Saturday, April 16, 2005

California Solar Plant Exceeding Expectations

From, news that
One of the nation's largest solar electric systems -- located in Alameda County -- is exceeding expectations for peak demand reduction since the system went live over two years ago. These positive results have helped convince the county to make major new commitments to solar energy.

In April of 2002, Alameda County dedicated its 1.2 MW solar array atop the County Jail in Dublin, California. This solar electric system, designed and installed by PowerLight Corporation, generates enough electricity during the daytime to power more than 1,000 homes during the project's equivalent generating hours...

The total electric cost savings has exceeded original expectations because of better-than-expected peak demand reduction by solar generation, according to PowerLight.
The article goes on to say that over the next 25 years, Alameda County should save in the neighborhood of $15 million in energy costs. The numbers underscore solar power's increasing cost competitiveness -- so where's the major coverage in this age of skyrocketing oil prices?

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