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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.
Led by a booming residential market, Maryland more than doubled its amount of installed solar capacity in 2014, according to the recently-released U.S. Solar Market Insight 2014 Year in Review. In addition, Maryland also had nearly half, 48 percent, of its new electrical capacity last year come from solar energy.
WASHINGTON, DC - Showing strong growth over the previous year, Missouri nearly tripled its amount of installed solar capacity in 2014, according to the recently-released U.S. Solar Market Insight 2014 Year in Review. What’s more, Missouri also had more than half, 55 percent, of its new electrical capacity last year come from solar energy.
In a decision that’s certain to help to speed up America’s transition to a clean energy future, President Obama announced today that the Department of Energy (DOE) will launch a new initiative to train 75,000 Americans – including military veterans – to enter the solar workforce by 2020.
Showing strong growth in all market sectors, Vermont more than doubled its amount of installed solar capacity in 2014, according to the recently-released U.S. Solar Market Insight 2014 Year in Review. What’s more, Vermont was one of only four states nationwide to have 100 percent of its new electrical capacity come from solar energy.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo today signed into law the state’s 2015-2016 fiscal year budget, which includes a sales tax exemption on electricity generated and sold from customer-sited solar systems.
Following their collaboration on a 148.5 MW utility-scale solar project earlier this year, SunLink Corporation has been selected as the project partner for a 112.7 MW solar PV portfolio project under development in the southeastern United States by Blattner Energy, a power generation contractor and leading provider of renewable energy construction in North America.
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.