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It was a union of sorts between federal, state and industry initiatives, culminating in a day that will be remembered in the history of solar power. At the factory of SunPower (s SPWRA) and Flextronics in Milpitas, Calif., Department of Energy Chief Steven Chu unveiled a large $1.2 billion loan guarantee for a solar farm from NRG Energy that will be built in San Luis Obispo County, Calif. At the same time, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that says California utilities need to source 33 percent of their electricity from clean power by 2020. To top it off, the event was also the official opening of the SunPower and Flextronics factory, which will create 100 jobs in the area and build enough solar panels to power 25,000 homes each year.
Here’s my photos of the event: