BayWa r.e. Closes over 75MW in its First Two Quarters of US Operations

This rapid growth is a direct result of BayWa r.e.'s ability to leverage its significant financial and operating capabilities to move quickly and decisively to support project development.

Start of test with solar energy generating noise barriers alongside highway

Alongside the A2 highway near Den Bosch, The Netherlands, two test noise barriers are installed that generate solar energy. The aim of this practical test, that was officially launched 18 June is to assess the economic and technical feasibility of this form of energy generating noise barriers. Playing a key role in the test are the LSC panels, developed by researcher Michael Debije at TU/e. The translucent, colored panels are a new type of energy source, developed jointly by TU/e. These 'luminescent solar concentrators' (LSCs) receive sun light and guide it to the side of the panels. There, it lands in concentrated form on traditional solar cells. "Thanks to their many colors the LSC are visually very attractive, which makes them ideal for use in many different situations in the built environment", explains Debije of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, who has carried out years of research into these panels. "Further benefits are that the principle used is low cost, they can be produced in any desired, regular color, is robust, and the LSCs will even work when the sky is cloudy. That means it offers tremendous potential." Debije published his latest research findings on this subject last March in Nature. On 18 June a one-year practical test started in 's-Hertogenbosch, led by the building company Heijmans. The researchers intend to assess the feasibility of generating electricity using solar cells integrated in noise barriers or SONOBs (Solar Noise Barriers).   Cont'd...

When the highest data availability and measurement accuracy are key: Hukseflux SR25 pyranometer for measuring solar irradiance

When measuring solar irradiance professionally, high measurement accuracy and high data availability are key. Traditional high-end pyranometers, ventilated or not, do not offer both, due to dew and frost. Now Hukseflux has introduced SR25, the ISO 9060 secondary standard pyranometer with sapphire outer dome and internal heater. It offers the highest data availability, while maintaining its high measurement accuracy.

Binsfeld Engineering introduces the TorqueTrak TPM2 featuring digital output signal for the Alternative Energy Industry

Binsfeld Engineering Inc. has announced the release of the new TorqueTrak TPM2 torque and power monitoring system for applications such as wind turbine power generation, hydro-power industry, pumps and compressors.

Is Adding Solar Batteries Worth it?

Seeking to help states better address the value proposition of solar+storage systems, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC) engaged Clean Power Research (CPR) to develop a methodology that could be used to value solar energy coupled with battery storage. The methodology described in the report can be applied in any location. It focuses on Hawaii as an example, as it is likely to be an early adopter of storage regulations.  "The concept of adding batteries alongside a utility customer's solar array intrigues utility customers, solar developers, and utility planners on several levels, but the underlying question for everyone is whether adding batteries is 'worth it,'" says Jason Keyes, Partner at Keyes, Fox & Wiedman LLP, attorney for IREC and report collaborator.  Though still at a nascent stage, the recent rapid growth in the distributed energy storage market suggests that now is an opportune time to take a closer look at distributed energy storage, especially in combination with distributed solar, and the values it has to offer. The new IREC study lays out the methodology to do just that and sets forth a pathway for more robust analysis and dialogue.   Cont'd...  

SunEdison and Green Charge Networks Team Up To Deliver Additional Electricity Savings With Solar Plus Energy Storage Offering

Silicon Valley Power is the First Joint Customer of the New Strategic Partnership ----California Commercial and Municipal Customers Can Save Even More with Zero Upfront Costs

GEMINI FIRST TO GO FOR WINDNOVA

The Gemini Offshore Wind Farm has agreed a contract to become the first commercial users of Windnova, brand new project management software, designed specifically for the offshore wind sector.

Residential, Commercial Markets Powering Hawaii's Solar Growth

Hawaii is expected to have 637 MW of installed solar capacity by the end of the year - enough to power more than 165,000 homes.

Georgia on Pace for Record-Shattering Year in Solar Installations

Georgia is expected to have nearly 400 MW of installed solar capacity by the end of the year - enough to power more than 43,000 homes.

MARTIFER SOLAR CONNECTS PV PLANT IN BELGIUM FOR ORKA NV

The rooftop PV plant, located in Evere, Belgium, has a capacity of 738.45 kWp ----With this new plant, Martifer Solar now has connected successfully approximately 35 MW in Belgium

Broadwind Energy Announces $50 Million in New Tower Orders

Clean Energy Collective Brings Roofless Community-Shared Solar Solution to Texas

700 kW project with NEC Retail to serve Texas electricity consumers with clean, roofless solar power.

Lockheed Martin and Advanced Green Technologies have completed half of the huge solar carport project, allowing employees to enjoy a little shade during the summer.

At Construction Midpoint, Lockheed Martin's Massive New Solar Carport Taking Shape as Florida's Largest Privately Held Solar Array

American Solar Direct Earns Energy Company of the Year Honors

2015 American Business Award Solidifies Company's Leading Position in Solar Sector

Borrego Solar Systems to Build 12.8 MW of Distributed Solar Projects for National Grid in Massachusetts

Second Project Began Construction in March Using Advanced Inverter Technology to Regulate Voltage and Improve Grid Reliability

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