California Senate committee approves local energy storage bill

The Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee approved a bill this week that would empower consumers to take part in California’s clean energy future. SB 700, the Energy Storage Initiative, authored by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), would create a marketplace for local energy storage to bring down prices and ensure access to storage for

EcoFasten Solar introduces new mounting solution for standing-seam metal roofs

EcoFasten Solar has launched its newest product, SimpleBlock, a solution designed specifically for standing-seam metal roofing applications. The company is looking forward to showcasing SimpleBlock at upcoming industry tradeshows: California Solar Expo, OSEIA Solar Energy Conference, Solar Power Southeast, Intersolar North America and Solar Power International. The extremely versatile SimpleBlock provides a variety of options

Vaisala completes world’s largest solar dataset validation study

Vaisala, a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement, has released the results of the world’s largest solar dataset validation study undertaken to date. This extensive verification process, plays a critical role in ensuring that solar resource data stays accurate and consistent across the globe. In turn, it will support the efforts of international solar

Sungevity renames itself Solar Spectrum, will reach out to current customers for new warranty solution

Solar Spectrum, a new company backed by an investment group led by Minnesota-based private equity firm Northern Pacific Group, has acquired certain assets of Sungevity as part of a bankruptcy court-approved sale. The investment group includes Hercules Capital of Palo Alto and DGB Investments, a wholly owned investment vehicle of Douglas Bergeron, former VeriFone chairman

Beaumont Solar installs 330-kW array on roof of former “rival”

Poyant Signs, one of the largest sign manufacturing and branding specialist in New England, tapped Beaumont Solar to design and construct a 330-kWdc solar array on the rooftop of its 50,000 sq. ft. company headquarters in New Bedford, Massachusetts. “Solar power had been something we were considering for our business,” said Richard Poyant, president and owner.

Mounting Systems releases new lightweight 5/40 rail for sloped roofs

Whether it’s material, adjustability, components or color, each project has its particular requirements and each installer has his particular preferences. To further expand the available options for residential systems, racking manufacturers are adding a few alternatives to pitched roof planning that expedite both the transportation to the roof and direct installation on the roof, including

New England Clean Energy survey shows solar is mainstream and extremely favorable in region

Solar is creating more informed and energy-conscious consumers, and the product is now part of mainstream American culture, based on the results of New England Clean Energy’s recent customer survey. The New England Clean Energy 2017 Customer Insights Survey was completed in February by more than 300 residential customers of the solar installation company. It

FLEX-CORE releases new product catalog for 2017

FLEX-CORE announces the completion of a new product catalog featuring a large selection of products designed for measuring, monitoring and control of current power and energy. The 2017 catalog includes product features, technical specifications, dimensional drawings, application usage and ordering information. Featured in the 2017 catalog is the versatile UL certified FCL Series flexible split-core current

Built Well Solar starts special service company to stop critters building nests around solar panels

Although it’s very rare, squirrels or pigeons sometimes set up home under solar panels. It’s warm and cozy in the gap between solar panels and the roof, creating an attractive nesting environment for these critters. Fewer than 1% of Built Well Solar’s thousands of customers have experienced this type of issue–sometimes not for many years after

SunPower forms solutions business unit, will sell Oasis product platform direct

SunPower now offers the fully-integrated SunPower Oasis Power Plant platform directly to solar power plant developers and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) providers through a newly formed SunPower Solutions business unit. SunPower Solutions enables developers and EPCs to benefit from SunPower’s extensive experience over the past decade developing, financing, constructing, operating and maintaining solar power plants.