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MAGE SOLAR ACADEMY Releases Q3 & Q4 Course Calendar

MAGE SOLAR ACADEMY Releases Q3 & Q4 Course Calendar

April 2, 2013 at 9:55 am Comments are Disabled

MAGE SOLAR ACADEMY, a premiere training and education arena for the PV industry, has released its course curriculum for the second half of the year. After the successful introduction of a completely new online segment at the beginning of 2013, MAGE SOLAR ACADEMY will increase its convenient on-demand course offeringsRead More

Enecsys Launches Second Generation Microinverter Platform

Enecsys Launches Second Generation Microinverter Platform

April 2, 2013 at 9:45 am Comments are Disabled

Enecsys Limited, a supplier of microinverter products for the global solar market, today announced the launch of its second generation microinverter platform, including a new communications gateway and online monitoring service.  Building upon its success over the last year while expanding deployments of its first generation platform in key internationalRead More

Walgreens Expands Solar Installs to 22 Stores in Colorado

Walgreens Expands Solar Installs to 22 Stores in Colorado

April 1, 2013 at 12:38 pm Comments are Disabled

Walgreens, the nation’s largest drugstore chain, today announced an expansion of its renewable energy initiative to Colorado with SolarCity, a leading provider of clean energy. SolarCity will implement solar systems at 22 Walgreens stores across 14 cities in Colorado in the coming months. The new solar systems cumulatively will reduce moreRead More

First Solar Acquires 150-MW Solar Gen 2 PV Power Project

First Solar Acquires 150-MW Solar Gen 2 PV Power Project

April 1, 2013 at 11:27 am Comments are Disabled

First Solar Inc. has acquired the 150-MW-AC Solar Gen 2 power project from an affiliate of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., Energy Power Partners and a third equity partner for the project. Construction of the facility, which is located in Imperial County, Calif., near El Centro, is expected to startRead More

SOLON Expands Throughout North America

SOLON Expands Throughout North America

March 28, 2013 at 12:13 pm Comments are Disabled

SOLON Corp., one of the largest providers of turnkey solar power plant services in the United States, announced today it has expanded across several growing solar markets in North America. SOLON’s team is focused on developing, designing, constructing, financing and servicing solar projects that meet the unique needs of utilities,Read More

Wind, Solar More than Double During First Obama Term

Wind, Solar More than Double During First Obama Term

March 28, 2013 at 10:00 am Comments are Disabled

According to the most recent issue of the “Monthly Energy Review” by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), with data through December 31, 2012, renewable energy sources and natural gas expanded rapidly during the Obama Administration’s first term while coal, nuclear power, oil imports and use, energy consumption and CO2Read More

California School District Becomes PG&E’s 75,000th Solar Customer

California School District Becomes PG&E’s 75,000th Solar Customer

March 27, 2013 at 2:34 pm Comments are Disabled

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today celebrated the Martinez Unified School District (MUSD) as the 75,000th solar customer in its Northern and Central California service area. Through the California Solar Initiative (CSI) program, PG&E provides rebates that will total more than $1 million for the school district’s nine solar systems that are expectedRead More

Panasonic Installs 115-kW Parking Canopy in California

Panasonic Installs 115-kW Parking Canopy in California

March 27, 2013 at 1:44 pm Comments are Disabled

Panasonic Eco Solutions North America, has completed the installation of a solar photovoltaic (PV) parking lot canopy at the new Agoura Hills, Calif., headquarters for the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. Panasonic served a supporting role in the project that was developed and financed by RSB Funds (RSBF). The 115-kW PVRead More

IHS Ranks Solar EPC Contractors on Worldwide Scale

IHS Ranks Solar EPC Contractors on Worldwide Scale

March 27, 2013 at 9:50 am Comments are Disabled

For the first time First Solar became the world’s largest photovoltaic PV EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contractor in 2012, with more than 500 MW of projects completed — an increase of 50 percent over 2011, according to a new report from IMS Research, now part of IHS Inc. TheRead More

Xnergy to Build 3 MW of Solar PV in Hawaii

Xnergy to Build 3 MW of Solar PV in Hawaii

March 26, 2013 at 11:08 am Comments are Disabled

Blue Earth Inc. announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, Xnergy Inc., entered into a binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a major renewable energy company to construct about 3 MW of solar PV projects in Hawaii. Under the MOU, Xnergy will provide engineering support, procurement for majority of theRead More