The Maryland-based solar energy services company SunEdison is continuing to expand its business. In late August, for example, the company -- a subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials -- partnered with AT&T to bring a 2-megawatt (MW) solar rooftop system to Southern California's San Diego County. This one installation alone will produce roughly 420,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of solar energy in its first year, enough to power the equivalent of forty typical American homes for a year.
North America's largest solar energy services provider, SunEdison, and Xcel Energy's regional operating company, Southwestern Public Service Company, today announced a deal for five photovoltaic (PV) solar installations in New Mexico. Together the installations will total 50 megawatts (mWs) of solar generation capacity -- enough to power more than 10,000 homes. To be sited in Lea and Eddy counties in southeastern New Mexico, the five 10 mW utility-scale installations should be fully operational by the end of 2011.
As we've noted on this blog before, the apt phrase for the renewable energy industries is not, "If you build it, they will come," but rather, "If you subsidize it, they will build it." Such is the case of Ontario, Canada, which is seeing a boom in solar energy-related activity since putting in place a feed-in tariff (FIT) program earlier this year.