Large solar projects can be done responsibly

BY SHANNON EDDY, Special to The Bee:  As the seventh-largest economy in the world and a clean-energy leader, California plays a key role in shaping the global response to climate change. The benefits of our leadership will be on the world stage later this month during the international climate talks in Paris. Over several decades, California has successfully advanced the development of renewable energy resources. As a result, the state boasts the highest concentration of solar projects in the nation, including several of the world’s largest. Large-scale solar power plants are enabling California to meet the goals of reducing carbon emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and generating 50 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Eleakis & Elder Photography As with any fast-growing, successful industry, it’s essential to ask questions about unintended consequences. We agree it is important to evaluate how the environmental benefits of large-scale solar – carbon reduction, reduced water use and improved local air quality – compare to any negative consequences for people and the environment.   Cont'd...

HDPV Alliance Adds 14 New Members To Solar Industry Initiative That Lowers Costs

Leading Global Companies Join HDPV to Optimize PV Systems

Canadian Solar Supplies Modules for 2.5 MW Solar Facility in El Salvador

AES Moncagua is the second renewable generation project built by AES in El Salvador under a vision of environmental sustainability and energy diversification.

Boralex adds 52 MW to its Canadian portfolio

Located in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region in Canada, with an installed capacity of 51.7 MW.

Given market constraints, reducing wind measurement uncertainty at higher hub heights is crucial for the integration of taller, higher capacity turbines

More efficient turbines depend on the ability of developers to accurately assess the wind resource at higher hub heights.

SolarWorld solar panels enable U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to harness renewable energy

Efficient Energy of Tennessee and San Francisco-based CivicSolar are project partners

DEWA completes training of 127 engineers and technicians of Electrical & Solar PV Consultants and Contractors

DEWA provides specialised training courses to engineers and technicians who are employed by photovoltaic (PV) companies.

Solar industry comments on admission that the UK is not on track to meet its renewables target

Leaked letter & evidence session exposes folly of attack on British solar power

EcoFasten Solar's Rock-It System Receives Engineering Certification in 10 States

The Rock-It System is a fast, easy to install rail-free solar roof mount that conforms to UL Subject 2703, and holds a Class A Fire Class Resistance Rating when used with Type 1 listed PV modules.

Applied Energy Technologies' (AET) Rayport™-G ECO Racking Selected by Swinerton Renewable Energy for 7 MW California Solar Project

AET's streamlined logistics team delivers entire racking solution for 7 MW project in one week

1825 Place Apartments In Pflugerville Goes Solar With Austin-Based Circular Energy

Roscoe Properties and Circular Energy have teamed up for the first multi-family solar install in Pflugerville, TX as well as the first solar powered development for Roscoe.

Turkey driving renewable energy growth in the MENAT region

Ever increasing demand for energy in Turkey is boosting the growth of renewable energy - most notably wind - in the MENAT region. Other notable opportunities for material, component and equipment suppliers to the renewable energy industry are to be found in Morocco and Egypt.

SunLink and Blattner Energy Partner on 112.7 MW Solar Project in Southeast U.S.

Another project breaks ground in portfolio of utility-scale installations for companies

Honoring Our Veterans through Jobs in Solar Energy

From the Department of Energy - On Veterans Day, we honor the more than 21 million living American veterans. Here at the Department of Energy, we are honored to have the opportunity to express our gratitude to veterans of previous wars, welcome home those who have recently served, and thank the future veterans who still stand sentry for our nation. The Department of Energy is working hard to open doors to career opportunities for veterans in the dynamic solar industry, which now employs more than 174,000 people -- more than auto and light truck manufacturing -- and has been adding jobs 20 times faster than the wider economy. Already, we are proud that veterans make up more than 10 percent of the solar industry workforce.   Cont'd...

Magerack - Check Out Our New Products!

Magerack has added a new product, Flat Tile Hook for only $6.90. It comes with an optional flashing, which is the first in the market for flat tile hook. It is only $8.50 for both flat tile hook and flashing. The system is bonded and grounded without using any WEEB or bonding jumper.

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