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 The U.S. Postal Service dedicated the nations largest federal roof-integrated solar photovoltaic installation in its Marina Mail Processing Center in Marina del Rey, California. The 127 kiloWatt system was built and installed by PowerLight Corporation using solar panels produced at Siemens & Shell Solar. The solar array, measuring 50 X 300 feet, was largely funded by the Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power under its Solar Incentive Program and the Department of Energys Distributed Energy Resources Program. (Photo is courtesy of Siemens Solar.)

Establishing another world record for the largest photovoltaic system integrated in a metal roof was Bekaert ECD Solar Systems Europe. The UNI-SOLARR PV laminates cover the roof on one of the main sections of the UBISA factory owned by N.V. Bekaert S.A. in Burgos, Spain. With an installed capacity of 76 kWp (kiloWatts peak), it is the largest PV roof in the world.(06-02BD75-9)

PV Power in Japan(06-02 BD75-2-4)

United Kingdom (UK) allocates 20 million pounds ($28.47 million U.S.) for solar installations on rooftops. Installed photovoltaics (PV) capacity in 2000 was only about two megaWatts in the UK compared with Japan where 100 megaWatts of solar panels are put on rooftops every year. The cost of installing solar panels on an average family house will cost about 10,000 -12,000 pounds, an amount which is very expensive. Ministers in the UK have set a target to generate 10 percent of the countrys electricity from renewables such as wind and solar by 2010. At present only 2.8 percent of Great Britains power comes from renewables, with very little solar comprising that percentage. (05-02 BD74-10)

 

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