Senate confirms Oklahoma’s Scott Pruitt to head EPA

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was confirmed by the Senate to head the EPA today in a 52-46 vote. According to the Hill, “Pruitt’s confirmation came despite repeated pleas from Democrats to delay the vote due to ongoing litigation regarding emails that a liberal group had requested from the office of Pruitt.” Democrats said Pruitt

SolarOne Solutions acquires Inovus Solar

SolarOne Solutions, a Needham, Massachusetts provider of professional solar area lighting solutions to customers worldwide, announced its acquisition of Inovus Solar, a solar lighting company with complementary products, markets and technologies. With this transaction, SolarOne Solutions brings the Boise-based firm’s technology, project pipeline, brand and other assets into its fold. All Inovus Solar personnel immediately

Urban Grid sees bright solar future in Georgia

Urban Grid, a developer and financier of solar projects throughout the United States, recently announced its partnership with SolAmerica Energy of Atlanta in the Plains, Georgia solar field they co-financed on 10 acres leased by former President Jimmy Carter. That site, a 1.3-MW solar project, is projected to generate over 50% of the power needs

Ideal Energy says Iowa Utilities Board rule change will harm solar in the state

The Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) recently accepted a proposed rule change from Alliant Energy, one of Iowa’s two major electric utility providers. This new ruling will drastically change how net metering works in Alliant Energy’s service territory and will reduce the financial viability of new solar installations, according to Ideal Energy. The new rules are

Two Republican North Carolina lawmakers are SEIA Solar Champions

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is honored to present both Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Rep. George Holding (R-NC) with the prestigious SEIA Solar Champion Award, an honor bestowed upon entities or individuals who have helped strengthen solar power in America. Another award winner this year was Richard Kauffman. “Under the leadership of Senator

JLM Energy partners with Soligent for solar product distribution

JLM Energy, an energy technology company, announced it has recently signed an agreement with Soligent Distribution, the largest pure-play solar distributor in the Americas. The partnership provides Soligent dealers access to deploying, configuring and integrating JLM’s top-of-the-line technology, which includes solar, energy storage and smart energy monitoring software. “Soligent will empower dealers and end customers

88% of California households now have access to HERO program

Starting today, more than 240,000 homeowners in 28 more California communities who want to go solar, or make efficiency-related repairs and upgrades can finance 100% of their home projects through the HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program. The HERO program allows homeowners to pay for projects like new heating and air conditioning systems, drought-tolerant landscaping

sonnen announces new U.S. hub in Atlanta

sonnen, the global market leader in intelligent residential energy storage, today announced a significant investment in a new North American Innovation Center that combines the company’s U.S. manufacturing operations and product research and development in a single facility. The sonnen InnovationHub is expected to begin production of sonnenBatterie products in the second quarter of 2017,

Baker Electric named EPC for NEC ES grid energy storage project

Baker Electric Inc. has been named the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for NEC Energy Solutions’ grid energy storage project for Southern California Edison. Baker Electric announced it has been named the EPC for NEC Energy Solutions’ (NEC ES) grid energy storage pilot system for Southern California Edison. The storage system project is under a pre-approved energy

SunRISE TechBridge Challenge II seeks solar innovations leading to a lower LCOE

Fraunhofer TechBridge is now accepting applications for SunRISE TechBridge Challenge II, in partnership with Royal DSM and Greentown Labs. The SunRISE TechBridge Challenge II is seeking solutions to increase the performance of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, resulting in a lower levelized cost of energy (LCOE) and broader deployment of affordable PV. For solar energy to