, announced last month that it had completed construction of a 24 megawatt direct current solar power plant located in the California Desert.  The Cascade solar power plant is supplying renewable electricity to San Diego Gas & Electric through a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).  Wells Fargo & Company provided tax equity financing following completion of the solar power plant. 

The 150-acre solar power plant is comprised of more than 75,000 SunEdison Silvantis™ Monocrystalline Solar PV Modules mounted to SunEdison AP90 Single Axis Trackers.  Silvantis Modules are built using SunEdison polysilicon and wafers to ensure maximum reliability and performance.  SunEdison AP90 single axis trackers help maximize energy harvest. The plant will be managed by the SunEdison Renewable Operation Center (ROC), which provides global 24/7 asset management, monitoring, field dispatch and reporting services.

The project's PPA was awarded under the California Renewable Auction Mechanism (RAM). The RAM process is designed to ensure ratepayers get energy at a low cost by using a reverse auction and standard contracts, which simplifies contracting and streamlines regulatory reviews.  To date this is the largest solar project to come on-line under the RAM program and the first RAM project constructed for SDG&E.

"It's an honor to bring the largest solar power plant interconnected through the California RAM program online," said Bob Powell, president, North America, SunEdison.  "It supports our focus on growth and the growth of the solar industry in California.  We are fortunate to work with Wells Fargo, a committed finance partner, which shares our vision for increasing the availability of renewable energy.  Their support is vital to completing projects like this one."

Performance Utility Supply started on the Cascade renewable energy project in 2013. The materials P.U.S. delivered included –

  • Various sizes on SCH40 conduit, fittings, bends, segments
  • Various sizes on SCH80 conduit
  • EMT (Electrical Metallic Tubing) conduit
  • Glue, tape, locknuts, yellow poly rope

 

SOURCE SunEdison, Inc. 
Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140319/NY86855-a
Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140319/NY86855-b
Photo - https://blogs.wellsfargo.com/environment/2014/04/financing-solar-power-sunedison-completes-24-mw-cascade-solar-power-plant/
Photo - http://www.sunedison.com/wps/wcm/connect/70c88279-4e61-4daf-bc4c-ac76b56a0803/1/Cascade+II_076.jpg?MOD=AJPERES&CACHEID=70c88279-4e61-4daf-bc4c-ac76b56a0803/1

RELATED LINKS
http://www.sunedison.com

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Performance Utility Supply is currently supplying material to “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” theme park that will be located at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. Besides a boost in tourism to the park, it will also generate jobs. Lots and lots of jobs. In the official news release from NBC Universal, their "Evolution Plan" for the 391-acre lot should stimulate $2 billion of economic activity in the region and create upwards of 30,000 jobs.

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  NBCUniversal Evolution Plan No Residential Alternative is a blueprint for the 391-acre Universal City property. Image Copyright 2013 - NBCUniversal

NBCUniversal Evolution Plan No Residential Alternative is a blueprint for the 391-acre Universal City property. Image Copyright 2013 - NBCUniversal

"After nearly a decade of work on the Evolution Plan, today’s vote sets the stage for our next 100 years in Los Angeles,” said Ron Meyer, president and COO of Universal Studios. “We are thankful for the support and leadership we have received from both the County and City of Los Angeles and are ready to get started investing in these important tourism and production projects in the next few months."

Concurrently, Orlando's “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will get an expansion. Since the Harry Potter attraction opened in, company executives have said attendance has jumped by about 50 percent, but did not give raw figures.

"It was a game changer for us and frankly for Orlando," said Meyer. "The expansion in Orlando will make it that much more of a must-see, and we'll have the same experience here."

At Universal Orlando, one of Diagon Alley’s shops is Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes - a vibrant shop featuring novelty items, magical jokes, and toys inspired by the books and films that will amaze the mischievous child in everyone.   
  
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   © 2014 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

At Universal Orlando, one of Diagon Alley’s shops is Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes - a vibrant shop featuring novelty items, magical jokes, and toys inspired by the books and films that will amaze the mischievous child in everyone. © 2014 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

Executives did not immediately detail their plans for the Hollywood park, but Meyer said there was enough room to expand. Unfortunately, that meant saying bye-bye to music and hello to Hogwarts. The Gibson Amphitheatre (Universal Amphitheater to us old-timers) closed last September to make room for the new park.  

The similar attraction in Orlando took four and a half years to complete, and the Universal Studios project will probably take the same amount of time, suggesting a late 2016 opening.

So far, Performance Utility Supply has supplied the Universal Studios project with the following materials:

  • Various sizes of GRC conduit, sweeps, segments, fitting and custom made nipples
  • Various sizes of PVC conduit, sweeps, segments, and fitting
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Copper wire