The Solar Decathlon houses and surrounding solar village are open Sept. 23–Oct. 2, 2011. This year it will be held in West Potomac Park, DC (between Lincoln and Jefferson)
- Weekday hours: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
- Weekend hours: 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
“The Desert Sunlight Solar Farm is the largest photovoltaic facility Interior has approved thus far and, when built, will help power our nation and economy,” Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said. “With 12 large-scale solar projects approved in the last 18 months, we continue to make significant strides in spurring innovation, job-creation, and investment in the private sector while strengthening America’s energy security.”
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Bank of America and NRG are partnering to produce solar projects similar to the one shown here in Fontana, Calif.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Bank of America has secured a federal loan commitment that will allow it to finance the world’s largest single effort to put solar panels on rooftops, the company said Wednesday.
The total cost of the project is $2.6 billion, and will be financed by the private sector over a four year period. The loan guarantee — made through the Department of Energy — means the government is on the hook for part of the project’s costs should it fail.
Bank of America (BAC, Fortune 500), which is partnering with industrial real estate owner Prologis (PLD) and the utility NRG Energy (NRG, Fortune 500) on the project, estimates the solar installations will result in 733 megawatts of solar energy production. That’s about half the size of a nuclear reactor, or enough energy to power around 100,000 homes.
The project involves putting solar panels on hundreds of industrial buildings in a number of states across the country.
“This program will nearly double the amount of grid-connected solar online in the United States today and make another positive contribution to cleaner air and a healthy environment,” Tom Doyle, president of NRG Solar, said in a statement.
The loan guarantee is being facilitated through the Department of Energy’s Financial Institutions Partnership Program,a program that is ending this fall, and is likely to spark a series of deals over the coming months.
Generous government subsidies are the main reason the economics for solarwork in the United States. Between federal, state and local incentives, up to 50% of the cost of a solar system can often be subsidized.
The government is funding this industry because it hopes that creating a market will foster technological innovation in the space, driving down the cost of solar panels to the point where they are competitive with fossil fuels.
Current progress of WaterShed, University of Maryland’s entry in the 2011 Solar Decathlon
Butte College becomes the first school in the nation to produce more energy than it consumes with solar!
Last year we reported how clean energy company Enfinity was working with Belgian rail infrastructure firm Infrabel to make rail travel even greener by installing 16,000 solar panels on the roof of a two-mile long rail tunnel connecting Paris to Amsterdam. This week, it was…
A couple of years ago I came across a DVD entitled Solar Decathlon at the library. I took it home to discover that 20 collegiate teams around the world compete to create the ultimate solar home. Not since Samuel Mockbee’s Rural Studio had I seen students making a tangible change towards, not just better architecture but a better world. The homes are required to be sustainable, affordable, attractive and easy to live in. The designs must also produce as much or more energy than they consume!
This year’s Decathlon will be held Sept. 23–Oct. 2, 2011, at the National Mall’s West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C. Images above include:
PLUShome Team Germany 2009 1st Place LEAFHouse U of Maryland 2007 2nd Place Refract House Team California CCA/SCU 2009 3rd Place