BLT Enterprises, SPI Solar and Pacific Edison will be partnering up to develop a 400kW DC distributed generation PV solar energy facility at Volkswagen's US test centre in California. Construction, by an undisclosed affiliate of BLT Enterprises, is due to commence at the later in the year and is 63,500 square foot. BLT claims this will be one of the automobile industry's most advanced emissions testing and power train development facilities. The centre will be used by various brands within the Volkswagen Group, including Volkswagen, Audi, Lamborghini, Bentley and Bugatti.
To be designed by SPI, the facility will utilize a mix of rooftop and carport structures to host the onsite solar array. It is the second large-scale system that SPI and Pacific Edison have developed for BLT.
“We are fortunate to enjoy a long-term working relationship with BLT Enterprises,” said Steve Kircher, CEO for SPI Solar. “BLT is an innovative commercial development company and this will be the second large-scale distributed generation SEF we have designed and built for them. We look forward to having our systems integrated into more of their buildings in the future.”
Dion Camp Sanders, CEO of Pacific Edison said, “This project will help Volkswagen to achieve its sustainability objectives and control energy costs at its new state-of-the-art technical centre and emissions laboratory.”