Cogenra’s Hybrid PV and Hot Water Plus Financing 1

Cogenra Solar is a solar cogeneration startup combining photovoltaic and heat generationto deliver electricity and hot water for commercial and industrialsites.  We profiled them here in September.

Hybrid PV and hot water is not entirely new — the real innovativepiece at the Khosla Ventures-funded Cogenra might be the introduction of the Heat and Power Purchase Agreement (HPPA).   Cogenra offersrenewable energy below utility rates while trimming natural gas andgrid-sourced electricity usage.  This is akin to what Solar City and SunRun offer in residential solar PV and a host of firms like Tioga Energy or Borrego Solar offer for commercial solar.

The firm just officially unveiled a solar cogeneration project at the Sonoma Wine Company in Graton, California. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair andVinod Khosla of Khosla Ventures were on-hand as the winery flipped theswitch on the 272-kilowatt winery installation.

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