Solar Energy Systems
Bithenergy is seasoned in the renewable energy field having installed, serviced and maintained over 20 solar energy systems in Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania amounting to more than 33 MW of solar energy. Bithenergy has also developed what we call hybrid renewable energy systems (HRES), combining solar panels, solar hot water and a wind turbine in one solution.
Bithenergy’s generation services include system project management, design, financing, operations and maintenance (O&M), and systems integration. Bithenergy also provides services in renewable energy financing, construction financing, PPA negotiations, and Debt/Equity structures for multi-megawatt utility-scale projects. Bithenergy’s national network of contractors consists of over 50 strategic partnerships, joint ventures, and teaming arrangements that encompasses a range of scope and services. Bithenergy’s past projects demonstrate our strong financial stability, proven solar technological solutions, effective design and construction practices and established project management talent and methodologies.
Bithenergy is a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), and we hold certifications in the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners.
Ft. Campbell |Ground Mount Solar (Landfill)
Bithenergy was awarded a 4.3MWDC (3.5MWAC) Solar Array Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) that will complete the installation’s requirement for a 5MW solar array. The 27-year PPA for a 4.3 MW array is phase two of the 6.2MW solar array, which will be the largest in Kentucky. Fort Campbell broke ground in May on phase one, the initial 1.9 MW portion of the array being executed through a 10-year Utility Energy Services Contract (UESC) with Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation and a $3 million Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy grant from the State of Kentucky.
Fort Campbell has identified 25 acres of land formerly used as a landfill for the PPA solar photovoltaic array project. Bithenergy and its team will finance, design, build, operate, own and maintain the renewable energy generation facility on the identified land leased from Fort Campbell. Through the PPA, the Army will purchase the on-site generated renewable electricity for up to 27 years in accordance with the terms and conditions stipulated in the resulting contract.
This solar project is part of a $7 billion renewable and alternative energy power production initiative for the Department of Army. This Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) has been designated as the key contractual vehicle to be used to diversify the energy production alternatives for military installations throughout the world.
Southbridge Massachusetts | Ground Mount Solar
Orange Massachusetts | Ground Mount Solar
Maynard Massachusetts | Landfill Solar
Brookfield Massachusetts | Landfill Solar
Washington Suburban Sanitation Corporation | Ground Mount Solar
Somerset County Maryland | Ground Mount Solar
Bithenergy is developing a commercial merchant power plant in Somerset County, Maryland. This project consists of several technologies integrated into one solution, Bithenergy’s Hybrid Renewable Energy System (HRES). The Somerset County site is a PPA-structured project between several hosts & a local utility company as the financier. This project helps create jobs in Somerset County, which holds some of the highest unemployment rates in MD, at 14%.
Phase #2 is a 20 MW Biomass plant that will use chicken waste & wood chips to produce electricity. This project helps the state of Maryland reach their goal of 15% renewable energy by 2015 as well as reducing chicken waste pollution.
Chimes Solar Maryland (700 KW) | Ground and Roof Mount Solar
Bithenergy designed and constructed a 700 kW solar power station on the Chimes International campus in Baltimore, Maryland. Chimes International, a non-profit organization servicing mentally-challenged people throughout the United States, was seeking to stabilize its energy prices and to enhance its “green” image and strategy. They contracted with Bithenergy to provide a ground mount and rooftop solar power station for their campus. The system combines a solar canopy rooftop system on some of their buildings and a ground mount system using a parking lot. Bithenergy has a 20 year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Chimes, with an option to extend to 25 years. The total constructed value of the installation will be $2.9M. The project consists of four sites and was constructed in four phases:
- Phase 1: 4815 Seton Drive - System size is 104.65 kW (annual output = 135,420 kWh)
- Phase 2: 4810 Seton Drive - System size is 53.82 kW (annual output = 69,598 kWh)
- System size is 131.56kW (annual output = 170,243 kWh)
- Phase 4: Ground mount system - System size is 379.50 kW (annual output = 491,085)
Bithenergy overcame challenges related to Hurricane Irene, an earthquake and torrential rain throughout September and completed the project on schedule. Along with those environmental obstacles, the team also had to figure out a way to build the ground-mounted system on a hill, which required devising a new approach, called the wave and fan.
"Daniel and crew from BITH was a pleasure to work with. Everyone knew their job and did it exceptionally well. My whole experience with BITH has been exceptional."
Director of Facilities
Clarksville | Roof and Rotating Mount Solar
The solar tracking system was chosen over conventional solar configurations because it increases the amount of time a panel receives direct sunlight, making the system approximately 20-30% more efficient. In a solar tracking system, the plane of the panels rotates over two axis, producing a superior angle of incidence for the sun’s rays. The rotating panels change position as the sun moves across the sky, maximizing the energy gathered from the light, thus producing more power, and requiring a minimal amount of real estate. Conventional solar panels, while effective, do not provide this type of energy benefit. After the project is complete, the homeowners expect to have a 75% reduction in their energy cost.