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Solar Support launches inverter support, plant restoration service for utility-scale solar sites

November 21, 2019 at 12:38 pm 0 comments

Solar Support, an engineering services company, is launching a cool integrated equipment and plant restoration and recovery solution. The goal for Solar Support is to combine their deep inverter expertise with construction management acumen to resolve complex issues for utility systems. By working with some of the leading O&M providersRead More

Bill Gates-backed Heliogen has a concentrated solar breakthrough that can displace fossil fuels in industrial processes

Bill Gates-backed Heliogen has a concentrated solar breakthrough that can displace fossil fuels in industrial processes

November 21, 2019 at 11:27 am 0 comments

For the first time commercially, there is a concentrated solar energy system to exceed temperatures greater than 1,000 degrees Celsius — a temperature that can replace the need for fossil fuels in critical industrial processes, including the production of cement, steel, and petrochemicals, according to Heliogen, the innovator of theRead More

SenseHawk releases app to improve solar site worker productivity

SenseHawk releases app to improve solar site worker productivity

November 21, 2019 at 10:23 am 0 comments

SenseHawk’s has created an application to combine a variety of critical productivity tools with an intuitive interface for solar site workers in the field. In the past, field workers have had to struggle with old-fashioned pen and paper or standalone apps with limited functionality and cumbersome data-entry interfaces. SenseHawk App changesRead More

8minute Solar Energy, Capital Dynamics cut ribbon on 450-MW Springbok Solar Cluster

8minute Solar Energy, Capital Dynamics cut ribbon on 450-MW Springbok Solar Cluster

November 21, 2019 at 10:01 am 0 comments

8minute Solar Energy, one of the largest independent solar and storage developer in the U.S., and Capital Dynamics, an independent global private asset management firm, celebrated the completion and commercial operation of the 450-Megawatt Springbok Solar Cluster in Kern County, California. Elected officials, key executives, and others were on handRead More

South Carolina set to lose a bunch of solar jobs, progress after setting insanely low solar rates

South Carolina set to lose a bunch of solar jobs, progress after setting insanely low solar rates

November 21, 2019 at 9:51 am 0 comments

The solar industry made South Carolina a priority this year. The state had outdated regulations that were holding back renewable energy demand. In May, state lawmakers passed a bipartisan bill that solved all of these issues. It lifted net metering caps, allowed for solar leases and much more. As partRead More

Countdown to 2020, part VI: Time’s Up, California

Countdown to 2020, part VI: Time’s Up, California

November 21, 2019 at 9:21 am 0 comments

  This final article in our Countdown to 2020 series originally appeared in the November/December 2019 issue of Solar Builder. Subscribe here for free if you haven’t already.  The launch of California’s Title 24 new build solar mandate is less than two months away, and it’s nowhere near the topRead More

Cambridge Savings Bank finances three solar facilities in Massachusetts for Kearsarge Energy

Cambridge Savings Bank finances three solar facilities in Massachusetts for Kearsarge Energy

November 21, 2019 at 8:44 am 0 comments

Boston law firm Sherin and Lodgen LLP announces that its Renewable Energy Practice Group represented Cambridge Savings Bank in a portfolio construction bridge and term loan to Kearsarge Energy, a leading renewable energy project developer, for the construction of three ground-mounted solar facilities in Massachusetts totaling 8.8 MW. The transactionRead More

Home standby generator giant Generac details its plans to establish the residential storage market

Home standby generator giant Generac details its plans to establish the residential storage market

November 20, 2019 at 8:00 am 0 comments

The residential solar + storage market is still more buzz than business as we finish out 2019, but Generac, the largest brand in the home standby generator space, has plans to single-handedly change that going into 2020. I don’t think that’s an overstatement, either. There is momentum in residential solarRead More

House includes solar Investment Tax Credit extension in clean energy tax package

House includes solar Investment Tax Credit extension in clean energy tax package

November 19, 2019 at 4:53 pm 0 comments

Today the House Ways and Means Committee released a comprehensive clean energy tax package that includes a five-year extension of the 30% solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and new incentives for energy storage. Following is a statement from Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries AssociationRead More

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Get to Know: Vikram Solar and its three new PV module lines built just for the U.S. solar market

November 19, 2019 at 8:00 am 0 comments

At Solar Power International this year we chatted with Ravindra Vaidya, VP of global markets for Vikram Solar, about the company’s upcoming big push into the United States. Here’s what we learned. Created in 2006 by the Vikram Group, Vikram Solar is a global manufacturer of Tier 1 PV modulesRead More