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PacifiCorp eyes 1.8GW of solar, 600MW storage in largest RFP yet
10 Jul 2020 at 1:18pm
Berkshire Hathaway-owned utility group becomes latest in the US to signal shift towards renewables



Meyer Burger to use former SolarWorld and Q-Cells plants for heterojunction module production
10 Jul 2020 at 12:36pm
Meyer Burger plans to initially use the facilities seperately for heterojunction cell and module assembly



Iberdrola pockets €800m to drive renewable growth in Spain
10 Jul 2020 at 12:22pm
Funding from EIB and ICO to be used to spearhead new solar and wind projects, supporting thousands of jobs in the process.



Corporate solar funding stalls amidst COVID crisis as O&G firms drive M&A
10 Jul 2020 at 11:38am
H1 2020 funding drops 25% year-on-year but impact "could have been worse", Mercom says



Enel taps Norfund for Indian solar push
9 Jul 2020 at 1:14pm
Deal will see Norwegian state-owned investment fund take equity stakes in Indian renewables projects



Capital Dynamics continues US flurry with 4.8GW strategic partnership with IPP Tenaska
9 Jul 2020 at 12:00pm
Asset owners and Nebraska-based IPP to bring forward 4.8GW of MISO and SERC-based solar



Project Briefing: South Africa’s largest solar project springs into operation
9 Jul 2020 at 9:43am
How Scatec Solar beat COVID-19 lockdown by one day



Up to 120GW of new renewables needed to meet EU’s 2030 green hydrogen needs
8 Jul 2020 at 4:07pm
40GW of electrolysers needed for hydrogen by 2030 would require direct connections with upwards of 120GW of new renewables



US$1.3bn funding package for storage R&D, demonstrators, manufacturing proposed
8 Jul 2020 at 3:04pm
Funding proposed in 2021 funding bill approved by US government subcommittee



BP targets Indian renewables with US$70m growth fund investment
8 Jul 2020 at 2:49pm
O&G major adds to coffers of fund co-founded by BP-backed solar giant Lightsource BP



Pan-European solar rooftop programme proposed by European Parliament Committee
8 Jul 2020 at 1:40pm


8minute Solar Energy completes Texas debut with 280MW Duke collaboration
8 Jul 2020 at 1:37pm
Project the first of five to complete in Lone Star State as developer seeks to win on price.




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New Jersey Solar Panel Installation Costs 2019
19 Sep 2019 at 4:54pm
by Staff Writer
When you start researching costs, it gets overwhelming very quickly. Costs vary from company to company, and when you start throwing in incentives, rebates, and tax credits, your simple Google search turns into a complex, algebraic equation. Before you know it, you’re knee-deep in solar policy on some government website, calculator in hand, ready to […]The post New Jersey Solar Panel Installation Costs 2019 appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

How to Choose a Solar Installer
8 Sep 2019 at 1:05am
by Staff Writer
So, you have done your research on the benefits of solar energy and decided to install a solar photovoltaic (PV) system to power your property, what now? The next important step is choosing a solar installer to set up the system for you. Picking the right installer is vital since poorly-done work can lead to […]The post How to Choose a Solar Installer appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Massachusetts Solar Incentives and Solar Rebates 2019
26 Aug 2019 at 6:58pm
by Staff Writer
Do you own a property in Massachusetts and want to get solar panels installed on it, but are worried about huge expenses? If so, you should know that there are several financial incentives available in the state currently, making 2019 the right year for you to go solar. Like most other states today, Massachusetts encourages its […]The post Massachusetts Solar Incentives and Solar Rebates 2019 appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Solar panel waste: Could leasing be the answer?
4 Aug 2019 at 6:26pm
by Guest Writer
Following the first wave of popularity in solar power technology in the late 1990s and early 2000s, we are now faced with the daunting prospect of disposing of these early solar panels in a way that does not harm the environment. Given that the usable life expectancy of these early solar panels was 25 years, […]The post Solar panel waste: Could leasing be the answer? appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

US Universities Lead Solar Innovation and Academics
30 Jul 2019 at 6:08pm
by Guest Writer
Universities in the United States are leading the way in developing, teaching and utilizing solar technology. Colleges and universities around the world are hubs of progression. It is on the campuses of the country that you can catch a glimpse into the future of businesses and communities. This is especially true when it comes to […]The post US Universities Lead Solar Innovation and Academics appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Solar Energy and Agriculture: A Match Made in Heaven
29 Jul 2019 at 4:10pm
by Guest Writer
It’s well-known that solar energy is an innovative and accessible sustainable energy option. Solar energy checks all the boxes a consumer looks at when determining his or her options for energy and its popularity is only growing. However, solar energy isn’t just available to the homeowner, or other smaller-scale consumers. Solar energy can be used […]The post Solar Energy and Agriculture: A Match Made in Heaven appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Are solar shingles worth it 2019
20 Jul 2019 at 5:05pm
by Guest Writer
With the rise in popularity of solar power, people have continuously expressed desire in having more options in terms of solar products. Some of the more popular ones nowadays are solar shingles. Simply put, solar singles — sometimes known as photovoltaic shingles — are essentially just solar panels that are designed to look like and […]The post Are solar shingles worth it 2019 appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Top 10 Colleges with Solar and Renewable Energy Programs
16 Jul 2019 at 1:15pm
by Staff Writer
Research on utilization of renewable energy including solar, wind, and biofuel has been booming across the United States over the past few years. In 2017 alone, over half a million jobs were created globally in the renewable energy sector. Educational institutions have also been quick to pick up on this need for qualified people to […]The post Top 10 Colleges with Solar and Renewable Energy Programs appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Must Have Solar Products for Your Home
17 Jun 2019 at 7:12pm
by Staff Writer
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 Writer
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.


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House advances budget that would fund much of infrastructure bill
10 Jul 2020 at 5:46pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
The House Appropriations Committee approved funding for a number of important environmental programs Friday as part of the FY21 funding bill for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of the Interior (DOI). Most notably, the budget dedicates emergency funding for many of the infrastructure proposals in the Moving Forward Act (H.R.2), including $10.2 billion… The post House advances budget that would fund much of infrastructure bill appeared first on Solar Power World.

Yale poll finds most New Jerseyans support proposals included in Clean Energy Equity Act
10 Jul 2020 at 3:06pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
A new poll from Yale University, George Mason University and Climate Nexus found that at least 7 in 10 New Jerseyans support the proposals included in the New Jersey Clean Energy Equity Act currently on the agenda for the Senate Environment Committee meeting on July 16. The bill aims to help low-income New Jersey families… The post Yale poll finds most New Jerseyans support proposals included in Clean Energy Equity Act appeared first on Solar Power World.

Clean Power Alliance signs on for 60-MW solar, 152-MWh storage project in California
10 Jul 2020 at 2:46pm
by Kelly Pickerel
California electricity provider Clean Power Alliance (CPA) has approved the Azalea Solar + Storage project. Azalea is the fourth renewable energy and storage project approved by CPA in the last three months, which will collectively result in $410 million in new investment in Southern California’s clean energy economy. All four projects will help CPA meet… The post Clean Power Alliance signs on for 60-MW solar, 152-MWh storage project in California appeared first on Solar Power World.

CALSSA announces virtual solar product expo series
10 Jul 2020 at 2:31pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
The California Solar & Storage Association (CALSSA) unveiled a new series of virtual events called the Product Expo Series. Solar and storage expos in 2020 are a giant question mark, yet they remain an important way for the industry to connect, learn about new products and technologies, and get questions answered. CALSSA’s Product Expo Series… The post CALSSA announces virtual solar product expo series appeared first on Solar Power World.

MIT study finds COVID-19 could have significant long-term effects on renewables and climate change
9 Jul 2020 at 9:57pm
by Kelly Pickerel
While the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced air pollution in the United States, the longer-term impact on the environment is unclear. In a recent study, MIT Sloan School of Management Prof. Christopher Knittel and Prof. Jing Li analyzed the short- and long-term effects, finding that the actual impact will depend on the policy response to the pandemic. Their study… The post MIT study finds COVID-19 could have significant long-term effects on renewables and climate change appeared first on Solar Power World.

Michigan PSC approves DTE’s plan for 353 MW of new wind and solar
9 Jul 2020 at 9:55pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
DTE Electric today received approval from the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) for its Renewable Energy Plan. The plan will bring an additional 353 megawatts of wind and solar projects online by 2022. New solar projects in 2022 will triple DTE’s solar generation capacity. “These approved plans will enable DTE to meet our commitment to… The post Michigan PSC approves DTE’s plan for 353 MW of new wind and solar appeared first on Solar Power World.

GRID Alternatives breaks ground on first low-income community solar project in California The project will bring clean power to the Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians and others.
9 Jul 2020 at 7:20pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
GRID Alternatives Inland Empire (GRID IE), an affiliate of GRID Alternatives, is a national leader in making clean renewable energy technology and job training accessible to communities who need it most. GRID IE was awarded a $2.05 million grant under the California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) Low-income Weatherization Program, Community Solar Pilot… The post GRID Alternatives breaks ground on first low-income community solar project in California <br><span style='color:#404040;font-weight:600;font-size:15px;'>The project will bring clean power to the Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians and others.</span> appeared first on Solar Power World.

Generac PWRcell suite now integrated into Virtual Peaker’s distributed energy platform
9 Jul 2020 at 5:38pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Virtual Peaker and Generac have formalized a licensing agreement that fully integrates the Generac PWRcell suite of energy storage systems with Virtual Peaker’s advanced cloud-based distributed energy platform. The agreement allows Virtual Peaker access to Generac’s proprietary PWRcell control systems, allowing PWRcell systems to participate in utility companies’ grid services programs. Integration of the technology… The post Generac PWRcell suite now integrated into Virtual Peaker’s distributed energy platform appeared first on Solar Power World.

Longroad Energy completes sale of Muscle Shoals solar project to Ørsted
9 Jul 2020 at 3:20pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Longroad Energy, a U.S.-based renewable energy developer, owner and operator, announced the financial close and sale of the Muscle Shoals Solar project, a 294-MWDC project located in Colbert County, Alabama. Ørsted, the global renewable energy company, acquired the project at financial closing. Muscle Shoals Solar, the largest renewable energy project in Alabama, is expected to… The post Longroad Energy completes sale of Muscle Shoals solar project to Ørsted appeared first on Solar Power World.

simPRO launches remote asset management feature for socially distant times
9 Jul 2020 at 2:46pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
simPRO is supporting service-based businesses to achieve end-to-end asset maintenance with a connected and intelligent solution, simPRO IoT. simPRO IoT provides both software and hardware solutions to monitor remote assets and integrate data into field service management jobs and operations. “IoT is a solution that is revolutionizing the maintenance and service industry by providing remote… The post simPRO launches remote asset management feature for socially distant times appeared first on Solar Power World.

D.C.’s Metro Transit Authority to install 12.8 MW of solar canopies
9 Jul 2020 at 2:09pm
by Kelly Pickerel
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will install solar carports over surface lots and above parking garages at four rail stations in Washington, D.C., through a $50 million deal with SunPower and Goldman Sachs Renewable Power (GSRP). Under the agreement, SunPower will install solar panels at the Anacostia, Cheverly, Naylor Road and Southern Avenue stations… The post D.C.’s Metro Transit Authority to install 12.8 MW of solar canopies appeared first on Solar Power World.

Secure Futures Solar installing 136-kW array on Virginia Mennonite school
8 Jul 2020 at 10:45pm
by Billy Ludt
Eastern Mennonite School (EMS) has signed an agreement with Secure Futures Solar of Staunton, Virginia to install and operate solar panels on its Harrisonburg campus. The school’s solar arrays will generate a total capacity of 136 kW. The solar panels at EMS will offset nearly a third of the electricity used by the school’s facilities… The post Secure Futures Solar installing 136-kW array on Virginia Mennonite school appeared first on Solar Power World.


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