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in July, the Boeing Co. completed installation of 33 high-concentration photovoltaic solar
panels at a 100-kilowatt power facility on the
California State university campus in Northridge.
The solar panels feature the new XR700 solar
technology supplied by Spectrolab (spectrolab.
com), a wholly owned Boeing subsidiary. The
technology brings down the cost of electricity
by concentrating more sunlight on fewer cells to
produce the same amount of electricity. Each 18-
by 8-foot solar panel can produce approximately
3. 5 kilowatts of electricity, or enough energy to
power an average-sized home.
Boeing Completes Concentrating PV
System at California State University
County Jail gets Solar Water Heating
in Knoxville, Tenn., a new solar array meets the hot water needs of the 1,036-bed county jail. The system, installed by FLS Energy ( flsenergy.com) using Trane heat exchangers and tanks, is expected
to save $60,000 a year in natural gas expenses and reduce CO2 emissions by 174 tons annually. It uses
300 solar collectors and produces and stores nearly 14,000 gallons of hot water a day for domestic use.
Funding for the $1.88 million solar farm was provided through the u.S. Department of Energy’s Energy
Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program.
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