Colorado includes solar array into Weatherization Assistance Program for low-income households

Colorado includes solar array into Weatherization Assistance Program for low-income households

August 25, 2016

Colorado continues the progressive energy initiatives. Thanks to the Colorado Energy Office (CEO), Energy Resource Center (ERC), and Colorado Springs Utilities, the state’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) has been updated to include the installation of a 2-kW rooftop solar array as part of the package. The CEO WAP provides free, cost-effectiveRead More

Consumers Energy finishes second solar power plant at a Michigan university

Consumers Energy finishes second solar power plant at a Michigan university

August 23, 2016

Consumers Energy has started operations at its second solar power plant, transforming 8.5 acres at Western Michigan University into a new source of renewable energy for Michigan. “We are pleased to work with Western Michigan University and the public to provide energy from new, renewable sources right here in ourRead More

Gaston Electrical installs 175-kW PV system on its own headquarters

Gaston Electrical installs 175-kW PV system on its own headquarters

August 23, 2016

Gaston Electrical Co., Inc., an electrical contracting company serving the commercial, institutional, and retail markets in New England, has partnered with Solect Energy to install a 175.8-kW rooftop solar system, consisting of 676 panels, at the company headquarters in Norwood, Mass. The installation will advance Gaston’s ongoing initiative to increaseRead More

WATCH: Massive Mustang solar project comes together, ready for commercial operation

WATCH: Massive Mustang solar project comes together, ready for commercial operation

August 23, 2016

Mustang Solar Project Overview from Recurrent Energy on Vimeo. The Mustang solar power project in Kings County, Calif., is massive (100 MWac/134 MWp) and ready for commercial operation, says  Recurrent Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian Solar Inc., one of the world’s largest solar power companies. “The commercial operation of theRead 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

Colorado includes solar array into Weatherization Assistance Program for low-income households

Colorado includes solar array into Weatherization Assistance Program for low-income households

August 25, 2016

Colorado continues the progressive energy initiatives. Thanks to the Colorado Energy Office (CEO), Energy Resource Center (ERC), and Colorado Springs Utilities, the state’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) has been updated to include the installation of a 2-kW rooftop solar array as part of the package. The CEO WAP provides free, cost-effectiveRead 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

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PV Pointers: Five tips for purchasing from a mounting manufacturer

August 22, 2016

1) Engage manufacturers early Successful renewable energy projects optimize the power generation equipment in accordance with a site’s unique conditions. Unsuccessful projects fight their environment. Rather than advocating a one-size-fits-all solution, your mounting system manufacturer should be involved in project planning from day one to recommend options as to howRead More

SPI Preview: Fronius showcases shutdown, storage, smart meters, software and a paddleboard

SPI Preview: Fronius showcases shutdown, storage, smart meters, software and a paddleboard

August 25, 2016

While attending Solar Power International in Las Vegas this year, you will notice the large presence Fronius has on the trade show floor (booth 1521), promoting a slew of products under its mantra of “24 hours of sun.” Here is a sneak peek of what you’ll find. (Oh, and you’ll alsoRead More

Solar to the circus: Trina Solar forms partnership with Cirque du Soleil

Solar to the circus: Trina Solar forms partnership with Cirque du Soleil

August 16, 2016

Trina Solar Limited announced a partnership in which it will become Cirque du Soleil’s first-ever Official Solar Partner in the United States. The new partnership will focus around co-promotional campaigns, Cirque du Soleil experiences for Trina Solar’s customers and employees, and more. “This partnership is a natural fit for Trina Solar,” saidRead More

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Colorado includes solar array into Weatherization Assistance Program for low-income households

Colorado includes solar array into Weatherization Assistance Program for low-income households

August 25, 2016 at 10:30 am 0 comments

Colorado continues the progressive energy initiatives. Thanks to the Colorado Energy Office (CEO), Energy Resource Center (ERC), and Colorado Springs Utilities, the state’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) has been updated to include the installation of a 2-kW rooftop solar array as part of the package. The CEO WAP provides free, cost-effectiveRead More

SPI Preview: Fronius showcases shutdown, storage, smart meters, software and a paddleboard

SPI Preview: Fronius showcases shutdown, storage, smart meters, software and a paddleboard

August 25, 2016 at 9:42 am 0 comments

While attending Solar Power International in Las Vegas this year, you will notice the large presence Fronius has on the trade show floor (booth 1521), promoting a slew of products under its mantra of “24 hours of sun.” Here is a sneak peek of what you’ll find. (Oh, and you’ll alsoRead More

New system could improve solar power prediction models by 50 percent

New system could improve solar power prediction models by 50 percent

August 24, 2016 at 2:00 pm 0 comments

The only thing standing in the way of solar energy, on most days, are clouds. Until we can develop some sort of weather-controlling machine like villains in horrible movie adaptations of comic books, the best defense against a cloudy day is a better forecast of those clouds. Thanks to theRead More

New referral program from Solar Alliance will pay participants $500

New referral program from Solar Alliance will pay participants $500

August 24, 2016 at 1:00 pm 0 comments

Solar Alliance Energy Inc. is launching a new referral program — the Solar Alliance Referral Program — that will reward cash incentives to those who tell their contacts about Solar Alliance’s services. Participation in the referral program starts with downloading the Solar Alliance App in the App Store and onRead More

Advanced Solar offers rebates to low income local residents

Advanced Solar offers rebates to low income local residents

August 24, 2016 at 10:00 am 0 comments

One of solar energy’s great allures is the benefits it can provide low-income citizens. The problem is always funding the actual investment to make self-sufficient power a reality. Seeing this disparity in its customer base, San Antonio, Texas-based Advanced Solar & Electric LLC launched a summertime rebate deal that willRead More

Consumer watchdogs call out solar leasing, urge FTC to ban arbitration clauses

Consumer watchdogs call out solar leasing, urge FTC to ban arbitration clauses

August 24, 2016 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Solar leases, while diminishing in the market and will eventually give way to loans, are still the most common residential PV system funding model at this moment. They have obvious downsides for a homeowner, but a consumer watchdog group founded by Ralph Nader, Public Citizen, is calling out a less discussedRead More

GlobalData: Battery energy storage system installs to hit 14 GW by 2020

GlobalData: Battery energy storage system installs to hit 14 GW by 2020

August 23, 2016 at 12:32 pm 0 comments

Global battery energy storage system (BESS) installed capacity is set to grow from 1.5 Gigawatts (GW) in 2015 to over 14 GW by 2020, as large numbers of projects are planned to be commissioned over the forecast period due to increasing renewable installations and focus on grid stability, according toRead More

WATCH: Massive Mustang solar project comes together, ready for commercial operation

WATCH: Massive Mustang solar project comes together, ready for commercial operation

August 23, 2016 at 11:00 am 0 comments

Mustang Solar Project Overview from Recurrent Energy on Vimeo. The Mustang solar power project in Kings County, Calif., is massive (100 MWac/134 MWp) and ready for commercial operation, says  Recurrent Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian Solar Inc., one of the world’s largest solar power companies. “The commercial operation of theRead More

Sonnen batteries available in Eastern U.S. through Enersave.com

Sonnen batteries available in Eastern U.S. through Enersave.com

August 23, 2016 at 10:00 am 0 comments

Homeowners in the Eastern United States can now turn to Enersave.com, an online energy efficiency marketplace, to reserve sonnen residential battery storage products. sonnen launched in the US market in 2015 and manufactures its sonnenBatterie products in California. With more than 12,000 battery systems working with solar electric systems inRead More

Gaston Electrical installs 175-kW PV system on its own headquarters

Gaston Electrical installs 175-kW PV system on its own headquarters

August 23, 2016 at 9:03 am 0 comments

Gaston Electrical Co., Inc., an electrical contracting company serving the commercial, institutional, and retail markets in New England, has partnered with Solect Energy to install a 175.8-kW rooftop solar system, consisting of 676 panels, at the company headquarters in Norwood, Mass. The installation will advance Gaston’s ongoing initiative to increaseRead More