First public auction for solar energy rights on federal lands draws no bids

Federal officials are trying to figure out why the Bureau of Land Management's first-ever auction of public land for solar-energy development failed to attract any bids. According to the Denver Post, no bidders showed up for the first auction for three parcels of land in Colorado's San Luis Valley, even though five solar development companies had expressed interest in the land. Three parcels covering 3,700 acres in so-called solar-energy zones were offered on Thursday. The bureau has created 19 zones for large solar projects in six Western states, encompassing nearly 300,000 acres, the newspaper reported. "We are going to have to regroup and figure out what didn't work," Maryanne Kurtinaitis, the renewable-energy program manager for the BLM's Colorado division, told the Denver Post. "It is always tough to be the first out of the chute. This is a learning experience." Industry officials attributed the auction's failure to uncertainties about the solar energy market and federal regulations. Ken Johnson, a spokesman for the Solar Energy Industries, told the Post that financing large-scale solar projects remains a challenge for the industry. 

Top U.S. Companies Receive 2013 Solar Champion Awards in Chicago

The Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) today announced the winners of this year's Solar Champion Awards, honoring top U.S. companies for their continued commitment to the deployment of clean solar energy.

More than 600 Companies to Demonstrate the Latest Solar Energy Products, Technology and Solutions this Week at Solar Power International in Chicago

North America's premier business-to-business solar energy event to draw 12,000 professionals

Enphase Energy Microinverters Installed in over 3MW of San Diego Unified School District Solar Arrays

Microinverter flexibility renders 125-building distributed solar project feasible

Hanwha Q CELLS USA to Offer One Stop Shop for Commercial Solar Customers

Robust financing, leading technology, decades of system experience combine for the most bankable products in commercial rooftop.

Hanwha SolarOne Surpasses Four Gigawatts of Photovoltaic Modules Shipped Globally

First South Korean Solar Company to reach Milestone

Hanwha SolarOne Introduces a Residential Zep Compatible™ Solar Module in the U.S.

Hanwha SolarOne Zep Compatible™ Module Reduces Installation Time, Increases Value

NRG Energy Installs 49th Solar Frame to Complete Levi's® Stadium Suite Tower Roof

Solar installation will help 49ers meet net zero energy performance during home games

Turbines begin operation at DTE Energy's Echo Wind Park

The 70-turbine Echo Wind Park in Huron County will be operational by the end of 2013

Hydrostor announces partnership for underwater energy storage in Aruba

MaRS Cleantech Fund-supported company signs power purchase agreement with WEB Aruba N.V.

OwnEnergy Announces Sale of Montana Wind Farm to NJR Clean Energy Ventures

The Two Dot Wind Farm is located in Montana, 93 miles east of Helena.

Yingli Green Energy to Supply 59 MW of PV Modules for China Three Gorges New Energy

The modules will be installed in three separate ground-mounted projects, which total 59 MW.

City of Patterson and Chevron Energy Solutions 'Flip the Switch' on Major Sustainability Program

Expected to save the community $6.5 million

Ascent Solar Announces Listing of EnerPlex™ Products on Newegg.com

The EnerPlex Product line is quickly becoming recognized as the gold standard of solar-integrated consumer electronics

Santerno launches PV plant controller at Solar Power International, Chicago

Santerno developed the PV power plant controller in order to provide a single access point for plant supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) control systems.

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