PG&E calls for renewable energy project proposals

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced a call for proposals for renewable energy developers to build new projects for a clean energy program available to PG&E customers. The sites are for PG&E’s Regional Renewable Choice program that will expand renewable energy access by enabling customers to work directly with developers of new renewable

Suniva pushes for trade tariffs on foreign panel makers

The panel manufacturing company that filed for bankruptcy this month and announced layoffs last month has now filed a petition to impose trade tariffs on foreign solar cells. In a press release, Suniva said its Section 201 petition was “designed to protect American jobs in the rapidly deteriorating U.S. solar manufacturing industry.” “The modern wave of solar technology was born

SEIA opposes Suniva’s Section 201 petition

Following is a statement from Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on Suniva’s filing today of a Section 201 petition with the International Trade Commission: “The Solar Energy Industries Association, representing 1,000 member companies across the entire solar supply chain, seeks to promote and protect the interests of

Solar Alliance acquires Los Angeles solar projects

Solar Alliance announced it has signed a definitive agreement to complete the previously announced acquisition of a pipeline of residential solar projects from a U.S. solar company based in Los Angeles, California. The definitive agreement follows the accelerated transition of the seller’s sales team to Solar Alliance announced on April 12, 2017 and completes the

Phoenix Nuclear Labs to supply proton accelerators to Rayton Solar

Phoenix Nuclear Labs (PNL) has signed a long-term agreement to be the exclusive supplier of high current proton accelerators to California-based Rayton Solar to produce low-cost, high-efficiency solar panels. Under the terms of the agreement, PNL will deliver the first system to Rayton at the end of 2017, followed by several additional units in 2018

Sunrun extends partnership with GRID Alternatives

Sunrun announced an extension to its partnership with non-profit installer GRID Alternatives to provide financing for solar installations in low-income communities. Under this agreement, Sunrun will serve as third-party owner (TPO) through its BrightSave Prepaid solar lease and solar power purchase agreement products for hundreds of solar system installations annually. With this arrangement, Sunrun will own,

Ricoh USA adds array to New Jersey office

Ricoh USA announced the latest in a series of sustainability milestones, including a new solar array that will power its West Caldwell, New Jersey, office facility. This is the latest example of Ricoh’s environmental consciousness and measurable progress in sustainability efforts. The solar array project began in March 2014, through collaborative work with EnterSolar, a

Utah’s Museum of Ancient Life to be powered by modern energy

Thanksgiving Point reached an agreement with Utah solar company Legend Solar to equip the Museum of Ancient Life with a 1,500 solar panel array. The solar installation will provide a savings of $1.5 million in power bills during the lifetime of the panels, which is an estimated 60% of the current power usage of the museum.

Understand AC- and DC-coupled storage options

As the energy storage market grows rapidly, technology diversifies. Battery chemistry, PV integration and hardware layout are all critical factors to consider when managing customers expectations and ensuring their needs are met. System considerations For example, there are two ways solar is integrated with the energy storage system (ESS)—either AC- or DC-coupled. Each has strengths

Reference manufacturer recommendations before installing batteries

Proper installation, connection and ongoing care of your deep-cycle batteries will directly impact performance, amp-hour capacity and cycle life. When setting up a new bank of flooded lead-acid batteries, consider installation requirements and safety. In renewable energy applications, battery banks are often housed in utility rooms or battery boxes. Flooded batteries should not be installed