The Southwest Solar Research Park in Phoenix, Arizona, now has a regional neighbor in cutting edge solar power technology research, as the state of Colorado recently celebrated the grand opening of its new Solar Technology Acceleration Center(SolarTAC) in Aurora.
The 74-acre SolarTAC site broke ground in 2009 and was conceived of as a “world-class” solar testing and demonstration center where technology providers and users, research institutions and government agencies could come together to advance solar technology. The SolarTAC’s public and private membership is comprised of Xcel Energy, Abengoa Solar, SunEdison, The Alliance for Sustainable Energy, Amonix, and EPRI.
After the formal grand opening events on June 6 — which included Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and dignitaries from state, local, and national government– SolarTAC membership representatives offered presentations and tours for invited guests and members of the media.
Dustin T. Smith, executive director of SolarTAC noted, in a statement, that SolarTAC’s business concept allows members to sponsor a wide range of research projects — from completely proprietary to completely collaborative research that will be available to the public. The facility is also open to research sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and its national labs, such as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado.