Massachusetts schools, town cut costs with brownfield solar project

Soltage and independent power producer Tenaska have completed a 3.68-MW ground-mounted solar project in Billerica, Massachusetts. The project is on a brownfield site and will generate 4,445 MWh of clean energy annually for four school systems and one local government through virtual net metering. Project offtakers include the Town of Barre, Mass., Tantasqua Regional School

Four federal solar trends to watch

From renewable portfolio standards to net metering, solar energy progress has always been driven at the state level. Still, here are a few important federal level trends to watch. 1. FERC Since the departure of Commissioner Norman Bay, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) lacks a quorum to issue major decisions. To address this until a

Pacific Union College saves big with Green Charge storage system

Pacific Union College will install a 1-MW/2-MWh commercial energy storage system on its Napa Valley campus. Pacific Union College is expected to save nearly $800,000 dollars over the 10-year agreement with revenues generated through demand charge reduction and demand response programs through Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Pacific Union College is located 70 miles north

Georgetown, Texas takes public buildings solar

Georgetown, Texas is taking its public buildings solar, beginning with its Westside Service Center. The center houses the offices for utility employees who service Georgetown utility systems Western Service Area. T This project is the first of many planned solar projects for Georgetown’s publicly owned buildings, bringing the city closer to its goal of being powered by

Energy storage ITC may get a second chance

The solar industry rejoiced when the ITC was extended in late 2015. Now storage may also get a chance for a federal subsidy. Some storage can already qualify for the ITC when installed with wind or solar under certain conditions, but a new bill would allow storage to qualify for the tax credit separately. “Currently,

SMA residential solar MPLE solution said to save 90 minutes of installation

As residential PV becomes a bigger part of the energy landscape, both consumers and solar professionals are demanding more from their solar technology. To meet the growing demand for fast, cost-effective and high-performing solar solutions, SMA America said it has launched its new Power+ Solution, which combines its Sunny Boy U.S. inverter with the TS4-R module

SolarBOS introduces fused solar AC combiners and recombiners

SolarBOS,  solar balance of System product developer and manufacturer for the Solar Energy Industry, introduces its AC combiners and recombiners. SolarBOS says its AC combiners and recombiners have been designed specifically for PV systems to allow installers to combine multiple string inverter AC outputs more effectively than when using breaker panels. Key highlights of the

HellermannTyton offers heavy-duty adhesive cable mounts

HellermannTyton offers a new line of extreme-duty adhesive mounts designed to attach cable and wire bundles with extraordinary adhesion even on difficult surfaces. The mounts accept most cable ties, and are made of a proprietary PA66 blend to resist impact, heat and UV exposure. “During our field research in heavy equipment and auto manufacturing facilities,

Wunder Capital makes financing available to solar projects up to $1.5 M

Following the launch of its Term Loan product last spring, Wunder Capital is expanding its scope of project types that are eligible for financing. Wunder, a financier in the small to mid-sized commercial solar market, now services loan requests up to $1.5 million (previously capped at $1 million) and offers debt capital to third-party owned systems.

Ginlong offers solar inverter NABCEP webinar trainings

Ginlong is offering NABCEP certified training programs nationwide. Local solar installers may learn about the Ginlong and Solis products through in various formats, webinars, partner training programs and roadshows. Ginlong webinars are hosted every Friday. Some upcoming webinars include: UL-certified Solis rapid shutdown device and SnapNRack mounting system solution: Feb. 24 4G New Product Release – Solis Single