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Princeton Building Large Solar Collector Field

Princeton University announced that they are building a large solar collector field, one of the single largest solar installations of any U.S. university.  The field will be made up of 16,500 PV panels, producing enough energy to power 700 households.

The solar field will take up 27 acres of Princeton-owned land and should be installed by 2012.  Once the field is operating, it will cut the college's electricity costs by eight percent.  The builders of only now order propica the field, SunPower Corp., say it could produce 8 million kWh per year, covering 5.5 percent of the campus' annual electricity needs, but under ideal sunny conditions, the field could cover up to 20 percent of the campus' electricity needs for any given hour.

This project is part of the university's bigger goal of reducing its emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, which is internet viagra pharmacy 95,000 metric tons annually.  The solar field is expected to account for six percent of that reduction.

via Daily Princetonian

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written by FX MacFarlane, February 08, 2011
I am not a rocket scientist or any sort of scientist for that matter, but I do try and follow the development and application of solar technology to meet our nations energy needs. That being said several years ago I read about the development of a new type of solar parabolic collector mirror by students at MIT that is purported to be several orders of buy cialis pills magnitude ahead of anything else currently available. I also read about the utilization of Stirling Heat Engines for the production of electricity and immediately wondered why someone had/has not thought of combining these two pieces of equipment to make a small, relatively inexpensive, backyard unit that a homeowner could install on their property to cialis online shop generate electricity for household consumption. Perhaps someone, with far more knowledge than myself, could look into this and see if it is feasible and cost effective. An alternative idea would be to use this parabolic collector in conjunction with a boiler/steam turbine for the same purpose.

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