Monday, May 17, 2010

Rooftops become solar test ground


We noted in a blog last week that warehouse giant ProLogis is turning many of its rooftops into solar generators. Well, now the company has turned one site in Colorado into a laboratory to test solar technology.

The test site in Denver has 99 modules from eight manufacturers. Officials at ProLogis say the initial configuration is providing power while conducting side-by-side comparisons of several technologies, including monocrystalline, glass-on-glass thin film and membrane-applied thin film modules.

ProLogis has solar projects installed or under construction on 32 buildings throughout France, Germany, Japan, Spain and the United States. The installations cover more than 10.6 million square feet of roof space and total 24.6 megawatts.

Here is the press release from ProLogis.

The San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization is a nonprofit dedicated to improving our region's quality of life by increasing its production and use of clean energy. The SJVCEO works with cities and counties and public and private organizations to demonstrate the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy throughout the eight-county region of the San Joaquin Valley.



2 comments:

David Pierce said...

How do you compare solar with wind. And how much efficient are of today's solar panels are, I have heard that they can utilize 20% of sunlight to generate electricity.
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Mike Nemeth said...

They're completely different sources. The big similarity is their variable source. The grid will have to adapt as more sources come on line.