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SunEdison announced that it has completed construction on New Hampshire's largest solar power plant, a 942 kilowatt (KW) DC solar power plant for the town of Peterborough. SunEdison will supply solar energy generated by this system to the town over the next 20 years, saving taxpayers an estimated $250,000 on energy. The Peterborough solar system is expected to generate more than 100 percent of the town's waste water treatment facility's electricity needs.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON – Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement today after a group of prominent U.S. Senators came out in strong support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan:
Continuing its strong growth, the United States installed 1,354 megawatts (MW)[i] of solar photovoltaics (PV) in Q3 2014, up 41 percent over the same period last year. The numbers come from the latest edition of GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association's (SEIA) U.S. Solar Market Insight Report, released today. According to the report, Q3 was the nation's second largest quarter ever for PV installations and brings the country's cumulative solar PV capacity to 16.1 gigawatts (GW), with another 1.4 GW of concentrating solar power (CSP) capacity.
8minutenergy Renewables, LLC today announced that it has joined board of directors for the Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA), the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy. The nation's leading independent solar PV developer, 8minutenergy has over 1,100 megawatts (MW) in power purchase agreements (PPAs), has successfully built 260 MW and has 15,000 acres of land under contract.
WASHINGTON, DC – In detailed comments submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) said that "solar contributes to a balanced portfolio of energy resources,” which can help states meet proposed new carbon regulations under the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, benefitting both the economy and environment.
An enormous solar energy farm on the Eastern Shore could be the catalyst that jump-starts Virginia’s clean energy industry, Gov. Terry McAuliffe said. The project to be built for Amazon Web Services in Accomack County will span 900 acres and use 250,000 solar panels, enough to quadruple the state’s solar footprint when it is completed next year. The 80-megawatt facility would generate enough electricity to power 15,000 homes. “We are now in the game. We weren’t in the past even suited up.
The operations center employs close to 50 salespeople, residential designers, surveyors and installers and is projected to more than double that number by adding a commercial design division and expanding to accommodate the region’s burgeoning solar market.