Trina Solar has signed a supply agreement with Toyo Engineering to ship a total of 96.2 MW of solar modules to the Hosoe Mega Solar Project, which is developed by Pacifico Energy K.K. and expected to be the largest solar project in Kyushu, Japan. The modules will be shipped starting from the fourth quarter of 2016 until January 2018. The project will be constructed on 140 hectares of land where a golf course was originally planned.
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SunEdison and Vivint Solar have reached an agreement to amend and modify the terms of the definitive merger agreement previously announced on July 20. In conjunction therewith, SunEdison also announced today that 313 Acquisition, the vehicle controlled by private equity funds managed by Blackstone, has entered into a commitment to provide a $250 million credit facility to fund the ongoing growth of SunEdison. The merger is anticipated to close in the first quarter of 2016.
A new report shows 2015 shaping up to be the United States solar market’s best year in history with record-breaking fourth quarter projections.
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Saying it will “benefit both the economy and environment,” the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has announced its strong support for legislation introduced by Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), allowing the General Services Administration (GSA) to enter into 30-year renewable energy power purchase agreements (PPA). The GSA is an independent agency which manages and supports the basic functioning of the federal government, including procurement. Under current law, only the U.S. military can enter into power purchase agreements for longer than 10 years.
Calling it important to America’s energy future, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced its strong support today for legislation to create a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES). Introduced by U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), the bill will help to create thousands of new American jobs, save consumers and businesses money and reduce pollution by requiring utilities to generate 30 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed into law consensus legislation which will make it easier and more affordable for homeowners, businesses, churches, schools, nonprofits, military facilities, and police and fire departments to install rooftop solar systems across the state. The Solar Power Free Market Financing Act is considered an important victory for property rights supporters, as well as solar advocates – and represents a bellwether of change in Georgia.
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry, announced today that SunLink Corporation, a leading commercial photovoltaic (PV) mounting system and solar project solutions company, has joined SEIA's board. SunLink, a California-based company, is a leader in driving the innovations that make solar easier, safer, more reliable and less expensive to install. SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch said SunLink's proven success can be measured on commercial and utility-scale projects across North America – including many in the world's most extreme environments.
Calling it a “key step” in New York’s ongoing efforts to expand the use of clean solar energy statewide, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is predicting that this week’s launch of the NY-Sun Commercial/Industrial MW Block Incentive Program will help to create hundreds of new jobs and spur economic development statewide.
Namasté Solar has been selected as one of OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work 2015. Each year, OUTSIDE recognizes the top 100 companies in the United States that help their employees strike the ideal balance between work and play. These companies encourage employees to lead an active lifestyle, are eco-conscious, and prioritize giving back to the community. The entire list of winners appears online at www.outsideonline.com/dreamjobs.
Canadian Solar Inc. has won three solar photovoltaic (PV) projects totaling 110 megawatts (MWp) in Pirapora, in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Canadian Solar will develop and build the solar power plants. Once connected to the grid, the electricity generated will be sold to CCEE (Camara de Comercializacao de Energia Eletrica), under a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement at approximately $78.8/MWh. The three projects are targeted to reach commercial operation by late 2018.
- 100MW in Shangtuhai Village, Wuchuan County
- 20MW in Qianbaimiao Village, Jinhe Town, Saihan District
- 50MW in Mandahtu Town Sunite Zuoqi, Xilinguole
There's at least one industry that serves as a bright spot for veterans: solar. Not only is solar employment growing 10 times faster than in the economy as a whole, "veterans are rising through the industry and they're advocating for other vets," explains Anna Bautista, Vice-President for Construction and Workforce Development at the non-profit solar installer GRID Alternatives. In the solar industry, veterans make up almost 10 percent of the workforce, more than their percentage in the adult population.
Section 25 of the federal residential Investment Tax Credit drops to zero on Jan. 1, 2017 -- a short 13 months from now. Effectively, the after-incentive selling price to residential homeowners will go up by 30 percent. A typical 5-kilowatt system at $4 per watt will increase in price from $14,000 (with the 30 percent ITC) to $20,000. It doesn’t take a degree in economics to conclude that residential sales will plummet.
Today’s decision by the U.S. government to challenge India’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (National Solar Mission) local content requirement at the World Trade Organization (WTO) highlights a growing problem in the solar industry—the growth of localization barriers to trade.
Super Bowl Sunday is fast approaching. The Baltimore Ravens will battle the San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans’ Superdome for the The Vince Lombardi Trophy, but most of the fans don’t know that there’s another battle going on just beyond the gridiron: The Solar Bowl.
This Monday, the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., opened one of the world’s first solar-powered carousels to visitors. The Conservation Carousel, besides having very ornate, hand-carved animals, has a net-zero impact on the Zoo’s energy consumption. It runs entirely off of its 162 solar panels. It even diverts excess power back to the zoo.
Walmart and Costco are famous for cutting costs to the bone and knowing a great value when they see one. That's why they are deploying massive amounts of solar on their facilities. In fact, they are America's top two corporate users of solar power.
You ever play that game Whac-a-Mole? That's kind of how I've felt over the last few months when separating fact from fiction about the solar energy industry in the U.S. We keep knocking down myths about solar, but they just keep popping up somewhere else.
Last year, while everyone was focused on a slow economic recovery, the U.S. solar energy boomed in all sectors -- residential, commercial property and utility-scale. And there are significant amounts of new solar energy coming with the advancement of several utility-scale projects.
Hola! Greetings from Cancun where I saw immediate differences in this year's global climate talks from the moment I stepped off the plane. Instead of cold, cloudy Copenhagen, I was greeted by warm sunshine and a beautiful setting surrounded by the rich blue-green waters of the sea and bay. Last year I needed a parka; this year I need sunglasses. I'm hopeful improved weather is a good sign of an equally improved outcome. Delegates have a constant reminder (and distraction) to work through our shared challenges towards solutions.
It's that time of year when many Americans are just returning from a summer vacation. During their travels, most of those vacationers probably passed by some of the many solar projects, large and small, being installed across the country. However, they probably didn't know that while they were on holiday, smart policies were at work speeding up deployment of solar projects. From PV farms to solar water heating systems, solar is having a record growth year and is creating stable, well-paying American jobs.
The end of a long winter and the welcomed start of spring bring the all-American sport back to life. The last season transitions to memory, baseball fans ponder the present condition of their teams and we all smile at the opportunity to go outside without a coat. Spring also brings another event, the release of SEIA's annual "U.S. Solar Year in Review".
Across the country, people will start tuning in today to see how well they've done filling out their brackets for the NCAA basketball tournament. When it comes to making their picks for energy, three out of four Americans have solar going all the way in their bracket.