Seattle, WA, August 29, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- itek Energy Inc. and RA POWER & LIGHT LLC today announced a 20 Megawatt Commercial Solar strategic initiative supporting energy intensive Industries in Washington State. The program helps industries such as Data Centers, Manufacturing, Cold Storage and Food & Beverage processors reduce operations costs through distributed power generation. itek Energy, the leading Washington State Manufacturer of high-quality photovoltaic modules and Seattle-based Commercial Solar Project Developer RA POWER & LIGHT LLC agreed to jointly develop 20 megawatts of commercial solar projects in Washington State over the next 24 months, collaborating on sales, solution marketing, PV engineering, installation, system operations and maintenance. RA POWER & LIGHT PV designs include roof mount, Solar Parking Canopies and Ground Mount systems ranging from 200kW to over 5 megawatts in size. The newly developed PV solar solutions are optimized to power industrial facilities located in the Pacific Northwest, factoring in structural, wind and snow loads, seismic attributes and fire clearances. Weather stations are added to Grid-tied PV systems to collect and report real time meteorological data, with inverters self-reporting system alerts, status and production output to Utility and system stakeholders via system integrated Verizon cellular. Rooftop racking systems are wind tunnel tested. RPL Solar canopies have a 20-year structural warranty and are rated for 35 pounds of snow load per square foot.
“Commercial Solar has come of age and businesses in Washington stand to benefit from reduced costs on quality equipment and a robust Engineering, Procurement and Construction capability. Working directly with RA POWER & LIGHT EPC teams enables us to leverage the combined organizations to deliver predictable outcomes on complex solar projects across industry verticals. The time is now for Commercial Solar in Washington State.” said Kelly Samson, Chief Executive, itek Energy.
“As the local leader in PV Manufacturing, it makes complete sense to work with itek to deliver compelling value for RPL commercial clients in our home State. We’re excited about the incredible business value this combination brings to the table. For Operations and Facilities managers in a tough economy, the greatest bottom-line results are achieved through reduced plant operating costs.” said Michael Campbell, Chief Executive, RA POWER & LIGHT LLC.
About itek Energy:
Itek Energy is Washington State’s leading manufacturer of high quality mono crystalline photovoltaic modules for distributed power generation to power homes, businesses and meet Renewable Portfolio Standards in the Pacific Northwest. Significant R&D and certification processes concluded in the fall of 2012, enabling Itek to begin mass production of high quality products for the WA State Residential Solar market. The Company produced well over a megawatt of utility-grade PV modules at its Bellingham WA manufacturing plant during the first year of production. Pure silicon mono crystalline cells are the centerpieces of every Washington-made itek Energy Solar Module. The Company recently placed two new high-speed PV Module laminators into service, expanding PV production capacity to greater than 50 Megawatts annually. Increased demand and increased market presence through industry alliances put Itek on a path to more than double it’s employee base over the next year as it moves into new markets for reliable solar technology.
About RA POWER & LIGHT LLC:
RA POWER & LIGHT is an Energy Services Company (ESCO) and Commercial Solar Developer serving the Western United States. We design/build best-in-class PV solar systems for distributed renewable power generation in specialized Farming operations, Food and Beverage processing, Gaming, Manufacturing and Commercial Industrial applications of all types. The firm specializes in rooftop PV, steel solar canopies and ground mount systems, covering the full spectrum from development of value-engineered renewable assets to optimization of existing systems. We work closely with project stakeholders to meet energy demand, harmonized with business operations and financial goals aimed at optimized shop floor processes and distributed renewable power production. We are committed to meeting the green challenge as we help Clients remain in the black. RA POWER & LIGHT LLC profitably embeds environmental, social and financial sustainability throughout the 25-year life of commercial PV solar systems. RA POWER & LIGHT prevents harm to the environment while delivering reliable clean energy solutions meeting the needs of future generations. GREEN FOR GOOD®