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.
In a setback to the regulated utility model, the Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that a power purchase agreement (PPA) between the city of Dubuque and Eagle Point Solar does not violate state law. Regulated utility companies had fought the arrangement, claiming to have exclusive rights to sell to customers in their service areas. Today, Iowa’s high court disagreed.
Following the success of PV America last month in Boston, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has announced a new, regional trade show. Solar Power Mid-Atlantic, co-sponsored by SEIA and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) will take place in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Sept. 9 and 10, 2014 and will showcase 25 exhibitors along with a day and a half of educational programming.
A new independent study prepared for the Nevada Public Utilities Commission estimates that the grid benefits of rooftop solar systems installed in the state through 2016 will outweigh costs by more than $36 million, confirming that solar energy can provide real savings for both solar and non-solar customers alike.
WASHINGTON, DC – The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today announced it has joined Women in Solar Energy, a 501(c)3 nonprofit and membership organization dedicated to promoting the advancement of women in one of the fastest-growing industries in the country.
“SEIA takes great pride in being a founding corporate member of Women in Solar Energy,” said SEIA president and CEO Rhone Resch. “We recognize the great strides the solar industry has taken in terms of reaching out to women, and we look forward to continued progress.”
WASHINGTON, DC – Building on the progress of the White House’s Climate Action Plan, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced last week that it would make an additional $4 billion worth of loan guarantees available for renewable energy and energy efficient projects. Reacting to the news, Solar Energy Industries Association President and CEO Rhone Resch issued the following statement:
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O2 emc, an independent power producer based in North Carolina, hosted an Early Construction Tour of its 20-megawatt solar project, Montgomery Solar Farm, in Biscoe, North Carolina. U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) spoke in favor of renewable energy at the event, along with Republican State Senators Jerry Tillman and Stan Bingham.
American energy services company ConEdison Solutions and solar technology and services provider SunPower have launched a solar power system lease program in New York State.
SunPower Corp. rebounded from its first quarterly loss in two years as the second-largest U.S. solar-panel maker shifted its power-plant strategy.
Princeton, N.J.-based NRG Energy Inc. has completed a 1 MW community solar project in Freetown, Mass.