CleanTech OC Daily - 9/7/12

Friday, September 7, 2012

Today, Solar panel and project maker SunPower announced plans for a 100 MW solar panel farm in Kings County located in the central California valley. SunPower plans to sell the power from the Henrietta Solar Project to utility PG&E which could provide enough power for 36,000 homes once fully operational in 2016.

Did you know that July 2012 was the hottest month ever recorded in the U.S? Opower has posted some interesting data on its blog about how the hottest days drive even higher peak energy use. With companies like Opower now flooding the market, will energy management be addressed differently and in turn lighten the load on the grid?

Several auto manufacturers have promised mass production of hydrogen fuel cell cars by 2015, but is the California infrastructure ready for this new type of transportation? A recent report from the California Fuel Cell Partnership says that the biggest obstacle facing the fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) market in California is the lack of a critical mass of hydrogen fueling stations. To address this issue, stakeholders from industry, academia, non-governmental organizations and government agencies will determine what number of stations should be in place (and where they should be located) by the beginning of 2016.

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