Articles by: Chris Crowell

Dominion Virginia Power strikes deal for 110 MW of solar

Dominion Virginia Power strikes deal for 110 MW of solar

December 22, 2015 at 11:49 am 2 comments

Dominion Virginia Power and the Commonwealth of Virginia reached an agreement to deploy 110 MW of solar power generation. Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Dominion joined together to announce the multi-year agreement. The Commonwealth will purchase the solar-generated electricity through a long-term agreement with Dominion. “This is another positive step toward furtheringRead More

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Solar CEOs say they will cease operations in Nevada if proposed tariff changes go through

December 22, 2015 at 9:33 am 6 comments

Nevada is on the verge of voting on a drastic change to its rate structure that would retroactively affect anyone who has already installed solar based on the original net metering tariff. Residents and several solar CEOs are unhappy with this sudden change in direction. From the Las Vegas Review-Journal:Read More

Energy storage demonstration in Oregon earns federal funds

Energy storage demonstration in Oregon earns federal funds

December 21, 2015 at 2:23 pm 2 comments

The Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE), in a joint solicitation with the energy storage program of US DOE Office of Electricity (US DOE-OE), will award $295,000 in state and federal funds to the Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) for an energy storage demonstration project that will incorporate 500 kWRead More

Utility-scale developer to further increase capital raise, post-ITC news

Utility-scale developer to further increase capital raise, post-ITC news

December 21, 2015 at 12:15 pm Comments are Disabled

Innovative Solar Systems LLC (ISS), one of the largest developers of utility scale solar PV systems in the country, has been hyping a capital raise this year to really ramp up its solar farm project pipelines. Well, post-ITC extension this is ramping up even more. John E. Green, CEO forRead More

ITC extension: Solar industry reacts (celebrates)

ITC extension: Solar industry reacts (celebrates)

December 21, 2015 at 10:13 am Comments are Disabled

It is Monday, and the solar industry is nursing a hangover after a weekend spent celebrating the extension of the Investment Tax Credits (ITC). Funny how quickly the mood changed regarding this possibility. Only a month ago we started asking readers for their wild predictions for 2016, and not manyRead More

Bay4 Energy Services brings on new president of technical services

Bay4 Energy Services brings on new president of technical services

December 18, 2015 at 4:13 pm Comments are Disabled

Bay4 Energy Services LLC welcomes William Richardson as the new President of Technical Services overseeing operations & maintenance, field services and a unique testing and development group known as LABS. Founded in 2008, Bay4 Energy Services optimizes the value of energy assets for owners and operators of energy production facilitiesRead More

MegaCell touts 25% bifacial efficiency of solar cell

MegaCell touts 25% bifacial efficiency of solar cell

December 18, 2015 at 12:30 pm 2 comments

MegaCell is an innovative Italian-based photovoltaic bi-facial high-efficiency cell and module manufacturer, part of Mega Group, which was recently established by Franco Traverso. Traverso is considered a pioneer of the Italian photovoltaic cells technology, given his extended experience of more than 30 years in photovoltaic (PV) sector since 1981, whenRead More

Report: Average residential solar prices $3 to $4 per watt, commercial $2 to $3

Report: Average residential solar prices $3 to $4 per watt, commercial $2 to $3

December 18, 2015 at 9:44 am 3 comments

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) completed a new state-level analysis of close to 11,000 solar price quotes and found that, despite some outliers, average residential solar prices in 2014-2015 clustered around $3-$4 per watt, while prices for nonresidential and utility-scale projects came in lower at $2-$3 per watt. TheRead More

Vermont Technical College to install 500-kW solar farm

Vermont Technical College to install 500-kW solar farm

December 17, 2015 at 4:00 pm 1 comment

Vermont Technical College will further its use of renewable energy and help reduce its operating costs while providing the institution new educational opportunities with the installation of a 500-kW solar farm. This month, the 500-kW project was awarded its Certificate of Public Good by the Vermont Public Service Board, green-lightingRead More

SunPower to install 5.2-MW PV systems across UCSB campus

SunPower to install 5.2-MW PV systems across UCSB campus

December 17, 2015 at 2:01 pm 1 comment

SunPower Corp. and University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), announced plans for 5.2-MW (DC) of SunPower systems to be installed on rooftops and in parking lots on the university’s campus. UCSB will buy the electricity produced by the systems at a competitive rate under a long-term power purchase agreement withRead More