From: Paul Schaefer, ENN
Published September 1, 2007 01:06 PM

Solar Laminates Power Alcoa Facility in California

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - An Alcoa manufacturing facility in Visalia, California is the latest to harness the power of the sun, installing more than 4,300 of thin-film photovoltaic laminates to power approximately 80 percent of the 200,000 square-foot facility's electricity needs during periods of highest demand on the electricity grid. The system generates 588KW of power.


The photovoltaic laminates were made and installed by a solar power company called 'United Solar Ovonic'.


"This is another important illustration of the potential of Uni-solar products in large-scale commercial installations," said Subhendu Guha, president and chief operating officer of United Solar Ovonic. "These installations benefit our customers, and they benefit the environment. We are gratified to help lead the growing movement toward the increased use of renewable sources of energy."


"Uni-solar panels were a good fit for this particular project," said David Schlendorf, president, Alcoa Building and Construction Systems. "This solar power project increases California's supply of clean and reliable renewable energy. Alcoa is committed to implementing sustainable energy solutions and is dedicated to supporting alternative energy supply options that benefit our key stakeholders - including our employees, communities, customers and suppliers," Schlendorf said.


Alcoa partnered on the project with DEERS, a global solar power project developer and owner solar roof top attachment system, and Constellation Energy Projects & Services, which constructed and will own and operate the solar system. Alcoa agreed to host the new solar power system and purchase the electricity generated.


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The Alcoa project is owned and operated by Constellation Energy Projects & Services, which is currently developing and constructing several solar photovoltaic projects - similar to the size and scope of the Alcoa project - in the United States.


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