Commercial solar systems to power 5 Ga. poultry farms

June 11, 2013
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ATLANTA — Renewvia Energy, a project-finance commercial solar power development, received five additional power purchase agreements from the Tennessee Valley Authority, which will allow installation of photovoltaic systems at generational family-owned poultry farms in Calhoun, Ga.

These projects will build on Renewvia’s installation in 2012 of nine commercial solar power systems in north Georgia. In some cases, the renewable energy systems generate greater than 100 percent of the power used by the host to operate their hatcheries. TVA guarantees the purchase of the power for 10 years at a premium to the current retail utility rate.

Farms host the solar power systems under a 10-year site lease. When the lease expires, ownership will transfer to the farms with about 20 years of life remaining in the system. This allows poultry farmers to control one of their most significant costs: electricity. Investors are able to realize an above market return through grants, federal and state tax benefit and revenue from the sale of electricity.

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This is one way Renewvia is leveraging renewable energy incentives to make commercial solar power systems profitable for businesses and investors. The company also develops large commercial solar systems in Arizona, Ohio and other states where incentives make renewable energy projects appealing to investors and developers by creating substantial free cash flow.

“We are excited to continue the momentum in the renewable energy market by procuring even more power purchase agreements with TVA and Georgia’s leading poultry farmers,” said Eric Domescik, principal of Renewvia Energy. “We recognize that the environmental benefits of solar power can only be realized when projects make financial sense and are attractive to investors, developers and the host entity that consumes the solar power.”

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