SolarCity to provide new solar farm for DIRECTV California Center

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SolarCity is constructing a one MW solar array for DIRECTV’s California Broadcast Center located in Long Beach.

The solar array is expected to produce over 1.6 million kWh annually, which can power more than 150 American homes each year for the next ten years.

The ribbon cutting ceremony of the opening of new solar farm is on March 11th at the DIRECTV California Broadcast Center.

DIRECTV, providers of digital entertainment services aims to supply cheaper renewable energy to its facilities through this solar program.

DIRECTV has kept a target of reducing its carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2020.

In addition, DIRECTV’s technicians are offering their customers a convenient way to go solar on their own homes by referring customers to SolarCity.

Recently, Google has also signed a contract with SolarCity by investing a fund of $300 million in order to facilitate various residential solar installations across the US.

The companies had jointly established a $75million fund to cover the front cost of around 25,000 residential solar schemes in 14 states across the country.

The remaining $450 million was raised through debt financing. This is the largest investment in renewable energy ever by Google.

SolarCity used these funds to install solar panels in houses in 15 states and the owners will make a payment on a monthly basis to lease the panels from the company.

In another initiative, SolarCity and the US Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) reached on a cooperative research agreement to tackle operational issues regarding distributed solar energy on electrical grids.

They wanted to cooperate with Hawaiian Electric Companies to investigate the high penetration solar situations using modeling and inverter testing at the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF).

Energy Department solar cost-share program partly funded for the project.

Sabeena Wahid
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