U.S. solar-panel installations more than doubled in the second quarter from a year earlier led by demand in California, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
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SunPower Corp. (SPWR) has signed a power purchase agreement with Pacific Gas and Electric or PG&E for delivery of the 100-megawatt (AC) Henrietta Solar Project in Kings County, Calif. According to the company, the project is likely to create nearly 200 jobs during construction and inject $72.7 million into the local economy.
GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA®) today released U.S. Solar Market Insight: 2nd Quarter 2012. The report finds that U.S. solar achieved its second-best quarter in history, having installed 742 megawatts of solar power, and the best quarter on record for the utility market segment.
Envision Solar International announced on Thursday that one of its Tracking Solar Trees®, which includes a SunCharge™ electric vehicle charging station as its trunk, will be going up at GM’s Milford Proving Ground.
The solar-power business is expanding quickly in the U.S., helping lift the cloud that has surrounded the industry since the demise of Solyndra LLC a year ago. But the growth isn't coming from U.S. solar-panel manufacturing, despite the money and rhetoric devoted to the industry by the Obama administration. Instead, it is in installations of largely foreign-made panels, whose falling price has made solar more competitive with other forms of power.
As New York considers legislation to incentivize solar installations, at least one manufacturer is looking to expand into the state. AllEarth Renewables, based in neighboring Vermont, announced plans today to partner with New York solar installers and grow its business.
Workers recently swarmed Francisca Guerva's two-family home, installing a state of the art array of solar panels.
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Bank of America Corp. (BAC) said it will contribute $50 billion over the next 10 years to address climate change, the latest company to boost its investments toward environmental goals. (must be a WSJ subscriber)
Austin Energy has dropped the cost for residential solar installations from $2.50 per watt to $2 due to changing market conditions, officials said Monday.
Last year, the U.S. solar industry enjoyed its most successful year ever. Falling prices, consumer awareness and innovative policies are creating living-wage green jobs, improving energy productivity and expanding our domestic energy portfolio at an unprecedented rate. Solar energy is working for America, and it can work better for Georgia.