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June 04, 2003

New One-Megawatt Solar Installations Online on Both Coasts

Two large solar power installations, both weighing in at a megawatt in capacity, went online in late May in California and on Long Island, New York.

In California, BP Solar installed 9,700 solar panels on the roofs of 11 stables at the Del Mar Fairgrounds near San Diego, providing a combined peak generating capacity of one megawatt. The $4.8 million project will produce enough power each year to equal the annual electrical needs of 300 homes and is expected to save the fairgrounds more than $250,000 per year. The San Diego Regional Energy Office (SDREO) provided an incentive of nearly $2.3 million for the project. See the SDREO press release (PDF 59 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.

On Long Island, Shell Solar and PowerLight Corporation dedicated a one-megawatt solar power system at Fala Direct Marketing, one of the nation's leading direct-mail companies. The system consists of 13,464 solar panels covering nearly 2.4 acres on three buildings. See the Shell Solar press release and the Long Island Power Authority Web site.