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.
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Following is a comment from Rhone Resch, president and chief executive officer of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on the creation of a multi-billion dollar clean energy fund, announced today at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21).
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.
WASHINGTON, DC - Calling it “groundbreaking,” Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), today praised plans by Fortune 500 company Ecolab, a global leader in hygiene, energy and water technologies, to go “all solar” at its worldwide Minnesota corporate headquarters. According to the company, Ecolab will acquire 16 megawatts (MW) of electricity from a 200 MW community solar garden, which is being developed by SEIA-member company SunEdison.
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin was sworn in today for a third term and used his inaugural address, among other things, to outline an ambitious plan to increase the use of solar energy and other renewables across the state. Following his remarks, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement:
Blattner Energy has joined the board of directors for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry, SEIA announced today. A premier EPC contractor in renewable energy construction, Blattner Energy has more than a century of experience leveraging new technologies and applying core competencies in emerging markets.
Calling it potential “game changer,” the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is praising new efforts by California Gov. Jerry Brown to significantly expand the state’s renewable energy efforts.
Supported by both business and environmental groups, hundreds of thousands of people from across the United States and around the world are expected to take part in the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) 2nd annual National “Shout Out For Solar” Day – set for Friday, January 16, and taking place on Facebook, Twitter and other social media venues.
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.
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.