New Jersey-based solar pool heater manufacturer Aquatherm Industries, Inc. officially celebrated its 25th year in the solar thermal industry. Founded in 1989, the company has grown to be the largest manufacturer of swimming pool solar heaters in the U.S., thanks in large to a loyal dealer/distributor network that spans the globe.
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Coming on the heels of the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) encouraging second-quarter industry report, the Solar Power Mid-Atlantic conference wrapped up this week to much applause. The first-ever Solar Power Mid-Atlantic drew hundreds of solar professionals from New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland to the Atlantic City Convention Center for two days of panels and talks on solar opportunities in the region.
Calling it a win for both the economy and the environment, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), today applauded a decision by the University of California to significantly expand its use of solar energy. As part of an ambitious plan to become carbon-neutral by 2025, university officials this week signed an agreement to purchase the electricity generated by 80 megawatts (MW) of solar – approximately 200,000 MW hours annually.
Solar energy company SolarCity Corp. is planning to add a Baltimore-area location by the end of the year. SolarCity (NASDAQ: SCTY) announced the area location as part of an effort to open 20 new operations centers in seven states. The wave includes one other planned Maryland location, in Clarksburg.
Canadian Solar Inc. (CSIQ), the third-best performing solar panel maker in the past year, and the investment arm of China’s Sichuan province will create a 5 billion yuan ($810 million) fund to build solar projects. Sichuan Development Holding Co., Canadian Solar and third party investors will raise the funding, Guelph, Ontario-based Canadian Solar said today in a statement.
The Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA®) today announced it has hired Capitol Hill veteran Ken Johnson, who previously headed up the communications efforts for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and two major committees in the U.S. House of Representatives, as vice president of communications.
Denver, CO – Businesses and environmental organizations announced support for the Colorado Solar Jobs Act (HB XXX), which was introduced in the Colorado House of Representatives today. The legislation is designed to make critical improvements to Xcel Energy’s popular rooftop solar rebate program, giving consumers more access to affordable solar energy while protecting Colorado jobs.
WASHINGTON, DC -- John Smirnow, vice president of trade and competitiveness at the Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA®), has been designated chairman of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (RE&EEAC). The re-charted committee was launched in recent days by U.S. Commerce Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank.
WASHINGTON, DC -- John Smirnow, vice president of trade and competitiveness at the Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA®), has been designated chairman of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (RE&EEAC). The re-charted committee was launched in recent days by acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank.
March 28, 2013 – Albany, NY – Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun Competitive PV Program is drawing strong participation from New York energy customers and solar developers. In a successful first round, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) awarded $46 million for 76 large-scale projects totaling 52 megawatts (MW) of new solar capacity, enough to power nearly 9,000 New York homes. Solar advocates and industry applauded the early results of the program and the state’s continued commitment to bringing reliable clean power and local solar jobs to New York.
Homeowners across the United States have begun a rooftop solar revolution. Since 2000, more than 1,460 megawatts of residential solar installations have been installed across the country, and more than 80 percent of that capacity was added in the past four years. In 2012 alone, rooftop solar installations reached 488 megawatts, a 62 percent increase over 2011 installations and nearly double the installed capacity added in 2010.
The media has recently been full of stories about electric utilities being nervous and down right reactionary to adding solar (and wind) on the electric grid. On October 15th, The Huffington Post’s story on the Hawaii Electric Company (HECO) reported, “hundreds of Oahu customers have gotten burned in their transition to solar. They have gotten caught in limbo since September 6 when HECO changed the rules for connecting solar systems.”
In northern New Mexico the sun shines nearly every day of the year. If solar energy is going to be viable anywhere, it will be here—and a small electric cooperative in historic Taos is taking advantage of it. In addition to supporting new solar projects in its service area, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative is offering its customers the opportunity to buy solar energy from “plots” in a “garden” of solar power generation.
Farmers in Japan can now generate solar electricity while growing crops on the same farmland. In April, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) approved the installation of PV systems on existing crop-producing farmland. Previously solar generation on farmland, productive or idle, was prohibited under the Agricultural Land Act.
This co-existence or double-generation is known as “Solar Sharing” in Japan. The concept was originally developed by Akira Nagashima in 2004, who was a retired agricultural machinery engineer who later studied biology and learned the “light saturation point.” The rate of photosynthesis increases as the irradiance level is increased; however at one point, any further increase in the amount of light that strikes the plant does not cause any increase to the rate of photosynthesis.
We typically see photovoltaic panels up on roofs, as they're broad, open surfaces that receive a lot of sunlight. You know what else spends a lot of time in the scorching sun, though? Sidewalks. With that in mind, a team at Washington DC's The George Washington University has created what is claimed to be "the first walkable solar-paneled pathway in the world."