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Kansas community college adds solar to curriculum and campus via RP Construction Services

Kansas community college adds solar to curriculum and campus via RP Construction Services

November 15, 2018 at 3:26 pm 0 comments

As part of Kansas’ Cloud County Community College’s Solar Energy Technology program, new solar energy courses — spurred by the installation of a new on-campus solar site — will train students for high-tech, high-wage jobs in the exciting, emerging solar industry through innovative teaching and educational partnerships. The site willRead More

SolarEdge’s EV-charging inverter named Product of the Year in the BIG Awards for Business

SolarEdge’s EV-charging inverter named Product of the Year in the BIG Awards for Business

November 15, 2018 at 3:15 pm 0 comments

  SolarEdge Technologies, a global leader in smart energy, won the New Product of the Year Award in the Energy Category of the 2018 BIG Awards for Business for its EV-charging inverter (above). Founded with the mission of recognizing true talent and superior performance in the business world, the BusinessRead More

IREC, Vote Solar develop this new checklist to improve community solar design

IREC, Vote Solar develop this new checklist to improve community solar design

November 15, 2018 at 1:19 pm 0 comments

Two national organizations released a new checklist to help regulators and interested stakeholders evaluate and improve voluntary community solar across the country. The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) and Vote Solar developed the checklist to promote scalable and replicable community solar programs that benefit customers and communities. “There are provenRead More

This lightweight CIGS photovoltaic cell, on flexible stainless steel, was made by Matthew Reese and his team at NREL. Photo by Dennis Schroeder / NREL

NREL argues for value of ‘watts per kilogram’ in emerging thin-film, flexible solar technology

November 15, 2018 at 10:06 am 0 comments

Rigid silicon solar panels dominate the utility and residential markets, but opportunity exists for thin-film photovoltaic and emerging technologies notable for being lightweight and flexible, according to scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Thin films such as cadmium telluride (CdTe) and copper indium galliumRead More

ForeFront Power develops solar carport, storage system for University of California, Santa Cruz

ForeFront Power develops solar carport, storage system for University of California, Santa Cruz

November 14, 2018 at 3:13 pm 0 comments

The University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) has partnered with ForeFront Power to develop a 2-MW solar parking canopy structure plus energy storage system that will provide clean, reliable electricity to the campus over a 20-year term. UCSC procured renewable energy with ForeFront Power through a streamlined procurement process viaRead More

Freedom Forever expands its residential solar services (and 25-year power guarantee) to Colorado

Freedom Forever expands its residential solar services (and 25-year power guarantee) to Colorado

November 14, 2018 at 12:59 pm 0 comments

Residential solar energy installer Freedom Forever is expanding into Colorado. Currently serving customers in California, Arizona and Nevada, the company says it selected Colorado as its next market because of the large growth potential for solar energy in that state, due to its climate and solar-friendly regulatory environment. With solar energyRead More

Schneider Electric’s Wiser Energy System gives homeowners more insight into energy usage

Schneider Electric’s Wiser Energy System gives homeowners more insight into energy usage

November 14, 2018 at 12:43 pm 0 comments

Schneider Electric announced the second generation of its Wiser Energy System, an integrated monitoring system that gives homeowners more insight into their energy activity and use. Through a new partnership with Sense, whose intelligent home energy technology interprets the power usage and activity of devices in the home, Wiser EnergyRead More

Sunfinity installs 200-kW solar system on Texas-based infrastructure development company building

Sunfinity installs 200-kW solar system on Texas-based infrastructure development company building

November 14, 2018 at 11:39 am 0 comments

LBJ Infrastructure Group and NTE Mobility Partners have created some of the most sophisticated traffic tollways in the United States, including nearly $7 billion in three North Texas projects. Neat, huh? What’s this have to do with Solar Builder? Well, their parent company Cintra, a leader in P3 infrastructure development,Read More

Puerto Rico rebuild: Solar, efficiency projects underway at San Juan’s largest market

Puerto Rico rebuild: Solar, efficiency projects underway at San Juan’s largest market

November 14, 2018 at 8:53 am 0 comments

Solar installation and energy efficiency upgrades at the Plaza del Mercado de Río Piedras in San Juan, Puerto Rico, are underway, according to officials from The Solar Foundation, the Clinton Foundation and the municipality of San Juan. The Plaza del Mercado de Río Piedras in San Juan is the largestRead More

American Electric Power (AEP) to add 8.3 GW of renewable generation by 2030

American Electric Power (AEP) to add 8.3 GW of renewable generation by 2030

November 14, 2018 at 8:23 am 0 comments

Ohio-based American Electric Power says it plans to invest $33 billion in capital from 2019 through 2023, with $2.7 billion of that focused on new renewable generation, including approximately $2.2 billion for competitive, contracted renewable projects. “Our long-term strategy is built on investments that will benefit our customers and positionRead More