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Duke Energy, solar industry agree on ‘Solar Choice Net Metering’ plan in South Carolina

Duke Energy, solar industry agree on ‘Solar Choice Net Metering’ plan in South Carolina

September 17, 2020 at 11:29 am 0 comments

Duke Energy says it has reached an agreement with leading solar installers, environmental groups and renewable energy advocates that, if approved by regulators, will create long-term stability for the residential solar industry in South Carolina. The deal will provide options for customers while allowing the company to address increasing electric demandRead More

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Li-ion Tamer: Preventing thermal runaway before it begins

September 17, 2020 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Utility, industrial, commercial, and government facilities are increasingly turning to Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESSs) in a variety of sizes and power outputs for reliable back-up power, to avoid peak demand charges and to store energy generated by renewable power systems for use at a later time. The market isRead More

8minute Solar Energy’s 67-MW Lotus Solar Farm is now fully operational

8minute Solar Energy’s 67-MW Lotus Solar Farm is now fully operational

September 16, 2020 at 3:22 pm 0 comments

8minute Solar Energy announced the 67-megawatt Lotus Solar Farm in Madera County, Calif., is now fully operational. The Lotus Solar Farm produces energy for more than 12,000 Southern California homes, delivered through a 20-year power purchase agreement with Southern California Edison, and will reduce carbon emissions by more than 48,000 metricRead More

Nexamp adds 50-MW community solar portfolio in Maine from Dimension Energy

Nexamp adds 50-MW community solar portfolio in Maine from Dimension Energy

September 16, 2020 at 3:19 pm 0 comments

Nexamp is acquiring a 10-project, 50-megawatt portfolio of community solar projects from Dimension Energy. The projects represent some of the first developed after Governor Mills reinstated, expanded, and enhanced the state’s Net Energy Billing program last year and will enable residential customers of Central Maine Power and Versant Power toRead More

Solaria files ITC complaint against Canadian Solar

Solaria files ITC complaint against Canadian Solar

September 16, 2020 at 1:27 pm 0 comments

On the heels of its lawsuit filed in March against Canadian Solar Inc. (CSIQ) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Solaria Corporation, a U.S. company based in Fremont, California, today announced it filed additional claims against Canadian Solar with the International Trade Commission (ITC). “SolariaRead More

Octillion, Orison aimed this smaller-scale energy storage unit right at homeowners to self-install

Octillion, Orison aimed this smaller-scale energy storage unit right at homeowners to self-install

September 16, 2020 at 1:21 pm 0 comments

Octillion Power Systems of Hayward, Calif., a provider of advanced lithium-ion storage systems, worked with Orison Inc., an energy storage company based in Wyoming, to develop a compact, customized battery pack that allows home owners to self-install their own home-battery system that can either power from an existing solar PV system orRead More

Generac partners with a leading Southern California solar installer

Generac partners with a leading Southern California solar installer

September 16, 2020 at 12:11 pm 0 comments

Generac Power Systems continues to establish key relationships in the solar market, announcing a partnership this week with Baker Electric Home Energy. Baker is a leading integrated home energy solutions provider — the sixth-largest residential solar installer in Southern California. Baker’s market presence and expertise in power generation, management andRead More

Pivot Energy, Nautilus Solar partner on Colorado community solar development (7 projects total)

Pivot Energy, Nautilus Solar partner on Colorado community solar development (7 projects total)

September 16, 2020 at 11:41 am 1 comment

Pivot Energy and Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC have announced plans to co-develop 13 megawatts of community solar in Colorado. The portfolio will consist of seven separate projects located across four counties in northeast and southern Colorado. The first garden is anticipated to come online in the first quarter of 2021.Read More

Attention preppers: Humless debuts GO 200 backpack-sized battery system

Attention preppers: Humless debuts GO 200 backpack-sized battery system

September 16, 2020 at 11:21 am 0 comments

In honor of National Preparedness Month, Humless announced a new GO 200 battery backup system — a 10″ x 7.72″ x 2.56″ backpack-sized system that’s ready for solar charging or from a wall outlet. This versatile six-pound power dynamo is perfect for camping or for quickly packing in a car.Read More

Liberty Utilities goes with BoxPower solar microgrid for wildfire mitigation, cost avoidance

Liberty Utilities goes with BoxPower solar microgrid for wildfire mitigation, cost avoidance

September 16, 2020 at 10:41 am 0 comments

Liberty Utilities is going with a microgrid solution from BoxPower to power a remote mountain research station. The decision will save millions of dollars by replacing high fire-risk distribution lines with a containerized solar+storage microgrid. The project is the result of a request-for-offers issued by Liberty Utilities for a wildfire-mitigationRead More