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Solar Briefing: L’Oreal, Carmanah, San Diego, Cogenra and Defense Dept.

L’Oreal USA’s North Little Rock, Ark., manufacturing facility’s solar array installation is fully operational. The 13 kW solar array will provide 18,000 kWh of electricity annually, enough to power all of the plant’s outdoor lighting requirements.

Carmanah Technologies Corporation has designed, supplied and installed a nominal 250 kW solar rooftop photovoltaic array at a commercial refrigeration service provider in Ontario. The solar array occupies roughly 30,000-square-feet of the facility’s rooftop, and generates approximately 300,000 kWh of electricity annually. The contract to create the solar array cost $1.4 million Canadian. The array generates revenue under the refrigeration service provider’s contract with the Ontario Power Authority’s Feed-In-Tariff program.

Solar cogeneration system manufacturer Cogenra Solar has been selected by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Environmental Security Technology Certification Program for its Installation Energy Test Bed initiative. Cogenra’s hybrid solar solution is among the 27 projects chosen from 575 proposals competing to demonstrate effectiveness in meeting the Defense Department’s goals on environmental, energy and economic performance. Testing will take place in financial year 2012.

The East Mesa Detention Facility in San Diego, Calif., switched on a 1 MW solar power system on Monday. The installation – financed, built and maintained by solar company SunEdison – is the largest on San Diego County property and could save the County upward of $1.3 million in energy costs over the next 20 years, the County says.

Picture credit: SunEdison and Nortap Aerial Services

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