Tucked away in this former tin-mining town, past the small farms of banana trees and oil palms, is one of the solar industry’s best-kept secrets. The six factories here with cavernous rooms up to one-third of a mile long constitute the production backbone of First Solar. Working alongside minivan-size robots adapted from car assembly plants and other industries, 3,700 employees produce five-sixths of the American company’s solar panels. Workers in Ohio make the rest.
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Vivint Solar (Lehi, Utah, US), provider of residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in the United States, on December 12th, 2014 announced that it plans to open more than 20 new sales and operations offices in 2015.
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.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reacting to today’s presidential memorandum requiring the federal government to get 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020, SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch released the following statement:
WASHINGTON, DC – The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today announced that Chip Bircher, longtime coordinator of the Department of Energy’s Utility Solar Water Heating Initiative (USH2O), will be joining SEIA’s Solar Heating and Cooling (SHC) Alliance.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Saying it will help to spur solar deployment nationwide, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) praised a new rule approved today by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that will expedite and reduce the cost of solar project interconnection, while maintaining the reliability and safety of the electric grid.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Carrie Cullen Hitt, senior vice president of state affairs at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement today after a proposed new fee on solar customers in Georgia was dropped:
WASHINGTON, DC - Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), today released the following statement after the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) voted to impose new fees on solar customers statewide:
“While we applaud the ACC’s decision to keep net energy metering in place – and appreciate the Commission’s last-minute efforts to find a middle ground when it comes to new fees on solar customers – we are deeply troubled by today’s precedent-setting action.
Solar energy installer SolarCity has announced it is now taking orders for installations in the US state of Nevada.
The company said free solar panel installations are now available in Las Vegas, offering solar electricity for less than US$30 a month.
SolarCity claimed this is less than utility prices and home owners can access to its design and installation services as well as financing and insurance with monitoring and a performance guarantee.
General Electric Co. (GE) is investing $24 million in India’s largest solar-power plant, drawn by what it called the technology’s “incredible potential” in the nation.
The investment by GE’s financial services unit in Welspun Energy Ltd.’s 151-megawatt photovoltaic plant is the U.S. company’s first in the local solar industry. GE said this week that it plans to invest more than $1 billion a year globally in renewable projects that promise “very significant returns.”
Solar Power World
A map highlighting the Solar Energy Industries Association’s top solar states by capacity seems to forget the middle of the country. But it’s true: The Midwest trails other parts of the country largely because the region didn’t keep moving forward with solar policy. Instead, policy became stagnant or even regressive. There is a bright spot, however: Minnesota is lighting the path for solar in the Midwest.
Christian Science Monitor
A ravenous consumer of electricity, Google knows it must find a way to become more efficient and cleaner. Hundreds of thousands of its servers are partially dependent on fossil-fueled power. So just as it gained experience constructing and designing large-scale data centers over the years, the global leader in Internet technologies is now applying the same lessons to expand its use of renewable energy.
In state capitals across the country, legislators are debating proposals to roll back environmental rules, prodded by industry and advocacy groups eager to curtail regulations aimed at curbing greenhouse gases.