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Dept. of Interior Finalizes Plan for Renewable Energy Zone in Arizona

Dept. of Interior Finalizes Plan for Renewable Energy Zone in Arizona

January 18, 2013 at 12:23 pm Comments are Disabled

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that Interior has designated 192,100 acres of public land across Arizona as potentially suitable for utility-scale solar and wind energy development, furthering President Obama’s ‘all-of-the-above’ strategy to expand domestic energy production. The publication of the Record of Decision (ROD) for this initiative,Read More

FERC Proposes Key Interconnection Rule, SEIA Applauds

FERC Proposes Key Interconnection Rule, SEIA Applauds

January 17, 2013 at 2:21 pm Comments are Disabled

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today praised a proposed rule issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that will, if finalized, expedite and reduce the cost of solar project interconnection while maintaining electric system reliability and safety. In 2005, FERC issued Order No. 2006, which for the firstRead More

Chevron Energy Solutions Completes Solar Project for School District

Chevron Energy Solutions Completes Solar Project for School District

January 17, 2013 at 9:34 am Comments are Disabled

Santa Cruz County Office of Education and Chevron Energy Solutions today announced completion of a solar installation and energy efficiency improvements expected to reduce both carbon emissions and energy costs, saving more than $2 million over the program’s life. “We believe this project has the potential to significantly reduce our operating expensesRead More

MEMC Introduces Silvantis M330 Solar Module

MEMC Introduces Silvantis M330 Solar Module

January 16, 2013 at 3:39 pm Comments are Disabled

MEMC Electronic Materials (NYSE: WFR), today introduced the MEMC Silvantis M330 Solar Module. The Silvantis M330 is the first product to be manufactured exclusively with MEMC-produced polysilicon and CCz p-type mono wafers leveraging the company’s strategic vertical integration. MEMC’s new Silvantis M330 Module extends its existing module family and featuresRead More

KI Installs Largest Solar Energy Array in Northeast Wisconsin

KI Installs Largest Solar Energy Array in Northeast Wisconsin

January 16, 2013 at 3:36 pm Comments are Disabled

KI has completed the installation of Northeast Wisconsin’s largest solar photovoltaic (PV) system at its Green Bay, Wis., design and development facility. The new 115-kW array — comprised of 480 PV solar panels, covering approximately 22,820 square feet of rooftop space — converts sunlight into electricity, producing approximately 152,640 kWhRead More

US Army Dedicates White Sands Missile Range Solar Power System

US Army Dedicates White Sands Missile Range Solar Power System

January 16, 2013 at 3:32 pm Comments are Disabled

Today the U.S. Army dedicated the U.S. Army’s largest solar photovoltaic (PV) system at White Sands Missile Range. The ceremony was led by Brigadier General Gwen Bingham, who was joined by the Honorable Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment. Developed in coordination with theRead More

Stellar Energy to Install 296-kW System at ASC Profiles Inc.

Stellar Energy to Install 296-kW System at ASC Profiles Inc.

January 16, 2013 at 3:26 pm Comments are Disabled

Stellar Energy, a large-scale solar energy project developer and systems integrator, based in Rohnert Park, Calif., is proud to announce the completion of a 296-kW solar project that provides solar energy to ASC Profiles Inc., a manufacturer of steel roof, wall and deck building products. The new 296-kW solar energyRead More

Phoenix Turns to Solar for Water Treatment Plant

Phoenix Turns to Solar for Water Treatment Plant

January 16, 2013 at 9:34 am Comments are Disabled

The city of Phoenix’s Lake Pleasant Water Treatment Plant has started working directly with the sun to help produce the energy needed to operate the plant, which produces 15 billion gallons of tap water each year.  A 7.5-MW high efficiency solar power system, which was designed and built by SunPower Corp.Read More

CleanEdison, Veterans Green Jobs Join Forces to Put Veterans to Work

CleanEdison, Veterans Green Jobs Join Forces to Put Veterans to Work

January 15, 2013 at 1:11 pm Comments are Disabled

CleanEdison, a national training provider focused on clean technology education, has partnered with Veterans Green Jobs, a national nonprofit organization that puts veterans to work in the green economic sector. Through this partnership, the two organizations will advance training and employment opportunities for military veterans in the clean energy fieldRead More

Industry Leaders Form truSolar to Set Solar Project Standards

Industry Leaders Form truSolar to Set Solar Project Standards

January 15, 2013 at 12:59 pm Comments are Disabled

The truSolar Working Group was established today as a collaborative consortium of 16 market leaders in the solar industry dedicated to addressing a broad array of project risks through the development of uniform standards that will facilitate lower transaction and capital costs, and improve project finance liquidity within the commercialRead More