Thursday, July 10, 2008

Well It's a Start - Sunpower (SPWR) to Build 2 US Solar Plants

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These plants are not so big, but it's a start. America has finally hit the stage Germany and Japan were a decade ago. Congrats.

Reactive. Not proactive.
  • SunPower Corp. said Thursday that Florida Power & Light Co. hired it to build two solar power generating plants, one of which is expected to be the largest in the U.S.
  • SunPower will design and build a 25-megawatt plant in DeSoto County, Fla., to be completed next year, and a 10-megawatt plant at the Kennedy Space Center, to be completed in 2010. FPL will own, operate and maintain the two plants, both of which require state regulatory approval.
  • The company said the "largest operating solar photovoltaic power plant in North America is currently the 14-megawatt installation located at Nellis Air Force Base in Nev., also built by SunPower."
  • A one-megawatt plant running continuously at full capacity can power 778 households each year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
So 35 MW combined = about 28,000 homes or a very small town in Florida. Better than nothing I suppose.

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