POWER UTILITY | Cesar Tordesillas, China

Chinese-made panels used for new US solar plants

Four new community solar plants with panels manufactured in China have gone into service to cope with summer peak demand.


The PV panels were manufactured by Trina Solar,according to U.S. electricity supplier Southern California Edison spokesman Gil Alexander.

These new rooftop solar photovoltaic stations were built in Fontana and Redlands, California, with a peak generating capacity of 7 megawatts of alternating current, enough to serve 4,550 average homes.

"When SCE announced its solar PV program in 2008, our primary goals were to help speed up California's deployment of solar generation while driving down the cost of photovoltaic panels for everyone," Mark Nelson, SCE director of generation planning and strategy, said. "We are on target to meet those goals."

The Fontana installations involved 35,000 PV panels for three solar stations. In Redlands, SCE has built an additional solar station with 5,900 panels.

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