Erthos Inc., a California-based energy technology company, has started commercial operations for four more Earth Mount Solar Solar PV projects. The projects were developed by White Pine Renewables and built by OneSun Power Inc. Power purchase agreements will be used to purchase the energy from the plants by Teapot Dome Water District or Olam Food Ingredients.
Earth Mount Solar power plants do not require steel mounting systems. Instead, solar modules are placed directly on the ground. This method of installation allows Erthos plants to produce twice the energy from the same area of land, at a significantly lower price per unit.
“Erthos technology is truly a step forward in solar technology innovation,” says Michael Kremer, managing partner and co-founder at White Pine Renewables. “By executing on the Olam Food portfolio, Erthos has demonstrated an ability to turn projects that would not have worked with a conventional racking solution into viable assets using its innovative technology. White Pine has been proud to partner with Erthos over the past two years to ensure that we deliver for our customers – even in the most challenging circumstances.”
“This marks another stage in our rapid market adoption,” comments Jim Tyler, CEO of Erthos. “As with our first deployment a year ago, with these new projects online, we are seeing immediate and continued validation of our plant performance. Energy production, thermal performance, and the efficacy of the ErthBot cleaning robot are all supported by the data coming in from these plants.”
Erthos anticipates that there will be more than 40 MW of projects under contract by the end the year. Erthos is actively helping developers to assess the benefits of Earth Mount Solar PV for over four GW in their project pipeline.