Shell Solar Provides New Turn-Key Design for a Large-Scale Solar Electric System for Semitropic Water Storage District

Innovative 'Single Axis Tracking System' Designed to Follow the Sun

Nov 30, 2004, 00:00 ET from Shell Solar Industries

    CAMARILLO, Calif., Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Shell Solar Industries
 announced today that they have been awarded a contract by Semitropic Water
 Storage District of Wasco, California, to design and install a unique array of
 solar photovoltaics (PV).  Shell Solar engineers have designed an innovative,
 patent-pending "Single Axis Tracking System" for nearly one megawatt of solar
 panels.  This system will generate more power, as the tracker "follows the
 sun", rather than being installed at a fixed angle.
     The structure will contain 1,920 panels of the new Shell PowerMax(TM)
 Ultra modules, with each panel producing 510 watts of solar electricity.  The
 integrated panels were assembled under tight quality control conditions at
 Shell's PV manufacturing facility in Camarillo, California, the largest PV
 plant in the U.S.  The "factory panelized" job will enable ease-of-
 installation and is projected to be completed in early Spring 2005.
     The water district, located in the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley,
 was interested in reducing its current annual cost of electricity.  Solar
 energy was attractive because it is a low-cost, clean, long-term power source.
 The water district also evaluated product quality and reliability as well as
 project support services.  Shell Solar met that criteria and will provide
 "turn key" services -- from complete design to installation -- to simplify the
     The Shell Solar PV system is designed to deliver energy during times when
 it is most needed, such as on bright afternoons.  It will produce
 approximately 1.75 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year, providing
 the district with a significant reduction in annual utility charges.  The PV
 system on the tracker will be installed in an open field to maximize energy
 output, as it tracks the sun across the sky.
     Shell Solar markets its products in more than 75 countries and has a
 workforce of approximately 1,300.  To date, Shell Solar has supplied solar
 cells and modules with a total peak capacity in excess of 375 megawatts.  This
 total corresponds to about one-fifth of the entire PV industry capacity
 installed worldwide.  Shell Solar is part of Shell Renewables, a core business
 of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies.  On October 28, 2004 Royal Dutch
 Petroleum and Shell Transport and Trading announced proposals for their
 unification under a single company, Royal Dutch Shell plc, with one Board of
 Directors.  For further information, visit .

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