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  • Hello Mark. Very Nice Presentation. Could you please clarify the trade off between the use of thin film modules and higher efficiency mono / poly modules and the impact on BOS costs for this particular impressive project. It will be appreciated if you can share this info. Thanks in advance. Fadi.
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  • 1. CalRENEW-1 Mark Stout, MA Energy and Resources Vice President, Renewable Technology May 5, 2010 5 MWac Solar Farm ACWA 2010 Spring Conference Nuts and Bolts of Utility-Scale Solar
  • 2. CalRENEW-1 First In California Aerial photo looking northeast on December 2, 2009 5MWac utility-scale photovoltaic (PV)solar farm on 50 acres First utility PV PPA signed under California RPS First PV facility to successfully secure transmission level interconnection in California
  • 3. Cleantech America - a Meridian Energy company
    • Cleantech America acquired by New Zealand’s largest state-owned energy generator, Meridian Energy Limited, on Aug 19, 2009
    • MEL is an investment grade company (S&P: BBB+) owned by the government of New Zealand
    • More than US$5.0 billion in assets with fiscal 2008 revenue in excess of US$1.8 billion
    • Committed to renewable energy: entire existing portfolio is renewable (hydro or wind)
    • Growth plans with Cleantech America for solar in Western U.S.
    • Interested in owning CalRENEW-1 long-term
    Largest electric generator in New Zealand 100% renewable portfolio Long-term commitment to renewables development Focus on long-term ownership of renewable assets
  • 4. Utility-Scale PV Solar Development Challenges © 2010 Cleantech America, Inc. Confidential
    • 2. Grid Access
    • Available transmission
    • Low cost interconnect
    • Reasonable upgrades
    • Interconnect studies
    • 3. PPA
    • 20-25 year term
    • Creditworthy utility
    • Financeable terms
    • Meets resource needs
    • Security required
    • 5. Project Financing
    • Deep Balance Sheet
    • Proven panel supply
    • Experienced EPC
    • Construction finance
    • Debt & tax equity
    • 4. Regulatory approval
    • Counts toward RPS
    • Least cost/best fit
    • Passes public review
    • Technically feasible
    • 1. Site Control
    • Near substation
    • Good insolation
    • Permit obtainable
    • Economical price
    “ The Goal” Commercial Operation
  • 5. Success Requires Teamwork
    • Power industry experience and knowledge
    • Site acquisition know how
    • Experience and ability to negotiate complex, utility scale power purchase contracts
    • CEQA and local land use permitting expertise
    • PV solar technology, facility design and construction experience and leadership, including procurement and project management
    • Mastery of complexities of CAISO interconnection, transmission and the Grid
    • Expertise and experience with all aspects of project finance
  • 6. CalRENEW-1 demonstrated PV viability, Cleantech America’s know-how
    • 5 MW AC, 6.25 MW DC
    • PPA with PG&E
    • EPC provided by Quanta Services
    • CTA obtained all CEQA approvals
    • CTA obtained CAISO interconnect approval
    • CTA negotiated PV module & EPC contracts
    • CTA partnered with city of Mendota, local vocational college to create scores of local green collar jobs
    • CTA collaborated with PG&E Transmission on upgrades & commissioning
  • 7. Technology Details
    • Module selected:
      • Sharp 121W & 128W tandem junction, aSi thin film
      • Inverter selected:
      • Satcon 1 MW Prism 3, 1000 V DC, integrated medium voltage AC
    Photovoltaic technology with projected 35 year economic life
  • 8. Solar Farm Layout 25 degree fixed tilt installation Azimuth of 18 degrees west of due south, maximizes Time Of Delivery revenue
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  • 10. Site Aerial View 10/30/09
  • 11. Site Aerial View 11/20/09
  • 12. Local Hiring Program Local Hiring plan statistics: three communities versus time
  • 13. Operations & Management
    • O&M Approach
      • Evaluating O&M model utilized by Meridian for its 2,563 MWs of hydro and 191 MWs of wind operations
      • Based on combination of third-party and in-house services
      • Operations related facilities and services include:
        • Security system-perimeter fence monitoring CCTV
        • Scheduling coordination
        • Security monitoring
        • Panel washing
        • High voltage equipment testing
        • Preventative and As –needed Maintenance
      • Asset management and accounting to be provided by Cleantech America
    Project to benefit from Meridian Energy’s commitment to safe and reliable operations
  • 14. CalRENEW-1 is one of the first facilities to comply with the new CAISO Participating Intermittent Renewables Program (PIRP) Solar Telemetry Requirements
  • 15.