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    Thursday, November 07, 2013

    CALIFORNIA SOLAR BUILDER BUYS ROBOTS TO CLEAN PANELS

    How Robots Can Keep Solar Panels Clean And More Energy Flowing Into The Grid

    Ucilia Wang, November 4, 2013 (Forbes)

    "Sunpower…bought a California startup that engineers robots for cleaning solar panels to minimize electricity production losses…[and paid] an undisclosed amount of cash for Greenbotics after using the startup’s equipment for the past year at a 25-megawatt solar farm…in California’s Central Valley…Greenbotics’ technology speeds up the cleaning process and uses [90%] less water…than [m]anually hosing down the panels or sending pressurized water from a sprayer mounted on a truck…Each cleaning crew makes up three people and six robots and can brush-clean 6 megawatts of solar panels in an 8-hour [mostly night] shift…SunPower’s long-term plan is to use it for developing robots for speeding up the panel installation process of its projects…” click here for more

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