Growth in the use of solar energy has surged 183 percent among America’s top companies in the four years since the first Solar Means Business report was published. The study released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) also shows a 59 percent growth in solar installations since just last year.
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Building on their 30 MW partnership announced last year, China-based Yingli and Poland’s R.Power, formerly AMB Energia, have said they will build 60 MW worth of ground-mounted solar PV projects. It is expected that the systems will be included in Poland’s 2016 and 2017 auction systems. Under the terms of the agreement, both parties will hold a roughly equal stake in the projects, which will be sold off to investors once they reach commercial operation.
Indian prime minister and French president Francois Hollande will jointly launch the International Solar Alliance (ISA) at the COP21 climate conference in Paris today. The proposed alliance, also named International Agency for Solar Technologies and Applications (IASTA), is aiming to have over 100 countries join, including US, China and France as well as countries situated between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. It will focus on giving momentum to solar energy policies, increasing cooperation over best and new technologies and bringing faster cost reductions.
Following is a comment from Rhone Resch, president and chief executive officer of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on the creation of a multi-billion dollar clean energy fund, announced today at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21).
Sonnenbatterie announced an all-in-one residential PV and storage system for $10,645. The price includes a 2 kilowatt-hour eco 2 Sonnenbatterie battery, a German-made PV panel, an inverter, an intelligent control system and 19 percent sales tax (called value added tax or VAT in Europe). The only cost not included is installation, since this varies according to location. Philipp Schröder, Sonnenbatterie’s managing director, told GTM a “low-end” installation cost could be in the region of $745, including VAT.
U.S. solar energy leaders and representatives of top solar companies from an 8-state area will gather in Atlanta, GA, on May 7-8 at the Marriott Marquis for the inaugural Solar Power Southeast conference, co-sponsored by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA).
Powered by growing residential and commercial markets, the neighboring states of Oregon and Washington are set to make significant gains this year in new solar installations, according to the recently-released U.S. Solar Market Insight 2014 Year in Review. The two Northwest states are expected to top 200 megawatts (MW) of combined solar electric capacity by the end of 2015 – enough to power nearly 25,000 homes.
WASHINTON, DC - Powered by a rapidly-growing residential market, Louisiana became a Top 20 solar state for the first time last year, according to the recently-released U.S. Solar Market Insight 2014 Year in Review. It was the fifth straight year that Louisiana showed strong growth in solar installations.
Powered by a robust utility-scale market, Indiana ranked 14th in the nation in installed solar capacity last year, according to the recently-released U.S. Solar Market Insight 2014 Year in Review. It was the second straight year that Indiana exceeded 50 megawatts (MW) of new installations.
Showing strength in all market sectors, Connecticut ranked 16th in the nation in installed solar capacity last year, according to the recently-released U.S. Solar Market Insight 2014 Year in Review.
An Arizona federal District Court overrode the Salt River Project (SRP) request to prevent SolarCity’s legal challenge to the public utility's new demand charge for solar owners, ruling the lawsuit could move forward. SolarCity is seeking an injunction against the costs imposed earlier this year that the solar company says has caused a 50-95% drop in the local solar market.
In a series of recent updates, Sunrun announced more evidence that it is expanding — and rapidly.
Many veterans — ranging from privates to general officers — are returning from war with a commitment to securing our nation’s energy future and combating the impacts of climate change, writes Kevin Johnson, managing director of federal business development for Canadian Solar (USA), Inc.
TXU Energy and SunPower have partnered to create a new residential solar program, TXU Solar from SunPower.
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