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Las Vegas Water District to Feature 3.1-Megawatt Solar Project
March 9, 2005
PowerLight Corporation announced on March 2nd that it will build a
3.1-megawatt solar power project at four sites in and around Las
Vegas, Nevada. The project includes four solar power systems at the
Las Vegas Water District's Las Vegas Springs Preserve, as well as
three additional systems at reservoirs owned by the Water District.
The Water District's board of directors approved the project in
October 2004, and the Nevada Public Utilities Commission added its
approval in late February. The solar arrays at the Springs Preserve
will also provide shaded parking for up to 200 cars. See the PowerLight press release.
A person is dwarfed by the solar modules at one of the Bavarian solar power sites.
Credit: K&S Consulting Group
PowerLight recently had the honor of building the world's largest
solar photovoltaic power system, a 10-megawatt installation in
Bavaria, Germany. Like the Las Vegas project, the Bavarian project is
spread over three sites, with the largest single installation
providing 6.3 megawatts of solar power capacity. That project was
supported by a $5-million working capital line of credit guaranteed by
the Export-Import Bank of the United States. See the January 3rd and
February 4th press releases from PowerLight.
In other solar power news, WorldWater & Power Corporation announced
on March 3rd that it is planning its second installation of a solar power
system to power a 200-horsepower irrigation pump. WorldWater will
install the system at a tree farm near San Diego,
California. In addition, GE Energy announced on March 1st that it has supplied
256 solar modules for 16 roof-mounted solar power systems in a
residential development in Cornwall, New York. Each system has a
capacity of 2.64 kilowatts, for a total capacity of 42.24 kilowatts.
See the press releases from WorldWater and GE Energy.