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Sunrun released its new app for iPhone and Android smart phones and tablets. The California solar installer released mySunrun as a new tool which integrates the power social media, along with analytics to give customers an engaging virtual experience. With mySunrun, customers can do many things. For starters, customers can check their solar electricity production on a weekly, monthly, or a yearly basis. This tool is especially handy if a client wants to check to see how much solar power they are producing at different periods of the year.
NEXTracker’s UL 3703 certification includes grounding through existing structural components without the need for additional dedicated grounding components like braids, straps or grounding washers. Evaluation included rigorous humidity and temperature cycling, rain tests, and safety testing for the electromechanical systems for NX Horizon’s unique self-powered controller. The certification also covers NX Horizon’s maximum system voltage of 1500V. This certification specifically addresses solar tracking system functions with respect to risk of electric shock, mechanical and fire hazards.
Canadian Solar Inc. announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Canadian Solar Solutions Inc., has secured contracts to supply 50 MW AC (60 MW DC) of MaxPower CS6X Ontario-made solar panels and 30 medium voltage power stations for the Windsor Solar LP facility. This utility-scale solar project, developed by Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. and Connor, Clark and Lunn Infrastructure, will be built in the City of Windsor, Ontario. The power plant is expected to produce approximately 86,500 MWh of electricity per year, sufficient to power approximately 8,204 Canadian homes.
SnapNrack launched its new website at SnapNrack.com. The website will provide the same great resources, tools and product information as before, but now with an innovative and modern look. Even more features have been added in an effort to always provide best in class tools, education and service to customers.
A new study released today by the Stanford Graduate School of Business predicts that the U.S. solar industry is “headed for a cliff” if the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is not extended. Even though the report touts the solar industry’s “dramatic growth,” it called for a phase down of the ITC without any examination of the current and past tax treatments of established energy sources. Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), called that omission a “fatal flaw” which ignores how Congress has used the U.S. Tax Code over the past century to encourage the increased production of oil, gas, coal and even nuclear power, making it difficult for solar and other renewable energy sources to compete in the marketplace without incentives.
U.S. solar energy leaders and representatives of top solar companies from an 8-state area will gather in Atlanta, GA, on May 7-8 at the Marriott Marquis for the inaugural Solar Power Southeast conference, co-sponsored by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA).
Powered by growing residential and commercial markets, the neighboring states of Oregon and Washington are set to make significant gains this year in new solar installations, according to the recently-released U.S. Solar Market Insight 2014 Year in Review. The two Northwest states are expected to top 200 megawatts (MW) of combined solar electric capacity by the end of 2015 – enough to power nearly 25,000 homes.
WASHINTON, DC - Powered by a rapidly-growing residential market, Louisiana became a Top 20 solar state for the first time last year, according to the recently-released U.S. Solar Market Insight 2014 Year in Review. It was the fifth straight year that Louisiana showed strong growth in solar installations.
Powered by a robust utility-scale market, Indiana ranked 14th in the nation in installed solar capacity last year, according to the recently-released U.S. Solar Market Insight 2014 Year in Review. It was the second straight year that Indiana exceeded 50 megawatts (MW) of new installations.
Building on their 30 MW partnership announced last year, China-based Yingli and Poland’s R.Power, formerly AMB Energia, have said they will build 60 MW worth of ground-mounted solar PV projects. It is expected that the systems will be included in Poland’s 2016 and 2017 auction systems. Under the terms of the agreement, both parties will hold a roughly equal stake in the projects, which will be sold off to investors once they reach commercial operation.
Indian prime minister and French president Francois Hollande will jointly launch the International Solar Alliance (ISA) at the COP21 climate conference in Paris today. The proposed alliance, also named International Agency for Solar Technologies and Applications (IASTA), is aiming to have over 100 countries join, including US, China and France as well as countries situated between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. It will focus on giving momentum to solar energy policies, increasing cooperation over best and new technologies and bringing faster cost reductions.
Sonnenbatterie announced an all-in-one residential PV and storage system for $10,645. The price includes a 2 kilowatt-hour eco 2 Sonnenbatterie battery, a German-made PV panel, an inverter, an intelligent control system and 19 percent sales tax (called value added tax or VAT in Europe). The only cost not included is installation, since this varies according to location. Philipp Schröder, Sonnenbatterie’s managing director, told GTM a “low-end” installation cost could be in the region of $745, including VAT.
SunEdison Inc. has signed 20-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Los Angeles County for 6.2 MW of solar energy. The electricity will be used for nine government facilities. SunEdison will build solar parking canopies at many of the locations. "By signing a long-term agreement with guaranteed pricing, L.A. County will save millions of dollars while dramatically reducing its exposure to rising utility rates," says Sam Youneszadeh, SunEdison's regional general manager of its western U.S. solar business.