Gainesville, FL

Gainesville, FL

Featuring the largest solar project at a retail center in the Southeast and one of the first feed-in-tariff projects in the U.S.

In 2010, Clean Focus and its partners teamed to deploy 2.2 MW worth of solar photovoltaics systems at six different sites in Gainesville, Florida. These Clean Focus solar installations formed the largest project to date under the Gainesville Regional Utility (GRU) feed-in tariff program. The project’s flagship array is a 1.58MW system atop Butler Plaza, the largest at a retail center in the Southeast

After its initial financing partner failed to execute, Green Energy Development called Clean Focus with only a brief period of time before financial commitments were required by GRU. Clean Focus was able to provide commitments of its own and from a reputable bank, all in record time. Furthermore, Clean Focus negotiated with GRU for extensions to the deadlines in the PPA as a result of these financing commitments. These efforts allowed the project to continue when it otherwise would have been shelved.

Critical to this project’s success was securing an SNDA (Subordination and Non-Disturbance Agreement). SNDAs clarify the access and lease rights of the solar project owner with the mortgage provider and the building owner. The purpose of the SNDA is to ensure that even if the building owner were to default on its loan, the mortgage provider cannot evict the solar power project on the roof. SNDAs are critical to the long-term viability of commercial solar installations yet can be difficult to negotiate due to conflicting interests of the stakeholders.

“Clean Focus quickly stepped up to the plate, immediately securing financing commitments that ensured that this project could be completed on time.”

-Ralph Vogel, Principal, Green Energy Development

Capacity (kW DC) 2200
Location Name Butler Plaza and other retail locations
City, State Gainesville, FL
Number of Sites 6
Site Configuration Rooftop
Date Completed December 2010 (Phases 1 & 2)June 2011 (Phase 3)
Developer Green Energy Development
EPC SPG Solar (Phases 1 & 2) / Tecta America (Phase 3)
Offtaker Gainesville Regional Utility
Modules Astronergy / Chint Solar
Inverter PV Powered