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ABB and Smart Grid Technology in North Carolina

North Carolina’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (REPS) has encouraged investments in renewables and the energy economy statewide.

5 Things You Should Know Before Installing Solar Panels

Pay too little and you risk a dodgy product and no after-sales service. Pay too much and you’ll end up waiting 10 years just to recoup your cost!

Is India Ready to Be a Solar Power Leader?

By RUPA SUBRAMANYA for ForeignPolicy.com:  Is India ripe for a renewable energy revolution? Foreign investors certainly seem to think so, and renewables have been a signature issue for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. But if revolution is indeed underway, it isn&

Ports/Trains - Great Non-road EV Opportunities for Utilities

Unlike on-road electric vehicle programs which can be complicated and depend, in part, upon factors outside a utility’s control, non-road programs are less risky and comparatively simple to design, operate, and control.

Case Study: Solar Tile Mount Provides Adequate Air Flow Between Solar Panels And Tile Roof

TRA Snow and Sun modifies Solar Tile Mount to adjust vertically for use on S-tile tile roofs to provide adequate air flow between solar panels and the tile roof.

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New benches that'll use solar power to charge your phone

This is the "Strawberry bench". The solar-powered smart bench (yes, really) collects energy via a solar panel on its roof, and uses it to power a range of functions: monitoring air quality, disseminating information about the local area, offering free power-ups for the phones of passers-by.

This summer, four of these benches will be installed around Canary Wharf, the privately-owned office and retail estate at the heart of London's Docklands. The concept was the winner of the "Cognicity Challenge", a competition intended to find innovative proposals to use technology to create smarter urban environments (and, as a side effect, make everyone feel all warm and fuzzy towards the Canary Wharf Group).

The name, incidentally, has nothing to do with actual Strawberries. The company behind them is Belgrade-based Strawberry Energy, whose previous products include the "Strawberry Tree", a vaguely familiar solar-powered mobile phone charge and wifi hub with a bench attached to it. Both products were the work of architect Milos Miliojevic.

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Poland gets more of WINAICO with 1.5 MW deal

WINAICO works with Opeus Energia to install 1.5 MW of solar modules in a ground mounted installation in Olsztyn, Poland

NEXTracker Supplies State-of-the-Art Trackers to DEPCOM Power for 42MW Paw Paw Project in Georgia

NEXTracker™ , designer and manufacturer of the world's most advanced single axis PV trackers, today announced that it will ship its state of the art trackers to DEPCOM Power, a utility scale solar EPC provider, for the 42 MW (DC) Paw Paw Solar Facility in central Georgia. The Paw Paw project, recently acquired by Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power, is part of a 400 MW solar generation portfolio that Georgia Power is developing in the state.

Circular Energy Expands to Northeast

New company location in Fairfield County, Connecticut will focus on commercial solar development business for large-scale projects in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

"Update on Global Clean Energy, Inc."

The company continues to move ahead with a PGM Acquisition, planning, to close before the end of this quarter. Global Clean Energy, Inc. is excited about developments with its tire to fuels projects. It has successfully completed testing of all the off-takes and has been able to procure long term off-take contracts. All the essential elements are complete including feedstock supply contracts as well as building lease terms. The purchase orders with all technology providers are presently being finalized. The company plans to commence construction of the facility in Q4 2015 with a commissioning date planned for Q3 2016. Upon completion of the 2014 audit, the company will update and rework its' Form 10 for the next step in attaining fully reporting status. It is the hope of the company that filing will be completed in the next 45 days.

Intersolar - Backwoods Solar's Own Sequoya Cross to Speak Storage

Sequoya will speak on the topic of, "Off-Grid Systems, Global Electrification and New Storage Opportunities" at 9:55am-10:20am. Please come if you are interested! Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at the InterContinental Hotel Level 5, Suttter

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Bonfiglioli USA - A leading supplier of solar power conversion systems

Bonfiglioli USA - A leading supplier of solar power conversion systems

Bonfiglioli designs and manufactures a variety of products for renewable energy applications including inverters for utility-scale solar PV installation, yaw and pitch drives for wind turbines, and mechatronic solutions for hybrid and electric vehicles (consumer and commercial). Worldwide, over 2GW are installed with Bonfiglioli PV inverters and one of every three wind turbines has a Bonfiglioli gearbox. We are commtted to solutions that reduce emissions for a cleaner, brighter future for all.

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Applied Energy Technologies (AET)

Applied Energy Technologies (AET)

AET's solar mounting solutions fit every type of solar installation and all major solar modules. Designed for cost-driven projects, their mounting systems offer industry-leading installation, high shipping density (with dramatically lower freight bills), and full layout and loading analysis with every project. Their racking is lightweight for easy handling on the jobsite and galvanized for corrosion resistance. AET's highly-trained installation crews offer complete installation of their customer's solar racking systems.