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Centrica Business Solutions completes Shelter Creek Condominiums solar system

Centrica Business Solutions completes Shelter Creek Condominiums solar system

November 24, 2020 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Centrica Business Solutions, part of Centrica plc, a global energy and services company, completed a 2.5-MW rooftop solar installation at Shelter Creek Condominiums in San Bruno, Calif. The project, which began in 2017, will offset the facility’s energy usage by 70 percent and is expected to generate 3,632,773 kilowatt-hours annually.Read More

Merit Controls explains its growing turnkey control system, power plant modeling services

Merit Controls explains its growing turnkey control system, power plant modeling services

November 24, 2020 at 8:00 am 0 comments

Merit Controls, a provider of power control systems and grid integration solutions for utility-scale applications, has significantly enlarged its commercial and industrial project portfolio. In addition to the recently announced 284 megawatts Azure Sky solar and storage project with partner Enel Green Power, Merit Controls continues to expand into wind,Read More

Get to know Fronius’ three apps for start-up, monitoring and support

Get to know Fronius’ three apps for start-up, monitoring and support

November 23, 2020 at 12:06 pm 0 comments

Fronius has reinvented its start-up, monitoring and after-sales support with its latest generation of inverters. Keys to this reinvention are three useful apps for installers, service technicians and end customers that expand Fronius’ range of tried-and-tested online tools with some helpful new features. Servicing support is available more quickly, as wellRead More

WattBuy nets $3.5M to expand its renewables-focused electricity marketplace

WattBuy nets $3.5M to expand its renewables-focused electricity marketplace

November 23, 2020 at 11:31 am 0 comments

WattBuy is an online electricity marketplace with the goal of empowering consumers to make smarter decisions about their electricity costs, allowing homeowners to browse and select plans in their area. It is a good idea, one that just raised $3.25 million in its Series A round of funding led byRead More

Drone aerial photograph of Sunflare solar panel installation on the McBride family farm horse barn.

How Sunflare added 9-kW of solar on this 100-year-old barn roof

November 20, 2020 at 9:00 am 0 comments

This barn on Hopeful Hollow Farm in Rockingham County, VA is 100 years old. So is the roof, but now it can generate 9-kW of new power every day. Sunflare installed LiteMount, the only ultralight weight module that can be installed on weight-constrained roofs — installing at less than 1 lbRead More

California CCAs have signed 6 GW of long-term clean energy deals

California CCAs have signed 6 GW of long-term clean energy deals

November 19, 2020 at 11:15 am 0 comments

The California Community Choice Association (CalCCA) announced today that Community Choice Aggregators in the state have signed long-term power purchase agreements for more than 6,000 megawatts with new-build clean energy resources. The total includes almost 5,000 megawatts in executed renewable energy power purchase agreements – an increase of 1,700 megawatts comparedRead More

FERC Order 841 mattered, but state interconnection rules

FERC Order 841 mattered, but state interconnection rules

November 19, 2020 at 10:00 am 0 comments

It was big news this summer when a federal appeals court upheld Order 841 of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. FERC Order 841 clarified that energy storage systems as small as 100 kW (which are interconnected on the distribution grid, under state rules), cannot be barred from participating in wholesaleRead More

Altus Power acquires 2.5-megawatt operating solar project in Vermont

Altus Power acquires 2.5-megawatt operating solar project in Vermont

November 19, 2020 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Altus Power America completed the acquisition of a 2.5-MW operating solar project in Charlotte, Vermont. The acquired project generates approximately 3 million kWh of electricity annually. This project sells energy to VEPP, Inc, a not-for-profit Vermont Corporation that administers two of Vermont’s Renewable Energy Programs under contract with the Vermont Public UtilityRead More

sonnen launches lower price-point home battery solution in sonnenCore

sonnen launches lower price-point home battery solution in sonnenCore

November 19, 2020 at 9:00 am 0 comments

sonnen launched a new compact, affordable and fully sonnen-designed home battery solution, known as sonnenCore. This product evolution expands sonnen’s premium offerings to include a broader, more cost-conscious base of homebuilders, installers and customers, who do not want to compromise on quality. “With the increasing demand for energy security and theRead More

High school student gets solar industry partners to donate full PV system to a New Jersey food pantry

High school student gets solar industry partners to donate full PV system to a New Jersey food pantry

November 18, 2020 at 3:15 pm 0 comments

The Flemington Area Food Pantry, serving Hunterdon County, N.J., celebrated and unveiled their brand new solar array installation this week — a project was made possible by a collaborative donation effort among notable solar industry leaders and community volunteers, each supplying their individual components. Among all of the parties who contributedRead More