Powered by the Sun; Renova Energy installation powers Rabobank Regional Business Center water fountain.
Wednesday 4th of April 2012 7:53 AM
Palm Springs, CA –March 21, 2012 – Renova Energy Corp., a Palm Desert-based green energy systems contractor, has installed a demonstration solar panel to power a three-tiered water fountain at Rabobank Regional Business Center (RRBC).
“It’s pumping off of 100 percent pure sunshine,’’ Renova chief executive officer Vincent Battaglia said, as crews outfitted the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership and iHUB headquarters, 3111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, with the SunTech solar system modules. The installation was at no cost to CVEP.
“Renova Energy is harnessing together two powerful energy sources – solar power and water,’’ said CVEP CEO Thomas Flavin. “We are proud to introduce this demonstration as a way to give energy back to the valley, and showcase our corporate investors in CVEP.” The photovoltaic SunTech system, which creates nearly 700 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, is considered to be a small demonstration project in scope, but one that is significant in scale. “I don’t know of any other public water feature of this size that is powered solely from solar energy,” Battaglia said.
Projects like this could be replicated across the Coachella Valley, where public and private water fountains abound, he said. What’s as important as the savings in electricity – it translates to about $200 per year – is the presence of a sun-powered device offering eco-serenity at the garden entrance to CVEP and Coachella Valley iHub, Battaglia noted. “Every city in our valley has a small electric load requirement that would make for a great demonstration of the power, noiseless consistency and cleanliness of solar-derived energy,’’ he said. “We like larger demonstrations of solar power, of course, but the impact of a small system can be just as effective to the inevitable acceptance of solar as the norm, and not the exception in our community.” “It’s an exciting use of solar power,’’ said Michele Mician, director of Palm Springs Office of Sustainability. “It harnesses the power of the sun to provide enjoyment, and serves a great educational service. It lets people know you can find alternate ways to power projects that you may not otherwise have thought of.”
In business in the Coachella Valley since 2007, Renova Energy projects include the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition’s carport mounted array at Wolff Waters Place in La Quinta and an “off-grid” battery back-up solar system at the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians’ Trading Post in Andreas Canyon. Renova Energy will be recognized for its donation with a plaque, Flavin said. A display with live, interactive monitoring will also be set up to show how the SunTech system and its components work. "We are proud to produce this solar demonstration as our way to give back to our valley community," Battaglia said.
To learn more about Renova Energy Corp., 75-181 Mediterranean Ave., Palm Desert, visit www.renovasolar.com or call (760) 568-3413.