Solar production capacity is expanding at the BP Solar-owned Frederick MD, USA plant. Ground breaking has taken place on a "$97 million expansion project that will further bolster the facility's output of solar energy products...Already the largest fully integrated solar plant in North America, the plan is to nearly double the current casting and sizing capacity to approximately 150 MW and will create approximately 70 new jobs."
"Exactly nine months ago, the company announced it would invest $70 million in the project. That figure has now been increased to $97 million, which will allow for space to further enlarge its manufacturing capacity to 400+ MW in its casting, sizing, and wafering processes. Construction is slated for completion by the end of 2009."BP Solar announced that it will implement LEED(TM) design components such as energy efficient lighting, cooling and heating, plus a roof garden and extensive water recycling measures. And, that it will "contribute $100,000 to the Maryland Solar Schools program. Administered by the Solar Schools Foundation, the program assists schools in the installation of solar electric systems, provides curriculum guidance, technical assistance, and can provide limited grants to help defray the high upfront cost of solar."