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The project, which will use Imergy’s vanadium redox flow battery technology, is SunEdison's first commercial large-SunEdison has signed a 10-year agreement with Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) to supply 5 MW/20 MWh of energy storage to the province. SunEdison said that the IESO intends to use data from the energy storage project to analyze how storage can be used to smooth the power flow from wind and solar, defer expensive system upgrades, and ultimately shape the future of its grid.
Scatec Solar ASA has commissioned the first utility-scale solar park in the state of Utah. Located in Parowan, the 104 MW Utah Red Hills Renewable Park (URHRP) will more than double the state's current solar footprint. The plant covers approximately 632 acres (256 hectares) of privately-owned land, consisting of more than 340,000 PV modules on a single-axis tracking system.
Trina Solar has signed a supply agreement with Toyo Engineering to ship a total of 96.2 MW of solar modules to the Hosoe Mega Solar Project, which is developed by Pacifico Energy K.K. and expected to be the largest solar project in Kyushu, Japan. The modules will be shipped starting from the fourth quarter of 2016 until January 2018. The project will be constructed on 140 hectares of land where a golf course was originally planned.
SunEdison and Vivint Solar have reached an agreement to amend and modify the terms of the definitive merger agreement previously announced on July 20. In conjunction therewith, SunEdison also announced today that 313 Acquisition, the vehicle controlled by private equity funds managed by Blackstone, has entered into a commitment to provide a $250 million credit facility to fund the ongoing growth of SunEdison. The merger is anticipated to close in the first quarter of 2016.
WASHINGTON, DC - Proving that effective, forward-looking public policies can provide a big boost to a state’s economy, North Carolina had the second most new solar capacity added last year in the United States, according to the recently-released U.S. Solar Market Insight 2014 Year in Review, and now stands poised to become the first state in the South to have 1 gigawatt (GW) of installed solar.
WASHINGTON, DC – California has cemented its place as America’s solar leader, according to the recently-released U.S. Solar Market Insight 2014 Year in Review, and stands poised to become the first state in the nation to have 10 gigawatts (GW) of installed solar capacity – enough to power nearly 2.5 million homes.
BOSTON, MA and WASHINGTON, DC - Applauding a record-breaking year, GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today released the U.S. Solar Market Insight 2014 Year in Review report, the definitive source of installation data, forecasting and policy analysis for the U.S. solar market. Newly installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity for year reached a record 6,201 megawatts[i] (MW), growing 30 percent over 2013’s total.
WASHINGTON, DC - In a move that’s expected to increase the use of solar hot water systems across New York, the state’s Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is expanding its Solar Hot Water Program statewide to include projects that displace hot water produced by heating oil, natural gas, propane and wood, as well as projects that displace electricity. After the announcement was made today, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), which strongly supported the expansion, applauded Gov.
BOSTON, MA - In a major address at PV America, which annually brings together solar manufacturers, installers and service providers to discuss new technologies, innovations, research and policy that is driving the $13.5 billion a year U.S. photovoltaic (PV) industry, Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew A. Beaton drew cheers when he announced that Gov. Charlie Baker and his administration are supportive of efforts to expand the use of solar across the Commonwealth.
AllEarth Renewables, a solar tracker manufacturer and developer of solar projects, and the Alchemist, a Vermont (US) microbrewery, have announced a partnership that will provide the brewery solar energy from a portion of a 150kW Vermont solar orchard. The new solar project will provide nearly 100% of the energy the Waterbury brewery needs annually with emissions free, net metered solar and provide the company long-term annual savings on its electric bill.
sPower, a renewable energy provider, and Borrego Solar Systems Inc., a designer, developer, installer and financier of grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, today announced the completion of and connection to PSEG-LI’s electrical grid of the sPower Sutter and Sterlington solar projects in the Town of Riverhead, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York (US). The two projects comprise the sPower Riverhead Solar Farm. With a combined system size of 6.3 MWac (9.1 MWdc), Riverhead Solar will produce more than 12 million kilowatt-hours of energy annually, enough to power 1,100 homes.
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Austin is continuing to be a leading location for solar development, with municipal utility Austin Energy signing a PPA with First Solar.