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.
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.
Last October, Energy Secretary Steven Chu promised that the White House would install solar panels and a solar hot water heater before the start of the summer season.
The United States Interior Department approved four new renewable energy projects, which includes a solar power generation plant proposed by Abengoa SA and the Edison International transmission project.
Last October, the Obama administration announced that it plans to install solar panels on the roof of the White House. This would be the 30 years after the solar panels installed during Jimmy Carter’s rule were taken down. The target date for the installation is in spring.
Flexible solar cells are where the solar power technology is heading in the future. But researchers must find the best material to protect the active layer of the solar cells from the environment. At present, glass is used as the protective layer.
A huge solar power plant is being built in a desert in southeastern California. BrightSource Energy is the developer of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System that is capable of generating 392 megawatts of solar thermal power once it is completed.
Solar power is clean, economical and the solution to the long standing problem of environmental pollution. Although the initial cost associated with installation is expensive, the return on investment over time make solar energy the right choice as a main source for electrical power.
Churches, mosques and synagogues in England could stand to add up to $29 million GBP (or $50 million USD) to their coffers by simply switching to solar panels.
Longtime enemies coal and solar power have finally called a truce: the Xcel Energy power plant near Grand Junction, Colorado, has just implemented the first-of-its-kind solar-coal hybrid approach.