The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) commended the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), which today voted 3-2 to continue net metering in California.
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Nanoelectronics research centre Imec and energy giant Total, majority owner of US-based PV energy provider, SunPower, have extended an R&D collaboration to embrace a number of advanced technologies, including n-type PERT bi-facial solar cells and novel low-cost module interconnection concepts.
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About 80 Austin-based employee volunteers from global solar innovator, SunPower, brought solar energy to four low-income families in Austin’s Blackland Neighborhood. Working with national solar nonprofit Grid Alternatives over two days, the volunteers installed four rooftop solar systems totaling 13 kilowatts of generating capacity. The systems are expected to save each family electricity costs, and collectively reduce approximately 233 tons of greenhouse gas emissions over their expected 25-year life.
Borrego Solar Systems Inc., a California-based solar power project designer, developer, installer, and operations and maintenance (O&M) provider, says that since expanding its O&M services to all owners of commercial- and utility-scale PV plants in early 2015, the company now has 265 MW of assets under contract. The current portfolio is more than double what Borrego Solar managed in 2014 and quadruple that of 2013. Prior to 2015, the company only offered its O&M services to PV system owners of the projects it designed and built.
As part of its annual awards ceremony in Miami Beach, marketing and communications industry leader PR News announced the winners and honorable mentions for its prestigious 2015 Social Media Icon Awards for companies, agencies and organizations which “broke the mold in social media communications.”
In an effort to lead by example and further educate residential solar consumers across America, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is launching the first SEIA Residential Consumer Guide to Solar Power.
As part of the federal government’s ongoing efforts to improve sustainability and reduce harmful carbon emissions, the U.S. Navy and General Services Administration (GSA) have announced plans to develop more than 10 megawatts (MW) of new solar facilities in the nation’s capital, building on progress already made through the launch of the Capital Solar Challenge. Today, nine percent of the federal government’s electricity comes from renewable energy sources, including solar, putting the White House on pace to reach its goal of 30 percent renewable energy use by 2025.
Shattering previous records, the United States residential solar market grew 76 percent over the first quarter of 2014, installing 437 megawatts[i] (MW) of photovoltaics (PV) in the first three months of 2015. According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) Q1 U.S. Solar Market Insight Report, released today, the U.S. installed 1.3 gigawatts (GW) of solar PV across all market segments.
As part of its ongoing efforts to make solar cost competitive with other forms of electricity, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) SunShot Initiative announced today that it will provide $32 million in new funding opportunities to help spur additional solar development nationwide.
Solplicity has expanded its service area to include the greater Sacramento region and further bolstered its Los Angeles County presence with the addition of a Burbank office.
8minutenergy Renewables, LLC and an affiliate of D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments, L.L.C. (DESRI) announced the completion of permitting, financial closing and start of construction of the 191 megawatts-dc (150 MW-ac) Springbok 2 Solar Farm, located 70 miles north of Los Angeles in Kern County, California. 8minutenergy recently announced that it had signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the Springbok 2 Solar Farm with the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA), on behalf of its participating member, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP).
Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power announced the acquisition of a controlling interest in the 200-megawatt (MW) Garland solar facility under construction in California from Recurrent Energy, a subsidiary of Canadian Solar Inc. Recurrent Energy is constructing the facility and will retain the remaining interest in the project. Southern Power and Recurrent Energy have now announced the development of three jointly owned projects that together are expected to generate more than 550 MW of solar electricity in California and Texas.
Sonnenbatterie has rolled out its plug-and-play home battery system in the U.S. ahead of Christmas, beating Tesla to the punch in what is expected to be a competitive market in 2016. Sonnenbatterie manufacturers its storage devices in San Jose, California, and has secured supply contracts with 30 dealers across the U.S. Demand for the battery is already strong, with a Sonnenbatterie spokesperson telling PV Magazine’s German-language website that around 1,000 products have already been ordered.
Trina Solar Ltd. says its State Key Laboratory of PV Science and Technology of China has set a new record for industrial high-efficiency p-type monocrystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cells. The record-breaking p-type mono-crystalline silicon solar cell was fabricated on a large-size industrial boron-doped Cz-Si substrate with an advanced Honey Plus process that integrated both front and back surface passivation. The 156 x 156 mm2 solar cell reached a total-area efficiency of 22.13%. This result has been independently confirmed by the Fraunhofer ISE CalLab in Germany.
Today, I testified before the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing & Trade on behalf of the American workers and businesses in the U.S. solar industry about India’s restrictive and unfair trade practices.
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".