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.
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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.
Solar industry leaders commended today's decision by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to leave the state's net metering policy unchanged, calling it a "fair outcome" for the state's consumers, utilities and solar industry.
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.
WASHINGTON, DC – Saying it will spur billions of dollars in new investment in the U.S. economy, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today announced its strong support for Rep. Mike Thompson’s (D-CA) “commence construction” legislation, H.R. 2502, which now has 100 co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives and continues to gain momentum.
WASHINGTON, DC - Calling it “justified and necessary,” Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement today, supporting the U.S. government’s decision to move forward with its World Trade Organization (WTO) case against India:
Calling it “critically important,” the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is applauding “commence construction” legislation introduced today by Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV). Their bipartisan legislation would allow America’s solar energy companies to make full and effective use of the Investment Tax Credit (ITC).
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Concerned of a ripple effect across the entire U.S. solar energy industry, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), has warned SEIA’s membership that the worsening solar dispute between the United States and China threatens the future progress of solar energy in America:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reacting to news that Mike Boots has been selected to become acting chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), issued the following statement:
This is why Mosaic launched #PutSolarOnIt last year – and why dozens of the largest and most powerful solar advocating organizations have joined, including Climate Reality Project, Conergy, Environment America, Organizing for Action, Solar Energy Industry Associations, Women4Solar, VoteSolar, and others.
SunPower Corp. announced it has started construction on the 102 megawatt (AC) Henrietta solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Kings County, California.
San Antonio-based OCI Solar Power LLC has started construction on a 110-megawatt (MW) solar plant in eastern Pecos County near Bakersfield. At full build-out, this would be the largest solar plant in Texas. The solar arrays will track the sun horizontally and vertically, making this one of the largest dual-axis solar projects in the world.
SolarCity aims to tap a potentially big new market: renters. The No. 1 U.S. residential solar installer announced that it will develop a series of community solar installations — that it refers to as "solar gardens" — to enable apartment dwellers, schools and others with shaded roofs in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area to purchase renewable energy without installing solar panels on their properties.
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