386. SOLAR POWER UPDATE
SunPower Completes Smaller Solar Deals With Wal-Mart, Horizon Power
SunPower has deals with Wal-Mart and Horizon Power to install solar systems that are under a megawatt each.L.A. pursues solar-power surge
The company recently completed installing a 554-kilowatt solar power system at the Wal-Mart store in Hanford. The system is expected to generate about 15 percent of the store’s electricity and reduce between 7,000 to 8,000 metric tons of GHG emissions per year.
Los AngelesMayor Antonio Villaraigosa has unveiled an aggressive solar power plan that aims to encourage the installation of 1,300 mW of solar power throughout the city and surrounding areas of Southern California by 2020.Solar-powered marina planned in Fort Pierce
Christened "Solar LA," the plan addresses solar power systems on residential, commercial, and municipal properties. The plan includes a requirement for the city's municipal utility, the Los Angeles Dept. of Power and Water (LADPW) to install 400 mW of solar power on city-owned property by 2014. By 2020, the utility will be required to procure an additional 500 mW of utility-scale solar power through contracts with third-party developers, with the option to purchase the systems after about eight years of operations.
Ecocove, a Treasure Coast-based company, plans to build a 20-slip marina on the Fort Pierce Inlet that is thought to be the first of its kind in the state.Petrobras mulls solar power to increase well recovery
The complex would operate on solar power, and any excess electricity could be sold to the city's electric utility, the developers said.
Brazil's federal energy company Petrobras is mulling plans to use solar power to boost oil recovery, BNamericas reports.Alcatraz Cruises Launches Nation's First Hybrid Ferry Boat
"Our idea is to replace hydrocarbons burn for solar power," according to Luiz Tadeu Furlan, energy efficiency manager at Petrobras' gas and energy department.
Hornblower Hybrid Is Model of Alternative Energy InnovationConergy Asia-Pacific to develop Saudi Arabia's first large-scale solar power plant
Representatives from the National Park Service, Mayor Gavin Newsom's office, NOAA and Save the Bay were among the 85 people to enjoy a breakfast gathering aboard the nation's first known hybrid ferryboat.
On Friday morning, December 12, at Pier 33 in San Francisco, Alcatraz Cruises, the National Park Service concessioner of ferry service to Alcatraz Island introduced the Hornblower Hybrid, a wind, solar and diesel powered hybrid vessel.
Conergy Asia-Pacific (a regional subsidiary of Hamburg-based Conergy AG) has been awarded a contract for a 2-megawatt solar power plant for Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).Amid Gloom, Solar Power Finance A Ray of Sunshine
In the booming new market of solar power purchase agreements (PPAs), near-term growth shows modest gains and the long-term outlook is exponential. These are the findings of a new report from AltaTerra Research entitled, Financing Growth: Will Solar PPAs Shine in Dark Times?[...]Solar power catches on at airports
"Any growth is a boon for any industry under the current financial conditions,” says Guice. “While growth may not be astronomical, as the solar industry has become accustomed to, gains have been made, and that’s more than a lot of other industries can say.”
A hangar at Bob Hope Airport in California has followed the example of other airports by building solar panels in order to ease energy costs.Water Department basks in solar project's success
The rooftop of the $17 million Hangar 25 which is operated by charter flight operator Avjet, has enough solar panels to power lights, forklifts and tow vehicles.
San Fransisco Airport has already invested $5.5 million on the construction of solar arrays on its buildings which can generate enough power to run the entire airport during the daylight hours.
Hillsboro Water Department has found another use for its Evergreen Reservoir site - power generation. Solar panels installed and brought on line in July have already produced 53 megawatt-hours of power.Hybrid solar plant will power 11,000 homes
Electricity generated by 570 panels is transferred back to the grid and offsets a significant share of the power needed to operate the reservoir's pumps. This sustainable energy source results in substantial money savings for the Utilities Commission and its customers.
Florida Power & Light Company is gearing to switch to large-scale solar use with a new plant planned for Indiantown.Duke Wants to Rent Rooftops for Solar Power
Billed as the world's first hybrid plant, the Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center is set to be fully operational by 2010.
It combines natural gas with energy from the sun, instead of relying solely on fossil fuels to generate electricity, officials said.
North Carolina businesses, homeowners and schools would be able to rent their rooftops to Duke Energy Carolinas for solar power installations, if the utility's plan wins regulatory approval.Up on the Roof, New Jobs in Solar Power
The energy company is proposing to invest $50 million over a two-year period in as many as 425 solar energy arrays atop the rooftops of homes, schools, stores and factories — or on the ground at those properties — to establish a solar distributed generation program.
MOVE over, Joe the Plumber. Spencer the Solar Panel Installer is here.[...]First Solar Reaches Grid-Parity Milestone, Says Report
Even in the recession, Mr. Bockus has been putting in plenty of overtime for his company, Akeena Solar, which is based in Los Gatos, Calif., and has offices elsewhere in California and in Colorado and the Northeast.[...]
Mr. Cinnamon is now the chief executive of Akeena, which has about $40 million in annual sales and employs 220 workers in seven states. Despite the recession, he estimates that his solar panel installation business will increase 40 percent from last year. [...]
GERRY HEIMBUCH, vice president for operations at the Solar Center in Rockaway, N.J., estimates that his company hires a new solar panel installer every month. Many good candidates have come from the sluggish homebuilding industry.
First Solar has made it to grid parity, according to at least one analyst.Chevron completes solar power project at Milpitas schools
A 12.6-megawatt system installed by First Solar (NSDQ: FSLR) for Sempra Generation showed that the system can produce electricity at below the price of conventional power in the United States, said Mark Bachman, an equity analyst at Pacific Crest, in a research note Tuesday.
Chevron Energy Solutions said on Monday that it has completed a districtwide solar energy system for the Milpitas Unified School District that is expected to supply 75 percent of the district’s annual electricity needs.California growers going solar
Abundant sunshine not only grows crops, but now it powers the operations, tooCalifornia plans 80 solar projects, but environmentalists raise concerns
For more than 70 years, California's abundance of sunshine has enabled the Lundberg family to grow rice in the Central Valley north of Sacramento.
Now the sun is helping the family churn out myriad rice products, from chips to cakes to pasta.
Lundberg Family Farms, which bills itself as the nation's largest producer of organic rice and rice products, is among a small but growing number of California growers and processors turning to solar power to help them run their operations.
The first solar thermal facility in California in nearly 20 years recently opened in Bakersfield, and is one of at least 80 solar power projects planned in the state. State officials say that they expect renewable energy to transform California's electricity system. However, critics warn that the plants could create environmental problems because of power towers and high-voltage wires.SFPUC Approves 5-MW Solar Project
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) has approved a new contract with Recurrent Energy to generate 5 megawatts (MW) of solar power atop the recently seismically-retrofitted Sunset Reservoir. The project, which is expected to be completed and generating solar power for the City in 2010, will be California's largest solar photovoltaic system and the nation's largest municipal solar project.Huaneng to build up China's largest solar PV demon project in Yunnan by 2010
Huaneng Group, parent company of Huaneng Power International, Inc. plans to build up a 166 MW on-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) power generating project in Shilin of Southwest China's Yunan Province by 2010, which will be the largest solar PV project in China.