Largest Electricity Co-Op in the US Connects Its Biggest Solar Installation to Date

Builder Homesite, Inc. Expects to Offset 80% of Its Electric Costs by Using Solar Power

Utilities Risk Backlash by Imposing Fees on Solar, Attorney Writes

LeClairRyan energy advisor Roy Palk encourages utilities to 'get ahead' of the solar trend by leasing customers' rooftops to install utility-owned solar panels.

Key Equipment Finance Partners With Entropy Solar Integrators on $602,000 Solar Installation for Allied Old English, Inc.

Bottled food manufacturer benefits from commercial financing solution that reduces lease payments

Maxwell Technologies Announces 3-Volt Addition to Industry-Leading Line of Large Ultracapacitor Cells

New 3-Volt, 3,000-Farad Cell with DuraBlue™ Technology Expands Range of Energy Storage Solutions for Transportation, Wind and Grid

Banyan Energy Lights Pathway to Ultra-Low-Cost Solar Module Manufacturing

Solar technology company's licensing model offers low-cost R&D innovation for PV industry

Windpower Finance and Investment Summit

A significant issue for wind may well be maintaining its price competitiveness vis-a-vis solar as the PTC amount goes down over the next five years while the ITC used by solar will remain at 30% through 2020

PV Conference: Panasonic Introduces Two High-Performance Additions to the Photovoltaic Module HIT® Product Lineup

The innovative hetero-junction cell structure is made of mono-crystalline and amorphous silicon layers. This enables the Panasonic HIT® range to achieve industry-leading energy efficiency with the same dimensions as trneaditional solar panels.

Siemens 7-megawatt offshore wind turbine reaches final stage in development process

Siemens' new large direct drive wind turbine type certified Field tests with two prototypes in Østerild, Denmark

OPDE completes the construction of three new solar farms in United Kingdom with a total capacity of 15 MW

The projects built by the multinational are located in Kent, Nottinghamshire and Somerset and have a capacity of 5 MW each.

Something New Under the Portland Sun

MIT Spinoff Mapdwell Launches First Website for All Portlanders to Discover Their Solar Potential, Explore Their Options and Connect With Local Installers, Making Solar Exciting and Simple

Thanks to Steadfast Support from Brown Electric, Roof Tech Breaks into the Carolinas Solar Market

Jamie Brown had been doing basic electrical work for many years until 2007, when one day a customer needed someone to install a PV system on his home. Jamie did the job, and since then has installed more than 500 solar systems on residences in South Carolina and North Carolina.

Report: New Skilled Workforce, Training Needed for India's Ambitious Renewable Energy and Climate Goals

India's goal to dramatically expand solar energy could trigger a green jobs boom adding one million new engineers, technicians, solar installers, maintenance workers and performance data monitors to its workforce, according to a new report released in connection with a "Make in India" conference in Mumbai.

Exosun pursues its partnership with CNR to equip two new PV plants in the South of France with its solar trackers

Exosun, worldwide leading supplier of advanced, cost-effective solar tracking solutions for ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) plants, will equip two new plants of the largest French renewable energy producer, CNR (La Compagnie Nationale du Rh'ne). The 9.5 MWp Beaucaire and 4 MWp Donzère plants situated in the South of France will be equipped with Exosun's Exotrack® HZ single-axis solar trackers.

The Koch Brothers' Dirty War on Solar Power

Tim Dickinson for Rolling Stone:  The full political might of Florida's IOUs was on display in December, when a deceptive campaign, funded by the state's electric utilities, crushed a citizen-led effort to open Florida to solar competition through the 2016 ballot. "When your opponents have no ethical foundation, have unlimited resources and are willing to say and do anything to defeat you," says Stephen Smith, director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, which led the pro-solar effort, "it's a tough hurdle to overcome."

It should come as no surprise that the utilities have fought so hard. The rise of cheap, distributed solar power poses a disruptive – and perhaps existential – threat to the traditional electric utility business.

Monopoly electric utilities used to make sense. Dirty power, generated at a distance from population centers, was carried over a set of transmission lines to homes and businesses. Consumers got reliable power from a single provider. IOUs were guaranteed a profit – both for building power plants and transmission lines as well as for the electricity itself.  Full Article:

Fraunhofer TechBridge launches SunRISE Challenge, seeking innovations in solar energy, in partnership with DSM and Greentown Labs

The SunRISE TechBridge Challenge is seeking innovations in materials and technologies that will enable the reduction of levelized cost of energy (LCOE) for photovoltaic (PV) systems, and consequently increase the penetration of affordable PV.

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