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Report: Replacing Colorado’s coal plants with solar, wind would save $250 million per year

Report: Replacing Colorado’s coal plants with solar, wind would save $250 million per year

January 9, 2019 at 8:17 am 0 comments

A new report commissioned by Community Energy Inc. finds that replacing Colorado’s aging coal plants with a mix of wind and solar backed by battery storage and natural gas would save Colorado electric customers almost $250 million per year, roughly $2.5 billion in net present value through 2040. The modelingRead More

New junction box from TE Connectivity attaches to edge of PV panels (no holes needed)

New junction box from TE Connectivity attaches to edge of PV panels (no holes needed)

January 9, 2019 at 7:54 am 0 comments

TE Connectivity‘s new SOLARLOK PV Edge decentralized junction box that can be attached to glass-to-glass photovoltaic panels without drilling holes. The new junction box aims to reduce installation costs, raise energy outputs from the panels and improve reliability. Glass-to-glass photovoltaic cells continue to increase in efficiency, fall in price, andRead More

SEIA promotes bill to revamp South Carolina’s outdated energy market rules

SEIA promotes bill to revamp South Carolina’s outdated energy market rules

January 8, 2019 at 4:36 pm 0 comments

The solar industry has had its sights set on South Carolina since the ball dropped. There was this broad coalition urging action within the first 100 days of 2019, and now SEIA is following up, urging South Carolina’s Legislature to pass Senate Bill 332 (sponsored by Senator Tom Davis, R-Beaufort)Read More

Duke Energy Florida brings massive Hamilton Solar Power Plant online

Duke Energy Florida brings massive Hamilton Solar Power Plant online

January 8, 2019 at 1:18 pm 0 comments

The new 74.9-megawatt (MW) Hamilton Solar Power Plant in Jasper, Fla., is now operation, according to Duke Energy. The plant’s carbon-free power is enough to energize more than 20,000 homes at peak production. The Hamilton plant is part of the company’s strategic commitment to install or acquire 700 MW ofRead More

Auric Solar rebrands as Auric Energy, acquires Solaroo Energy

Auric Solar rebrands as Auric Energy, acquires Solaroo Energy

January 8, 2019 at 1:06 pm 0 comments

Auric Energy is making some moves. First came word that the Utah-based solar installer was rebranding as Auric Energy, previously known as Auric Solar, to reflect the greater range of products and services it now offers, such as electrical and battery storage, among other services to be announced. The company hintedRead More

SolaTrim is a lightweight aluminum skirt that is attached with a 3M VHB 5952 peel and stick adhesive.

PV Protection: Four reasons you should already be installing protective barriers on solar arrays

January 8, 2019 at 7:00 am 0 comments

Installing a protective barrier or skirt with a rooftop solar system should no longer be considered an add-on or upgrade but rather an integral part of the design. The argument why is self-explanatory once you play out the scenario. So, let’s play it out. A protective barrier provides pest protection.Read More

City of Greenville, Illinois, partners with Sunpin Solar on its first major solar project

City of Greenville, Illinois, partners with Sunpin Solar on its first major solar project

January 7, 2019 at 1:54 pm 0 comments

The City of Greenville, Ill., and signed ab option and lease agreement with the California-based solar developer Sunpin Solar for a potential major solar energy project site within the community. Approximately 70 miles south of Springfield, Ill., this 150-acre solar site will host an approximate 30-40 MW solar system withRead More

DNV GL’s solar equipment reliability testing lab, PVEL, spins off on its own

DNV GL’s solar equipment reliability testing lab, PVEL, spins off on its own

January 7, 2019 at 1:46 pm 0 comments

The management of DNV GL and PV Evolution Labs (PVEL) kicked off the new year by jointly deciding that PVEL will become a separate legal entity. In the new setting, both organizations will have more flexibility to maximize value to customers. DNV GL and PVEL will continue to work togetherRead More

This Hawaii housing development to share solar energy via peer-to-peer exchange network

This Hawaii housing development to share solar energy via peer-to-peer exchange network

January 7, 2019 at 1:25 pm 0 comments

EnSync Energy Systems signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Koa’e Workforce Housing, L.P. to include EnSync Smart Home Energy Systems in a new 134-unit housing development. The systems will utilize peer-to-peer energy exchange and smart water heaters to optimize energy efficiency and utilization of solar across the community. TheRead More

Duke Energy prepares for second round of residential solar rebates in North Carolina

Duke Energy prepares for second round of residential solar rebates in North Carolina

January 7, 2019 at 11:27 am 0 comments

Duke Energy has opened the window for another wave of North Carolina customers to apply for its solar rebate program — a program that saw more than 1,300 customers in 2018 after launching in the summer. The Duke Energy solar rebate program is one of many customer programs the companyRead More