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EPRI Joins SolarTAC

June 10, 2010

On May 26, the Solar Technology Acceleration Center (SolarTAC) announced that the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) became a sponsoring member.  Located in Aurora, Colorado, SolarTAC is a private outdoor facility where the solar industry tests, validates, and demonstrates advanced solar technologies. EPRI conducts research and development for the electric power industry; its members generate and deliver more than 90 percent of the electricity in the United States. 

As a member of SolarTAC, EPRI will have access to the 74-acre center, allowing EPRI’s members to participate in solar research and development. SolarTAC members can work alone or in collaboration with other members on research and demonstration activities that support their business and membership needs.

Stan Rosinski, program manager for EPRI’s Renewable Generation R&D said, “ SolarTAC provides a unique opportunity to transition technologies from the lab to the field through testing in a real-world environment.”

Dustin Smith, SolarTAC’s executive director, added, “Having EPRI’s utility industry involved in SolarTAC is a significant step towards our memberships’ goal of accelerating utility-scale solar technologies into the marketplace.”

Since the initial launch of SolarTAC in late 2008, the site infrastructure has been developed to the point where members can deploy solar technology.  SolarTAC was founded by Abengoa Solar, the City of Aurora, the Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory, Midwest Research Institute (MRI), SunEdison, and Xcel Energy.

Learn more from the May 26 press release published by PR Newswire.

—Karen Atkison