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AMSC Announces $10 Million in D-VAR® System Orders in North America

• Company Sees Continued Strength in North American Renewable Energy Market • Extension of the PTC through 2019 Drives Demand for AMSC's D-VAR® STATCOM Product in the United States

NRG and NRG Yield Unveil New 20 MW Solar Facility in Southern California

New Solar Installation Helps California Move Closer to Clean Energy Goal

DC Solar and Chip Ganassi Racing Bring Solar Technology to the Pit Lane

Team to Unveil Solar-Powered Generator Unit

These Lego-Like Batteries Plug In To Store Solar Power At Home

Adele Peters for Co-Exist:  Less than a year after Tesla unveiled its Powerwall battery for storing electricity at home, a startup has designed a much cheaper alternative that you can plug in yourself, without an electrician.

The modular batteries, called Orison, can be hung on the wall or set on the ground to double as an LED lamp. If you want more power, you just add the units together.

"Think of Orison like Legos," says co-founder and CEO Eric Clifton. "The 2.2 kilowatt-hour unit is really just one piece, so you can actually add as many as you need." The 2.2 kilowatt-hour version is as large as the company could make one unit and keep it under 40 pounds, so it could be easily shipped and moved.

With one unit, if your power went out in a storm, you could keep an energy-efficient refrigerator running for about two days. If you want to back up everything in your house, you'd connect a long series of batteries together.

For someone with solar panels on the roof, the batteries can store power to use at night. Right now, most people can sell extra solar power back to the grid when they're not using it, but many state laws are about to change so people will make less money. Batteries can help solar homeowners save money by making use of the power they've generated.  Cont'd...

WINAICO's module passes non-uniform snow load test conducted by TÜV Rheinland

WINAICO's module passes 6000 Pa of non-uniform snow load test conducted by TÜV Rheinland to demonstrate WINAICO modules are capable of installing in landscape configuration in areas prone to heavy snow.

KACO new energy inverters power the largest solar park on the Virgin Islands.

At five megawatts, USVI Solar I is the largest photovoltaic system on the U.S. Virgin Islands. Installed on challenging terrain and under harsh weather conditions on Saint Thomas, the solar park received the 2015 "Ground-Mount Project of the Year Award". After all, the system covers ten percent of the island's energy needs. KACO new energy supplied the quintessential robust inverter technology.

AWS Truepower Releases 2015 Annual Wind Trends Bulletin with new Global Wind Performance Index

As every 1% change in mean wind speed typically causes a 1%-2% change in energy production, such deviations, or anomalies, can have an impact on the financial performance of wind projects, as well as on the mix of other energy resources such as coal and gas consumed in a region.

Solar-Log® Smart Meters Certified UL 2735

The Solar-Log® smart meter product family combines the market leading Solar-Log® photovoltaic monitoring technology with Aclara's popular residential I-210+ utility meter (formerly GE). The result is a plug and play socket meter for maximized solar PV plant performance and revenue grade metering for incentive reporting.

ETA Meets Demand to Host Solar Energy Training

Solar energy is the cleanest and most abundant renewable energy source available. Recognizing the need for qualified photovoltaic installers, ETA® International will host a hands-on solar panel training and certification workshop in May.

Offshore wind projects in United States see renewed interest

By PHILIP MARCELO for AP:  The offshore wind industry has high hopes for establishing a permanent beachhead in the U.S. after years of disappointment.

Business leaders and politicians who gathered for an industry conference in Boston this week said wealthy investment firms and seasoned European offshore wind companies are increasingly committing to projects along the East Coast. That, they said, is evidence a domestic industry dreamed about for nearly two decades is finally on its way.

"There's a palpable sense that it's finally happening," said Bryan Martin, a managing director at D.E. Shaw & Co. That New York hedge fund is the principal backer of Deepwater Wind, a Rhode Island-based company looking to launch the country's first offshore wind farm off Block Island by the end of the year. "The U.S. tends to start small and ramp up very fast. I believe that will happen with offshore wind."

Among the significant new players to emerge in the past year is DONG Energy, a Danish firm that operates more than a dozen wind farms, including some of Europe's largest.  Cont'd...

Baker Electric Solar Wins Coveted Angie's List Super Service Award for Third Year

Baker Electric Solar has earned the service industry's esteemed Angie's List Super Service Award for 2015. The honor validates Baker's ongoing exemplary service to members of its consumer review site.

Canadian Solar Supplies 2.8 MW of Commercial Three-Phase Inverters to Agricultural Farms in California

Canadian Solar Inc. (the "Company", or "Canadian Solar") (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world's largest solar power companies, today announced that the Company supplied 2.8 MW of Canadian Solar CSI-28/36-KTL-CT three-phase inverters to the Brar Family Partnerships in Delano, California. Staten Solar, a Silicon-Valley based EPC company, provided engineering, procurement, and construction services for Brar Farm's solar PV installation.

Outcry at Government proposal to drop solar thermal from UK renewables push

British manufacturers and social housing providers join call for urgent rethink

SMART RENEWABLE ENERGY: INTERSOLAR EUROPE AND EES EUROPE PRESENT THE ENERGY SUPPLY OF THE FUTURE

As consumers also become energy producers, digital energy management solutions balance consumption and demand. Under the title Smart Renewable Energy, visitors to Intersolar Europe, the world's leading exhibition for the solar industry and its partners, and ees Europe, Europe's largest exhibition for batteries and energy storage systems, can learn more about product innovations and current discussions on this topic.

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