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GEM Energy to build USD-2m solar system in Ohio

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January 23 (Renewables Now) - Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company GEM Energy said on Wednesday it will build a USD-2-million (EUR 1.8m) solar power system that will supply a high school in northwest Ohio.

The ground-mount solar array will be built at Penta Career Center, a career technical high school, and will produce enough power to cover almost 60% of its needs. The system will consist of 3,100 solar panels provided by US-based First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR) and will generate 1.76 million kWh of power a year.

GEM Energy, which is part of construction and facility services provider  Rudolph Libbe Group, has been contracted to design and build the solar array. Two other Rudolph Libbe companies, GEM Inc and Rudolph Libbe Inc, will install the system.

The system will be owned by AEP OnSite Partners and sell the electricity it generates to Penta Career Center under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA).

Construction of the array is expected to begin in the spring and to be complete in August.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.902)

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