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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.
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, released the following statement in reaction to Senator Jeff Bingaman's (D-NM) proposal for a clean energy standard (CES).
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, released the following statement today in reaction to a congressional compromise bill that extends the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits through the end of the year, but does not address tax extenders such as the 1603 Treasury program.
WASHINGTON - The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) submitted a petition today requesting a rulemaking to update Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) interconnection standards for small photovoltaic generation. The filing targets certain provisions of the "Standardization of Small Generator Interconnection Agreements and Procedures" or "Order No. 2006," which was established in 2005.
President Obama's Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 budget, released today, provides for an extension of the Section 1603 Treasury Program. Extension of this worthwhile program will allow taxpayers to reap the significant economic and energy policy benefits associated with the expanded deployment and use of solar energy.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Large-scale Solar Association (LSA) submitted comments on the Supplemental Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for solar energy development in Southwestern states. The draft PEIS was issued by the Bureau of Land Management in the U.S. Department of the Interior.
The Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Initiative Ambassadors has named Sol Systems General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer, Stephanie Smith, as a finalist for its annual awards program for mid-career women’s leadership and achievement in clean energy.
Hanwha Q CELLS has completed its first project in Portugal as an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor.
The 13.3MW plant in Montijo also uses 51,000 of the company’s Q.PRO-G3 modules. The plant was connected to the grid in May 2014.
"The PV system in Portugal proves Hanwha Q CELLS´ expertise as full-service-provider regarding the development and EPC of PV power plants," said Frank Danielzik, vice president development/sales and EPC, Hanwha Q CELLS.
SunPower Corp. (SPWR), the second-largest U.S. solar manufacturer, began a solar leasing program in the Australian city of Melbourne targeting residential rooftops.
SunPower will install solar panels for homeowners with no money down, the San Jose, California-based company said in a statement yesterday. Customers will receive power at a cost-competitive monthly rate for 25 years, the statement said.
Three new North Carolina utility-scale solar farms have begun producing power, racking up another 18.2 MW, equal to taking about 2,400 passenger vehicles off the road for the year. A significant portion of the investment responsible for the projects was managed by Washington, D.C.–based solar investment and financing firm, Sol Systems.
Rooftop solar panels, also known as photovoltaic (PV) systems, are the most common solar technology used for homes. Today, almost 450,000 homes and businesses have solar power systems, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.