500 kW PV System at Alcoa

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500 kW PV System at Alcoa

Alcoa announced the start-up of a 588 kilowatt (kW), roof-mounted photovoltaic solar power system at its Alcoa Building and Construction Systems' Kawneer manufacturing facility in Visalia, California. The power generated by more than 4,300 Uni-Solar thin film solar panels will provide approximately 80 percent of the 200,000-square-foot facility's electricity needs.

In addition to the solar panels, more than 200 solar light tubes were installed to supplement the artificial lighting in the facility with day lighting. Alcoa is evaluating similar solar power opportunities at other facilities.

http://www.renewableenergyaccess.com/rea/news/story?id=49751
http://www.alcoa.com/global/en/home.asp

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Re: 500 kW PV System at Alcoa

Its good that a company like Alcoa is doing something to offset thier carbon emmissions. However, the modules they are using will begin to degrade in less than 10 years. They should be building a 500 MW system instead.

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Re: 500 kW PV System at Alcoa

I agree.

If one builds it over-sized, there will be plenty of room for efficiency degradation over the years.

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Re: 500 kW PV System at Alcoa

the modules they are using will begin to degrade in less than 10 years.

Please, list your source.

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Re: 500 kW PV System at Alcoa

First I have heard of that, 10 years, But it's true that it is hard to beat the lifespan of the old school silicon modules.

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