Black & Veatch selected to explore solar energy in the Midwest


Kansas City, Mo., July 29, 2002 — Black & Veatch announced recently it has been selected by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (Iowa DNR) to formulate a series of four case studies based on photovoltaic (PV) modules and the feasibility of their application in the midwestern part of the United States.

A final report will be used to promote solar energy to local governments, communities and other entities that are interested in renewable energy. In an effort to protect the environment, many cities around the United States have invested in solar power as an alternative to coal, oil and nuclear sources. Among its many advantages is its freedom from emissions, including carbon dioxide.

“Over the past 12 months, Black & Veatch has seen a steady increase in renewable energy interest,” said Black & Veatch Project Manager Anand Pattani. “We believe the results of this study will be invaluable in clearly defining some of the more nebulous questions concerning renewables including solar PV systems.”

The case studies, funded by the Department of Energy, will serve as the foundation to promote the future development of solar energy throughout the Midwest. The studies were designed to demonstrate the reliability and viability of PV modules, verify the amount of electricity produced throughout the Midwest, and dispel the notion that solar energy is costly and unattractive.

“The use of the sun as an energy source can provide a clean energy option throughout the state of Iowa,” said Iowa DNR Energy Coordinator Sharon Tahtinen. “I believe the key to expanding solar energy use is education, and these case studies will be important for accomplishing that in our state.” Data collected for the case studies will be obtained from systems installed in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Nebraska. As the case studies are produced, Black & Veatch will review residential power, commercial power, pond aeration and water pumping systems.

Results of the study will be available in January 2003.

About Black & Veatch Black & Veatch Corporation is a global engineering, construction and consulting company specializing in infrastructure development in the fields of energy, water and information.

Founded in 1915, Black & Veatch serves its clients with conceptual and preliminary engineering services, engineering design, procurement, construction, financial management, asset management, information technology, environmental, security design and consulting, and management consulting services.

Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., the employee-owned company has more than 90 offices worldwide. The company’s Web site address is www.bv.com.


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