Grid Scale

Dear Scott, I'm seriously considering adding PV to my passive solar home. I've heard a rumor that new, more efficient PV technology is on the horizon. Should I wait a few years to get the most effective PV system? Evette H., Chapel Hill, NC

New player in U.S. solar photovoltaic market, Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics completed their first major project in Southern California. The company made its official debut into the U.S. market this spring with a measured focus on the robust Southwest markets and California in particular.

The nation's largest electricity generator is looking to add a few more MWs of renewables to the mix. American Electric Power issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for renewable energy to help fulfill energy-supply requirements for its retail customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.
Wind Power

Construction on the Magrath Wind Power Project in southern Alberta began last year, and the turbines started to generate electricity this month. Business partners Suncor Energy Products, EHN Wind Power Canada and Enbridge expect the energy production to ramp up over the summer and reach full production of approximately 30 MW by September. The CAD 48 million (US$ 36.6 million) facility is located about six kilometers west of Magrath, and consists of 20 GE 1.5-megawatt turbines. Each company owns one-third interest in the project.
Project Development

Despite increased uncertainty in the wind power market due to an expiring federal tax credit, Kansas Wind Power has signed an agreement with Black & Veatch, a global engineering, consulting and construction company, to study the impact of new wind generation on the regional transmission system.

When I first saw the press releases stating that a PV system had been installed at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, I couldn’t believe it. The Bush White House going solar? Incredible!