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Borrego Solar rebrands, shifts focus to utility-scale solar + storage

Borrego Solar rebrands, shifts focus to utility-scale solar + storage

January 25, 2021 at 11:31 am 0 comments

Borrego, a top-tier developer, EPC and O&M provider for large-scale renewable energy projects throughout the United States, today unveiled its new brand identity, a reorganized corporate structure, and an ambitious strategy focused on utility-scale solar and storage opportunities. Check out the new website here. Borrego implemented most of the organizationalRead More

Four reasons residential solar + storage installations are surging in the U.S.

Four reasons residential solar + storage installations are surging in the U.S.

January 25, 2021 at 10:44 am 0 comments

Until recently, most solar + storage systems have been out of reach of average homeowners. At first, that was because solar systems were expensive, even with the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) from the U.S. government. Then, as solar prices tumbled thanks to inexpensive imported panels, the sticking point became energyRead More

RETC’s 2020 PV Module Index Report shows overall improved performance

RETC’s 2020 PV Module Index Report shows overall improved performance

January 25, 2021 at 10:06 am 0 comments

Renewable Energy Test Center, LLC (RETC) published its annual PV Module Index (PVMI 2020) report near the end of last year, using its independent test lab data to recognize high performers and showcase high achievement in PV module manufacturing. The annual PVMI report consolidates their independent test data to shareRead More

Navisun adds New Jersey landfill community solar project to portfolio

Navisun adds New Jersey landfill community solar project to portfolio

January 22, 2021 at 12:49 pm 0 comments

Navisun LLC, a solar power producer that owns and operates distributed and small utility-scale solar projects, acquired a 4.5-MW community solar project in Linden, N.J. The Linden Hawk Rise Solar Project is located on the City of Linden’s landfill, in Union County, New Jersey. CS Energy was instrumental in developingRead More

Tesla launched a solar inverter. Here’s all we know

Tesla launched a solar inverter. Here’s all we know

January 21, 2021 at 12:19 pm 0 comments

With little fanfare this week, Tesla launched its own solar inverter, getting a step closer to having a fully in-house PV system. Available now, the Tesla Solar Inverter is a stackable string inverter with two models – 3.8 kW and 7.6 kW – featuring either two or four maximum powerRead More

Solstice raises $3.1 million for innovative, equitable approach to community solar

Solstice raises $3.1 million for innovative, equitable approach to community solar

January 21, 2021 at 10:13 am 0 comments

Climate change is a top concern for many Americans and its mitigation requires massive clean energy expansion. Still, 77% of American households cannot install rooftop solar power due to rented housing, the structure of their rooftop, the upfront cost, or access to financing. Solstice Power Technologies, Inc., a software andRead More

Freedom Forever stays with Sunrun as its solar and battery provider

Freedom Forever stays with Sunrun as its solar and battery provider

January 21, 2021 at 9:52 am 0 comments

Freedom Forever has selected Sunrun as its primary solar and battery as-a-service provider for the next three years. The company will leverage Sunrun’s home solar and battery service offering, as well as its well-known brand. Freedom Forever’s best in class operations and vast network of highly-trained independent sales dealers willRead More

How 3D-enabled workflow is changing utility-scale solar construction

How 3D-enabled workflow is changing utility-scale solar construction

January 21, 2021 at 9:00 am 0 comments

According to the SEIA Solar Market Insight Report 2020 Q3, utility PV development has reached a new milestone with more than 50 GWdc now in operation. Further, the report notes that at the current growth rate, that number is likely to reach 100 GWdc by 2023 and exceed 250 GWdcRead More

CleanSpark, Solar Watt Solutions to build solar + storage microgrid at Orange County medical facility

CleanSpark, Solar Watt Solutions to build solar + storage microgrid at Orange County medical facility

January 20, 2021 at 12:09 pm 0 comments

EPC Solar Watt Solutions teamed with software and controls company CleanSpark on a new solar-plus-storage microgrid at a medical facility in Orange County, Calif., that will feature 100-kW rooftop and carport solar with 30 kW/70 kW battery. The site will utilize CleanSpark’s patented mPulse controller to optimize the solar plusRead More

Alliant Energy donates $90,000 in community solar blocks to Habitat for Humanity

Alliant Energy donates $90,000 in community solar blocks to Habitat for Humanity

January 20, 2021 at 11:53 am 0 comments

Alliant Energy is donating $90,000 in solar blocks from its Fond du Lac community solar project to Habitat for Humanity of Fond du Lac County. Alliant Energy launched its Fond du Lac community solar project in early December. The company expects to start construction on the project, located southeast of theRead More