Solar Industry Urges Massachusetts to Lift the Net Energy Metering Cap

Following is a statement from Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), following this evening's remarks by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker in his 2016 State of the Commonwealth address:

Government statistics show increase in solar installs ahead of cut - but not huge rush

Solar can still be a reasonable investment for customers under lower tariffs

Scottish Turbines to Japan: More than 100 by End 2016

World class small-wind turbine manufacturer Gaia-Wind has sold its first turbines to Japan just weeks after establishing own local subsidiary. With an initial two turbines already in country, the local team at Gaia-Wind KK, in Tokyo, has just won a contract for a further eight machines. YBM Japan Inc. located in Ishikawa prefecture, will sell and distribute them in a value added resale operation across the country. Gaia-Wind expect to export more than 100 turbines to Japan over the next year.

The Two Things To Note In The DOE's Solar + Storage Initiative

Michael Kanellos  for Forbes:  The Department of Energy doled out $18 million in grants this week as part of an effort to drive down the cost of solar plus storage down to less than 14 cents a kilowatt hour. The DOE, under its SunShot program, has long had a goal of driving down the cost of solar alone to 6 cents per kWh by 2020.  So far, the program has hit its milestones.

Grants recipients include Austin Energy, Carnegie Mellon University, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Aquion Energy, among others.

The DOE regularly gives out grants, but the latest program is somewhat interesting because:

First, that’s a really low price for storage. Utility-scale solar, generally cheaper than residential solar, without storage delivered power for 14 cents a kilowatt hour in 2014. The cost of batteries, however, has been declining rapidly. Ten years ago, batteries progressed slowly compared to other electronic devices: Tesla Motors TSLA +0.50% co-founder and CTO J.B. Straubel was famous for noting that the performance of batteries doubled every decade, versus the roughly two year cycle for semiconductor.   Cont'd...

Judges' Decision to Allow Clean Power Plans to Move Forward is the Right Approach

Following is a statement from Dan Whitten, vice president of communications for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on federal judges' rejection of efforts to block states from developing plans under EPA's carbon rule for existing power plants.

SEIA Applauds the Governors' Coalition's Move to Include Solar Energy

Following is a statement from Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on the unanimous decision by the Governors' Wind Energy Coalition to add solar energy to their policy portfolio and change their name to the "Governors' Wind & Solar Energy Coalition":

Stats show need for Government solar thermal push

STA data shows market rising

SoloPower Systems achieves key milestone with First Commercial Deployment in South Africa

SoloPower Systems ultra-light eight and flexible modules installed in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Governors' Coalition to Advocate for Wind and Solar Energy

The renamed "Governors' Wind & Solar Energy Coalition" will now work to advance solar as well as wind energy

Grown locally: SEI solar panels as cash crop for Ontario dairy and goat farm

Ontario manufacturer SEI provides high-yielding panels for 150 kW system which adds solar energy to farm's portfolio of crops; system installed by SEI sister company Strathcona Solar

Stem Partners on US DOE-Funded Project to Integrate Distributed Resources on Hawaii Grid

Company's intelligent storage selected by Hawaiian Electric for SunShot Initiative project

Smart Buildings Shape the Future

The latest in control technology, sustainable natural resources and alternative energy methods, combine to deliver a smart building, which makes for a comfortable environment for the occupants while saving our over-taxed energy grid.

FastRack 510 Installed on VA Caribbean Medical Center in Puerto Rico

Sollega supplied their FastRack 510 ballasted mounting system for the installation of a 645 kW rooftop solar array at San Juan, Puerto Rico Caribbean VA Hospital.

Solar software leader appoints industry vets, continues growth

Sighten just added two VPs and a director to its team.

HiQ Solar Selects Flex to Manufacture TrueString™ Inverters and Accessories

HiQ Solar, a US-based innovator in PV inverters, has selected Flex to manufacture its TrueString™ inverter family. The TrueString inverter is increasingly popular in commercial 3-phase PV installations, and was recognized last year with an Intersolar PV award for innovation.

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