APsystems to donate $1 of every microinverter sold to Extend the Day

SEATTLE, WA - APsystems, the global leader in advanced microinverter technology for the solar PV industry, today announced its commitment to Extend the Day, a charity organization that gives solar reading lights to school children in disadvantaged countries with no access to electricity. APsystems will donate $1 for every microinverter purchased to the nonprofit to cover all administrative expenses for its Lights for Learning program in 2017.

Freedom Solar announces new incentive for rural Texas residents to go solar

Freedom Solar is offering qualifying Texas homeowners an up-front rebate of 15 cents per watt, up to $3,000. A qualifying homeowner is anyone who lives in a utility territory that does not currently offer a rebate for solar.

IREC Opens 2017 3iAwards Annual Search to Recognize Best in Nation Innovation. Ingenuity. Inspiration.

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) announces its Call for Nominees for its 2017 3iAwards - a prestigious annual national search for innovative people, projects and programs that promote and accelerate the sustainable growth of clean energy. The IREC 3iAwards honor innovation, ingenuity and inspiration from the nation's best in both renewable energy and energy efficiency.

SunSystem Technology Achieves Major Milestone

The combination of improved economies-of-scale through incremental portfolio growth, and the ability to achieve optimized geographic deployment of services has been a strategic objective of the company's since its inception.

How drones are helping design the solar power plants of the future

Katie Fehrenbacher for T he Guardian:   At the edge of a plot of muddy farmland, a few miles down the road from the University of California at Davis, an engineer takes a few quick steps across crop rows and lets go of a three-foot drone. Within seconds, the device - which weighs less than 2lbs and carries a powerful camera - ascends hundreds of feet into the cold, clear, blue sky and begins to snap detailed photos of the ground far below, including a long row of large solar panels mounted on steel poles. This flight is just a test, demonstrated by Kingsley Chen, the drone fleet coordinator for SunPower at the solar company's research and development center, which is under construction and about a two-hour drive northeast of the San Francisco Bay Area. The drone will enable SunPower to survey a wide region and help design a solar power farm that can fit more solar panels on a piece of land, more quickly and for lower costs than it previously could.  Con'td...

Lessons learned from the OEM to ISP handover - Natural Power presents at Wind Project O&M and Safety Conference

Natural Power's new Head of Operations and Asset Management in North America, Julius Carter, will present the 'Handover between OEM and Independent Service Provider - lessons learned' at the forthcoming AWEA Wind Project O&M and Safety Conference 2017 which takes place at Paradise Point Resort and Spa, San Diego, from 28th February to 1st March.

AES and AIMCo Agree to Acquire sPower, the Largest Independent Solar Developer in the United States, from Fir Tree Partners

sPower, a Fir Tree portfolio company that the firm capitalized in 2014, owns and operates utility and commercial distributed electrical generation systems across the United States. The sPower portfolio includes 1,274 MW of solar and wind projects in operation or under construction and a development pipeline of more than 10,000 MW located in the United States.

THE POWERMARKET ANNOUNCES FIRST COMMUNITY SOLAR PROJECT TO GO LIVE IN THE GREATER NEW YORK CITY AREA

The PowerMarket will provide southern New York businesses and homeowners the ability to participate in community solar for the first time, all while providing clean, locally sourced electricity to their community.

Massachusetts Schools, Town Cut Costs With New Brownfield Solar Project

Four school districts, one local government share output of 3.7MW array, cutting power costs through virtual net metering

Industry Leader Joins SEIA as Director of External Affairs

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has hired Dana Sleeper to lead the trade association's new external affairs operation.

Tigo Delivers Industry's First UL-Certified PV Module Solution Meeting 2017 & 2014 NEC Rapid Shutdown Regulations

Tigo UL-Certified Solution available as Module Integrated, Retrofitted, with Optimization, or Standalone

Follow the Patents: For Solar Power, the Devil Is in the Details

Alec Schibanoff for Electric Light & Power:  There actually is a crystal ball that permits you to see into the future. All you have to do is follow the patents. The latest patents in any technology will show you where that technology—and the businesses that use that technology—are going. This month, we take a look at the future of solar panel installation. The first solar power generator was displayed at the Universal Exposition in Paris in 1878. The first U.S. Patent for a solar power device was awarded the next year to Edward Weston. He actually received two patents: U.S. Patent No. 389,124 for an “Apparatus for Generating Solar Radiant Energy” and U.S. Patent No. 389,125 for the “Art of Utilizing Solar Radiant Energy.” It was not until 1954 that Bell Labs developed the first silicone-based solar panel.   Cont'd...

PVinsights: Worsening Glut Threatens Global Solar Market with Sluggish Demand

Polysilicon prices that soared amid speculative frenzy last month just took another leg down, dropping slightly as rising production in the top manufacture spurred concern global supplies are once again topping demand. In China, polysilicon rally has stalled. Although demand remains solid, the sluggish downstream performance provides no driving forces for prices to further advance. Furthermore, as Chinese polysilicon manufacturers Daqo and TBEA continues to expand their production capacities and low-volume production by new entrant EastHope is expected to come on stream in 2Q17, the increasing supplies by Chinese polysilicon suppliers also spur the speculation that supply would probably top demand in near future.

SunLink Awarded Contract to Provide Ground Mount Racking for Defense Department Project Portfolio in Florida Panhandle

SunLink Corporation was selected by Swinerton Renewable Energy (SRE) to supply its GeoPro fixed tilt solution in connection with a 165 MW portfolio of solar ground mount projects located in the panhandle of Florida. Coronal Energy™, powered by Panasonic, is constructing the three projects on Department of Defense property as part of the Gulf Coast Solar Center Portfolio in cooperation with the U.S. Airforce, U.S. Navy and Gulf Power.

SAKOR TECHNOLOGIES CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY

MAINTAINS FOCUS ON BUILDING PRODUCTS THAT LAST TAILORED TO CUSTOMER NEEDS

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