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Solar Plan Detail

Technology: The panels would contain photovoltaic cells, which convert sunlight to electricity. They would turn to track the sun each day, providing a substantial amount of power in the late afternoon and early evening in summer, when demand peaks because of air conditioning use.

Benefits: The system would reduce fossil fuel use, equal to taking about 5,000 cars off the roads, according to SunPower Corp., which would build and own it.

Company: SunPower designs and makes solar electricity systems for homes, businesses and utilities. It has installed facilities generating more than 500 megawatts in the United States, Europe and Asia. The company, which employs about 5,000 people, was founded in 1985. It is listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange.

On the Net: www.sunpowercorp.com; www.mid.org.

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