In yet another record-breaking year, the solar industry in the United States installed 7,286 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaics (PV) in 2015. GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced the historic figures today ahead of the March 9 release of the U.S. Solar Market Insight report.
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SunPower Corp. joined utility NV Energy, U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Miranda Ballentine and 99th Air Base Wing Commander Colonel Richard Boutwell in dedicating a new 15 MW solar power system that is now operating at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. SunPower designed and constructed the Nellis Solar Array II project over a closed landfill using its Oasis technology, a fully integrated, modular solar power block.
Calling it a “win-win” that will benefit both the economy and environment, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has announced its strong support for HR 3001 – legislation introduced in Congress by Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) that will allow 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. Earlier this year, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) introduced similar legislation.
As a way to quickly access extensive research on the value of solar and renewable energy – from economic and environmental benefits to both consumers and businesses, to grid efficiencies and savings – the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has created a new resources page on its website.
If approved and signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie, bipartisan legislation approved this week by the New Jersey Legislature will help to keep New Jersey solar installations on track for 2015. The state is projected to add nearly 300 megawatts (MW) of new installed solar capacity, according to the recently released U.S. Solar Market Insight Report compiled by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
With its new, forward-looking Solar Power Free Market Financing Act set to become law on July 1, Georgia is expected to have its best year ever for new solar installations in 2015, according to the recently released U.S. Solar Market Insight Report compiled by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
Sun-rich Hawaii is on pace to have its best year ever for new solar installations, according to the recently released U.S. Solar Market Insight Report compiled by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
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Norway-based Scatec Solar ASA said it has commissioned its 104 MW solar PV plant in Parowan, Utah, more than doubling the state’s installed PV capacity.
The renewable energy unit of Italy’s biggest utility company, Enel Green Power (EGP) has announced that it has begun construction on a 254 MW solar farm in Brazil’s Bahia state.
ET Solar, a Chinese solar project contractor, said its unit completed construction and grid connection of its first two photovoltaic power projects totaling 2.2 megawatts in Turkey.
SolarCity announced plans to cease operations in Nevada after regulators drastically cut benefits for retail solar owners.
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.
What is apparent during the time we've been here in Copenhagen representing the U.S. solar industry is that the renewable energy industry has become a force in the climate debate. No longer are we relying on the environmental community to carry our message (which they have done well in the past).