Lowe’s goes solar: Lowe’s home improvement warehouse chain has installed a 370 kW commercial solar rooftop electric system at the company’s West Hills store in L.A. PowerLight Corp. furnished the system, which uses Shell solar technology.
MidAmerican breaks ground: Mid-American Energy Co. has begun a $1.2 billion generation project that incorporates “advanced supercritical” technology, where supercritical boilers create steam at higher temperatures and pressures than traditional plants. Construction is expected to be completed in summer 2007, adding a capacity of 790 MW to the Council Bluffs Energy Center complex, which currently produces 820 MW.
Contractor dies: A painting contractor has died after becoming trapped in a coal stockpile at Conemaugh Generating Station in Indian County, Pa. The deceased, Michael Kuhns, was washing the coal feeder room ceiling and walls when he fell into a coal surge bin in late October. He was later pronounced dead at the scene. The death is being investigated by parent company Reliant, OSHA and the state police.
GE to supply turbines: GE Wind Energy has supplied two 1.5 MW wind turbines to Coram Energy LLC for a wind farm in Tehachapi, Calif. (The power produced will be sold to Southern California Edison.) Construction began in October and is expected to be completed next month.
Money for coal: The Ohio Coal Develop-ment Office received approval for nearly $1.4 million in grants for four projects that will encourage the use of coal or advance efforts to reduce coal-related emissions in the state. Ohio University, Battelle, Energy Industries of Ohio and AFBC Transitions LLC are the recipients of the grants.