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August 25, 2004

PowerLight Continues to Install Large Solar Power Systems


Bird's eye view of the winery shows an extensive red roof, about one-third of which is covered in blue solar panels.

Blue solar panels now cover much of the roof at the St. Francis Winery.
Credit: PowerLight Corp.

PowerLight Corporation continues to benefit from California's favorable solar power incentives: the company recently installed a 457-kilowatt solar power system at the St. Francis Winery & Vineyards near Santa Rosa. PowerLight also upgraded the lighting in the winemaking and refrigerated barrel storage areas to reduce the winery's electrical load for lighting by 48 percent. Completed in June, the solar power system was dedicated on August 10th.

But PowerLight is not limiting its installations to California, or even the United States: the company is currently helping to construct the world's largest photovoltaic power installation, a 10-megawatt system, in the German state of Bavaria. The record-breaking system is about one-third complete. See the PowerLight press releases from August 10th and August 17th.

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