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Two Large Solar Power Systems On Order in California
February 11, 2004
PowerLight Corporation announced in January that it has been
commissioned to install two large solar power systems in California: a
200-kilowatt system at the U.S. headquarters for SANYO North America,
located in San Diego, and a 457-kilowatt system at Saint Francis
Winery in Santa Rosa. The SANYO installation will be built of high-efficiency SANYO solar modules, and will consist of a 150-kilowatt
roof-mounted system on the headquarters building and 50-kilowatt
sun-tracking system on the company's adjacent carport structure.
The installation will be completed in spring. The St. Francis Winery
installation will provide more than 30 percent of the winery's energy
needs, and will be completed in May. PowerLight is also providing
energy-efficient lighting at the winery, which will reduce the
winery's electricity demand for lighting by 48 percent. See the January 13th and January 26th press releases from PowerLight.
This computer-generated image shows how the German solar installation will appear when complete.
Credit: Shell Solar
Meanwhile, Shell Solar GmbH and the Gesellschaft fur Solarenergie
(GEOSOL) announced in January that they will build a 5-megawatt solar
power system south of Leipzig, Germany. The system will rival similar
large systems planned for southern California and Arizona. See the
Shell Solar press release, and for background on the U.S. plans, see the article from the December 10th edition of the EERE Network News.
Unfortunately, not all is rosy for the U.S. solar power industry.
AstroPower, Inc., which has struggled financially since it was
delisted from NASDAQ in July 2003, has filed for Chapter 11
bankruptcy. The company plans to sell some of its U.S. assets to
GE Energy as part of its reorganization. In January, AstroPower laid
off 10 percent of its work force. See the AstroPower press release.