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Auric Solar rebrands as Auric Energy, acquires Solaroo Energy

Auric Solar rebrands as Auric Energy, acquires Solaroo Energy

January 8, 2019 at 1:06 pm 0 comments

Auric Energy is making some moves. First came word that the Utah-based solar installer was rebranding as Auric Energy, previously known as Auric Solar, to reflect the greater range of products and services it now offers, such as electrical and battery storage, among other services to be announced. The company hintedRead More

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PV Protection: Four reasons you should already be installing protective barriers on solar arrays

January 8, 2019 at 7:00 am 0 comments

Installing a protective barrier or skirt with a rooftop solar system should no longer be considered an add-on or upgrade but rather an integral part of the design. The argument why is self-explanatory once you play out the scenario. So, let’s play it out. A protective barrier provides pest protection.Read More

City of Greenville, Illinois, partners with Sunpin Solar on its first major solar project

City of Greenville, Illinois, partners with Sunpin Solar on its first major solar project

January 7, 2019 at 1:54 pm 0 comments

The City of Greenville, Ill., and signed ab option and lease agreement with the California-based solar developer Sunpin Solar for a potential major solar energy project site within the community. Approximately 70 miles south of Springfield, Ill., this 150-acre solar site will host an approximate 30-40 MW solar system withRead More

DNV GL’s solar equipment reliability testing lab, PVEL, spins off on its own

DNV GL’s solar equipment reliability testing lab, PVEL, spins off on its own

January 7, 2019 at 1:46 pm 0 comments

The management of DNV GL and PV Evolution Labs (PVEL) kicked off the new year by jointly deciding that PVEL will become a separate legal entity. In the new setting, both organizations will have more flexibility to maximize value to customers. DNV GL and PVEL will continue to work togetherRead More

This Hawaii housing development to share solar energy via peer-to-peer exchange network

This Hawaii housing development to share solar energy via peer-to-peer exchange network

January 7, 2019 at 1:25 pm 0 comments

EnSync Energy Systems signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Koa’e Workforce Housing, L.P. to include EnSync Smart Home Energy Systems in a new 134-unit housing development. The systems will utilize peer-to-peer energy exchange and smart water heaters to optimize energy efficiency and utilization of solar across the community. TheRead More

Duke Energy prepares for second round of residential solar rebates in North Carolina

Duke Energy prepares for second round of residential solar rebates in North Carolina

January 7, 2019 at 11:27 am 0 comments

Duke Energy has opened the window for another wave of North Carolina customers to apply for its solar rebate program — a program that saw more than 1,300 customers in 2018 after launching in the summer. The Duke Energy solar rebate program is one of many customer programs the companyRead More

Philadelphia to offset 22 percent of government building electricity costs via solar PPA

Philadelphia to offset 22 percent of government building electricity costs via solar PPA

January 7, 2019 at 11:16 am 0 comments

Developer Community Energy Inc. announced the approval of a 70-MW solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) in Adams County, Pa, to power government facilities in Philadelphia. The solar farm, named Adams Solar LLC, will produce enough electricity to operate 22 percent of Philadelphia government buildings by 2020. The project is theRead More

Clearway Energy Group secures two solar PPAs with Hawaiian Electric Co.

Clearway Energy Group secures two solar PPAs with Hawaiian Electric Co.

January 7, 2019 at 11:03 am 0 comments

Clearway Energy Group and Hawaiian Electric Company have signed power purchase agreements to construct two solar projects on Oahu: Mililani I Solar and Waiawa Solar Power. The power purchase agreements have been submitted to the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for review. The Mililani I Solar project, located in theRead More

SolarEdge acquires electric vehicle powertrain provider SMRE

SolarEdge acquires electric vehicle powertrain provider SMRE

January 7, 2019 at 10:33 am 0 comments

SolarEdge Technologies announced a huge move today, acquiring SMRE Spa, a provider of integrated powertrain technology and electronics for electric vehicles. Founded in 1999 and traded on the Italian AIM, SMRE has three business units: e-mobility, automated production machines and telematics software. The company has more than fifteen years ofRead More

Five predictions for the U.S. residential solar market via Freedom Forever

Five predictions for the U.S. residential solar market via Freedom Forever

January 3, 2019 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Freedom Forever is one of the fastest growing residential solar finance and installation companies. The Temecula, California-based company doubled its revenues in 2018 (topping the $100 million mark), and has installed 26 MW on more than 10,000 homes in California, Arizona and Nevada in 2018 to date. They must beRead More