Sonnenbatterie has rolled out its plug-and-play home battery system in the U.S. ahead of Christmas, beating Tesla to the punch in what is expected to be a competitive market in 2016. Sonnenbatterie manufacturers its storage devices in San Jose, California, and has secured supply contracts with 30 dealers across the U.S. Demand for the battery is already strong, with a Sonnenbatterie spokesperson telling PV Magazine’s German-language website that around 1,000 products have already been ordered.
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Following is a statement from Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on passage of the omnibus appropriations bill, which included a 5-year solar investment tax credit (ITC) extension.
Trina Solar Ltd. says its State Key Laboratory of PV Science and Technology of China has set a new record for industrial high-efficiency p-type monocrystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cells. The record-breaking p-type mono-crystalline silicon solar cell was fabricated on a large-size industrial boron-doped Cz-Si substrate with an advanced Honey Plus process that integrated both front and back surface passivation. The 156 x 156 mm2 solar cell reached a total-area efficiency of 22.13%. This result has been independently confirmed by the Fraunhofer ISE CalLab in Germany.
BOSTON, Mass. (December 16, 2015) A five-year extension to the solar investment tax credit (ITC), which is currently included in the omnibus spending bill under consideration in Congress, would result in 25 gigawatts (GW) of additional solar capacity over the next five years – a 54 percent increase over a no-extension scenario. According to GTM Research, which today released preliminary updated state- and segment-level forecasts based on the current omnibus language, ITC extension will foster $40 billion in incremental investment in solar between 2016 and 2020.
Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste, a privatized airport group in Mexico and operator of Cancun Airport and eight other airports in southeast Mexico, announced an agreement with SunPower for 36 megawatts of solar power to serve ASUR's operations in Mexico. ASUR will buy power generated by the solar power plant under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with SunPower. SunPower expects to start construction on this 36-megawatt phase of a solar plant in Mexico in 2016.
Saying it revealed “very encouraging trends,” Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), today applauded the findings of The Solar Foundation’s latest State Solar Job Census.
Under the California Climate Leadership initiative, State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, Senators Ben Hueso, Mark Leno, Fran Pavley and Bob Wieckowski, with the support of leaders from the business, labor, public health, consumer advocacy, and environmental communities, have announced a package of bills that would help meet Governor Brown’s climate change objectives by setting clean energy goals, divesting in fossil fuels and spurring growth in the clean energy economy. Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement applauding the initiative:
WASHINGTON, DC – In a new report, the Department of Energy (DOE) has highlighted the success of the Loan Programs Office’s solar projects, saying that since it financed its first five utility-scale projects in 2011, 17 additional projects have come on line without the use of loan guarantees. The report coincides with the dedication ceremony of Desert Sunlight, a 550-megawatt (MW) solar project in Riverside County, California.
WASHINGTON, DC – In a move that will increase the use of solar heating in California, the state’s Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has increased the incentive caps in California Solar Initiative's (CSI) Solar Thermal Program for multifamily, commercial, and pool heating systems. Applauding the decision, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) President and CEO Rhone Resch issued the following statement:
WASHINGTON, DC – Pointing to huge growth in the U.S. solar industry, the 2015 edition of the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, produced for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, was released today. In response to the report, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) President Rhone Resch said:
SunLink Corporation earning a top rank in the San Francisco Business Times’ Fast 100 as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the Bay Area.
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New York is embracing new ways to generate, distribute and consume electricity, which is translating into an expansion of clean energy and improved consumer choice and affordability. Thanks to these forward-looking and smart efforts — like community net metering and wholesale-distributed generation — solar energy is thriving in New York.
SunEdison, Inc. announced that it has begun construction on a 2.8 megawatt (MW) solar project for eight schools in the Montgomery County Public School system in Maryland.