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Vatican Supports Solar Energy, Egypt to Get First Solar Plant

Egypt is working hard to start construction on the country’s first solar powered plant. The plant is expected to be 140-megawatts and will be built in Kuraymat, an undeveloped desert area south of Cairo. The solar plant will expand its renewable energy efforts and will also include turbines as well as natural gas and steam operations. Egypt hopes to generate up to 20% of its energy from renewable sources from this, and hopefully more plants by the year 2020. This is North Africa’s first attempt at producing solar energy.

Coden, Alabama was one of the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina and more recently the BP oil spill. The area has just received a solar power generating system donated by Elon Musk and his company, SolarCity. The system will allow the area to generate its own power, reducing cost and eliminating dire power situations in times of emergency power outages. The solar power system is expected to produce 33,500 kilowatt-hours of power each year, which could potentially generate up to 100% of the community’s power.

The Vatican has been a proud advocate of solar energy. The chapel of Paul the VI has solar panels installed in it, and Pope Benedict XVI continues to support the use of solar power in Vatican City and beyond. The solar panels save the Vatican an average 40 million Euros every year. The solar power initiatives produce energy that provides electricity, heat and cooling for the Vatican. Learn more about the Vatican’s solar energy commitments, including the potential for a solar powered Pope-mobile by watching this video.

A major cruise ship terminal in Los Angeles has just installed photovoltaic panels. The rooftop panels will generate 1.2 million kilowatt-hours annually for the port. The excess power generated will be given back to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power electrical grid. The 5,140-panel project is just one piece of LA’s $11 million initiative to install 10 megawatts of solar energy power with systems throughout the entire city.