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July 31, 2002

Solar Electric Power Association Funds Projects in Cleveland and Tucson

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) announced awards of $75,000 to each of two projects in Tucson, Arizona, and in Cleveland, Ohio, in early July. The awards are part of the Solar Power Solutions initiative, an effort supported by DOE.

In Tuscon, two 20-kilowatt solar power systems were installed at the Hayden/Udall Water Treatment Facility. The site will be used for training, and to facilitate the replication of this program, the project partners will also develop an outreach program targeting municipalities, utilities, and other cities in Arizona.

In Cleveland, the funds will go toward solar power installations at EcoVillage Cleveland, an environmentally sustainable 20-unit town home development that is currently under construction. AstroPower, Inc. will install solar power systems on the garages of ten homes in the development: one model home will have a 4.8-kilowatt system, and the nine other homes will have 1.2-kilowatt systems. In addition to the solar power systems, energy efficient and sustainable design practices will be applied to the development. EcoVillage Cleveland is supported in part by DOE's Building America program. See the press releases from SEPA and AstroPower, as well as the two Cleveland EcoVillage Web sites provided by the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization and EcoCity Cleveland.