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Contract Wins: Sumitomo, InterCore Energy, University of California, Aqua America, GEI Consultants

Sumitomo Corporation has bought GE’s share in the 550 MW Desert Sunlight Solar Farm under construction in the California desert, east of Palm Springs. This investment gives the Japanese-based company 25 percent ownership of the solar project, which, according to the US Department of the Interior, is the largest solar photovoltaic facility approved for US public land.

Clean energy technology company InterCore Energy has announced that Legacy Automation, Power & Design, part of the Legacy Group, has contracts worth about $3 million for power and control systems from two major oil companies. InterCore has a letter of intent to acquire 100 percent of the Legacy Group, which produces electrical power and control products to the marine, drilling and industrial markets.

University of California-Santa Cruz has won a $4.5 million National Science Foundation grant to fund fund clean energy research and educational programs, San Jose Mercury News reports. The five-year grant will expand the university’s current programs looking at microgrids to generate energy at the community-level.

Ohio State University has signed a letter of intent with Iberdrola Renewables to purchase 50 MW of wind energy capacity from the Blue Creek Wind Farm, located in Van Wert and Paulding counties in Ohio. The wind energy capacity equates to about 25 percent of the entire Columbus campus electricity load, and is one of the single largest purchases of actual renewable energy by any university in the country.

Aqua America’s Pennsylvania subsidiary, Aqua Pennsylvania, has acquired the wastewater system assets of Kidder Township, which serves approximately 3,000 people for $11.3 million. The acquisition comes on the heels of the company’s recent $1.5 million acquisition of the water and wastewater systems that serve approximately 2,300 people in the Beech Mountain Lakes Resort Community located in portions of Butler and Dennison townships, Luzerne County.

GEI Consultants, an environmental, water resources and engineering firm, has announced work on three new projects. GEI provided environmental, geotechnical, and construction services for the new $520 million, 105,000-square-foot Washington Marriott Marquis Hotel in Washington, D.C. set to be completed in May 2014. The hotel was designed to earn LEED Silver certification and will be one of the largest hotels in the country to earn this achievement. GEI is also providing geotechnical consultation and field services to the consultant construction management team for the $330 million Blue Plains Tunnel design-build project in Washington, D.C., and has completed work as the technical lead and quality control representative for the Judy Company on the $10 million Wolf Creek Dam Gallery and Plaza Grouting rehabilitation project in Russell County, Ky.

MidAmerican Wind has announced it will acquire the 168 MW Alta Wind VII and the 132 MW Alta Wind IX projects from California Highwind Power, a subsidiary of Terra-Gen Power. The projects are in Tehachapi, Calif., and will feature a total of 100 Vestas 3-megawatt V90 wind turbines.

Photo Credit: Iberdrola Renewables

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