UNI-SOLAR to Power Rooftop Above the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico
United Solar, a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Conversion Devices, Inc., announced the completion and operation of a solar power project on the rooftop of the Moon Palace Hotel in Cancun, Mexico, owned by Palace Resorts and host site for the United Nations Climate Change Conference.
This important global event will attract about 20,000 participants from nations around the world. They will gather in Cancun from November 29 to December 10, 2010, with the objective of discussing future commitments to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.
The photovoltaic project team for the Moon Palace Hotel was led by Enel Green Power, one of the leading renewable energy operators worldwide, with support also from the Italian Ministry of the Environment and SEMARNAT, the Mexican Environment Ministry.
“Being selected as the solar power provider of choice for this high-level and important global conference location is a testament to the quality and unique characteristics of UNI-SOLAR modules,” said Mark Morelli, President and CEO of United Solar’s parent company, Energy Conversion Devices. “We believe that solar power will continue to play an important role in addressing global climate change."
The 130 kWp pilot project at the Moon Palace Hotel is capable of generating 220 MWh of electricity per year contributing to a reduction of 110 tons of CO2 emissions annually. Enel Green Power chose UNI-SOLAR technology due to its proprietary, thin-film, lightweight characteristics which stand up to the severe weather often found in the Gulf of Mexico region.
United Solar and Enel Green Power have cooperated on numerous projects, including the largest rooftop PV power plant at the Interporto distribution center in Nola, Italy. This 25 MWp project on various buildings is currently being installed by United Solar’s channel partners General Membrane and Ondulit. Another project between United Solar and Enel Green Power is the 4 MWp installation on the Marcegaglia factory in Taranto, Italy.