A new technology is on its way, which uses an innovative solar panel. This new equipment, which will be the biggest West Coast solar installation, will be first used on the roof of a North Sacramento plastics factory.
Built by Fremont’s Solyndra Inc., the new solar panels are made up of racks of solar cells, about the size and shape of long fluorescent light tubes. The new shape enables the panels to absorb sunlight from all angles, including what’s reflected from the white rooftops common on large commercial buildings.
The biggest advantage of this technology is, that it promises to cut back the cost of solar power.
The company’s Chairman, Jim Kaye, announced that the 208-kilowatt system incorporated at Sacramento Plastic Package Inc. will supply about one-third of the factory’s annual electricity needs.
Plastic Package has been in business since 1984, and makes mostly food containers and trays. Already being careful about the environment, about a quarter of the raw material used in the plant is post-consumer recycled plastic.
In order to promote such projects, the $1.3 million system was supported by a 30 percent subsidy from a federal renewable-energy program.
According to Kaye, it is expected that the new solar system would be able to pay for itself in five to six years. This means that after that time, power generated by the panels will be virtually free.