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Solar Power Rundown for Friday, May 21

Posted by Adam Sewall In Friday, May 21 2010 under: Solar Industry News, Solar Power Info, Solar Power Rundown

Here it is, your moment of solar power for this Friday:

BrightSource, a California solar thermal developer, yesterday announced it raised $150 million in a recent round of financing, via Reuters. The company, which counts Google among its investors, has contracts to deliver more than 2,600 megawatts of solar power to California utilities PG&E and SCE.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) yesterday released a report showing that the western portion of America's utility grid could handle a "large increase in wind and solar generation" without "excessive additional infrastructure." Utilities -- like Arizona Public Service, NV Energy, Salt River Project, Tucson Electric Power and Xcel Energy -- would, however, need to improve coordination to see through such an increase.

The U.S. Marine Corps inaugurates an expansive solar hot water installation project at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, via SunPluggers. The project, which prominently features American made equipment from FLS Energy, is expected to meet about three quarters of the camp's hot water needs.

If Connecticut wants to save what was once a thriving solar energy industry, it had better get its act together and pass a pending energy bill, suggests Jan Ellen Spiegel of The Connecticut Mirror. Thanks to a well-capitalized and well-organized solar rebate program, Connecticut was, two years ago, a phenomenal place to install home solar panels.

In Oregon solar news, a solar thin-film manufacturer by the name of Solexant may be moving to the Portland area, via the Daily Journal of Commerce. The company has requested a $25 million loan from the Oregon Department of Energy to finance the construction of a new facility in Gresham or Wilsonville.

In Europe solar news, Bloomberg reports that some wind-energy farms in Spain were registered as solar installations, which enabled the developers to claim a higher subsidy from the government. Oops -- did I check the "Wind Energy" box by mistake? Totally my bad...

Finally today, in California solar news: Solar Power, Inc. will install a 397-kilowatt solar energy system at a recycling center in Fremont, California, via our new solar news service.

That's all she wrote for today. Have a great weekend -- we'll see you back here on Monday!

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