FPL Group and SunPower Corporation have signed a supply agreement for SunPower's high-efficiency solar panels and its SunPower Tracker technology beginning in 2010 and continuing through 2012. In addition, SunPower has separately committed to locating a research and development center in Florida if the state continues its robust solar program.
Leading companies in the U.S. wind energy market maintained their top positions in several categories even as other leaders emerged in new categories, while 24 states saw new wind turbine and component manufacturing facilities opened, expanded or announced in 2008, according to the annual wind energy industry rankings report released by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).
Iowa Governor Chet Culver this week joined NextEra Energy Resources LLC to break ground on NextEra Energy Resources' Generation Repair and Service (GRS) facility. The GRS facility will be used to overhaul and repair wind turbine electric generation equipment operated by subsidiaries of NextEra Energy Resources. It will also be used to warehouse and store parts and supplies to support renewable and other energy-related operations throughout the Midwest.
A little less than three months into the year, the dust is still settling on the largest batch of new wind power construction the U.S. has ever seen. In 2008, the U.S. wind industry activated over 8,300 MW of new capacity, swelling the U.S. cumulative total by 50% to over 25,000 MW and pushing the U.S. above Germany as the country with the largest amount of wind energy capacity installed.
While the pace of installations of distributed solar systems has steadily risen over the past few years, utilities have mostly stayed out of the picture. That appears to be changing, as more utilities see solar energy as a major contributor to their current and future renewable energy portfolios.
While the pace of installations of distributed solar systems for homes and businesses has steadily risen over the past few years, utilities have mostly stayed out of the picture. However, that appears to be changing now as more and more utilities are looking at solar energy as major contributor to their current and future renewable energy portfolios.
FPL Group announced that it is beginning its next era. The company's FPL Energy subsidiary is being renamed NextEra Energy Resources to better reflect its clean energy mission and market focus.