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Posted on Tuesday, November 15th, 2011 at 8:47 pm by Solar Energy USA
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California Sees 1 Gigawatt (GW) Of Installed Solar Power

The sunny state of California has officially installed 1 gigawatt worth of solar energy. One gigawatt (GW) is equal to 1,000 megawatts (MW) and 1 megawatt is equal to 1,000 kilowatts (kW). One gigawatt of power is enough to energize 750,000 homes and an equivalent amount of power that two large coal plants could produce.

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SunPower Strikes Deals With EV Manufacturers

SunPower, an American solar panel manufacturer, is partnering with both Nissan and Ford in a deal that will allow EV enthusiasts who purchase Nissan Leafs and Ford Focuses to purchase solar panels to provide power to their new electric vehicles. The partnership clearly illustrates the synergy between solar powered charging stations and electric vehicles.

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Colorado Residents Want More Solar Energy

Homeowners in Boulder, Colorado recently voted in favor of an initiative that will allow the city of Boulder to sever ties with a large power company and instead pursue renewable energy generation sources, mainly solar power plants. While it will not be an overnight process for Boulder to restructure it’s power infrastructure, the movement establishes a precedent that shows customers can reject a utility’s power offering, in this case for more aggressive renewable energy portfolio standards.

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Duke Energy Acquires 7th Solar Farm in North Carolina

Duke Energy Renewables has acquired three 1-megawatt (MW) commercial solar projects in the southwestern corner of the state, bringing their total commercial solar farm ownership to seven in the state of North Carolina. The three solar energy projects obtained total over 12,000 solar panels used each day to provide power to residents in or near the town of Murphy, NC.

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