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Originally published Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 2:59 PM

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Partners in solar research break ground in Colo.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is joining the development of a research center in Aurora to promote commercial solar energy technologies.

The Associated Press

AURORA, Colo. —

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is joining the development of a research center in Aurora to promote commercial solar energy technologies.

The announcement was made Wednesday at the site for the groundbreaking of facilities at the Solar Technology Acceleration Center, or SolarTAC.

Also joining the venture is the nonprofit Electric Power Research Institute. Other partners are the city of Aurora, Abengoa Solar, Midwest Research Institute, SunEdison, Xcel Energy and the Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory.

The partners say SolarTAC will be one of the largest solar test and demonstration centers. Nearly $2 million in construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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