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Source Renewables planning two community solar projects on former Buffalo, New York landfill

Source Renewables planning two community solar projects on former Buffalo, New York landfill

March 5, 2021 at 12:11 pm 0 comments

New York solar developer Source Renewables announced plans to develop two community solar projects on the Marilla Street Landfill in South Buffalo. Source Renewables has submitted an application for rezoning with the City of Buffalo to rezone the Marilla Street Landfill property to a distributed generation solar farm, which would consist ofRead More

RFP alert: NV Energy seeking community solar proposal for a North Las Vegas high school

RFP alert: NV Energy seeking community solar proposal for a North Las Vegas high school

March 5, 2021 at 11:20 am 0 comments

NV Energy issued a request for proposals to design, engineer, procure, deliver and install a 350-kW community based solar project at Mojave High School, a Title 1 school located in North Las Vegas, NV. This project will be the first of several community-based solar resource projects developed as part of theRead More

You down with VPPs? How the virtual power plant movement is going so far

You down with VPPs? How the virtual power plant movement is going so far

March 5, 2021 at 10:07 am 0 comments

As has been the case with many good science fiction inventions of the last century, we are finally getting around to building virtual power plants (VPPs), or a software-and-wire linked network of small residential and commercial electricity generators, that together resemble a multimillion-dollar utility power plant. While the wires linkingRead More

Hershey’s big environmental plans include two utility-scale solar PPAs

Hershey’s big environmental plans include two utility-scale solar PPAs

March 4, 2021 at 2:04 pm 0 comments

The Hershey Co. announced a slew of commitments to advance its environmental progress and contribute to global climate action. In 2019, the company committed to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to audit its operations and develop targets to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in line with the best available climateRead More

Target and its major suppliers sign PPAs for two solar projects in Texas

Target and its major suppliers sign PPAs for two solar projects in Texas

March 4, 2021 at 1:30 pm 0 comments

In 2019, Target said it planned to source 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. This week, the retail giant shared the next steps: three new renewable energy projects that will address nearly a quarter of its electricity use, two of which are solar. Along with its existingRead More

Aptly named Climate Pledge Arena to install 1.2-MW of solar, get net zero carbon certified

Aptly named Climate Pledge Arena to install 1.2-MW of solar, get net zero carbon certified

March 3, 2021 at 4:23 pm 0 comments

Excelsior Energy Capital, Unico Solar Investors, Oak View Group and the Seattle Kraken announced a partnership to equip Climate Pledge Arena with onsite solar arrays. The arrays which produce energy totaling 1.2 MW are a key component of the project’s commitment to becoming the first arena in the world toRead More

Distributed Solar Development secures $150 million to fund its C&I solar pipeline

Distributed Solar Development secures $150 million to fund its C&I solar pipeline

March 3, 2021 at 3:54 pm 0 comments

Distributed Solar Development (DSD) secured a two-year, $150 million construction revolver with Rabobank, a global food and agribusiness bank and leader in sustainability-oriented banking, to finance its expanding pipeline of distributed generation solar projects in the commercial and industrial (C&I) market. The flexible structure of the Rabobank construction revolver alignsRead More

White Pine Renewables completes largest floating solar project in U.S. for Healdsburg, California

White Pine Renewables completes largest floating solar project in U.S. for Healdsburg, California

March 3, 2021 at 3:30 pm 0 comments

White Pine Renewables completed the Healdsburg Floating Solar Project for the city of Healdsburg, Calif., under a 25-year power purchase agreement. At 4.78 MW(dc) and sited on ponds at the city’s wastewater treatment plant, the project is the largest floating solar project completed in the United States to date. TheRead More

Datasheet or data sh*t? Independent testing finds where certain inverters fall short of their rated specs

Datasheet or data sh*t? Independent testing finds where certain inverters fall short of their rated specs

March 3, 2021 at 12:27 pm 0 comments

Ask any solar developer, installer or asset owner if they have experienced inverter issues and the response is usually a resounding “yes!” There are stories of manufacturers that failed to honor warranty terms and products that failed to operate upon removal from their packaging. But the most insidious form ofRead More

The Mitrex solar cladding materials can retain the same esthetic as its non-energy-producing counterparts, and can mimic various construction materials such as concrete, timber, or stucco. (CNW Group/Mitrex)

Mitrex wants to generate BIPV solar power with this new building exterior

March 3, 2021 at 10:00 am 0 comments

Mitrex is introducing a patented solution that can transform a building’s exterior into a vertical, self-sufficient power system. As part of the company’s commitment to a net-zero carbon future, the immediate focus is on pioneering renewable energy solutions for the construction industry. The company’s patented building-integrated photovoltaic technology (BIPV) – viaRead More