Norway-based Scatec Solar ASA said it has commissioned its 104 MW solar PV plant in Parowan, Utah, more than doubling the state’s installed PV capacity.
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The renewable energy unit of Italy’s biggest utility company, Enel Green Power (EGP) has announced that it has begun construction on a 254 MW solar farm in Brazil’s Bahia state.
ET Solar, a Chinese solar project contractor, said its unit completed construction and grid connection of its first two photovoltaic power projects totaling 2.2 megawatts in Turkey.
SolarCity announced plans to cease operations in Nevada after regulators drastically cut benefits for retail solar owners.
Utility officials flipped the switch on Colorado’s newest, huge solar power plant on Dec. 23.
Calling President Obama’s signature climate change policy both “historic” and “critically needed,” the solar industry issued its strong support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, scheduled to be released on Monday, urging states to consider solar as a clean, affordable, reliable and carbon-free solution.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced today that Mike Mendelsohn, an energy industry veteran with 25 years of experience, is the trade association’s new Senior Director of Project Finance and Capital Markets.
If Alabama Power’s proposal to install up to 500 megawatts (MW) of renewable generation, including solar, is approved by the Alabama Public Service Commission (PSC) the state would finally get to enjoy the economic and environmental benefits so much of the country is already reaping.
In a key decision that will make clean energy more affordable and accessible to even more people across the state, the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) has announced new rules allowing for community net metering (CNM). The PSC’s innovative Shared Renewables Program, which will be launched later this year, is expected to especially benefit low and moderate-income families in New York.
As a tool for investors, financiers, project developers and others, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and CohnReznick, a leading national accounting, tax and advisory firm, today released a guide to the valuation of solar projects for financial reporting purposes. The publication features best practices in “an increasingly complex solar marketplace” and follows up on a 2014 publication by the two organizations on fair market value methodologies in the solar industry.
Trina Solar Ltd. says its State Key Laboratory of PV Science and Technology of China has set a new record for industrial high-efficiency p-type monocrystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cells. The record-breaking p-type mono-crystalline silicon solar cell was fabricated on a large-size industrial boron-doped Cz-Si substrate with an advanced Honey Plus process that integrated both front and back surface passivation. The 156 x 156 mm2 solar cell reached a total-area efficiency of 22.13%. This result has been independently confirmed by the Fraunhofer ISE CalLab in Germany.
BOSTON, Mass. (December 16, 2015) A five-year extension to the solar investment tax credit (ITC), which is currently included in the omnibus spending bill under consideration in Congress, would result in 25 gigawatts (GW) of additional solar capacity over the next five years – a 54 percent increase over a no-extension scenario. According to GTM Research, which today released preliminary updated state- and segment-level forecasts based on the current omnibus language, ITC extension will foster $40 billion in incremental investment in solar between 2016 and 2020.
Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste, a privatized airport group in Mexico and operator of Cancun Airport and eight other airports in southeast Mexico, announced an agreement with SunPower for 36 megawatts of solar power to serve ASUR's operations in Mexico. ASUR will buy power generated by the solar power plant under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with SunPower. SunPower expects to start construction on this 36-megawatt phase of a solar plant in Mexico in 2016.
Morgan Stanley subsidiary MS Solar Solutions committed $100 million to solar developer BlueWave Capital to build more than 25 megawatts of community solar in Massachusetts by the end of 2016. The backing from Morgan Stanley is the first major financing for BlueWave’s community solar projects in Massachusetts. If successful, the mission-driven solar developer expects to expand the portfolio to other states next year. BlueWave says it has more than 500 megawatts of solar projects in development, about one-tenth of which are in Massachusetts.
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With the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issuing its first-ever rule limiting carbon pollution from existing power plants, many policymakers in Congress and state capitals are wondering: How can states meet the proposed standards most cost effectively?
Republicans, Democrats, and Independents can get behind two affordable, reliable, and business-friendly solutions that are ready today – American wind and solar power.
In a deeply troubling decision, the U.S. Department of Commerce today imposed new tariffs on solar modules from China that threaten to derail the rapid growth of the U.S. solar industry.
In the ongoing war on pollution, there’s an increasingly bright light shining through the haze: solar energy.
Arno Harris, SEIA Board Chairman and Nat Kreamer, SEIA Board Vice Chairman, write that under SEIA president and CEO Rhone Resch, SEIA has helped our industry achieve an impressive list of policy successes, allowing solar to become one of the fastest-growing industries in America, as well as the fastest-growing source of renewable energy.
Today, President Obama announced at a Walmart in California that 300 leading U.S. companies have taken the “solar pledge,” committing to install nearly 1 gigawatt (GW) of new solar as part of their business plans. For America’s solar energy industry, this is like getting a triple-A investment rating from Moody’s or Standard and Poor’s. Solar has become a ‘street-smart’ investment. These companies are expanding their use of solar because it makes sense from both a business and social responsibility viewpoint. Having worked closely with both the Administration and the private sector to increase the use of clean, reliable solar nationwide, SEIA applauds this exciting, new initiative, and we look forward to assisting commercial businesses, home builders, rural coops, governmental entities and America’s financial community in bringing these new solar installations online.
As expected, a non-partisan committee of experts released its 148-page National Climate Assessment (NCA) report today, offering the starkest warning yet about the dangers of climate change. After reading the report, I was left with one inescapable conclusion: We’re in real trouble unless we dramatically ramp up our efforts to curb pollution.
In 1970, the first Earth Day was held to demonstrate broad global support for environmental protection. At the time, the world’s population stood at 3.63 billion. Today, that number has more than doubled.
Well, guess what? Greenhouse gas emissions have doubled since then, too. Simply put, the world is in real danger, locked in on a collision course with disaster.
According to new industry data, a growing sector of the U.S. solar energy industry has reached a major new milestone, with 5 million square feet of building-integrated solar air heating collectors now installed in North America. These systems represent 250 megawatts (MW) of thermal energy and displace nearly 100,000 tons of CO2 each year from the atmosphere.
Last year, my father did what too many Floridians want to avoid but can’t: he broke his hip. I spent a good deal of time flying across the Sunshine State visiting him, often under sunny skies that showcased stunning views while I sat buckled into a window seat.
With a total of only 1,231 square miles, Rhode Island is the smallest state in America. But in a short period of time, the state is starting to have a big impact on the development of renewable energy resources nationwide. Wind and solar power have economic benefits that reach far and wide. They have become increasingly affordable, attracting billions in private development, and today are both mainstream and reliable energy sources across America.