First Solar, Inc. today announced that the Agua Caliente solar project has achieved a peak generating capacity of 250 megawatts (MW) AC connected to the electrical grid. The project, which is under construction in Yuma County, Ariz., is currently the world's largest operating photovoltaic (PV) power plant and will have a generating capacity of 290 MWAC when completed.
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The United States Air Force Academy says it foray into solar power has been more successful than it anticipated. After a year of operation, the Academy says it’s received 7 and a half percent more power than anticipated from its 6-megawatt solar array project.
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.
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.
Solar industry leaders are urging Austin Energy to build its next generating plant on the city's rooftops to create thousands of local jobs, as opposed to expanding an existing natural gas-fired plant.
Growth in California's solar market will be driven by demand for wholesale distributed generation, as utilities shift away from central power stations to rooftop installations of one megawatt or less, said the executive director of a leading clean power consultancy.
PV America 2012 West, 19-21 March in San Jose, California, will feature a conference program designed to provide attendees from all sectors involved with solar with tools and knowledge for the fast-changing photovoltaics industry.
President Barack Obama's proposed budget would renew and extend a subsidy for renewable-energy projects that helps pay for as much as 30 percent of development costs, according to a solar lobbying group.
The solar industry is one of the few bright spots in an otherwise struggling economy. I speak from personal experience. My solar company, Talmage Solar Engineering, Inc. has grown by more 400 percent over the last three years.