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REG-Scatec Solar and Norfund Sign Partnership Agreement to Develop and Invest in Solar Power Projects in Developing Countries
Scatec Solar, the integrated independent solar power producer, has signed a partnership agreement with Norfund, the Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries, to jointly invest in solar power projects to be developed in all countries within Norfund's mandate.
Instead of using energy generated by coal-fired power plants, the solar farm will avoid about 2.1 million pounds of carbon pollution each year.
"Literally everybody benefits and I think in the long run even the utilities benefit because this just takes a bit out of their revenue stream,” said Barry Shear, President of Eagle Point Solar.
Solar energy start-ups that have taken root in the Washington region in recent years are maturing into bona fide businesses, buoyed in part by economic forces and government policies that have made renewable energy more attractive to consumers.
Standard Solar was founded in Maryland 10 years ago, and its first residential customer was the head of the Solar Energy Industries Association. It has since installed systems on nearly 1,200 more homes of individuals without existing ties to the industry.
JinkoSolar Power Co. Ltd. has signed project investment agreements with the government of Hengfeng County in the province of Jiangxi, China, to develop 100 MW of photovoltaic power projects.
Jinko Power will own the projects and will manage the project investment and engineering, procurement and construction activities. It will also provide operations and maintenance services upon completion.
With the clock running out on its 2014 session, the Massachusetts Legislature has agreed to a short term fix to address the bottleneck of solar projects across the Commonwealth by immediately raising the cap on net metering.
In a move expected to spur solar heating and cooling (SHC) deployment across the state, the Massachusetts Legislature has approved SB 2214 and sent it to Governor Deval Patrick for his signature. This important legislation will allow renewable thermal technologies, including SHC, to be eligible for alternative energy credits under the Massachusetts Alternative Portfolio Standard (APS).
With two days left in the legislative session, National Grid, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the Solar Energy Business Association of New England (SEBANE), the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC), the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA) and Environment Massachusetts are asking the House Ways and Means Committee to quickly release consensus language on House Bill 4185, a landmark compromise that provides a stable and cost-effective policy solution to support solar energy in Massachusetts. Last week, this broad coalition of stakeholders agreed upon language that
Taking part in a national “listening tour” conducted by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today urged states to turn to solar energy to help meet new carbon pollution targets.
In a move condemned by many solar companies in Arizona, the state’s largest utility, APS, has announced that it will begin installing rooftop solar on customers’ homes. After learning of the news, Ken Johnson, vice president of communications for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), issued the following statement:
Well, let’s start with the facts. The Ivanpah project owners are now implementing its Avian and Bat Monitoring and Management Plan approved by state and federal agencies and required by permit.
The Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Initiative Ambassadors has named Sol Systems General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer, Stephanie Smith, as a finalist for its annual awards program for mid-career women’s leadership and achievement in clean energy.
Hanwha Q CELLS has completed its first project in Portugal as an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor.
The 13.3MW plant in Montijo also uses 51,000 of the company’s Q.PRO-G3 modules. The plant was connected to the grid in May 2014.
"The PV system in Portugal proves Hanwha Q CELLS´ expertise as full-service-provider regarding the development and EPC of PV power plants," said Frank Danielzik, vice president development/sales and EPC, Hanwha Q CELLS.
SunPower Corp. (SPWR), the second-largest U.S. solar manufacturer, began a solar leasing program in the Australian city of Melbourne targeting residential rooftops.
SunPower will install solar panels for homeowners with no money down, the San Jose, California-based company said in a statement yesterday. Customers will receive power at a cost-competitive monthly rate for 25 years, the statement said.
Three new North Carolina utility-scale solar farms have begun producing power, racking up another 18.2 MW, equal to taking about 2,400 passenger vehicles off the road for the year. A significant portion of the investment responsible for the projects was managed by Washington, D.C.–based solar investment and financing firm, Sol Systems.
While Americans know wind and solar energy are clean, they often aren't aware of the economic success story behind these renewable-energy technologies. Wind and solar power have economic benefits that reach far and wide. They have become increasingly affordable, attracting billions in private development, and today are both mainstream and reliable energy sources across America.
While battles rage with utilities taking on both solar customers and businesses around the country, Vermont has quietly expanded its net metering program by nearly four times its original size without so much as a skirmish.
While Americans know wind and solar energy is clean, they often aren’t aware of the economic success story behind these renewable energy technologies. Wind and solar power have economic benefits that reach far and wide.
As the SHC Alliance celebrates its 1-year anniversary this March, I wanted to take a moment and reflect on our achievements in 2013, and let you know about the exciting opportunities, as well as the collective challenges, our industry faces going forward.
The latest report released by SEIA/GTM, the Solar Market Insight Year in Review 2013, shows solar expanded rapidly last year to nearly 13 GW of installations in the U.S. – enough to power nearly 2.2 million homes. Watch our new video!
What would Alexandre Edmond Becquerel be thinking now? In 1839, at the age of just 19, Becquerel built the world’s first photovoltaic panel, later inspiring the imaginations of millions of people worldwide, including legendary scientist Albert Einstein. Still, it took another 115 years before Bell Labs invented the first modern silicon solar cell. By comparison, it’s no stretch to say that the solar timeline has rocketed forward at warp speed in recent years.
Enjoy a special sneak peak of the hotly-anticipated U.S. Solar Market Insight 2013 Year in Review report - to be released tomorrow.
With the coldest winter in two decades gripping much of the country this year – and wild price swings for natural gas rattling the markets, not to mention American consumers – it’s easy for many people to overlook the “hot start” in 2014 for solar energy.
But so far this year, it’s been good news followed by even more good news for the U.S. solar industry.
Today SEIA, along with the more than 1,000 member companies, celebrates the association’s 40th anniversary. With over 12 years in the solar industry, I can say it is amazing to see all that we have accomplished so far.