Tiny Nipton, California, population 20, is seen by some as a gateway to the Mojave National Preserve. It soon though may become known as the town with the highest percentage of power coming from solar energy. Skyline Solar, a developer of solar technology, is installing its High Gain Solar 1000 system in a new municipal solar power plant that will reportedly be able to generate up to 85 percent of Nipton’s electricity.
The High Gain Solar 1000 system that Nipton’s upgradeable 80-kilowatt plant hosts is said by Skyline Solar to deliver “ten times more energy per gram of silicon versus traditional flat-panel systems in sunny locations. The system utilizes tracking, cooling and concentration components, reducing the amount of silicon needed by 90 percent.” Skyline says this is the first commercial installation of its technology.
“This is a significant milestone in the development of our company as we strive to bring scalable, capital-efficient solar energy to utility, government and commercial customers,” said Bob MacDonald, CEO and co-founder of Skyline Solar, in a statement. “Our pre-engineered HGS system is ideal for large energy consumers. Nipton, California, a town now 85 percent powered by clean, renewable solar energy, is a shining example to the rest of the country of how even small communities can help drive America’s goal of energy independence.
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