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Chinese vertically integrated solar company JA Solar has completed construction of its first manufacturing facility outside of China – a RM300 million ($70 million) facility in the city of Bayan Lepas, Malaysia.
Chinese vertically integrated solar company Trina Solar has confirmed that it has connected two-thirds of its Yunnan solar farm to the grid, surpassing 200 MW this week having added 133 MW in the third quarter alone.
A collaborative project involving GRID Alternatives San Diego, San Diego Habitat for Humanity, and Willis Allen Real Estate, has given solar power to eight military veteran families this year.
SunLink Corporation and RA Power & Light have completed another successful commercial rooftop solar installation – a new 270 kW system at the Aethercomm facility in Carlsbad, California. Solar developer and EPC RA Power & Light leveraged years of expertise in commercial solar together with the rapid installation advantages of SunLink’s Precision-Modular RMS ballasted mounting system to complete the project three weeks ahead of schedule.
WASHINGTON, DC – In a report card deserving of the honor roll, a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind new study released today says America’s K-12 schools have shown explosive growth in their use of solar energy over the last decade, soaring from 303 kilowatts (kW) of installed capacity to 457,000 kW, while reducing carbon emissions by 442,799 metric tons annually – the equivalent of saving 50 million gallons of gasoline a year or taking nearly 100,000 cars off U.S. highways.
The average cost of going solar in the United States continued its rapid decline in 2013 and the first half of 2014, according to a new study from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Two leading solar advocacy groups, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Vote Solar, applaud the report findings as the latest indicator that affordable solar energy is ready to power our new energy economy.
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), urged Congress to expedite legislation which would provide long-term reauthorization for the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im).
Coming on the heels of the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) encouraging second-quarter industry report, the Solar Power Mid-Atlantic conference wrapped up this week to much applause. The first-ever Solar Power Mid-Atlantic drew hundreds of solar professionals from New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland to the Atlantic City Convention Center for two days of panels and talks on solar opportunities in the region.
Calling it a win for both the economy and the environment, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), today applauded a decision by the University of California to significantly expand its use of solar energy. As part of an ambitious plan to become carbon-neutral by 2025, university officials this week signed an agreement to purchase the electricity generated by 80 megawatts (MW) of solar – approximately 200,000 MW hours annually.
Renewable energy developer Cypress Creek Renewables is to invest more than $20 million in two new projects in South Carolina as it looks to capitalise on the state’s solar boom. The South Carolina Department of Commerce confirmed yesterday that the company is committed to develop two 10 MW utility-scale solar farms in Lexington County as part its plans to establish 1 GW of solar in the U.S. before the end of 2016.
When Gridley-area homeowner Vicke Robinson wanted to save money on her utility costs, a California environmental nonprofit company was happy to help. GRID Alternatives, an Oakland-based company, made Robinson the first Gridley-area homeowner to benefit from new rules for a state program geared to provide solar power to low-income homeowners. Earlier this spring, GRID Alternatives installed a 4-kilowatt solar power system at Robinson’s home. A total of 15 solar panels went up on the roof, installed by volunteers and trainees entering the growing solar field.
Marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana private company PosiGen Solar Solutions installed a 25 kW solar array atop the city of New Orleans’ resilient City Hall. SimpliPhi Power and Schneider Electric participated in the memorial and charitable event. The 25 kW solar array will generate clean power for the City Hall to reduce energy costs, as well as provide backup power in the event of power disruptions or a future natural disaster. It also helps fight against the extreme climate caused possibly by greenhouse gas emissions.
SunEdison Inc. closed financing and broke ground on the 156 MW Comanche Solar project for Public Service Co. of Colorado, a subsidiary of Xcel Energy. Although the scale of the project makes it big news, it is also notable for its use of a new type of financing vehicle. Comanche Solar is the first project to receive financing through SunEdison's $1.5 billion First Reserve warehouse facility. The financial vehicle is an example of how project financing is evolving to meet the needs of investors and developers alike.
SolyMoly, the one-stop shop for the solar curious, announced its nationwide deployment. SolyMoly is designed to guide homeowners through the often-confusing process of making the switch to solar energy. Unlike competing services, which automatically map the entire surface area of a roof, SolyMoly is fully customizable, allowing homeowners to specify which area of the rooftop they would like to consider for solar panel installation. This level of sophistication provides homeowners with more accurate reports on potential energy bill savings and environmental impact.