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Soft cost progress: Over 300 local governments have streamlined solar permitting thanks to SolSmart program

Soft cost progress: Over 300 local governments have streamlined solar permitting thanks to SolSmart program

October 10, 2019 at 10:42 am 0 comments

We hype solar technology innovation often as the path forward to a renewable energy future, but the technology we have is already pretty awesome. The bigger opportunity to grow solar is now in small-scale local progress — cutting permitting red tape and normalizing solar systems within the zeitgeist. We arguedRead More

Ameresco schedules construction of 27-MW solar farm in Illinois village brownfield

Ameresco schedules construction of 27-MW solar farm in Illinois village brownfield

October 9, 2019 at 3:29 pm 1 comment

Ameresco will develop a 27 MW solar farm in the Village of DePue, Illinois. Upon completion, the DePue solar farm will be the largest in Bureau County and will directly advance the state’s goal of reaching 25 percent renewable energy by 2025. Ameresco says it will be the developer, builderRead More

Solar energy investors can get real-time benchmarking of their renewable assets with this new platform

Solar energy investors can get real-time benchmarking of their renewable assets with this new platform

October 9, 2019 at 3:14 pm 1 comment

German energy Intellitech company Kaiserwetter Energy Asset Management added an advanced renewable energy benchmarking feature to its IoT platform ARISTOTELES. Developed in partnership with SAP, ARISTOTELES turns complex and unstructured technical, financial and meteorological data into actionable, real-time intelligence for investors and financial institutions to minimize investment risks and maximizeRead More

Chint Power Systems’s C&I energy storage solution now integrated into Energy Toolbase

Chint Power Systems’s C&I energy storage solution now integrated into Energy Toolbase

October 9, 2019 at 8:34 am 0 comments

Energy Toolbase, one of the best solar + energy storage modeling and proposal softwares out there, has integrated Chint Power Systems’ (CPS) energy storage solution onto their platform. The integration enables distributed energy developers to quickly and accurately analyze the economic viability of solar + storage and standalone storage projectsRead More

Keene Housing, ReVision Energy to cut ribbon on solar-powered affordable housing

Keene Housing, ReVision Energy to cut ribbon on solar-powered affordable housing

October 8, 2019 at 9:00 am 0 comments

A ribbon-cutting is now set for October 29 at Keene Housing in Keene, NH, to celebrate its solar energy transition. The Monadnock Region nonprofit provides affordable housing for those in need. Last year, Keene Housing (KH) added grid-tied solar arrays totaling 91.5 kW to nine buildings at its Harper Acres property.Read More

Contra Costa County uses SunPower to hedge against peak electric rates

Contra Costa County uses SunPower to hedge against peak electric rates

October 8, 2019 at 8:30 am 0 comments

Contra Costa County in California recently selected SunPower to deploy a mix of Helix Roof and Carport solar systems at 10 locations totaling 3.7 megawatts, which is expected to offset approximately 68 percent grid electricity and save $16.5 million in energy costs over 25 years. Three of those sites willRead More

New Tech Tuesday: Five universities (in three countries) team to advance PV technology research

New Tech Tuesday: Five universities (in three countries) team to advance PV technology research

October 8, 2019 at 8:09 am 0 comments

A new research project spanning five universities in three countries and led by Arizona State University will work to improve solar cell technology and look into new uses for photovoltaic (PV) devices. ASU’s Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies (QESST) Engineering Research Center will take the lead in the collaborativeRead More

Sunrun partners with Citadel Roofing to serve California’s new-build home solar market

Sunrun partners with Citadel Roofing to serve California’s new-build home solar market

October 7, 2019 at 1:26 pm 0 comments

Citadel Roofing & Solar, one of California’s largest and most experienced roofing and solar installers, announced its official partnership with Sunrun to offer solar-as-a-service and solar purchase products to California homebuilders and their homebuyers for as little as zero upfront cost. With this agreement, Citadel will be able to offerRead More

Clean Energy States Alliance launches DOE-funded initiative to bring solar to low-income communities

Clean Energy States Alliance launches DOE-funded initiative to bring solar to low-income communities

October 7, 2019 at 12:47 pm 0 comments

The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) will lead a wide-ranging initiative to accelerate the development of solar projects that benefit low-and-moderate-income (LMI) households and communities. The “Scaling Up Solar for Under-Resourced Communities Project” is being supported by a three-year funding award of $1.1 million from the US Department of EnergyRead More

First projects approved in the Illinois Solar for All program

First projects approved in the Illinois Solar for All program

October 7, 2019 at 11:08 am 0 comments

The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) approved the contracts for the first projects participating in the Illinois Solar for All (ILSFA) program. For the initial 2018-2019 program year, five projects were approved for the Low-Income Community Solar sub-program, providing over $11 million in incentives and over 4,000 kW in system capacity,Read More