This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

April 30, 2003

Large Solar Power Systems Online in New Jersey and California

The number of large solar power installations in the United States continued to grow in recent weeks, including two new projects in the half-megawatt range in California and New Jersey.

New Jersey was actually graced with two new solar power installations: a 500-kilowatt system, installed on the roof of Janssen Pharmaceutica in Titusville, and a 275-kilowatt system installed by BP in Paulsboro. The BP installation is located on the site of a former petroleum and specialty chemicals storage facility, and was supported by the New Jersey Clean Energy Program and the Virginia Alliance for Solar Energy. PowerLight Corporation installed the larger Titusville system. See the press releases from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and BP.

PowerLight was also responsible for a 536-kilowatt solar electric system installed at the headquarters of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc. in Torrance, California. The 624,000-square-foot building complex opened to the public on Earth Day, April 22nd. It is the largest facility yet to earn the Gold Level Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system. It incorporates direct-indirect lighting, high efficiency insulation and thermally insulated glass, exceeding California's energy efficiency targets by more than 20 percent. The Torrance facility also houses Toyota's hydrogen fueling and service station. See the Toyota press release and accompanying photos.

PowerLight has been busy lately: The company also installed a 21.6-kilowatt system in Boston and a 120-kilowatt system at a California winery. See the PowerLight press releases.

With so many solar power systems being installed in the United States, it's hard to keep track—which is one reason why the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) is building a database of commercial solar power installations. SEPA is just beginning to build its database, so if your company's project isn't listed, the association encourages you to submit it. See the SEPA Commercial Solar Electric Installation Inventory.