How many states make economic sense for commercial energy storage right now?

How many states make economic sense for commercial energy storage right now?

July 26, 2016

According to a recent report from GTM Research, The Economics of Commercial Energy Storage, which analyzed rate structures across 51 utilities to determine the opportunity for demand charge management for commercial energy storage customers, the economics were only attractive in about seven U.S. states. But that number is expected to grow toRead More

Iowa’s largest utility-scale solar project chooses Solectria inverters

Iowa’s largest utility-scale solar project chooses Solectria inverters

July 20, 2016

Yaskawa – Solectria Solar, a leading commercial PV inverter manufacturer, announced at Intersolar North America that its transformerless three-phase inverters were chosen for Central Iowa Power Cooperative’s (CIPCO) utility-scale solar project that spans five sites across its service delivery territory. The five sites total 5.56 MW and are part ofRead More

Momentum Solar continues to expand, is looking to hire

Momentum Solar continues to expand, is looking to hire

July 26, 2016

Momentum Solar is a privately held solar energy company headquartered in Metuchen, N.J., that just announced its rapid expansion in the Tri-State area. In fact, Momentum showed an averaged 74 percent increase in workforce quarter over quarter since the beginning of 2015. As part of its model, Momentum tries to stay away fromRead More

Solar groups trying to raise grid-supply cap in Hawaii

Solar groups trying to raise grid-supply cap in Hawaii

May 27, 2016

A notable group of solar industry installers and associations filed a request to the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission to increase the capacity for its grid-supply option. This grid supply option is one of two tariffs (the other being self-supply) that replaced net metering in the state; it provides customers theRead More

Military base landfill in Kentucky capped with 1.9 MW solar array from Suniva

Military base landfill in Kentucky capped with 1.9 MW solar array from Suniva

July 6, 2016

A capped landfill at the Fort Campbell military base in Kentucky added 1.9-MW solar array, powered by Suniva, which helped turn 10 acres of retired landfill into a clean energy generating solar farm. Solar arrays atop capped landfills are an innovative way to provide power while leveraging brownfield sites. Here are someRead More

Check out Austin’s largest rooftop solar array (via Freedom Solar)

Check out Austin’s largest rooftop solar array (via Freedom Solar)

June 21, 2016

Freedom Solar Power inaugurated the largest rooftop solar installation in Central Texas at the Strictly Pediatrics Surgery Center in Mueller at a festive celebration June 18. Comprised of nearly 2,500 high-efficiency solar panels from SunPower, the 812-kW system designed and installed by Freedom Solar Power includes two solar canopy structuresRead More

NRG Energy completes huge Las Vegas strip install with Ten K Solar system

NRG Energy completes huge Las Vegas strip install with Ten K Solar system

July 21, 2016

The high-energy vibe of Las Vegas continues to provide a shining example of the power of renewable energy. MGM Resorts International and NRG’s business solutions and renewables teams have completed phases I and II on what has become the world’s second-largest rooftop solar photovoltaic array at the Mandalay Bay ResortRead 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

 
Green Seal Environmental’s VP discusses using Roof Tech’s E Mount Air

Green Seal Environmental’s VP discusses using Roof Tech’s E Mount Air

July 18, 2016

When Ryan Potter, Vice President of Renewable Energy Services for Green Seal Environmental, first saw Roof Tech’s products at the PV America tradeshow in Boston in February 2016, he knew he had found something that worked for his business. “I had been searching for a mounting solution to serve asRead More

Eaton releases more powerful Power Xpert Solar inverters, 1,500-volt combiners

Eaton releases more powerful Power Xpert Solar inverters, 1,500-volt combiners

July 25, 2016

We met with power management company Eaton at Intersolar in San Francisco to see its expanded range of inverters and electrical balance of system (BOS) solutions. “Eaton’s complete solutions and engineering services are helping customers around the globe improve return on investment for solar and energy storage applications,” said JohnRead More

Boviet Solar debuted new line of PERC modules at Intersolar (at reduced cost)

Boviet Solar debuted new line of PERC modules at Intersolar (at reduced cost)

July 20, 2016

We sat down with Boviet Solar USA, the North American arm of Boviet Solar Technology Co., Ltd., at Intersolar in San Francisco last week to hear more about its new line of PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Contact) solar modules. Boviet Solar used Intersolar North America to showcase its latest innovations inRead More

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How many states make economic sense for commercial energy storage right now?

How many states make economic sense for commercial energy storage right now?

July 26, 2016 at 12:37 pm 0 comments

According to a recent report from GTM Research, The Economics of Commercial Energy Storage, which analyzed rate structures across 51 utilities to determine the opportunity for demand charge management for commercial energy storage customers, the economics were only attractive in about seven U.S. states. But that number is expected to grow toRead More

Momentum Solar continues to expand, is looking to hire

Momentum Solar continues to expand, is looking to hire

July 26, 2016 at 10:46 am 0 comments

Momentum Solar is a privately held solar energy company headquartered in Metuchen, N.J., that just announced its rapid expansion in the Tri-State area. In fact, Momentum showed an averaged 74 percent increase in workforce quarter over quarter since the beginning of 2015. As part of its model, Momentum tries to stay away fromRead More

Community Solar Legal Primer: From project structure to consumer protection

Community Solar Legal Primer: From project structure to consumer protection

July 25, 2016 at 12:46 pm 0 comments

Community solar, a type of project in which multiple consumers support a shared PV system, is growing in popularity. Since the first community solar program was launched in 2006, 13 states and the District of Columbia have adopted legislation to facilitate the deployment of community solar projects. In total, approximatelyRead More

Eaton releases more powerful Power Xpert Solar inverters, 1,500-volt combiners

Eaton releases more powerful Power Xpert Solar inverters, 1,500-volt combiners

July 25, 2016 at 10:47 am 0 comments

We met with power management company Eaton at Intersolar in San Francisco to see its expanded range of inverters and electrical balance of system (BOS) solutions. “Eaton’s complete solutions and engineering services are helping customers around the globe improve return on investment for solar and energy storage applications,” said JohnRead More

Fitch: Residential solar is a threat to investor-owned utility credit

Fitch: Residential solar is a threat to investor-owned utility credit

July 25, 2016 at 10:23 am 0 comments

Rapidly growing U.S. residential photovoltaic (PV) solar system installations and net energy metering (NEM) are potential long-term threats to the creditworthiness of investor-owned utilities (IOUs), according to Fitch Ratings. PV solar, primarily rooftop, is a small but rapidly growing portion of U.S. electricity production. Annual residential PV solar installs increasedRead More

HDPV Alliance adds six new members (now at 39 total)

HDPV Alliance adds six new members (now at 39 total)

July 25, 2016 at 9:36 am 0 comments

The HDPV Alliance, an industry-wide alliance focused on lowering the cost and increasing the performance of PV solar systems, added six new members to expand HDPV membership to 39 companies worldwide. New members include leading inverter, system simulation, and PV module manufactures as well as engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) andRead More

Texas rate case settled, should be good for future solar customers

Texas rate case settled, should be good for future solar customers

July 22, 2016 at 9:22 am 0 comments

The solar industry in Texas is growing, and an unopposed settlement agreement filed by the El Paso Electric Co. for its rate case pending before the Public Utility Commission of Texas (the PUCT) should help clear future hurdles for distributed generation. If approved by the PUCT, the Unopposed Settlement wouldRead More

How to design rates for a distributed grid? This paper has some answers

How to design rates for a distributed grid? This paper has some answers

July 22, 2016 at 8:25 am 1 comment

As electric industry regulators prepare for their summer meeting in Nashville, a group of solar and tech organizations and companies, including TechNet, Sierra Club, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Vote Solar, The Alliance for Solar Choice, CalSEIA, and SolarCity released a paper on designing electricity rates in the eraRead More

Locus Energy solutions now available to Ten K Solar customers

Locus Energy solutions now available to Ten K Solar customers

July 21, 2016 at 2:06 pm 0 comments

Locus Energy, a solar data and analytics platform provider, and Ten K Solar, the company maximizing value in commercial rooftop solar, announced a partnership that makes Locus’ broad and scalable solar fleet management solutions and Virtual Irradiance available to current and future Ten K customers. The partnership enables Ten KRead More

Sungrow, Samsung launch energy storage partnership

Sungrow, Samsung launch energy storage partnership

July 21, 2016 at 1:00 pm 0 comments

Sungrow, one of the largest PV inverter manufacturers, announced the official start of operations of Sungrow-Samsung SDI Energy Storage Power Supply Co., Ltd at a ceremony in Hefei, China. The $170 million joint venture between Sungrow and Samsung is able to provide complete Energy Storage System (ESS) solutions incorporating lithium batteries,Read More