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Hannah Solar and the U.S. Navy partner with Mississippi Power to help develop largest utility-scale solar projects in the state
Mississippi Power announced they are partnering with Hannah Solar, Strata Solar, and the U.S. Navy to build solar systems at two different locations in the company’s service territory. These projects would represent the largest solar installations in Mississippi with a combined total of approximately 53 megawatts.
Cutting costs has been the key to solar’s rapid expansion this decade. The lion’s share of cost reductions in the solar industry has come from reductions in module prices. The U.S. $4 per watt you’d have paid in 2006 for modules alone gets you the entire residential solar system installed today, writes Andrew Savage, chief strategy officer of AllEarth Renewables and board member of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
Calling it a huge incentive tied to Texas jobs and economic prosperity, James D. Steffes, CEO of Circular Energy, included his signature on a letter to Texas Senator John Cornyn concerning extending the 30% Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for commercial and residential solar users.
What’s happening in the heartland of America is going almost unnoticed. But it shouldn’t. Solar is beginning to grow like a prairie fire across the Midwest. In a wide area stretching from Missouri to Ohio, the heavily traveled Interstate 70 corridor, solar is beginning to catch on in a big way. Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio have a combined total of nearly 400 megawatts (MW) of installed solar capacity — enough to power about 80,000 homes.
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):
If you’re planning to visit First Solar's Perrysburg, Ohio manufacturing plant and snoop into its dark corners, forget about it. There are no dark corners. It may be the brightest factory you’ve ever visited.
The clean, efficient manufacturing space was recently upgraded with LED lighting and the result would humble any automobile showroom.
The 100 MW Redstone Solar Thermal Power Project in South Africa, owned by a SolarReserve led consortium with ACWA Power, has been nominated ‘preferred bidder’ by the Department of Energy (DOE).
The Redstone Solar Thermal Power project was awarded preferred bidder in round 3.5 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP), with the lowest tariff bid to date from any CSP project in the country.
Scatec Solar Closes USD 157 Million Financing from Google and Prudential Capital Group to Build 104 MW (dc) Solar Plant in Utah
Scatec Solar ASA (‘SSO’), the integrated independent solar power producer, has entered into financing agreements totalling USD 157 million for construction of a 104 MW(dc) Red Hills solar power plant in Utah. When complete, the Red Hills solar project will be Scatec Solar’s largest developed and constructed project in North America.
First Wind Holdings Inc., the renewable-energy developer being acquired by SunEdison Inc. (SUNE), received approval to sell power from five proposed solar projects in Idaho. The projects in southern Idaho’s Ada, Elmore, Owyhee and Power counties are expected to be complete in 2016, Boston-based First Wind said today in a statement. They will have 20 megawatts of capacity each and have 20-year contracts to deliver electricity to Idaho Power Co.