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Madison Gas and Electric files to build a 20-MW solar project to benefit six big customers

Madison Gas and Electric files to build a 20-MW solar project to benefit six big customers

May 20, 2020 at 2:48 pm 0 comments

Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) filed an application with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) for approval of a 20-megawatt (MW) solar array to be built in Fitchburg, Wisc. Known as the O’Brien Solar Fields, the project will provide locally generated solar energy to local businesses, municipalities and publicRead More

Smarter Grid Solutions explains how it can double the capacity available for interconnected solar

Smarter Grid Solutions explains how it can double the capacity available for interconnected solar

May 20, 2020 at 2:20 pm 0 comments

Clean energy software firm Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS) says it has developed five methods that could double the capacity available for solar panels and other distributed energy resources (DERs) to connect to individual electricity substations. Everything starts with the company’s ANM Element software product. Utility companies can monitor the amountRead More

State of Virginia has a plan to make solar more accessible, affordable

State of Virginia has a plan to make solar more accessible, affordable

May 20, 2020 at 11:11 am 0 comments

In the battle to grow solar energy adoption, the SolSmart program is on the frontlines, focusing on local-level inefficiencies. Municipalities and jurisdictions that follow its guidelines (stuff like streamlining permitting and easing zoning restrictions) have made huge strides in organically growing their solar industries. That’s why it’s encouraging to hear thatRead More

SolRiver Capital, AVANA team up on financing for six solar projects (24-MW total)

SolRiver Capital, AVANA team up on financing for six solar projects (24-MW total)

May 19, 2020 at 1:57 pm 0 comments

  SolRiver Capital LLC, a solar investment fund that acquires and owns distributed generation and utility scale projects, closed on $30 million of construction financing with AVANA Capital. The portfolio totals 24 MW and consists of six projects located across the country. Since 2017, SolRiver and AVANA Capital have actedRead More

New Mexico’s Kit Carson Electric Cooperative brings 3-MW solar plant online

New Mexico’s Kit Carson Electric Cooperative brings 3-MW solar plant online

May 19, 2020 at 1:41 pm 0 comments

  Northern New Mexico’s Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC) is on a mission to achieve 100 percent daytime solar energy, bringing online its largest solar array to date last week. The Taos array will deliver 3 MW of solar energy – enough to power approximately 1,500 to 1,600 families inRead More

Microdrones as a service? Professional drone LiDAR and surveying more accessible than ever

Microdrones as a service? Professional drone LiDAR and surveying more accessible than ever

May 19, 2020 at 10:26 am 0 comments

Microdrones launched mdaaS (Microdrones as a Service) to make its survey equipment and solutions accessible to a broader market of surveyors and geomatics professionals. Could be a handy tool in the solar development toolbelt. MdaaS introduces drone surveying solutions, including everything needed to do drone LiDAR and surveying the rightRead More

Amphenol Solar Project, New York. Solar FlexRack structures.

Structural Solutions: Challenging solar sites solved by mounting and racking systems

May 19, 2020 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Giant, sprawling solar projects on flat landscapes are no longer the norm. For solar energy to proliferate across the country, PV systems need to affix to various unfriendly environments — rough terrains, oddly shaped parcels, confined city corners, obstructed roofs and so on. Luckily, there are more solutions for solvingRead More

Toledo Solar opens first U.S.-based cadmium telluride solar PV panel plant

Toledo Solar opens first U.S.-based cadmium telluride solar PV panel plant

May 19, 2020 at 8:00 am 0 comments

  Leading a $30 million initiative, The Atlas Venture Group has formed a new company that manufactures cadmium telluride photovoltaic (CdTePV) solar panels in Toledo, Ohio. Toledo Solar, Inc., will begin shipping its Tier 1 panels to customers worldwide in June, and they already have over $800 million in purchaseRead More

New Columbia Solar closes huge tax equity deal to finance Washington D.C. PV projects

New Columbia Solar closes huge tax equity deal to finance Washington D.C. PV projects

May 18, 2020 at 3:26 pm 0 comments

New Columbia Solar, a Washington, D.C., independent power producer, closed a $40 million tax equity partnership with Franklin Park Infrastructure to finance DC-based solar projects throughout 2020 and 2021. This investment is the largest known tax equity investment dedicated explicitly to solar projects in the District of Columbia. With overRead More

Quinbrook launches new solar development arm, Primergy Solar

Quinbrook launches new solar development arm, Primergy Solar

May 18, 2020 at 3:03 pm 0 comments

Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, a specialist investor in renewable energy infrastructure, launched Primergy Solar this week, a new portfolio company that will focus on acquiring, developing and operating distributed and utility-scale solar PV and battery storage projects across North America. “The industry is recognizing the increasingly important role that solar-plus-battery storageRead More