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January 15, 2003

Solar Power Installed at the White House and in California

A number of large solar power installations have been installed in recent weeks, including one at a high-profile address: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, better known as the White House. Evergreen Solar, Inc. announced on January 8th that it provided a 9-kilowatt grid-connected solar power system for installation on a White House grounds maintenance building. Solar Design Associates oversaw the installation, which also included two solar thermal systems -- one for the pool and spa, and one for domestic hot water. See the Evergreen Solar press release.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, California continues its leadership in large solar power systems. In late December, Kyocera Solar, Inc. announced that it will provide 2.4 megawatts of solar modules to the California Fair Industry for installation throughout the state. At about the same time, WorldWater Corporation announced that it sold a total of 600 kilowatts of solar water pumping systems to the Joshua Water Basin District in Joshua Tree. Within the next few months, Loyola Marymount University (LMU), located in Los Angeles, will follow the trend by drawing on 723 kilowatts of solar power provided by the PowerLight Corporation. The $4.3-million installation will cover 81,000 square feet of rooftop on three buildings at LMU's Westchester campus. And on a smaller scale, Prevalent Power recently installed a 37.5-kilowatt solar power system on the roof of a kennel in San Francisco. See the press releases from Kyocera Solar, WorldWater, LMU, and Prevalent Power.

Solar power installations are progressing in other states as well. In Chicago, Spire Solar Chicago installed two 18-kilowatt systems on affordable multifamily housing developments in December. In New Jersey, Cordis Corporation, a Johnson & Johnson company, installed a 72-kilowatt solar system from PowerLight on a roof at the company's site in Warren. And on the lighter side, the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) designed a solar-powered doghouse that won the "Most Scientifically Designed Pet House" award from the Orlando Science Center's Pet House Contest. See the press releases from Spire Solar Chicago, Cordis Corporation and FSEC.