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Meet Project Sunlight: A new model aimed at scaling multifamily solar

Meet Project Sunlight: A new model aimed at scaling multifamily solar

November 14, 2018 at 8:00 am 0 comments

The International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology (ICAST) was awarded $1 million from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to develop and coordinate a new approach that partners with local utilities, multifamily affordable housing property owners, investors and other stakeholders, to create a shared solarRead More

Professor Shanhui Fan and postdoctoral scholar Wei Li atop the Packard Electrical Engineering building with the apparatus that is proving the efficacy of a double-layered solar panel. The top layer uses the standard semiconductor materials that go into energy-harvesting solar cells; the novel materials on the bottom layer perform the cooling task. (Image credit: L.A. Cicero)

Stanford researchers working on rooftop PV array that also cools buildings efficiently

November 13, 2018 at 8:00 am 0 comments

Stanford electrical engineer Shanhui Fan wants to revolutionize energy-producing rooftop arrays. “We’ve built the first device that one day could make energy and save energy, in the same place and at the same time, by controlling two very different properties of light,” said Fan, senior author of an article appearingRead More

CleanCapital forms partnership with BlackRock to drive new clean energy capital

CleanCapital forms partnership with BlackRock to drive new clean energy capital

November 12, 2018 at 11:16 am 0 comments

CleanCapital announced a new partnership with BlackRock’s global renewable power platform with the closing of a 46.9 MW portfolio of solar assets from ATN International, Inc. subsidiary, Ahana Renewables. The portfolio consists of 60 operating solar projects located in California, Massachusetts and New Jersey. The acquisition is CleanCapital’s largest toRead More

Russelectric debuts new energy controller for distributed generation systems

Russelectric debuts new energy controller for distributed generation systems

November 12, 2018 at 11:09 am 0 comments

Russelectric, a manufacturer of automatic transfer switches and power control systems and solutions, released a new Russelectric Distributed Energy Controller (RDEC). RDEC is a fully integrated controller for complex, mission critical distributed energy systems, ranging from back-up generation and demand management to fully functional microgrids. At the core of eachRead More

Caterpillar to start selling Cat-branded SunPower solar panels through its distribution network

Caterpillar to start selling Cat-branded SunPower solar panels through its distribution network

November 12, 2018 at 10:55 am 0 comments

SunPower is now providing high-efficiency SunPower Performance Series (P-Series) solar panels under the Caterpillar brand. Offered as part of the Cat Hybrid Energy Solutions suite, the monocrystalline, shingled-cell Cat PVC395 MP solar panels are currently available through the Cat dealer network in Southeast Asia, Africa, South America, and the MiddleRead More

Greenskies Renewable Energy completes two community solar projects in Colorado

Greenskies Renewable Energy completes two community solar projects in Colorado

November 12, 2018 at 10:29 am 0 comments

Greenskies Renewable Energy LLC, a Clean Focus company, in partnership with Black Hills Energy, has completed two community solar gardens in Southern Colorado. The projects will distribute clean, renewable energy to Colorado subscribers. Greenskies will maintain and operate the solar gardens, and Clean Focus Yield Limited will own the systemsRead More

SunEast closes capital investment for development of 105-MW solar portfolio

SunEast closes capital investment for development of 105-MW solar portfolio

November 12, 2018 at 10:12 am 0 comments

SunEast Development LLC, a developer of solar-generating projects, announced the closing of a development capital raise from New Energy Capital Partners (NEC) that will support the continued development of a 105 MWAC solar portfolio acquired by SunEast in June 2018, and further accelerate the company’s solar development and acquisition effortsRead More

Bloomberg New Energy Finance significantly increases its behind-the-meter energy storage forecast

Bloomberg New Energy Finance significantly increases its behind-the-meter energy storage forecast

November 12, 2018 at 10:06 am 0 comments

Bloomberg NEF says the tumbling cost of batteries is set to drive a boom in the installation of energy storage systems around the world in the years from now to 2040. This has led BNEF to significantly increase its forecast for global deployment of behind-the-meter and grid-scale batteries over comingRead More

Nevada voters want the state to hit 50 percent renewable energy by 2030

Nevada voters want the state to hit 50 percent renewable energy by 2030

November 12, 2018 at 9:56 am 0 comments

The Nevada solar industry got a shot in the arm on Election day with the passing of Question 6 and calling for a stronger economy fueled by clean energy. By putting the state on track to use 50 percent renewable energy by the year 2030 (doubling the previous RPS), QuestionRead More

New report explores 10 grid reform concepts, case studies for utilities to consider

New report explores 10 grid reform concepts, case studies for utilities to consider

November 12, 2018 at 9:45 am 0 comments

A frequent topic on this site over the last year is the need for more advanced utility business models and a new report from the Advanced Energy Economy and Rocky Mountain Institute echoes this sentiment, noting that advancing efficient and equitable approaches to update the utility business model is crucial toRead More