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Aurora Solar lands $20 million in Series A funding to further improve solar design software

Aurora Solar lands $20 million in Series A funding to further improve solar design software

February 4, 2019 at 1:47 pm 0 comments

Aurora Solar, one of the top software platforms for distributed solar, will continue to add new product functionality and improve solar installation processes after raising $20 million in a Series A round, led by Energize Ventures. S28 Capital also joins existing investor, Pear, in the round. Amy Francetic, managing directorRead More

Standard Solar to integrate 4.2-MW solar system into Rhode Island Renewable Energy Growth Program

Standard Solar to integrate 4.2-MW solar system into Rhode Island Renewable Energy Growth Program

January 31, 2019 at 4:04 pm 0 comments

Standard Solar reached an agreement with the Town of Burrillville, R.I., to build a 4.2-MW solar system that will be integrated into the Rhode Island Renewable Energy Growth Program (REG Program). The ground-mount project, utilizing key town property that will produce renewable energy for the community, will contain more thanRead More

CALSSA: These five barriers keep solar + storage from max potential as a grid resource

CALSSA: These five barriers keep solar + storage from max potential as a grid resource

January 30, 2019 at 9:36 am 0 comments

The California Solar and Storage Association (CALSSA) released a white paper detailing barriers that prevent customer-sited solar and storage from maximizing its potential as a grid resource. The white paper describes opportunities for distributed resources to provide value to the electric grid and the environment, along with program improvements thatRead More

EDF Renewables’ Morris Ridge Solar Project receives long-term contract from NYSERDA

EDF Renewables’ Morris Ridge Solar Project receives long-term contract from NYSERDA

January 30, 2019 at 9:00 am 0 comments

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) awarded a long-term contract to the 212 megawatt (MWdc) / 170 MWac Morris Ridge Solar Project as part of the 2018 Renewable Energy Standard Solicitation. The project, sited on approximately 1,000 acres in the Town of Mount Morris, south of theRead More

DTE Energy’s rate case slashes home solar economics, pumps money into coal, is opposed by environmental groups

DTE Energy’s rate case slashes home solar economics, pumps money into coal, is opposed by environmental groups

January 30, 2019 at 8:37 am 0 comments

The Michigan Environmental Council, Natural Resources Defense Council and Sierra Club are sounding the alarm on DTE Energy’s Rate Case, claiming it is “unprecedented in dollar amount, scope and spending flexibility.” DTE Energy has requested that the Commission approve a mechanism that would cover $2.8 billion in capital expenditures andRead More

Turnkey solar developer OYA Solar opens New York office

Turnkey solar developer OYA Solar opens New York office

January 29, 2019 at 10:18 am 0 comments

OYA Solar, a North American turnkey solar developer, has opened a New York office to support the company’s growing development work in the region. The new office, located in New York City, is OYA’s first in the United States and will allow the company to manage its growing portfolio ofRead More

CleanCapital buys 13-MW solar portfolio from General Energy Solutions in Indiana, Ohio

CleanCapital buys 13-MW solar portfolio from General Energy Solutions in Indiana, Ohio

January 29, 2019 at 9:44 am 0 comments

CleanCapital acquired a 13.2 MW solar portfolio from General Energy Solutions USA, comprised of sites in Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio. CleanCapital now owns and operates 108 solar sites in 11 states ranging in size from 25 kW to 12,600 kW. The company’s partnerships with CarVal Investors, BlackRock, and other institutionalRead More

On the Origin of EPCs: How the EPC-supplier relationship influences the evolution of solar development

On the Origin of EPCs: How the EPC-supplier relationship influences the evolution of solar development

January 29, 2019 at 8:00 am 0 comments

The evolution of EPCs in the solar industry is truly that — an evolution — and not in the cliché business-speak way. For starters, large-scale solar construction is a cut-throat, survival-of-the-fittest environment. Over the years, risky business models failed and bad technology sunk, while successful concepts adapted to the volatileRead More

JinkoSolar hits new n-type monocrystalline silicon solar cell efficiency record

JinkoSolar hits new n-type monocrystalline silicon solar cell efficiency record

January 28, 2019 at 11:13 am 0 comments

  JinkoSolar Holding Co. announced a record high efficiency of 24.2% was achieved by its large-area N-type TOPCon monocrystalline silicon solar cell. Testing was conducted by the Photovoltaic and Wind Power Systems Quality Test Center at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The large-area N-Type cell features JinkoSolar’s HOT cellRead More

World’s largest solar PV peaker power plant uses DC-coupled storage design with Ampt optimizers

World’s largest solar PV peaker power plant uses DC-coupled storage design with Ampt optimizers

January 28, 2019 at 11:06 am 1 comment

The Lāwa’i Solar and Energy Storage Project in Hawaii completed this month became the world’s largest operational solar PV+storage peaker plant and is responsible for delivering 11% of Kauai’s power while providing mission critical grid support during peak demand periods.  The completion of this system allows the utility to deliver upRead More