The U.S. Just Approved One of the World's Biggest Solar Power Plants

Todd Woody for TakePart.com:  The federal government on Monday green-lit a 485-megawatt solar plant that would generate enough carbon-free electricity to power 180,000 homes when it comes online in the Southern California desert. During the Great Recession, that was nothing unusual about billions of dollars in federal stimulus money fueling big green dreams of carpeting the Mojave Desert with giant solar power plants on government-owned land, a cornerstone of the Obama administration’s efforts to fight climate change. That land, however, often turned out to be home to desert tortoises, blunt-nosed leopard lizards, and other endangered wildlife. Many of those projects went belly-up in part because of fierce opposition from environmental groups. That prompted an effort by the federal government to be “smart from the start” about where it allowed big renewable energy plants to be built. So the Blythe Mesa Solar Project, which was approved Monday, will deploy tens of thousands of solar panels across 3,587 acres of already disturbed or fallow farmland where wheat, alfalfa, and citrus had been grown. No desert tortoises will be harmed.  Cont'd...

PVinsights : The global demand improvement and currency exchange rates improve solar module prices.

Overall module price improves globally this week, owing to the price quotes in different regions moving up by currency exchange rate or the demand improvement. The increasing large-scale solar projects moving forward are driving up module demand, especially in India and China. Moreover, as the demand continues to heat up in China and the emerging markets, some top-tier module suppliers are able to adjust their selling prices up in those low-priced regions.

CALSEIA Utilizes the Energy Toolbase Software Platform to Analyze Solar Project Economics in Landmark Net Energy Metering Proceeding

The California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA) the state's leading solar trade association, is utilizing the Energy Toolbase software platform to analyze solar project economics in the landmark Net Energy Metering (NEM) proceeding underway at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

Book Discussion - Harness the Sun

For a long time, solar power was viewed as a privilege reserved for the elite. Today there are lots of ways to make solar affordable to homeowners pretty much across the income spectrum.

SPI 2015 - Array Technologies' DuraTrack HZ v3 Continues to (R)evolutionize at SPI

Booth 4905 will be home to the world's most advanced solar tracking technology

SolyMoly Launches Online Shopping for Solar Energy

Customized mapping and reporting tool maximizes solar experience for homeowners, installers

Ontario Solar Provider Completes Construction of Calvary Church Photovoltaic Project

Ontario Solar Provider (OSP), Calvary Church, and Mtis Nation of Ontario - BrightRoof Solar celebrate the completion of a 190 kW solar project installed on the roof of the Pentecostal parish building in Peterborough, Ontario.

Coalition calls on Prime Minister to support small-scale renewables (Feed-in Tariff)

Investing now will bring energy bills down in future, says an alliance of 100 organisations

MERSEN ACHIEVES HIGH LEVEL OF COMPLIANCE IN IDEA'S 
DATA CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

Mersen's commitment in populating the items' critical fields within IDEA's Data Certification Program helps to set the bar for the level of complete data available in the IDW.

President Announces New Policies to Remove Barriers to Clean Energy Drawing Strong Support from Solar Industry

Today's announcement cuts through red tape and provides much-needed clarity to developers ready to build out solar projects in underserved areas.

Interior Department Approves 485-Megawatt Blythe Mesa Solar Project in California

57th Commercial Renewable Energy Project Approved on Public Lands, Moving Closer to $40 Billion of Capital Investments in Clean Energy Development

About 500 installers of SolarWorld solar panels convene for summit

Attendees celebrate company's 40 years of U.S. production

SolarCity Gives Veterans Light through CalVet REN in new community provided by Habitat for Humanity of San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys

78 new solar homes will provide returning veterans clean, affordable energy for the next two decades; SolarCity installs first phase of solar homes - 26 solar power systems - in a single day

Watch SolarWindow Generate Electricity on Glass in First-Ever Video, Released Today

"Today's demonstration marks the Kitty Hawk moment for our SolarWindow™ technology"

China Sunergy Won a Bid to Supply 260 MW of PV Modules to China Power Investment Corporation

The modules will be utilized by China Power Investment Corporation to construct a number of ground power projects in various locations across China.

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