SunPower Corp. announced that it has completed the 3.8 megawatts solar power systems at various public water agencies and water treatment facilities in the state of California. In the systems in place, the facilities would be able to decrease their electricity costs.
At least one gigawatt of rooftop solar power capacity has been installed in California to date. This is according to a report released by the Environment California Research and Policy Center.
SolarWorld installed solar power modules at Pittsburgh’s Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden Center for Sustainable Landscapes, which is located in Schenley Park. The installation can generate up to 125 kW from 250W Sunmodule solar panels that were placed on the roof and on the ground.
The barren Mojave Desert would become home to large solar power plants once the construction is completed. The electricity generated from the desert would be enough to power millions of homes.
The solar power industry in Texas is still small, which accounts to just 1 percent of the total electric power produced in the state. Renewable energy advocates say that the state could be the top generator of solar power in the United States within the near future.
The solar industry got a black eye when Solyndra collapsed. But despite the setback, it continues to grow, especially in the Bay Area.
After all the bad news regarding solar companies in recent times, here’s something good this time. Chevron unveiled its solar power system in an oil field in California.
Google added another green badge on its sleeve with its announcement of a new $75 million investment that would help homeowners install solar power systems. This is the search giant’s second investment into residential solar installations.
Developers in the United States installed 69 percent more solar power capacity in the second quarter of this year compared to the year before. Majority of the installations were made by commercial and government entities.
The solar power industry in the United States looks good on paper. State and federal subsidies decrease the costs of solar power system installations even though some of the states have discontinued their solar programs due to budget constraints.