Saturday, December 26, 2015

ideas: "solar farms"

The world’s largest solar panel farm is completed and live in Arizona | Gigaom
"The farm - called the Agua Caliente Solar Photovoltaic Facility — can produce 290 MW of solar electricity, which is enough to power 230,000 homes at peak capacity... The farm was built with a $967 million loan guarantee from the Department of Energy, as well as equity from owners NRG Energy and MidAmerican Solar, which is the energy-focused fund owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. MidAmerican bought 49 percent of the $1.8 billion farm in early 2012."

First Solar - Agua Caliente - Arizona

"More solar has been installed in the U.S. in the last 18 months than in the last 30 years,
and almost a third of new electricity came from solar last year."

efficiency chart: Burlington County Engineering Building => select "year view"

Solar | Burlington County, NJ - Official Website
"The large 200-foot by 400-foot field of solar panels next to the county’s engineering complex was completed last year and is generating serious energy savings.
... This array generates 70% of the electrical power required not only by the engineer’s office, but also the nearby traffic maintenance building and radio tower
.... The entire $1.8 million construction cost was funded through a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy."

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