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Empire Statement: New York mandates 100 percent renewable energy by 2040

Empire Statement: New York mandates 100 percent renewable energy by 2040

July 22, 2019 at 10:01 am 0 comments

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is ushering in a new energy era for the Empire State by signing the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act into law, which will require the state’s utilities to produce 70 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030 and calls for 100Read More

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KeyBank partners with Dividend Finance on new residential solar financing program

July 22, 2019 at 9:16 am 0 comments

KeyBank, N.A. and Dividend Finance are partnering on a new financial program to help homeowners add solar and energy storage systems to their homes to gain energy independence. These services will be offered in 35 states across the nation. “Dividend’s ability to provide KeyBank access to new households while optimizing ourRead More

Montgomery Solar in Biscoe, NC is a 20MW facility built by O2 emc in 2015 and is running on the MyPV MCI (monitor/control/integrate) family of products by Solar Operations Solutions LLC.

Solar Operations Solutions discusses utility-scale solar innovation, like this new XMFR-Sync Controller

July 22, 2019 at 8:59 am 0 comments

According to Wood Mackenzie’s Solar Market Insight Report (Q2 2019), there were 1.6 gigawatts of utility-scale solar installed in Q1 2019, accounting for 61 percent of U.S. capacity additions this quarter. According to Brad Micallef, managing director and co-founder of Solar Operations Solutions LLC, this output is equivalent to almostRead More

NREL confirms 20.56 percent solar cell efficiency for a flexible thin-film product from MiaSolé

NREL confirms 20.56 percent solar cell efficiency for a flexible thin-film product from MiaSolé

July 22, 2019 at 8:11 am 0 comments

MiaSolé, the leading manufacturer of lightweight, flexible, thin-film photovoltaic solar panels announced that the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has independently confirmed a 20.56 percent cell efficiency for a thin-film device (0.86cm2) deposited on a stainless steel foil. This is a new internal record for MiaSolé thatRead More

Portland General Electric proposes mix of renewables, energy efficiency, demand response in integrated resource plan

Portland General Electric proposes mix of renewables, energy efficiency, demand response in integrated resource plan

July 22, 2019 at 8:01 am 0 comments

Portland General Electric Co. (PGE) presented a new integrated resource plan to the Oregon Public Utility Commission that focuses on adding more renewable power, capturing more energy efficiency and partnering with customers to help balance energy supply and demand during periods of peak energy use. “This is the first resourceRead More

Soltage and Basalt ready to fund 200 megawatts of solar via Helios Power

Soltage and Basalt ready to fund 200 megawatts of solar via Helios Power

July 18, 2019 at 3:47 pm 0 comments

Independent power producer Soltage LLC is launching Helios Power, a new funding vehicle in partnership with infrastructure equity investment fund Basalt II, to construct 200 megawatts (MW) of solar assets across the U.S.  Building upon this prior partnership, Helios Power will continue distributed solar asset investment in the commercial and industrial, utility,Read More

CleanCapital adds a 15 project solar portfolio in New Jersey for its largest acquisition to date

CleanCapital adds a 15 project solar portfolio in New Jersey for its largest acquisition to date

July 18, 2019 at 3:27 pm 0 comments

CleanCapital just announced its largest acquisition to date, a 75.2 MW solar portfolio made up of 15 operating solar projects in New Jersey. This is the fourth in a series of acquisitions made through CleanCapital’s $250 million investment vehicle with CarVal Investors. CleanCapital now owns and operates 180 MW ofRead More

Q CELLS is launching an all-black half-cell solar module with 25-year warranty to U.S. market

Q CELLS is launching an all-black half-cell solar module with 25-year warranty to U.S. market

July 18, 2019 at 3:17 pm 0 comments

Q CELLS is launching a new, all-black iteration of its popular solar module, the Q.PEAK DUO BLK-G6+, into the U.S. market in September 2019 with an extensive 25-year product warranty. This latest version of Q CELLS’ half-cell monocrystalline solar module range is manufactured with larger cells which boast dimensions of 161.70Read More

GE Solar sells majority stake in new distributed solar + storage venture to BlackRock

GE Solar sells majority stake in new distributed solar + storage venture to BlackRock

July 18, 2019 at 12:40 pm 0 comments

GE Solar and BlackRock rocked the renewable energy sector with the formation of a new business, Distributed Solar Development, a GE Renewable Energy Venture (DSD). The company will be 80 percent owned by a fund managed by BlackRock Real Assets and 20 percent owned by GE Renewable Energy and willRead More

PV Pointer: Considerations for super small-scale ground-mount PV systems

PV Pointer: Considerations for super small-scale ground-mount PV systems

July 18, 2019 at 10:50 am 0 comments

When does a ground-mount system work best? Many times, a roof mount is the only option due to space constraints, but when a bit of open land is available, putting a solar project on the ground provides some huge benefits to homeowners: Flexible design. While a roof is fixed atRead More