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UNLV Chosen by DOE as a Regional Test Center For Solar Research

University of Nevada at Las Vegas has been chosen by the U.S. Department of Energy to be one of 5 Regional Test Center sites that will work to make solar energy more affordable and reliable through the development of nationwide standards in the photovoltaic (PV) industry. The Nevada site will accommodate as many as 8 different systems and support a total capacity of 250kW DC. This collaborative project will include the efforts of UNLV’s Center for Energy Research with oversight from Sandia Labs on a Las Vegas Valley Water District site of 4 acres at Elkhorn Reservoir in Las Vegas.

As stated by DOE these Regional Test Centers (RTC) will perform validation testing and systems monitoring to assist in developing standards and establishing the technical basis for bankability. The RTC’s will also function as test beds for large-scale systems for performance and reliability testing on PV modules and systems.

“The focus of the RTCs is to accelerate adoption of renewable energy generation sources by helping U.S. PV manufacturers validate new commercially ready technologies.”     

Currently there are 5 RTC’s in the United States;

Sandia National Labs, Albuquerque, New Mexico

National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Denver Colorado

Florida Solar Energy Center, Orlando, Florida

IBM Williston, Vermont

LVVWD, UNLV Las Vegas, Nevada

For more info please follow the link  to DOE Sunshot Initiative

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