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CSUNPOWER sets sights on overseas growth after SNEC debut [ Sponsored ]
13 Jun 2019 at 3:58pm
Company preparing for rapid growth in its module and project business since splitting from the CSUN Group.



Cubico reaches financial close on 105MW PV project in North Carolina
17 Jun 2019 at 8:37pm
Cubico Sustainable Investments has reached financial close on a 105 MW PV project in Pender County, North Carolina.



Solar finance ROUND-UP: Enel in Zambia, Vattenfall’s green bond, Easier project finance
17 Jun 2019 at 2:03pm
EIB to back developer's 150MW pipeline across Africa, Swedish energy group eyes €500m raise, IRENA scheme seeks to standardise.



JinkoSolar supplies 258MW of mono modules to solar-wind hybrid in Vietnam
17 Jun 2019 at 2:02pm
JinkoSolar has supplied Trung Nam Group with 258MW of monocrystalline PERC double glass modules for one of the largest solar-wind hybrid projects in Vietnam.



Saule Technologies readies single junction perovskite prototype production line
17 Jun 2019 at 1:54pm
Perovskite-based PV manufacturer, Saule Technologies expects to have its first prototype production line ready in the fourth quarter of 2019, which will produce flexible, lightweight, semi-transparent, single junction solar substrates with 10% conversion efficiencies.



US clean energy investors keenest on PV, storage in trillion dollar race
17 Jun 2019 at 1:06pm
ACORE: Industries become top targets of banks, asset managers as US faces policy dilemmas in path to US$1trn-by-2030 clean energy finance goal.



Hevel starts building 100MW solar plant in Kazakhstan
17 Jun 2019 at 12:37pm
Russian firm Hevel Group has started construction of the 100MW Nura solar power station located in the Akmola region.



B.Grimm brings online 677MW of solar in Vietnam
17 Jun 2019 at 11:41am
Thai power major puts two huge projects into commercial operation in time to receive a generous feed-in tariff.



Italy secures EU all-clear to relaunch renewable subsidies
17 Jun 2019 at 11:33am
European Commission’s green light will see country inject up to €5.4bn into PV, wind and others via auctions and contracts for difference until 2021.



Jolywood supplying 320MW of N-type bifacial modules for Dubai project
14 Jun 2019 at 4:28pm
Chinese supplier signs deal with Shanghai Electric for solar project in Dubai.



Emerging markets win, established lose in global PV job sprint
14 Jun 2019 at 2:35pm
IRENA: China, US, EU shed jobs but India, Southeast Asia and Brazil see gains in year when off-grid solar rose to fore as potentially major future employer.



Australia’s largest solar-plus-storage project comes online
14 Jun 2019 at 1:38pm
Wirsol and Edify retrofit Gannawarra solar farm in Victoria with Tesla batteries.




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Must Have Solar Products for Your Home
17 Jun 2019 at 7:12pm
by Staff Author
Over the past few years, the popularity of solar energy has been increasing all over the world. The Science Magazine estimates that by 2022–2023, an additional PV capacity of 500 GW will be installed globally.  Going solar has become cheaper too. In fact, the average price of solar electrical systems have reduced by half from […]The post Must Have Solar Products for Your Home appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

How Is the US Military Using Solar Power?
23 May 2019 at 1:31pm
by Staff Author
Climate change poses serious threats to national and global security. The U.S. military recognized the global and national security implications of climate change as far back as 1990, when it produced its first report on the impacts of climate change. Another report followed in 2003. But every year since 2007, the Department of Defense (DoD), […]The post How Is the US Military Using Solar Power? appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Solar Energy Is Our Best Solution
18 May 2019 at 4:20pm
by Staff Author
Solar energy is our best solution for a plethora of reasons. It is no longer a niche technology available to the rich and the committed environmentalist. Today, the effects of global warming and the skyrocketing prices of conventional energy necessitate the switch to greener renewable sources of energy. Rise of Solar Power The scarcity of […]The post Solar Energy Is Our Best Solution appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

What is Community Solar and Why Should You Care?
10 May 2019 at 9:24pm
by Staff Author
Installing solar panels on your roof has proven to be a great investment. Like a gift that keeps on giving, solar panels help homeowners save money, reap incentives, and earn rebates for decades to come. For those who want to reap the benefits of solar power but live on rent, are tenants in a building […]The post What is Community Solar and Why Should You Care? appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Community solar is an excellent way to create energy equity–if it’s done right
10 May 2019 at 6:49pm
by Staff Author
Source: Fast Company People banding together to fund a solar project is an increasingly popular way of accessing clean energy. But it can either be an exclusive project or an inclusive way to spread the benefits of clean energy. It depends how it’s structured… When you think of home solar power, you probably imagine a […]The post Community solar is an excellent way to create energy equity–if it’s done right appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Going Solar: The Benefits of Solar Panels on Your Roof
8 May 2019 at 4:26pm
by John Despeaux
Solar power is becoming the next big thing in roofing. Especially in southern states like Texas, solar panels have become a hot topic for local roofing companies. People are asking things like: What are the benefits of solar panels? How do I add solar panels to my roof? Will solar panels save me money on […]The post Going Solar: The Benefits of Solar Panels on Your Roof appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Three Ways Renters Can Go Solar
6 May 2019 at 7:32pm
by Staff Author
Most renters assume they have no opportunities to enjoy the many benefits of solar power. Like any home improvement, installing solar panels is the exclusive right of your landlord; they would probably be unhappy if you, a tenant, independently installed solar panels on their property (though in the long run, they’d surely thank you). But […]The post Three Ways Renters Can Go Solar appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Money, Power, and Influence: Inside the Fossil Fuel Industry’s Attempts to Undermine Solar Energy in the US
11 Apr 2019 at 6:35pm
by Staff Author
Renewable energy is wildly popular. More than 80 cities, five counties, and two states have committed to 100 percent renewable energy. Over 150 private companies have done the same. According to a 2016 Pew Research Center Poll, 89 percent of Americans favor expanding solar power in the U.S. But despite the growing demand for solar, […]The post Money, Power, and Influence: Inside the Fossil Fuel Industry’s Attempts to Undermine Solar Energy in the US appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Why More States Are Turning to Clean Energy: Lessons From California
14 Mar 2019 at 8:10pm
by Staff Author
The last few years have seen a surge in the number of states adopting aggressive renewable energy policies. California, for instance, recently announced a clean energy production target of 100 percent by 2045. Clean Energy Saves Homeowners Money As a first step toward meeting that goal, the state adopted new housing standards requiring all single-family […]The post Why More States Are Turning to Clean Energy: Lessons From California appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Top 10 Benefits of Going Solar in the U.S. in 2019
7 Mar 2019 at 4:45pm
by Staff Author
Lower Tariffs in 2019 Last year, despite broad opposition from the solar industry, the Trump administration imposed a 30 percent tariff on imported solar cells and panels. The effect was immediate: after announcing the tariffs in January of 2018, second-quarter installations were 9 percent lower year-over-year and 7 percent lower compared to the first quarter. […]The post Top 10 Benefits of Going Solar in the U.S. in 2019 appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.


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Anaheim installer Nexus Energy Systems cited by OSHA for fall protection violations
17 Jun 2019 at 7:38pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Cal/OSHA has cited an Anaheim solar panel installation company $193,905 for multiple serious workplace safety hazards including one willful serious accident-related violation, following an investigation of a worker who was seriously injured after they fell from the roof of an Oakland home. Cal/OSHA determined that Nexus Energy Systems did not provide required fall protection for… The post Anaheim installer Nexus Energy Systems cited by OSHA for fall protection violations appeared first on Solar Power World.

Study finds 10% solar energy generation could save Pennsylvania $619 million yearly
17 Jun 2019 at 5:03pm
by Billy Ludt
A new report commissioned by renewables developer Community Energy finds that transitioning 10% of Pennsylvania’s electric generation to solar would decrease the state’s wholesale electric costs by $619 million annually. Making that transition would cost less than half that amount, and would lower wholesale electricity prices across the multi-state utility power grid, PJM Interconnection, by… The post Study finds 10% solar energy generation could save Pennsylvania $619 million yearly appeared first on Solar Power World.

Nautilus Solar completes 2.83-MW New York community solar project
17 Jun 2019 at 4:11pm
by Billy Ludt
Nautilus Solar Energy, a national solar acquisition, development and asset management company, is holding a the ribbon-cutting ceremony for its first of three community solar projects serving Orange and Rockland’s utility service territory. Located in Westtown, New York, the 2.83-MW community solar garden covers 15 acres and will provide energy cost savings to 300 homes.… The post Nautilus Solar completes 2.83-MW New York community solar project appeared first on Solar Power World.

Ameresco installs 1.6-MW solar project for Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital
17 Jun 2019 at 4:11pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Ameresco completed a 1.6-MW solar energy system at the Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital (SSRRH). The 84-bed acute-care facility is one of 24 hospitals in the Sutter Health network and is known as one of the greenest hospitals in Northern California. The solar arrays installed at two sites on the SSRRH campus underscore Sutter Health’s… The post Ameresco installs 1.6-MW solar project for Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital appeared first on Solar Power World.

Saft expands into microgrids with acquisition of Go Electric
17 Jun 2019 at 3:56pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Saft has acquired 100% of the shares of Go Electric, a U.S.-based developer of distributed energy resiliency solutions for microgrids and C&I customers. Go Electric’s microgrid power controller technology, combined with energy storage, plays a key role in enabling customer sites to keep power on by islanding them from the grid in case of an… The post Saft expands into microgrids with acquisition of Go Electric appeared first on Solar Power World.

Enphase renews microinverter partnership with GRID Alternatives
17 Jun 2019 at 3:23pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Enphase has renewed its partnership with GRID Alternatives to donate microinverters to low-income solar customers. “Partnerships like this help make the environmental and economic benefits of the clean energy economy accessible to families and workers across the country,” said Tim Sears, GRID Alternatives COO and co-founder. To commemorate the renewed collaboration, Enphase employees joined GRID… The post Enphase renews microinverter partnership with GRID Alternatives appeared first on Solar Power World.

Report details increasing presence of utility-scale battery storage systems
14 Jun 2019 at 10:34pm
by Billy Ludt
A shift toward utility-scale battery storage systems is gaining momentum nationally, finds a report published by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report — Advances in Electricity Storage Suggest Rapid Disruption of U.S. Electricity Sector — details upstart storage and storage-expansion projects in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Nevada,… The post Report details increasing presence of utility-scale battery storage systems appeared first on Solar Power World.

Target signs 89-MW solar PPA to hit 100% renewable electricity by 2030 goal
13 Jun 2019 at 9:14pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Target Corp. has signed a PPA with ENGIE North America for 89 MW of capacity from the Sand Fork Solar Project in Texas. The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2021 and have a total capacity of 200 MW. The remainder of the project’s capacity will be purchased by another corporate… The post Target signs 89-MW solar PPA to hit 100% renewable electricity by 2030 goal appeared first on Solar Power World.

SunPower will install solar+storage project for Silicon Valley community college district
13 Jun 2019 at 2:45pm
by Kelly Pickerel
SunPower has begun construction on a solar-plus-storage project for West Valley-Mission Community College District (WVMCCD) in Silicon Valley, California. The district will offset approximately 75% of its grid electricity usage with SunPower Helix carport systems totaling 5.4 MW. A Helix storage system will be installed at each campus, totaling a combined 2 MW/3.8 MWh of… The post SunPower will install solar+storage project for Silicon Valley community college district appeared first on Solar Power World.

Calyxo improves efficiency of CdTe thin-film module to 16.5%
13 Jun 2019 at 2:38pm
by Kelly Pickerel
German thin-film solar panel manufacturer Calyxo TS Solar GmBH has reached a module efficiency of 16.5% and panel output of 118 W with its latest solar panel generation. This is a small increase over the 15.4% efficiency and 111-W output reached in January this year. Calyxo said this new efficiency rating is significant because now… The post Calyxo improves efficiency of CdTe thin-film module to 16.5% appeared first on Solar Power World.

Trina hits all the buzzwords with new TOPCon double-glass bifacial module
13 Jun 2019 at 2:18pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Trina Solar has begun mass production of n-type TOPCon double-glass bifacial modules. The company has reached 425 W in front side power output and an efficiency of 20.7% using 144 half-cut TOPCon cells (a traditional 72-cell footprint). Trina’s new module integrates the n-type bifacial TOPCon cells with over 80% bifaciality and the cells provide an… The post Trina hits all the buzzwords with new TOPCon double-glass bifacial module appeared first on Solar Power World.

Sense home energy monitoring joins Dividend’s solar installation network
13 Jun 2019 at 2:01pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Dividend Finance has partnered with Sense to offer home energy monitoring to its nationwide network of solar installation partners. Through the partnership, solar providers can enroll in the Dividend-Sense program and purchase Sense energy monitors at a discount based on the combined buying power of the extensive Dividend network. Solar installers that integrate Sense into their product offerings… The post Sense home energy monitoring joins Dividend’s solar installation network appeared first on Solar Power World.


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