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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.
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.
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association released the following statement today in response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address to Congress.
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement today after the announcement that Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ 8) would resign from Congress this week.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade association for the solar energy industry, announced today that it has officially merged with the Solar Alliance, an advocacy organization committed to establishing solar policies at the state level. Effective immediately, the Solar Alliance will operate under the SEIA brand in an effort to present a unified solar industry voice in all advocacy efforts at the state level. Carrie Cullen Hitt, president of the Solar Alliance, is now Vice President for State Affairs at SEIA, and the Solar Alliance team joins Hitt as part of SEIA’s new department for State Affairs.
Edison International (EIX) utility Southern California Edison agreed to purchase 457 megawatts of capacity from three 8minutenergy Renewables LLC solar projects in Southern California.
The company signed a 20-year contract for power from the 51-megawatt Borden Solar Farm in Madera County, Folsom, California-based 8minutenergy said in an emailed statement. It will also buy energy from two projects in the Imperial Valley, the 154-megawatt Mount Signal Solar II and the 252-megawatt Mount Signal Solar V. Terms weren’t disclosed.
Boston Properties, Healthy Planet Partners (HPP) and Solaire Generation recently announced they are ‘Flipping the Switch’ on the 840-kW garage mounted solar canopy at Boston Properties’ Bay Colony.
“We applaud Boston Properties’ taking advantage of significant space available on their parking lots and thinking beyond traditional rooftop and ground-mount solar installations,” says Laurence Mackler, Solaire Generation CEO.
In the US, reactions to the news were mixed. Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA, condemned the decision, saying the answer lies in a negotiated solution.
The royalties and the competitive leasing of federal land worried Arthur Haubenstock, chairman of SEIA’s utility-scale solar power division. He testified that large-scale solar is not mature enough for competitive bidding and payment of royalties, which could lead to a disincentive to innovate instead of the industry growth supporters envision.
The era of Big Solar has arrived, and at the moment there are none bigger than Ivanpah. Now, Ivanpah records another milestone: The first renewable plant to receive POWER’s Plant of the Year Award. Comprising three self-contained units with a total capacity of 392 MW (377 MW net), Ivanpah is a joint effort between BrightSource Energy, NRG Energy (through its subsidiary NRG Renew, formerly NRG Solar), Google, and Bechtel.