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.
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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.
SunEdison Inc. has signed 20-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Los Angeles County for 6.2 MW of solar energy. The electricity will be used for nine government facilities. SunEdison will build solar parking canopies at many of the locations. "By signing a long-term agreement with guaranteed pricing, L.A. County will save millions of dollars while dramatically reducing its exposure to rising utility rates," says Sam Youneszadeh, SunEdison's regional general manager of its western U.S. solar business.
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.
Led by solid growth in both the residential and commercial markets, Colorado ranked 13th in the nation in installed solar capacity last year, according to the recently-released U.S. Solar Market Insight 2014 Year in Review.
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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