Most Solar Town in America: Mojave Desert Town Nipton, CA
Thanks to Skyline Solar, Nipton, California will soon be the "most solar town in America". Nipton is located in the Mojave Desert is is considered the gateway to Mojave National Preserve. With a population of only 37 residents, it would not be hard to make this town 100% solar, although Skyline is shooting for 85% as their goal.
Skyline Solar, a manufacturer of High Gain Solar (HGS) arrays for commercial, industrial, government and utility markets, today announced the first commercial installation of its High Gain Solar (HGS) 1000 system in a new municipal solar power plant in the tiny desert town of Nipton, Calif. The 80-kilowatt Nipton plant is an upgradeable solar power system that will provide roughly 85 percent of Nipton's electricity needs--the highest percentage of solar electricity of any town in the United States.
"As the gateway community to the Mojave Desert, Nipton seeks to be a good steward of the environment. Sustainability is paramount to this endeavor," said Gerald Freeman, Principal Administrator for Nipton. "It is with this in mind that we are extremely pleased to be utilizing the HGS 1000 as our primary source of energy. And the HGS upgradability is a very attractive option."
From nineteenth century mining town to green energy town, Nipton's history in the Mojave Desert continues to evolve.
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Posted by Jennifer Lance at June 29, 2010 11:28 AM