New Jersey – The Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel and Conference Center has just finalized plans for a 20-year power purchase agreement that will generate over 1.1 megawatts of on-site solar power. The agreement includes building a solar carport outside the property that will service the hotel and conference center. The project will be built and operated by solar power development company, Distributed Sun.
Louisville, KY – The Louisville City Council has approved a $1.3 million solar project that includes solar power panel installation at several of the city’s largest water treatment plants. The panels are expected to generate almost 150,000 kilowatt-hours of power a year. This is the city’s first major push towards renewable energy usage.
Toowoomba, Australia – Australian residents are quickly realizing the value of solar powered investments. With many businesses becoming frustrated with the increasing costs of fuel and electricity, solar power, and other forms of renewable energy are quickly becoming popular choices for long-term investments. Businesses aren’t the only ones realizing the value of solar energy, and many families and even retirees are recognizing the cost effective ways that solar energy can power their homes.
Nevada – The Secretary of Interior, Ken Salazar, has just approved a 110-megawatt solar plant called Crescent Dunes. This approval is a big step for solar power because it is one of the first plants to be approved for federal lands that utilize molten salt to store energy. The plant will use large mirrors to bounce sunlight to a tower. Molten salt will flow throughout the tower, absorb the heat and release it. This technique is called “concentrating solar power.”