Solar companies roll the dice

Ogburn, Stephanie Paige
June 2006
High Country News;6/12/2006, Vol. 38 Issue 11, p6
The article reports on the proposal of Phoenix, Arizona-based New Solar Ventures and Solar Torx to build a solar power plant in New Mexico. This initiative is in line with the goal of the companies to manufacture basic photo-voltaic cells. The expected cost of photo-voltaic cells is $1.6 billion. George Douglas of National Renewable Laboratory in Golden, Colorado said that the companies are betting on the prices of natural gas. The companies are hoping to start producing power on 2007. Following the lead of Western solar companies are those in Nevada, Washington and California.


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