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GSK adding more solar panels in RTP

GlaxoSmithKline is preparing to install more solar panels on a roof at its massive Research Triangle Park campus.

The British drug maker first installed panels on its headquarters building in 2008, a 75-kilowatt system. It added a smaller set on another building last year.

Officials expect to have the largest yet, a 220-kilowatt solar system atop the Bide Building, ready next month.

GSK is just one of a rapidly increasing list of Triangle companies harnessing the sun to power local operations, offset utility costs and project a green image. Declining costs and improving technology are helping fuel the trend.

Sunny days ahead for alternative energy

Having a solar farm to power a business is is generating more than just electricity for a local furniture importer: It has created a business opportunity of selling unused electricity to the power companies. Read more about it here.
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