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Advanced Energy Acquires REFUsol, Effective Immediately

Advanced Energy Acquires REFUsol, Effective Immediately

April 10, 2013 at 10:50 am Comments are Disabled

Advanced Energy Industries Inc. announced it has acquired REFUsol Holding GmbH, a leading provider of three-phase string solar PV inverters for commercial applications. Three-phase string inverters are ideally suited for rooftop and potentially larger installations and are becoming one of the fastest-growing inverter applications worldwide. This acquisition is expected toRead More

Venture Capital Funding in Solar Continues to Slump in 2013

Venture Capital Funding in Solar Continues to Slump in 2013

April 9, 2013 at 1:47 pm Comments are Disabled

Mercom Capital Group, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the solar sector during the first quarter of 2013. The slump in global venture capital (VC) investments, which started in Q3 2012, continued, dipping to $126 millionRead More

20-kW Tracker System Commissioned in Ontario by i-Energy

20-kW Tracker System Commissioned in Ontario by i-Energy

April 9, 2013 at 1:41 pm Comments are Disabled

i-Energy, a Taiwan-based leading developer and supplier of advanced photovoltaic power conversion and optimization products, announced the successful commissioning of a 20-kW solar power tracker system for the City of Welland, Ontario, Canada. Located at a road intersection, the solar power system is installed on land otherwise unusable due toRead More

Renewable Energy Provides 82% of New U.S. Energy in 1Q 2013

Renewable Energy Provides 82% of New U.S. Energy in 1Q 2013

April 9, 2013 at 9:38 am Comments are Disabled

According to the latest “Energy Infrastructure Update” report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects, renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, solar, water, wind) accounted for 82 percent of all new domestic electrical generating capacity installed in the first three months of 2013 for a total ofRead More

Enfinity Completes 10 Solar Sites for California School District

Enfinity Completes 10 Solar Sites for California School District

April 9, 2013 at 9:30 am Comments are Disabled

Solar energy project developer Enfinity America Corporation today announced the completion of a portfolio of solar photovoltaic (PV) installations across ten sites for the Greenfield Union School District (GUSD) in Bakersfield, California. All the installations went into commercial operation in mid-December 2012. Total system size is 1,987 kW, with its first-year energy output projectedRead More

ReneSola to Power Five 6.5-MW Strata Solar Farms

ReneSola to Power Five 6.5-MW Strata Solar Farms

April 9, 2013 at 9:20 am Comments are Disabled

ReneSola Ltd., a leading global manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules and wafers, today announced it has agreed to provide more than 108,000 of its 300-W high-efficiency Virtus II 72-cell polycrystalline solar modules to Strata Solar, one of the top solar developers and EPCs in the United States, for use inRead More

Global PV Installations to Exceed 35 GW

Global PV Installations to Exceed 35 GW

April 8, 2013 at 9:29 am Comments are Disabled

Global photovoltaic (PV) installations are forecast to exceed 35 gigawatts (GW) in 2013, equivalent to growth of 12 percent, according to recently released analysis from IHS. IHS also reaffirmed its earlier prediction that global PV installations surpassed 30 GW in 2012, with final analysis showing that installations, in fact, grewRead More

Twitter Founder Jack Dorsey Installs Solar System on Business Roof

Twitter Founder Jack Dorsey Installs Solar System on Business Roof

April 5, 2013 at 12:40 pm Comments are Disabled

At 9 a.m. Saturday, April 6, Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of tech companies Twitter and Square, will join his parents, Tim and Marcia Dorsey, to celebrate the completion of a 25-kW solar energy system installed on the rooftop of their downtown business, MA Tech Services. The business’s solar panel systemRead More

Washington Gas Energy Systems to Build 3.8-MW Solar Array

Washington Gas Energy Systems to Build 3.8-MW Solar Array

April 5, 2013 at 12:28 pm Comments are Disabled

Washington Gas Energy Systems, Inc. today announced it has signed a contract with the town of Bellingham, Mass. to build, own and operate a 3,802-kW solar array that will provide renewable energy for the town. The ground-mounted installation will consist of 12,672 panels and is expected to help reduce greenhouseRead More

SunPower Dedicates First Commercial Deployment of Concentrating Technology

SunPower Dedicates First Commercial Deployment of Concentrating Technology

April 5, 2013 at 9:16 am Comments are Disabled

Salt River Project (SRP) and SunPower Corp. today are dedicating a 1-MW solar photovoltaic power plant at Arizona State University’s (ASU) Polytechnic campus in Mesa, Ariz. The facility is the first commercial deployment of the SunPower C7 Tracker (C7 Tracker) technology, a solar photovoltaic tracking system that concentrates the sun’sRead More