Solar industry heats up A recent report by the Solar Energy Industries Association found that 2010 was a banner year for solar in the United States. The total size of the U.S. solar market — which includes rooftop installations, hot water heating and utility scale projects — grew from $3.6 billion in 2009 to $6 billion, a 67 percent increase. “Solar is growing quickly across the U.S. at the residential, commercial, and utility scale levels. It is powering and heating buildings in all 50 states, and using a variety of technologies to do so,” states the executive summary of the report,
which is scheduled to be released Thursday. “The rapid growth and unique diversity has made the U.S. market a focus of global industry attention for the first time in many years.” California, with its abundant sunshine and leadership on renewable energy policies, remains the nation’s leading solar state. But other states, including New Jersey, Nevada and Arizona, are quickly becoming key markets. California installed 259 megawatts of solar power in 2010, far more than any other state, while New Jersey installed 137 megawatts. One megawatt of solar energy is enough to power roughly 200 California homes. Photovoltaic installations, which represent the vast majority of the solar market, grew 102 percent in 2010 to reach 878 MW, up from 435 MW in 2009.
Cleanup (Continued from Page 2) ■ Report unsightly conditions to Gary Corbin, code enforcement officer at 497-5022; ■ Replace your old trash receptacles: The best way to stop litter is to be part of the solution. Replace worn-out or damaged trash receptacles. Use trash receptacles with lids and trash bags with ties. ■ Organize a neighborhood or group clean-up. McGree Trucking will provide a dumpster free of charge (call 7233728). Also, shovels, rakes, brooms and trash bags will be provided by contacting Bob Rowling of the Butte parks and rec department. ■ Adopt-A-Lot: Call the Butte Chamber of Commerce to get on the list of public lots you will help keep clean. Call 723-3177. Names will be posted online at mtstandard.com. This year Dumpsters will be located
in Walkerville and Centerville for the citizens living in those areas. The sites will be manned by volunteers. The Alley Rally will again be in operation for its sixth year, most likely in June. Further information will be made available at a later time regarding the starting date and hours of operation. This year’s Grand Finale will be held at the Butte-Silver Bow Landfill on May 21, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a drawing for numerous prizes together with free compost provided by Big Butte Compost and 50 free family-size pies donated by Perkin’s Family Restaurant to the first 50 vehicles entering the landfill. Food coupons from Wendy’s, Burger King and Papa Murphy’s Pizza/Quiznos will also be given out. “It’s time to roll up our sleeves, and, as the miners would say during time of increased copper production, “Get the rock in the box,” Lee said. “Cleaning up our communities is a matter of responsibility and pride.”
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