WASHINGTON, DC – In detailed comments submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) said that "solar contributes to a balanced portfolio of energy resources,” which can help states meet proposed new carbon regulations under the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, benefitting both the economy and environment.
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Chinese manufacturer Hanwha SolarOne has announced plans to build a $12 million module facility in South Korea. The plant is scheduled to begin production in Q2 2015 and will have a capacity of 230 MW.
NRG Energy, operator of the largest conventional power plant in San Diego County, is expanding its fledgeling rooftop solar business to reach more households in southern and central California.
Late last month, the Topaz Solar project achieved full commercial operation with the completion of its final 40-megawatt (AC) phase. This is the first 500-megawatt plus solar farm to come on-line in the U.S. and the largest solar plant on-line in the world.
RevoluSun, Hawaii’s leading solar provider, had a busy week of both empowering others and being honored for leading in environmental stewardship. RevoluSun was awarded the Hawai‘i-Based Company Award at the 12th Annual John Kelly Environmental Achievement Awards held on November 15. As one of the biggest solar companies in Hawaii, RevoluSun is committed to creating cleaner, smarter communities that embrace a sustainable future.
"The entire solar energy industry would like to thank Senators Cantwell and Ensign for their leadership and support of renewable energy.
"By an overwhelming margin, Republicans and Democrats came together in the Senate to support renewable energy as a means for stimulating our ailing economy. More than 85 percent of the public supports greater investment by the federal government in renewable energy. And Americans know that this move to stabilize the investment climate for solar energy is the right type of economic stimulus at the right time.
Los Angeles County could create tens of thousands of new jobs and reduce global-warming-causing carbon emissions if solar-voltaic panels are installed on just 5% of available rooftops, says a just-issued report.
Amid polemics over rising electricity prices in Europe and the level of green energy subsidies in various countries, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that the growth in clean-energy generation is a huge success story.
This week Apple announced its plans to open a new factory in Mesa, Arizona — a facility that “will run on 100 percent renewable energy from day one.” The move will bring a manufacturing boost to the state, creating 2,000 new jobs, all without requiring additional energy from Mesa.
The road to bringing more distributed solar into the utility resource mix runs through long-term planners.
At Solar Power International in Chicago, you may have noticed that the solar industry consists of an amazing array of types and sizes of companies. At Solar Marketing Group, I am lucky to get to work with companies that run the gamut of the solar space and while these companies have their own unique needs, one thread connects us all: We all benefit from growing the amount of solar installed. The industry’s growth comes from a lot of different things, but all of these factors can be spurred or thwarted by political action (or inaction, as the case may be).