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L.A. Community College District Plans 1 MW of Solar Power to Go Off-Grid

The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), the nation's largest community college district, announced a plan to produce enough of its own electricity to take its nine campuses "off the power grid." The initial plan is to build enough photovoltaic panels to produce one megawatt (1 MW) of electricity at each of its nine colleges.

The 1 MW per campus program is part of the LACCD's Energy Strategy Plan that includes plans for a renewable energy Central Plant, performance conservation efficiency contracts, and a sustainability curriculum for its nine Los Angeles-area colleges. "Here in sunny southern California, we are meeting our responsibility to generate as much solar energy as possible, and continuing to maintain our leadership in pursuing sustainability practices in higher education," said Larry Eisenberg, Executive Director of Facilities Planning and Development for the LACCD. "We believe that what today may seem futuristic can soon be commonplace." Installation of the solar panels at the colleges -- set to be completed in 2008 -- is expected to cost between $7 and $9 million. A Request for Proposals will be issued within the next four weeks for the contracts to install solar panels at the nine campuses. As part of its commitment to energy education, the LACCD is creating a sustainable development curriculum that integrates classes, green building education and certificates along with displays such as learning solar station kiosks on each college campus.


Quantifying Returns: Does Energy Storage Coupled with PV Offer Big Savings?

Andrew Burger, Contributor

Still in their infancy, battery-based intelligent storage systems haven't built up the performance track record most banks and investors like to see when committing capital to a new technology, project or company.

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Global Renewable Energy Employment Surges 18 Percent to 7.7 Million

Andrew Burger, Correspondent Ongoing growth in renewable energy investment and deployment is creating jobs worldwide — and lots of them. This job growth is helping governments address a fundamental economic problem plaguing developed and developing cou...
Beach sand

Italian Company Uses Sun-Heated Sand to Produce Energy

Flavia Rotondi and Alessandra Migliaccio, Bloomberg

Italy’s well-known sun and sand form the basis of many beach holidays. An Italian company has also found another purpose for the combination: energy production.

Panasonic Japan solar module manufacturing

Panasonic Ramps Up Japanese Solar Manufacturing to Meet Domestic Rooftop Demand

Junko Movellan, Correspondent Panasonic Corp, a Japanese electronics company, announced that it will expand its domestic solar cell and module production to meet the rooftop solar demand in Japan. The company will invest a total of 9.5 billion yen (US$7...


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