The Conti Group donates 1.2-MW California solar project to IREC

January 26, 2021

Article originally posted by Solar Power World

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) announced that it has received a donation of a 1.2-MW​DC​ solar installation, valued at $1.7 million, from the Conti Group. The donation, located on a Marine Corps base in Barstow, California, is the largest unrestricted charitable contribution that IREC has received. Through a long-term power purchase agreement, the system will generate revenue that will help support the organization’s programs for at least 13 years.

IREC is a nonprofit that has been trusted for its independent clean energy expertise for nearly 40 years, playing a critical role in advancing clean energy market growth by tackling regulatory, workforce and economic barriers. IREC works state by state to build the foundation for rapid adoption of clean energy and energy efficiency to benefit people, the economy, and the planet.

Enertis provided a pro bono engineering evaluation of the system and Perkins Coie LLP provided pro bono legal services relating to the transfer of ownership.

“IREC is incredibly grateful for this generous donation from The Conti Group, and to Enertis and Perkins Coie for their services that helped make this donation possible,” said ​Larry Sherwood, IREC president and CEO​. “Not only will the income this solar installation generates enable IREC to expand its impact, helping us to better support the growth of clean energy across the nation, it is also fitting that an organization that has worked for decades to grow the solar industry is now the proud owner of its own solar installation.”

The system was engineered, procured and constructed by Conti Solar.

“The Conti Group is proud to announce the donation of its solar asset in Barstow, California to the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC),” said ​Marc J. Hesse, chief financial officer of The Conti Group​. “While a donation of this nature is groundbreaking, it more importantly fulfills the philanthropic mission of the Conti Family while achieving the strategic objectives of The Conti Group. IREC was selected due to the strength of its leadership team and they have been a tremendous partner in this effort. We trust that with the donation of our solar asset IREC will continue to promote clean and efficient energy that benefits the people and economy of our country. The Conti Group would like to thank the Conti Family, the Conti management team for its efforts, IREC and its CEO Larry Sherwood, and the solar team at Cohn Reznick.”

“Enertis shares IREC’s mission for rapid adoption of clean energy and is honored to have assisted their team during the acquisition of this project,” said ​Iñaki Herrero, managing director of North America at Enertis​.

As a result of IREC’s work since 1982, millions more Americans are able to enjoy the benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency due to IREC’s fact-based regulatory policy engagement, its work to grow a skilled and inclusive clean energy workforce, and its work to advance clean energy at the local level. By helping to fund key operating costs for the organization, this donation will enable IREC to expand the reach of its work to make clean energy and energy efficiency more accessible and affordable.