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SunPower has started construction on the 100 MW Boulder solar energy plant in the Eldorado Valley of Boulder City, Nevada.
GameChange Racking announced that three additional roll forming lines are being bought online to begin production in February 2016 in Detroit, Michigan.
The U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) and REC Solar, a national provider of commercial solar and energy solutions, announced the interconnection of two solar energy carports totaling 280 kW at USAR offices in Arizona and California.
In a move toward clarifying the tax code, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced that clarification of sales tax treatment for solar energy will be included in his budget proposal being sent to the state legislature. After reviewing the proposal, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), issued the following statement:
WASHINGTON, DC - As expected, the U.S. International Trade Commission today upheld the imposition of tariffs against Chinese and Taiwanese solar products, as part of a 2014 investigation into allegations of unfair trade practices. After the decision was announced, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) released the following statement:
Citing its continued growth, President Obama once again has singled out solar energy in his annual State of the Union speech. Afterward, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement:
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry, announced today that sPower, a leading renewable energy provider, has joined SEIA's board. Ryan Creamer, sPower's CEO, will serve as a director. Creamer has more than 20 years’ experience successfully pioneering the energy sector.
WASHINGTON, DC - Growing at an annual rate of more than 20 percent – far outpacing the growth of the overall U.S. economy, a new report released today shows that the U.S. solar industry added more than 31,000 jobs in 2014, bringing total employment in the sector to 173,807 workers. The results were released by The Solar Foundation (TSF), a widely-respected, non-profit organization.
Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited announced that its holding subsidiary, Baoding Tianwei Yingli New Energy Company Limited has substantially repaid the Mid-Term Notes.
For the fourth and final installation of GRID Alternatives’ Tribal Solarthon, we joined last week with Rosebud Sioux members, students from local Sinte Gleska University and other community members to put solar panels on the roof of Spotted Tail’s home.
Canadian Solar Inc. announced that it signed an agreement with Mashiki Town and Kumamoto Prefecture to build a 47 MW solar power plant. Once completed, the Mashiki solar power plant will be the largest solar plant in Kumamoto Prefecture. The Mashiki plant is expected to start commercial operation in the first quarter of 2017. Powered by Canadian Solar modules, the plant is expected to generate approximately 57,000 MWh of clean, solar electricity per year, which will be purchased by Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc.
The SolarMax Group has begun production of its solar PV inverters once again, having transferred operations from Switzerland to Germany.
Sunrun announced a multi-year agreement with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The partnership furthers Sunrun’s strategy of reaching more Americans to educate them about the benefits of home solar. Sunrun unveiled digital and stationary signage at Dodger Stadium during the 2015 season and offered a variety of in-stadium experiences – like serving as the presenting sponsor for ‘Kids Take the Field’– to encourage families to save 20 percent on their electric bill.