Ardi Arian, General Manager of Suntech Power Development America (STPDAM), recently served as a featured speaker at the 2020 Community Choice Energy Summit in Sacramento. He spoke on two panels addressing the technical and financing challenges associated with developing, constructing, and operating locally based solar projects that serve California communities with clean distributed energy.

According to Ardi, “I was pleased to contribute to the conference, as I feel that it is important to discuss how we work together to create opportunities for all Californians to have access to clean energy--not just those with land or rooftops who can invest in their own generation. STPDAM is focusing on the importance of integrating Distributed Energy Resources on the Grid on a local level, and the need to finance the costs and risks of early-stage development. These are two critical aspects to consider and solve if local sourcing is to be a reality. Shared community resources benefit everyone.”

Today, most clean generation is not generated locally, and it must be delivered over transmission lines that are vulnerable to disaster. Local solar generation with energy storage provides resilience. We look forward to working with CCAs and local development partners to build and operate this critically beneficial infrastructure.”

The Community Choice Energy Summit 2020 was an opportunity for California CCAs to network and discuss issues, opportunities, and future roles in California Energy.


Suntech Power Development America (STPDAM) serves Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) by deploying locally generated solar energy with storage to create cleaner and more resilient communities.

Sunnyvale, California-based STPDAM is a fully vertically integrated Independent Power Producer (IPP), and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Suntech Power Japan Group that has over 2GW of solar power plants operating globally. STPDAM has plans to deploy 500MWP in North America in the next five years.


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 Posted: March 2020