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Stion Partners with WGL, New Energy Equity, SolBright Renewable Energy and RER to Power Largest School Project in NY (1.5MW)


(From Left to Right) NYSERDA President John B. Rhodes, Lt. Gov Kathy Hochul, Avon Superintendent Aaron Johnson, and New Energy Equity’s Ian Palmer stand with Avon, NY Students for the official ribbon cutting ceremony.


A new solar electric array is powering the Avon Central School District in Avon, New York with Stion’s “Simply Better” solar panels. The array, which is the largest supplying electricity to a school district in the state of New York, will supply all of the school districts’ electricity needs and generate an additional $75,000 worth of annual electricity credits.

The project was co-developed by New Energy Equity of Annapolis, MD and RER Energy Group of Reading, PA. RER has longstanding relationships with the Avon community and initiated the development, at which point New Energy Equity completed third-party financing and equipment selection. Final engineering, procurement, and construction was completed by Solbright Renewable Energy, located in Charleston, SC, an EPC specializing in commercial, municipal, and military solar projects.

WGL Energy Systems, a WGL Holdings company, owns and operates the project and provides electricity to the school district. Partial funding for the project was provided by NY-Sun, Governor Cuomo’s $1 billion initiative to scale up solar energy in the state and develop a self-sustaining solar industry.


Stion’s solar panels were manufactured in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and include a 25-year warranty, which will enable the district to generate more than $1 million in electricity credits over the lifetime of the panels.

“Stion’s CIGS modules were selected because they outperform crystalline silicon modules in both warm and cold climates,” said Ian Palmer, New Energy Equity’s CEO. “We embrace innovative American companies and Stion’s technology and value proposition are very compelling,” Palmer said.

“Stion’s CIGS modules are the most stable energy producers available due to their industry leading low temperature coefficient of -.26%/°C. The glass on glass encapsulation prevents moisture ingress and delivers long-term power stability with no light-induced (LID) or potential-induced degradation (PID)”, said Jim McGrath, Stion’s Vice President of Sales.


Additionally, the panels are frameless, which minimizes cleaning requirements as dust, pollen, snow, and other debris wash off the edge of the frameless module when it rains, rather than collecting on the edge. This enables the panels to maximize energy production relative to framed panels-another reason why Stion’s panels are “Simply Better.”

About Stion:

Stion Corporation is a leading U.S.-based manufacturer of high-efficiency CIGS solar modules and provider of solar solutions. Stion provides vertically integrated turnkey solar solutions through its Stion Energy Services project development arm. Stion was founded in 2006 and is backed by Khosla Ventures, the largest institutional investor in clean technology in the U.S. Stion is headquartered in San Jose, California and opened its first high volume production facility in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in 2012. For more information, visit www.stion.com

About WGL Energy:

WGL Energy delivers a full ecosystem of energy offerings, including natural gas, electricity, renewable energy, carbon reduction and energy efficiency provided by WGL Energy Services, Inc. and distributed generation from WGL Energy Systems, Inc.

About New Energy Equity:

New Energy Equity specializes in the financing and development of commercial and small utility renewable energy projects. The company focuses on transactions within the United States ranging from 200kW to 5MW. New Energy Equity works with investors, both public and private, to provide dependable financing resources for the development and completion of end-to-end renewable energy transactions.

New Energy has the resources, expertise and experience to handle all aspects of development, construction and long-term asset management. The company brings together more than 50 years of experience developing projects in the solar, telecom, corporate finance and construction industries.
For more information please visit New Energy Equity’s website at www.newenergyequity.com

About SolBright Renewable Energy:

SolBright brings turnkey project development, project management, technology expertise, utility compliance, contract administration, procurement and integration expertise to the emerging field of solar energy. We are a proven and successful entity supporting military, municipal, and commercial building spaces, and our leadership, deep subject matter knowledge, execution and project coordination enable us to continuously exceed the expectations of our customers.

SolBright is driven by a professional mission to design and build the standard of excellence in power-generating facilities nationwide. Our team of experienced engineers and installation experts bring exacting precision to every project, and we leverage their know-how by utilizing a best-in-industry methodology to maximize power production, safety and quality for every customer, whether on ground mounts, rooftops, parking canopies, or solar hot water systems.
For more information visit www.solbrightre.com

About RER Energy Group:

RER Energy Group is an industry leader in providing cost-effective, high-quality solar systems throughout the United States and Latin America. We have helped secure over $25 million in grants for our clients and led the development of over 30 megawatts (MW) of solar arrays generating cost-effective energy for more than 100 companies. Visit us at www.rerenergygroup.com

For more information please visit RER Energy Group’s website at www.rerenergygroup.com

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