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Wisconsin approved a plan that will quintuple the state’s solar capacity

Wisconsin approved a plan that will quintuple the state’s solar capacity

April 15, 2019 at 11:29 am 0 comments

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission approved five interrelated cases that will lead to a five-fold expansion of solar energy in Wisconsin, according to RENEW Wisconsin. The nonprofit estimates that Wisconsin closed 2018 with about 103 MW of solar power, about 80% of that residing on homes and buildings, directly serving theRead More

From left to right: Bruce Wilson, Executive Director, Workforce Alliance North Bay; Brad Wagenknecht, Napa County Supervisor, District 1; Belia Ramos, Napa County Supervisor, District 5; Aaron Halimi, President, Renewable Properties; Alexandra McGee, Community Power Organizer, MCE.

Renewable Properties’ American Canyon Solar Project is the first in California’s Community Choice Aggregation Program

April 15, 2019 at 11:11 am 0 comments

Renewable Properties, an investor and developer of small-scale utility and commercial solar energy projects throughout the U.S., is now constructing the American Canyon Solar Project in Napa County after months of development, planning and preparation. Renewable Properties developed the small-scale utility solar project that will supply Marin Clean Energy (MCE),Read More

CleanChoice Energy Community Solar opens new solar farm in Prince George’s County, Maryland

CleanChoice Energy Community Solar opens new solar farm in Prince George’s County, Maryland

April 15, 2019 at 10:58 am 0 comments

CleanChoice Energy, a renewable energy company that empowers people and businesses to cut emissions and live cleaner lives, has opened 3 MW of community solar capacity for Prince George’s County residents. The Simba Community Solar Farm broke ground earlier this year in Cheltenham, Md., and is nearing completion. Residents thatRead More

DynaPower debuts next-generation energy storage system

DynaPower debuts next-generation energy storage system

April 15, 2019 at 10:15 am 0 comments

Leveraging over a decade worth of experience in deploying over 500 MWs of battery energy storage worldwide, Dynapower ready to debut its next generation of fully integrated behind-the-meter and front-of-the-meter energy storage systems. The CPSi, MPSi, and DPSi are purpose built for commercial and industrial, utility scale, and solar plusRead More

Bill for consumer solar rights in California rolls on (meanwhile, Sacramento utility proposes ‘grid access fee’)

Bill for consumer solar rights in California rolls on (meanwhile, Sacramento utility proposes ‘grid access fee’)

April 15, 2019 at 10:04 am 1 comment

  California consumers and clean energy supporters applauded the passage of SB 288 through its first critical hurdle in the Senate Energy Committee last week. Authored by the bipartisan team of Sen. Scott Wiener (D-SF) and Sen. Jim Nielsen (R-Red Bluff), along with several other legislative co-authors, SB 288 wouldRead More

Energy Toolbase to open new office in Hawaii

Energy Toolbase to open new office in Hawaii

April 15, 2019 at 9:53 am 0 comments

Energy Toolbase announced the opening of a new office in Hawaii to service customers in-state and throughout the Asia Pacific region, including Australia. The sales and support office will enable the company to better serve the needs of their rapidly expanding customer base and provide more hours of support overlapRead More

Solar in the Southeast Report: Florida on its way to 20 GW of solar capacity by 2022

Solar in the Southeast Report: Florida on its way to 20 GW of solar capacity by 2022

April 15, 2019 at 9:46 am 0 comments

Led by an expanded solar commitment from Florida Power and Light (FPL), Florida is beginning to live up to its name as the “Sunshine State” according to the Solar in the Southeast 2018 Annual Report from Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), which provides a comprehensive look at the regionRead More

New York to provide schools with energy benchmarking services

New York to provide schools with energy benchmarking services

April 15, 2019 at 9:32 am 0 comments

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced a new program for Prekindergarten through Grade 12 schools (P-12) to receive free energy benchmarking services for up to three years. The program provides schools with a mechanism to measure, track, and assess their energy usage and greenhouse gasRead More

Idaho Power Co. files to suspend commercial net metering solar program

Idaho Power Co. files to suspend commercial net metering solar program

April 15, 2019 at 9:10 am 0 comments

Advocates are raising concerns about a proposal from Idaho Power Company that would increase utility bills and uncertainty for many businesses and farmers that want to use solar energy to meet their own electricity needs. The utility’s application to the Idaho Public Utilities Commission, which was filed Friday, seeks toRead More

Get Connected: Best practices for eliminating PV connector failures

Get Connected: Best practices for eliminating PV connector failures

April 9, 2019 at 9:00 am 0 comments

PV connectors play a crucial role in the wiring of solar arrays. As designed and if correctly installed, they provide a high-voltage, high-current, low-resistance DC connection in a housing that is water-tight, temperature-resilient, UV and wire-pull-resistive over the 25-year-plus life of the solar installation. In addition, their snap- together connectionRead More