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The Fed’s Approve First Solar’s Massive 550-Megawatt Project in Desert Center, CA

Approved August 10th, 2011

New jobs are created with the 550-megawatt Desert Sunlight project in the small town Desert Center near Coachella Valley.

Desert Sunlight is expected to generate 440 construction jobs and $336 million in economic impact for the county. The electricity it produces will power about 165,000 homes.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar gave the official go-ahead for Desert Sunlight on Wednesday, noting it is the largest photovoltaic project the department has approved to date.

The Department of Energy also has cleared the project for a conditional loan guarantee of $1.88 billion, providing it breaks ground by the end of September.

Laura Abram, spokeswoman for Arizona-based First Solar, said site preparation likely will begin next week, with workers bringing in equipment and setting up temporary trailers. The date for an official groundbreaking has yet to be set, she said.

In addition to construction jobs, Tom Freeman, spokesman for the Riverside County Economic Development Agency, said Desert Sunlight and other solar projects in the region will fuel a job-creating supply chain for materials and services.

Other projects in the 202,000-acre Riverside East solar zone between Joshua Tree National Park and Blythe:

Solar Millennium’s 1,000-megawatt Blythe project, which is under construction.

NextEra Energy’s 250-megawatt Genesis project, which has begun site preparation.

Solar Millennium’s Palen project, which awaits final approval.

All three are solar thermal projects, which produce electricity from heat gathered from solar troughs. The solar panels to be installed for Desert Sunlight generate electricity directly from sunlight.

http://www.energy.ca.gov/siting/solar/index.html

 

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Installed 2 New 6 Volt Centennial Batteries in RV

Just returned from installing two new Centennial brand 6 volt, 220 ah deep cycle batteries into an RV.

A customer called and asked what the price would be to deliver and install/replace 6 volt deep cycle batteries he had in his coach.
The old interstate 6 volt batteries had a date code of 2006 and when I tested them with a hydrometer, they were completely dead.
He thought they might still be good and were possibly 10 years old when we spoke over the phone.  I informed him that I have only seen a Trojan T-105 last 10 years and that was only once!

When I arrived, I discovered the customer was an injured veteran from Desert Storm and was living out of his motor home.  He told me several stories from his life and kept me entertained as I hauled out the two 62 lb dead batteries from the front of the coach.

After 20 minutes, I had the new Centennial batteries installed and my new friend was ready to roll.

Thank  you for your service in protecting our country Mr Customer.   – Jeff  Schwen

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Old Dead Interstate Batteries
Centennial GC2200P 6 Volt battery for RV
New Installed 6 Volt Centennial Battery
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Solar Battery San Diego

Solar Battery Delivery to Homeowner in Borrego

Recently delivered 12 new Trojan T-105 6 volt deep cycle batteries to a snowbird customer from Washington who lives off the grid.

The customer has two houses and are both supplied by solar generated electricity they store in batteries.

The challenge we had was transporting the batteries from the truck to the battery storage area – a 100 ft walk!

With the help of a gas powered golf cart, we were able to install and remove the 12 batteries in under an hour.  But at 62 lbs per battery, we did produce some sweat!

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Recognizing Phantom Loads in Your RV or Trailer

We get customers who can’t understand why their “house” or deep cycle batteries are under a constant load by their coach-RV.

A phantom load on a house battery can come from many places:

  1. TV memory
  2. LP gas detector
  3. Refrigerator
  4. Indicator lights

Here is a great blog on testing your deep cycle RV batteries at rest to be sure you are getting an accurate reading.

Deep Cycle  Battery Testing

Trojan Video on Charging 6 Volt Deep Cycle Batteries