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February 15, 2006

Nevada to Host the World's Largest Photovoltaic Power Plant

Photo of two rows of large solar panels mounted on an angle on a roof.

SunEdison has experience building large solar power installations, including this 118-kilowatt system in Englewood, California.
Credit: SunEdison

Powered by Renewables (PBR) announced on February 6th that it will partner with SunEdison to develop the world's largest solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Clark County in southern Nevada. The proposed 18-megawatt project is nearly double the size of the current world-record holder, a 10-megawatt solar PV project in Germany. It will be privately owned, and its power will be sold to the U.S military. PBR and SunEdison are also planning to develop another 18 megawatts of solar PV projects at locations throughout Nevada. According to PBR, construction on the Clark County installation should begin in July, with other projects following next year. See the PBR press release.

Smaller solar power projects are popping up across the country. In New York State, local chapters of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) are intending to install small solar power systems on their union buildings. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) recently provided $740,000 to install a 60-kilowatt system on the union trading center in Harriman and to install a total of 90 kilowatts of solar power on three other IBEW buildings. In New Jersey, Dome-Tech Solar installed a 250-kilowatt solar power system at a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary. And in California, Chevron Energy Solutions worked with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to install 185 kilowatts of sun-tracking solar panels; 100 kilowatts of flexible, thin-film solar panels; and a 250-kilowatt fuel cell system at the San Francisco Processing & Distribution Center. Chevron Energy Solutions also installed energy efficiency enhancements at the facility and at the nearby Embarcadero Postal Center. See the press releases from NYSERDA, Dome-Tech Solar, and Chevron Energy Solutions.