Solar Energy News for Monday, March 29

Posted by Daniel Kulpinski

Mar 29, 2010 8:46:00 AM

Suntech Power Finishes Solar Installation at Harrah's

Suntech Power Holdings announced it completed a 1 megawatt solar power installation at Harrah’s Rincon Casino in Southern California. The project consists of 4,000 solar panels on five-and-a-half acres of land and will provide almost 90 percent of the power needed to run the casino’s HVAC system. The casino-hotel contains 662 rooms.

San Jose Airport Gets Solar-Powered Garage

A rental-car garage at Mineta San Jose International Airport now features 4,700 solar panels on the roof. The panels will produce enough energy to cut power costs—and use of other power sources, I assume--in the garage by 20 percent. (But will those savings trickle down to car renters?)

BP Solar Stops Making Panels in Md.

BP Solar laid off 320 workers and shut down its solar-panel manufacturing operations at its Frederick, Md., plant, according to a March 26 story in the Frederick News Post. Sales, marketing, research, technology and project development functions will remain at the facility. The company said prices for solar modules have dropped 50 percent in the last 18 months, which led to the decision. Globally, however, BP Solar sales increased more than 26 percent in 2009 and the firm expects growth of 50 percent in 2010.

Solar Power to Build New Plant in Sacramento

One year after a rival company shut down its solar-panel plant, Solar Power Inc. said it will build a new solar-panel manufacturing plant in Sacramento, Calif. The plant should be completed in 2011 and produce 50 megawatts of solar panels per year.


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