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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.
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) have jointly published a handbook for states detailing how to incorporate renewable energy into state plans to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, the proposed regulation to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants.
WASHINGTON, DC - In what’s considered an important victory for property rights supporters, the Georgia Senate has given final legislative approval to legislation which will make it easier and more affordable for homeowners, businesses, churches, schools, non-profits, military facilities, and police and fire departments to install rooftop solar systems. Previously approved by Georgia’s House of Representatives, the Solar Power Free Market Financing Act, House Bill 57, now goes to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature.
Praising his “leadership, legacy and commitment to clean energy,” retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid will be remembered, among other things, for helping to foster the rapid growth of solar energy in America, according to Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Sen. Reid, who has served in Congress since 1983, announced today that he will not seek reelection in 2016.
Calling it vitally important to the development of clean energy resources in Florida, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has announced its “strong support” in endorsing the Floridians for Solar Choice 2016 ballot initiative.
Doubling the amount of solar capacity added in 2013, New Mexico had the 10th most new solar capacity added last year in the nation, according to the recently-released U.S. Solar Market Insight 2014 Year in Review. The state also finished the year ranked No. 11 among all states in total installed solar capacity.
SunPower said that it would be offering a new ‘Performance’ (P) Series module developed by Cogenra Solar, which it said it acquired earlier in 2015.
Alabama Power awarded Strata Solar the engineering, procurement, and construction contracts for the sites. Installation is expected to begin early next year.
An Arizona federal District Court overrode the Salt River Project (SRP) request to prevent SolarCity’s legal challenge to the public utility's new demand charge for solar owners, ruling the lawsuit could move forward. SolarCity is seeking an injunction against the costs imposed earlier this year that the solar company says has caused a 50-95% drop in the local solar market.
In a series of recent updates, Sunrun announced more evidence that it is expanding — and rapidly.
Many veterans — ranging from privates to general officers — are returning from war with a commitment to securing our nation’s energy future and combating the impacts of climate change, writes Kevin Johnson, managing director of federal business development for Canadian Solar (USA), Inc.