As if to help Los Angeles’s recently announced goal of being 10% solar in 10 years or so, Southern California Edison (http://www.sce.com/) has completed the largest solar installation in California — part of an SCE program to install panels on over 2 square miles of rooftops in southern California. Provided by First Solar (http://www.firstsolar.com/), the panels, on a ProLogis (http://www.prologis.com/en/default.aspx ) warehouse in Fontana, should generate enough electricity for 1,300 homes.
Duke Energy postponed a similar program in northern California recently. Renewable programs face financial roadblocks in many cases, due to the falling price of fossil fuels and the scarcity of financing in today’s economy.
In order for large-scale solar installations to feed electricity into the grid, energy storage solutions are a necessary part of the mix, for load balancing. Energy storage companies include Enersys (http://www.enersys.com/), Axion Power* (http://www.axionpower.com), and others.