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Clean Energy States Alliance launches DOE-funded initiative to bring solar to low-income communities

Clean Energy States Alliance launches DOE-funded initiative to bring solar to low-income communities

October 7, 2019 at 12:47 pm 0 comments

The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) will lead a wide-ranging initiative to accelerate the development of solar projects that benefit low-and-moderate-income (LMI) households and communities. The “Scaling Up Solar for Under-Resourced Communities Project” is being supported by a three-year funding award of $1.1 million from the US Department of EnergyRead More

First projects approved in the Illinois Solar for All program

First projects approved in the Illinois Solar for All program

October 7, 2019 at 11:08 am 0 comments

The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) approved the contracts for the first projects participating in the Illinois Solar for All (ILSFA) program. For the initial 2018-2019 program year, five projects were approved for the Low-Income Community Solar sub-program, providing over $11 million in incentives and over 4,000 kW in system capacity,Read More

Wood Mac: The top 10 global PV asset owners have over 22 GW of total solar capacity

Wood Mac: The top 10 global PV asset owners have over 22 GW of total solar capacity

October 7, 2019 at 9:59 am 0 comments

According to Wood Mackenzie’s inaugural global solar photovoltaic (PV) asset ownership ranking (excluding China), the world’s top 10 solar PV asset owners now hold over 22 gigawatts (GW) of cumulative solar capacity. Collectively, the top 10 added around 2.5 GW of new capacity in 2018. “The global solar market remainsRead More

Hand writes "Tariff Change" on blackboard

About-facial: Trump administration to end the tariff exemption for imported bifacial solar panels

October 7, 2019 at 9:39 am 0 comments

  Bifacial solar panels were abuzz at this year’s Solar Power International in Salt Lake City. Most PV module manufacturers had a line to tout, and analysts and EPCs were all noting how the costs and opportunity were all adding up to a huge demand — 2020 was going toRead More

Tigo has a new version of its fire safety solution that serves two modules at once

Tigo has a new version of its fire safety solution that serves two modules at once

October 2, 2019 at 3:46 pm 0 comments

Tigo Energy released a new TS4-A-2F (Fire Safety) at Solar Power International this year — the same advanced retrofit/add-on rapid shutdown solution as the TS4-A-F, only this version can serve two modules at once. The UL-certified TS4-A-2F complies with NEC 2017 690.12 Rapid Shutdown specifications when installed with Tigo’s UL-certified RSS TransmitterRead More

Unirac now has a solar installer certification program

Unirac now has a solar installer certification program

October 2, 2019 at 3:30 pm 0 comments

At Solar Power International this year, Unirac launched the first solar racking specific certification program in the industry for committed installation partners. Peter Lorenz, Unirac CEO, says they rolled this program out to “arm our trusted installation partners with training, tools and marketing assets to help grow their own businessesRead More

Details on a portfolio of five huge solar plants (1.7 GW total) coming to California, Texas via Intersect Power, Signal Energy

Details on a portfolio of five huge solar plants (1.7 GW total) coming to California, Texas via Intersect Power, Signal Energy

October 2, 2019 at 2:47 pm 0 comments

Intersect Power, a utility-scale renewable energy developer, along with Chattanooga, Tenn.-based EPC Signal Energy, has five massive shovel-ready projects, located in California and Texas, ready to begin construction in 2020. Signal and Intersect have been working over the past 18 months to design this large portfolio of solar power plants thatRead More

Will the U.S. energy storage market be weaker than expected? Rethink Energy thinks so

Will the U.S. energy storage market be weaker than expected? Rethink Energy thinks so

October 2, 2019 at 2:07 pm 0 comments

Energy storage will grow from 6 GWh installed today to over 635 GWh cumulatively by 2030 says a new report from Rethink Technology Research. That’s a huge-but-unsurprising prediction. What is a bit suprising though is the weak market expected in the United States. While most forecasters are seeing the USRead More

Keystate Renewables launches a solar tax credit fund for community bank investors

Keystate Renewables launches a solar tax credit fund for community bank investors

October 2, 2019 at 1:05 pm 0 comments

The KeyState Renewables announced the launch of SOLCAP FUND I, LLC, an institutional investor tax credit fund dedicated to the most underserved solar market segment — mid-size solar power generation projects. In conjunction with solar industry veterans at Corner Power, KeyState’s fund allows community banks to invest in solar taxRead More

Standard Solar adds California’s Lake Elsinore Unified School District to its solar project portfolio

Standard Solar adds California’s Lake Elsinore Unified School District to its solar project portfolio

October 2, 2019 at 11:05 am 0 comments

  Standard Solar keeps expanding its footprint across the country, announcing this week the acquisition of a 7-MW portfolio of distributed generation solar projects for the Lake Elsinore Unified School District (LEUSD) in Lake Elsinore, Calif. The portfolio will be a mix of landfill ground mounts and solar canopies. TheRead More