The Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO), the local utility that serves 95 percent of the state’s 1.2 million residents, recently turned heads with its proactive approach to upgrading its grid to better facilitate the integration of large solar arrays.
The University of Florida is currently in the process of going solar, with plans in place to have panels of photovoltaic cells installed by November. The school will use 100-kilowatt arrays designed and installed by Progress Energy, out of Charlotte, N.C.
The Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources Inc., awarded a $30,000 grant to Virginia Highlands Community College for the construction of an on-campus, solar powered coffee shop to be run entirely by students.
The Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project has received approval from Department of the Interior. The facility, which will be located outside Tonopah in Nevada’s Nye County, is the ninth large-scale solar power facility approved by the Obama Administration as part of its push to develop renewable energy production on public lands.