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California regulators say they deny all legal challenges to their net metering rules

California regulators say they deny all legal challenges to their net metering rules

September 29, 2016

All states seem to have a problem with net metering except the one that has the biggest and best solar industry going — California. This commitment continues after the California Public Utilities Commission approved a resolution to deny all legal challenges to recently adopted net metering rules for solar customers.Read More

NRG Energy discusses demand for community solar in Minnesota

NRG Energy discusses demand for community solar in Minnesota

September 28, 2016

NRG Energy, Inc has broken ground on its first five community solar projects in Minnesota and reached agreements to subscribe several national business customers to its solar farms in the state. “Across Minnesota we are hearing the same strong message from residents and businesses alike: they want to be poweredRead More

Maine PUC proposes rule to phase out net-metering

Maine PUC proposes rule to phase out net-metering

September 21, 2016

The ups and downs of Maine’s solar industry continue after its Public Utilities Commission issued a proposed rule that would make several changes to Chapter 313 concerning net metering. Under the Commission’s current rule, generation from a customer’s generating facility may be used as a kWh credit (currently energy plus transmissionRead More

California regulators say they deny all legal challenges to their net metering rules

California regulators say they deny all legal challenges to their net metering rules

September 29, 2016

All states seem to have a problem with net metering except the one that has the biggest and best solar industry going — California. This commitment continues after the California Public Utilities Commission approved a resolution to deny all legal challenges to recently adopted net metering rules for solar customers.Read More

Middle Tennessee Electric building its first community solar project

Middle Tennessee Electric building its first community solar project

August 22, 2016

Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative providing electricity to more than 210,000 residential and business members, which makes it the perfect candidate for community solar. Last week, the co-op broke ground on its first community solar project located in College Grove, Tenn. Construction on theRead More

Another demand charge bites the dust: El Paso Electric settlement approved

Another demand charge bites the dust: El Paso Electric settlement approved

August 22, 2016

The Texas Public Utilities Commission approved a settlement supported by El Paso Electric, the Office of Public Utility Counsel, Energy Freedom Coalition of America, SEIA, Eco El Paso, and Sunrun to drop a demand charge targeted at customers who invest in rooftop solar. El Paso Electric, which serves 300,000 customersRead More

Nevada makes good, grandfathers early rooftop solar adopters

Nevada makes good, grandfathers early rooftop solar adopters

September 19, 2016

When the state of Nevada decided to lower its net metering rate last year, the solar industry was understandably unhappy, but the biggest uproar was over the decision to retroactively alter the rates of early adopters, who installed solar (at the government’s encouraging) under the premise of a different rateRead More

JinkoSolar wins three big PV projects in Mexico

JinkoSolar wins three big PV projects in Mexico

April 13, 2016

JinkoSolar Holding Co. won three solar PV projects totaling 188 MWac in Mexico as part of the country’s first long-term electricity auction since the implementation of energy reforms. JinkoSolar will develop and build the solar power plants. Two of the projects are located in Yucatán and one in Jalisco. They areRead More

 
Sneak peek of a crazy new rooftop (and highway) solar solution from Bolymedia

Sneak peek of a crazy new rooftop (and highway) solar solution from Bolymedia

September 28, 2016

Bolymedia Holdings Co. Ltd., a global high-tech company headquartered in Silicon Valley, is debuting an interesting new system at the Chinese Renewable Energy Conference Nov. 3, 2016 in Wuxi, China —  the BolySolar Roof. In the diagram, the BolySolar Roof shows two application scenarios: one for buildings and the other for highways. TheRead More

Canadian Solar orders one of the largest single-project deployments of DC optimizers

Canadian Solar orders one of the largest single-project deployments of DC optimizers

September 21, 2016

Canadian Solar is going to deploy Ampt LLC DC optimizers in a 33-MW PV system, which would make it one of the largest deployments of DC power optimizers in the world. The 33 MW installation capped off a six-month evaluation period by Canadian Solar, which began with a smaller demonstration project.Read More

SolPad is fully integrating storage inside its panels (and a ton more)

SolPad is fully integrating storage inside its panels (and a ton more)

September 27, 2016

So, here is something different: SunCulture Solar Inc. has announced the launch of SolPad, which builds in a ton of technology at the panel level, potentially becoming the most advanced integrated-home or offgrid solar energy group of products out there.   “SolPad revolutionizes personal energy by bringing together the sustainable smartRead More

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California regulators say they deny all legal challenges to their net metering rules

California regulators say they deny all legal challenges to their net metering rules

September 29, 2016 at 10:47 am 0 comments

All states seem to have a problem with net metering except the one that has the biggest and best solar industry going — California. This commitment continues after the California Public Utilities Commission approved a resolution to deny all legal challenges to recently adopted net metering rules for solar customers.Read More

Solar system costs continue to fall in U.S. in 2016

Solar system costs continue to fall in U.S. in 2016

September 29, 2016 at 8:22 am 0 comments

The way forward for the solar industry is still through proving its economic value, a big part of which is driving down costs. And for as many costs that have already been cut out of a system install the last few years, a new report shows that the downward trendRead More

Students to bring solar energy to Kenya through PG&E program

Students to bring solar energy to Kenya through PG&E program

September 29, 2016 at 7:21 am 0 comments

Students across Northern and Central California will have the opportunity to bring clean, renewable energy to communities in Kenya through Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) Solar Suitcase Program. PG&E has selected 19 high schools to participate in the second year of the program and provided each school with moreRead More

SolarCity launching two funds to back $347 million in new solar projects

SolarCity launching two funds to back $347 million in new solar projects

September 28, 2016 at 3:30 pm 0 comments

SolarCity Corp. has partnered with Citi to create two separate funds to finance more than $347 million in solar projects. The first fund is expected to finance more than $284 million in residential solar projects across the U.S. The second fund is expected to finance approximately $63 million in projectsRead More

Panasonic invests in sustainable, mixed-use community in Denver

Panasonic invests in sustainable, mixed-use community in Denver

September 28, 2016 at 2:50 pm 0 comments

Panasonic continues its march into U.S. renewables, making a strategic investment in Rail Stop LLC, the development company creating the first phase of Peña Station NEXT in Denver. Peña Station NEXT is a 400-acre, transit-oriented development destined to become America’s next great smart, sustainable mixed-use community. It is located nearRead More

Sneak peek of a crazy new rooftop (and highway) solar solution from Bolymedia

Sneak peek of a crazy new rooftop (and highway) solar solution from Bolymedia

September 28, 2016 at 9:30 am 0 comments

Bolymedia Holdings Co. Ltd., a global high-tech company headquartered in Silicon Valley, is debuting an interesting new system at the Chinese Renewable Energy Conference Nov. 3, 2016 in Wuxi, China —  the BolySolar Roof. In the diagram, the BolySolar Roof shows two application scenarios: one for buildings and the other for highways. TheRead More

NRG Energy discusses demand for community solar in Minnesota

NRG Energy discusses demand for community solar in Minnesota

September 28, 2016 at 8:08 am 0 comments

NRG Energy, Inc has broken ground on its first five community solar projects in Minnesota and reached agreements to subscribe several national business customers to its solar farms in the state. “Across Minnesota we are hearing the same strong message from residents and businesses alike: they want to be poweredRead More

SolPad is fully integrating storage inside its panels (and a ton more)

SolPad is fully integrating storage inside its panels (and a ton more)

September 27, 2016 at 3:16 pm 0 comments

So, here is something different: SunCulture Solar Inc. has announced the launch of SolPad, which builds in a ton of technology at the panel level, potentially becoming the most advanced integrated-home or offgrid solar energy group of products out there.   “SolPad revolutionizes personal energy by bringing together the sustainable smartRead More

PACE financing updates: California to create uniform disclosures, Renovate America completes $320M securitization

PACE financing updates: California to create uniform disclosures, Renovate America completes $320M securitization

September 27, 2016 at 11:31 am 0 comments

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) enables local governments to give property owners, who may be unable to afford the up-front costs of energy improvements such as solar panels and rainwater catchment systems, an alternative to short-term, high interest rate loans. More and more states are adopting this program as aRead More

Trojan Battery’s new battery with Smart Carbon has improved PSOC performance

Trojan Battery’s new battery with Smart Carbon has improved PSOC performance

September 27, 2016 at 10:30 am 0 comments

Trojan Battery Co., a leading manufacturer of deep-cycle batteries, is now shipping the newest addition to its Premium line of advanced lead acid, flooded batteries applications — the J200-RE. The J200-RE is part of Trojan’s Premium line featuring Smart Carbon, Trojan’s proprietary carbon additive that helps to reduce the effects of Partial StateRead More