Massive Rooftop PV Installations Will Produce Clean Power, Green Jobs

August 23, 2011

By Evan Dick

Based on what you have seen and read about this project, how would you grade it? Use the stars below to indicate your assessment, five stars being the highest rating.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a $1.4 billion federal loan guarantee for Project Amp, an ambitious undertaking to install 733 MW worth of photovoltaic panels on commercial buildings across 28 states and the District of Columbia. (For comparison, the U.S. installed 878 MW of PV in 2010, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.)

The four-year installation phase will create an estimated 1,000 jobs. The commercial real estate company Prologis owns the facilities where the installations will occur and will own the solar installations and the electricity they produce. The electricity— enough to power 100,000 homes while avoiding 580,000 tons of carbon emissions annually, according to DOE—will be sold to utilities.

“This unprecedented solar project will not only produce clean, renewable energy to power the grid in states across the country, but it will help us meet the SunShot goal of achieving cost-competitive solar power with other forms of energy by the end of the decade,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu in a press release. For more information, visit www.energy.gov.

Copyright 2011 by BuildingGreen Inc.

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