Canadian Solar Inc. announced that it signed an agreement with Mashiki Town and Kumamoto Prefecture to build a 47 MW solar power plant. Once completed, the Mashiki solar power plant will be the largest solar plant in Kumamoto Prefecture. The Mashiki plant is expected to start commercial operation in the first quarter of 2017. Powered by Canadian Solar modules, the plant is expected to generate approximately 57,000 MWh of clean, solar electricity per year, which will be purchased by Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc.
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The SolarMax Group has begun production of its solar PV inverters once again, having transferred operations from Switzerland to Germany.
Sunrun announced a multi-year agreement with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The partnership furthers Sunrun’s strategy of reaching more Americans to educate them about the benefits of home solar. Sunrun unveiled digital and stationary signage at Dodger Stadium during the 2015 season and offered a variety of in-stadium experiences – like serving as the presenting sponsor for ‘Kids Take the Field’– to encourage families to save 20 percent on their electric bill.
Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC, led by CEO Jim Rice and President Laura Stern, announced an investment and partnership in the company by Virgo Investment Group, L.P.
Hannah Solar is teaming up with Sonnenbatterie Inc. to address the growing demand for residential solar coupled with an energy storage solution.
Continuing a strong year for the solar industry in Maryland, 15 megawatts (MW) of new capacity were added last quarter, nearly double the previous quarter and nearly triple the same period last year, according to the new quarterly report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement today in response to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s final determinations against crystalline silicon solar products from China and Taiwan:
Continuing its strong solar progress, North Carolina installed 95 megawatts (MW) of solar PV in Q3, more than all the solar installed in the state in 2010 and 2011 combined and enough to rank the state 3rd nationwide for added capacity, according to the new quarterly report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). The Solar Market Insight Report found Q3 2014 represented a 172 percent increase over the previous quarter for North Carolina.
Demonstrating continued support for clean, renewable energy, residential solar installations in Colorado in Q3 were up more than 30 percent over the same period last year, according to the new quarterly report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
In another step forward for clean, renewable solar energy, the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved raising the net energy metering (NEM) cap from 3 percent to 6 percent for all utilities. At the same meeting, the PSC announced plans to advance Community Shared Renewables, an innovative concept that could enable renters and millions of other New York energy consumers to go solar for the first time.
Sunrun has been awarded a Change Prize by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative and will participate in the SunShot Prize: Race to 7-Day Solar. The competition launches Sept. 22 with a goal to motivate local governments, communities, solar companies and electric utilities to shorten the time it takes to get solar on a home to one week. Over the next 18-months, Sunrun will compete with four other teams to cut the permit-to-plug-in time for small PV systems up to 100 kilowatts.
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is overseeing a pilot project to build nine net-zero energy homes in Fontana, California. SunEdison will supply advanced battery systems for the endeavor. Also partnering on the project are national homebuilder Meritage Homes, which is constructing the houses, the California Public Utilities Commission and local utility Southern California Edison. The research institute is leading the project to evaluate how net-zero energy homes that generate and store their own energy impact the local electricity grid.
Three-hundred-fifty solar professionals, representing more than 110 solar installation and development companies, celebrated Monday, September 14, 2015, at the Top 500 Solar Contractors Gala. The annual event recognizes solar contractors listed on the Solar Power World Top 500 Solar Contractors list for their contribution and dedication to the solar industry. Held at the Hilton Anaheim, the Gala included networking, dinner and awards.
While the American solar industry continues to grow by leaps and bounds across the country, Ohio falls further behind its neighboring states in the amount of solar installed. Indeed, Ohio is a cautionary tale of how smart government policy, like the federal investment tax credit (ITC), can help a young, cutting-edge industry like solar grow, attract investment and create jobs while bad government policy can stunt the growth of an industry, writes SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch.
While the American solar industry continues to grow by leaps and bounds across the country, Ohio falls farther and farther behind its neighboring states in the amount of solar installed. Indeed, Ohio is a cautionary tale of how smart government policy, like the federal investment tax credit (ITC), can help a young, cutting edge industry like solar grow, attract investment and create jobs while bad government policy can stunt the growth of an industry, writes Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Associaiton (SEIA).