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SunPower installed solar power systems at 16 Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) schools in California that are expected to significantly reduce the district's annual electricity costs over the next 25 years or more. Additionally, SunPower is bringing the math and science behind the solar technology into the classroom in the form of curriculum that helps prepare students for careers in the clean energy economy.
Namasté Solar, a Colorado employee-owned cooperative that designs, installs, and maintains solar electric systems for residential, commercial, non-profit, and government customers throughout the United States, announced that February 2015 marks the company’s 10th anniversary of its founding.
WASHINGTON, DC - After the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) announced that renewable energy development companies and utilities in the Empire State will have more time to transition from existing net metering rules, in order to ensure a more “fair and reasonable” process, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), applauded the PSC’s responsiveness to concerns voiced by the solar industry, stakeholders and environmenta
West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed legislation, HB 2201, which could have jeopardized the future of rooftop solar in the state by rewriting West Virginia’s net-metering policies. In announcing his decision, the Governor said the bill contained technical errors.
WASHINGTON, DC and SAN FRANCISCO – As solar energy installations spring up on rooftops and major power plants across the U.S., the average cost of going solar continues to fall, according to a report released today by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Solar industry advocates applauded the report’s results and reflected on the policies that have allowed the industry to continually lower costs while increasingly deployment.
DENVER – Renewable energy advocates, businesses and environmental groups joined together to urge the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to reject a new proposal from Xcel Energy that would discourage rooftop solar growth in its territory.
Today, Environment America Research & Policy Center released Lighting the Way: What We Can Learn from America’s Top 12 Solar States, a new report highlighting a solar energy boom across the country. The top 12 solar states ranked by per capita solar are: Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii New Jersey, New Mexico, California, Delaware, Colorado, Vermont, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Maryland.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – With widespread U.S. concerns over India’s trade practices and policies, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) – along with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and nearly 40 other leading American business groups – are urging Vice President Biden to raise these concerns during his visit to India later this month. This letter was delivered to the vice president this morning.
Washington, DC – Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement after Gina McCarthy was confirmed today by the Senate as the new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
Edison International (EIX) utility Southern California Edison agreed to purchase 457 megawatts of capacity from three 8minutenergy Renewables LLC solar projects in Southern California.
The company signed a 20-year contract for power from the 51-megawatt Borden Solar Farm in Madera County, Folsom, California-based 8minutenergy said in an emailed statement. It will also buy energy from two projects in the Imperial Valley, the 154-megawatt Mount Signal Solar II and the 252-megawatt Mount Signal Solar V. Terms weren’t disclosed.
Boston Properties, Healthy Planet Partners (HPP) and Solaire Generation recently announced they are ‘Flipping the Switch’ on the 840-kW garage mounted solar canopy at Boston Properties’ Bay Colony.
“We applaud Boston Properties’ taking advantage of significant space available on their parking lots and thinking beyond traditional rooftop and ground-mount solar installations,” says Laurence Mackler, Solaire Generation CEO.
In the US, reactions to the news were mixed. Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA, condemned the decision, saying the answer lies in a negotiated solution.
The royalties and the competitive leasing of federal land worried Arthur Haubenstock, chairman of SEIA’s utility-scale solar power division. He testified that large-scale solar is not mature enough for competitive bidding and payment of royalties, which could lead to a disincentive to innovate instead of the industry growth supporters envision.
The era of Big Solar has arrived, and at the moment there are none bigger than Ivanpah. Now, Ivanpah records another milestone: The first renewable plant to receive POWER’s Plant of the Year Award. Comprising three self-contained units with a total capacity of 392 MW (377 MW net), Ivanpah is a joint effort between BrightSource Energy, NRG Energy (through its subsidiary NRG Renew, formerly NRG Solar), Google, and Bechtel.