Sunpower Corp. ( SPWR) announced today they have smashed installation times to a record two and a half times faster than the competition for Commercial Solar Panel Installations. The Sunpower Helix Roof ST system installs at over "33 panels per hour" according to the company, using an innovative "plug and play" architecture greatly simplifying installation while increasing reliability.
In recent years, a number of pro sports teams have seen solar panels installed at their home venues. It appears the Washington Redskins aim to join the list.
According to the Washington Post, the NFL team will soon announce plans to install solar a big energy system at FedEx Field. Composed of 8,000 solar panels, the 2-megawatt (MW) system is expected to generate enough electricity to offset the facility's annual electricity consumption by about 15 percent. The array will also create a covered carport, featuring 10 electric-vehicle charging stations and enough spaces for 850 cars.
The Redskins organization will enlist NRG Energy, a New Jersey-based energy services company, to handle the design and installation of the project.
Speaking about the Skins' soon-to-be-announced solar plans, David Krichavsky, the NFL's director of media affairs, noted
South Carolina gets plenty of sun. But a combination of cheap conventional electricity and the lack of robust renewable-energy incentives has so far kept the state from realizing its full solar potential.
Until now, maybe.
Announced several weeks ago, South Carolina Electric & Gas is planning a single solar project that will -- in one fell swoop -- triple the amount of solar photovoltaic (PV) power installed statewide.
At around 2.6 megawatts, the array will comprise 18,095 solar panels and cover 10 acres of roof space at Boeing Co.'s new 787 Dreamliner assembly plant at Charleston International Airport.
As relayed by the Charleston Post and Courrier, it was recently announced that
Lakeside Dairy in California's central valley has installed a big solar power system that will cut its use of conventional electricity by 75 percent.
Developed, designed and installed by SPG Solar -- one of the biggest commercial solar installers in California -- the 891-kilowatt (kW) solar array comprises 3,240 Suntech solar panels and two big Solaron inverters.
According to GetSolar's online solar power calculator, an 890-kW DC solar power system in the dairy's region should produce around 1.2 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity in its first year of operation. That's enough juice to power about 100 typical U.S. homes annually.
Like many businesses, Lakeside Dairy installed the system in part to help smooth operating costs.
"The recent volatility of milk prices
General Motors is continuing its slow but steady push to improve the energy efficiency of its operations and increase its use of renewable energy.
This week, the vehicle manufacturer announced that work began on a large photovoltaic (PV) solar energy system at its Detroit-Hamtramck plant in southeastern Michigan, via Osha Gray Davidson.
At 516-kilowatts (kW) in size, the solar power array will produce enough electricity each year to fully charge 54,750 Chevy Volt electric cars, which (aptly) GM assembles at the plant.
Toys "R" Us is the latest company to transition to solar power -- and it's doing so in a big way.
The New Jersey-based retailer today announced it will install two photovoltaic (PV) energy systems in an effort to reduce annual electricity costs and green its operations.
At 5.38-megawatts (MW), the first system will be big. Real big. In fact,
Georgia Power isn't exactly known for its use of renewable energy resources. In fact, given that the utility meets about 75 percent of its power supply with coal, you could plausibly argue the Southern Company subsidiary is known for the opposite.
Nevertheless, more solar energy projects in Georgia may soon be on their way. As relayed by PV Tech, Georgia Power is looking for about one megawatt (MW) worth of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects to be built within its service territory:
But the furniture retailer's latest project is somewhat noteworthy: at 290 kilowatts (kW) in size, it's the third largest solar energy system of its kind in Burbank, California. (Costco and Warner Bros. studios are number one and number two.)
IKEA's newest system comprises 1,260 solar panels
When it comes to large solar energy installations in the commercial, institutional and industrial sectors, rarely are the solar panels and the host building owned by the same entity.
In other words, say Walmart installs solar power atop one of its stores. Instead of going it alone and owning the system itself, the retailer instead contracts with one or more other companies to get the project done. A solar company may design, install and maintain the system, which may actually be owned by, say, a third-party financing firm. Walmart, for its part, simply agrees to purchase the system's electricity output at a fixed rate for a specified term.
This arrangement -- and variations thereof -- is commonly called a power purchase agreement (PPA).
The symbolism can't get much better. In southern West Virginia, a region known for its coal, a new rooftop solar energy system has been installed in Williamson and is now producing clean energy.