PetersenDean solar division expands into Nevada

PetersenDean Roofing & Solar, a privately-held roofing and solar company, has announced the expansion of its solar division in Nevada in response to the newly reinstated energy policy signed into effect last week by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval. With this expansion, PetersenDean expects to hire at least 50 new employees and pursue 1,200 new projects

Panasonic HIT solar module achieves world’s best output temperature coefficient

Panasonic Corporation has achieved the world’s leading output temperature coefficient for mass-produced silicon photovoltaic modules, at -0.258%/°C. This record-breaking innovation sets a new standard for the solar industry, improving on the previous temperature coefficient by 0.032 points at the mass production level, highlighting the positive temperature characteristics of heterojunction solar cells and further improving Panasonic’s

2017 Solar Battle of the Bands lineup announced

The competition is on! CALSEIA proudly announces its 2017 Solar Battle of the Bands line up:This year’s line-up includes returning bands, “PV Wonder” from Tesla, Quick Mount PV’s “Northerner & The Rafters”, and “Fronicators” from Fronius USA.  And, introducing new talent this year “The Rapid Shutdowns” from Luminalt. Solar Battle of the Bands, a solar

BlueRock Solar to build largest community solar project in New York

BlueRock Solar, an affiliate of BlueRock Energy, announced plans for a community solar project just outside Buffalo, New York, in Grand Island. On Monday, the town board voted unanimously to approve the project which will be completed in partnership with Active Solar Development. BlueRock Solar expects to break ground later this summer and complete the

Shoals Technologies announces investment of funds by Oaktree Capital Management

Shoals Technologies Group, a provider of solar electrical balance of systems, announced an investment by funds managed by the Power Opportunities group of Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. Terms of the investment were not disclosed. Founded in 1996, Shoals designs and manufactures a diverse range of products for solar and energy storage projects, including combiner boxes, junction boxes, wiring, and monitoring

1.1-MW Sunworks system to offset more than 90% of California ag lab’s electricity needs

Sunworks announced a 1.1-MW solar system that will be constructed at CSP Labs in Pleasant Grove, California. The system will offset more than 90% of the lab’s annual electricity needs. CSP Labs provides a wide range of services including seed germination, disease diagnosis, hybrid research, and non-GMO testing. Sunworks CEO Chuck Cargile said, “We are

New online solar marketplace backed by Solar SpeedRack opens to California residents in July

Solar SpeedRack is known for its hybrid racking system HRS160, which limits roof penetrations by using a SpeedFoot weight distribution block in between anchor spots. But the racking manufacturer enters new territory next month with its release of OneClickSolar, an online marketplace meant to help homeowners go solar. Michael Salvati, vice president of Solar SpeedRack

Trending in solar O&M: Industry players call for standardization

Although O&M has finally become something solar asset owners consider up-front rather than as an annoying afterthought, the market is still in disarray, said Amanda Bybee, CEO of the Amicus O&M Cooperative. A lack of consistent standards related to operations and maintenance was one of the reasons the Amicus O&M Cooperative came to be. “We

Trending in solar mounting: Companies offering more than just mounting systems

It takes a great deal of worthwhile effort to be seen as an expert in a specific area of the market. Many mounting companies attempt to do this by capitalizing on aspects that are one or two steps adjacent to their systems. SnapNrack has become an education leader on wire management, hosting webinars and tradeshow

iDemand Energy Storage begins work on 1-MW solar+storage project for California biochemical company

iDemand Energy Storage Inc. has completed engineering and plans to start work next month on a $4.1 million solar-plus-battery storage project for five buildings operated by Scantibodies Laboratory Inc., a biochemical manufacturer and research facility based in Santee, Calif. The contract to make uninterrupted-energy-supply (UES) battery systems capable of storing and discharging up to 1.078