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April 24, 2002

More Record-Breaking Solar Power Systems in California

Helped by generous financial incentives, California continues to rack up news of large-scale solar power installations. Berkeley-based PowerLight Corporation is responsible for the largest two systems: a 127-kilowatt roof-integrated system at the U.S. Postal Service's mail processing and distribution center in Marina del Rey, and a 1.18-megawatt system on the roof of the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. PowerLight claims that the jail system, dedicated on Earth Day, is largest rooftop solar power system in the United States. See the PowerLight press releases. and

Santa Cruz is also in the news with its Earth Day dedication of a 14-kilowatt solar power installation on City Hall. See the Santa Cruz press release, in (PDF 81 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.

In Lincoln, California, a new housing development will feature at least 50 rooftop solar power systems, thanks to an agreement between AstroPower, Inc. and Premiere Homes. AstroPower's 2.4-kilowatt system will be a standard feature in the new homes, and buyers will have the options of adding a battery storage system and expanding the system to 3.2 kilowatts. The companies plan to build 250 homes that include solar power by 2003. See the AstroPower press release.

The Mt. Tam Racquet Club in Larkspur, California, is also joining the solar power ranks. The club plans to meet most of its power needs by installing a 150-kilowatt solar power system on its roof. The system will use solar panels manufactured by BP Solar. See the press release on the BP Solar Web site.