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2019 Solar Builder Project of the Year Winners

2019 Solar Builder Project of the Year Winners

November 12, 2019 at 9:00 am 2 comments

Solar Builder Project of the Year submissions were sent in throughout the year by the solar community at-large — developers, EPCs, contractors and manufacturers — to highlight the year’s most outstanding solar sites. The Solar Builder editorial staff reviewed each entry and nominated our favorite 15 projects. From there, itRead More

2019 Non-Residential Solar Builder Project of the Year: Marion House Food Kitchen

2019 Non-Residential Solar Builder Project of the Year: Marion House Food Kitchen

November 12, 2019 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Marion House Food Kitchen Colorado Springs, Colo. | 26 kW   Contractor: Peak View Solar Modules: Trina Solar Inverters: SolarEdge Mounting: Unirac In physics, energy is defined as “the capacity to do work” or as “potential realized.” This is true of solar panels, obviously, but also everything else. All matterRead More

2019 Large-Scale Solar Builder Project of the Year: Walmart Phase IV

2019 Large-Scale Solar Builder Project of the Year: Walmart Phase IV

November 12, 2019 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Walmart Phase IV New Jersey | 1.9 MW across five stores   The overhead photo of the Walmart Supercenter in Bayonne, N.J., may not be as breath-taking as the 100-MW utility-scale projects surrounded by flowing green hills normally pictured in this category, but we think this photo (and this portfolio)Read More

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The ROI of this dual-axis tracker solar canopy at Kahala Tower in California is less than four years

November 11, 2019 at 10:27 am 0 comments

  Mechatron Solar Inc. will inaugurate a six-unit dual axis commercial solar tracker car canopy at the Kahala Tower in Burlingame, Calif., on November 13. The patented, revolutionary M18KD-20 tracker is the largest dual axis solar tracker available in the United States, yielding between 45% to 60% more energy thanRead More

Colorado’s Solinator Garden completed by Solaris Energy and Namasté Solar

Colorado’s Solinator Garden completed by Solaris Energy and Namasté Solar

November 11, 2019 at 10:11 am 0 comments

Solaris Energy and Namasté Solar – two Colorado-based solar firms that work nationwide – have completed The Solinator Garden, a 1-megawatt solar array at Kyle Ave in Fort Collins. The system involved over 100 Colorado-based people, including staff at Namasté Solar, Solaris Energy, and the Fort Collins Utilities as partRead More

FYI: Bifacial solar module tariff exemption still has some life following temporary order, says SEIA

FYI: Bifacial solar module tariff exemption still has some life following temporary order, says SEIA

November 11, 2019 at 9:57 am 0 comments

Accoring to an update sent out by Abigail Ross Hopper, CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the association intervened in a case at the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) two weeks ago, seeking to block the U.S. government from revoking the exclusion for bifacial modules from theRead More

SunPower splits into two companies after investment to scale up Maxeon 5 solar panels

SunPower splits into two companies after investment to scale up Maxeon 5 solar panels

November 11, 2019 at 9:43 am 0 comments

SunPower plans to separate into two independent (but aligned) publicly-traded companies – SunPower and Maxeon Solar Technologies. Each company will focus on distinct offerings built on extensive experience across the solar value chain: SunPower will continue as the distributed generation, storage and energy services company. Newly-formed Maxeon Solar will beRead More

Two solar workforce programs launch to transition military veterans to solar industry jobs

Two solar workforce programs launch to transition military veterans to solar industry jobs

November 11, 2019 at 8:25 am 1 comment

The Solar Foundation is launching two new solar workforce development programs to connect transitioning military service members and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces with career training, professional development and employment opportunities in the solar industry. In partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s “Hiring Our Heroes” program, theRead More

Greener steel? Shepard Steel says its solar system is exceeding early production estimates

Greener steel? Shepard Steel says its solar system is exceeding early production estimates

November 8, 2019 at 12:13 pm 0 comments

Shepard Steel, a structural steel and miscellaneous metals company serving the Greater Hartford region since 1956, says that a 611-kilowatt (kW) DC solar energy system installed on its headquarters went live on July 23, and has exceeded production estimates in the months since. In the first three months of operation, theRead More

QE Solar launches piloted aircraft inspections for solar PV, powered by Raptor Maps

QE Solar launches piloted aircraft inspections for solar PV, powered by Raptor Maps

November 7, 2019 at 4:46 pm 0 comments

QE Solar, a leading third-party O&M and asset management provider, has expanded its internal aerial inspection capabilities to include piloted aircraft. The company has selected Raptor Maps’ industry-leading software to power its aerial inspection program, consisting of both piloted airplanes and unmanned drones. The formal announcement was made at theRead More