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Enphase Energy and North State Solar bring 500-kW solar array to California Buddhist center

Enphase Energy and North State Solar, a Northern California-based general contractor,  announced their latest collaboration, a 500-kW solar photovoltaic system for the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas (CTTB), the main center for the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association. The two companies will unveil the array as part of a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the CTTB on Saturday,

SMA offers new central inverter for utility solar

SMA is now taking orders for its newest central inverter, which not only is ideal for 1,500 VDC applications but also is UL certified to the new UL 62109 standard. The Sunny Central 2500-EV-US provides 2,500 kVA at 1,500 VDC, allowing developers, owners and EPCs to benefit from cost reductions due to balance-of-system savings. With

US Solar Institute now accepting students for Fall 2016 classes

The US Solar Institute (USSI), located just east of Interstate 95 in Southern Florida, has released its Fall 2016 schedule of classes. One of the top solar education programs in the United States, USSI has been one of the only schools to offer advanced solar training in hands-on and virtual formats since 2008. USSI offers a

Berkeley Lab finds utility solar prices fell last year

Solar energy system pricing is at an all-time low, according to the latest editions of two recurring “state of the market” reports released today by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). All segments say price drops, with the largest price drop in the utility solar sector. Within the market for distributed

RES has started construction on 131-MW project with ATI solar trackers

A big solar power plant is coming to the big state, in Dawson County, Texas. Market leader in development, engineering, and construction Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES), has partnered with Array Technologies, Inc. (ATI), the global industry leader in solar tracking technology, to supply the project with high reliability trackers that will boost performance

REC’s TwinPeak Series solar module now has 72-cell version

REC has begun mass production of the new REC TwinPeak 72 Series solar panel. With nominal power of up to 340 watt peak (Wp), the REC TwinPeak 72 Series is bigger in size, delivers even higher power output per m2, and is ideally suited for commercial, industrial, and large-scale applications worldwide. Based on the REC

U.S. installed price of solar fell by 12% in 2015

Solar energy system pricing is at an all-time low, according to the latest editions of two recurring “state of the market” reports released by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Within the market for distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, installed prices in 2015 declined by $0.20-per-watt (W) or 5% year-over-year for

Developers integrate Mounting Systems’ Sigma I Steel ground mount into 1-MW project

After installers drove the last pile and mounted the last panel, Consumers Energy can finally celebrate the completion of a 1 MW solar project on the grounds of Western Michigan University’s (WMU) College of Engineering and Applied Sciences campus in Kalamazoo, MI. This photovoltaic development is part of Consumers Energy’s community Solar Garden program to harvest clean solar

IKEA to install Washington’s largest rooftop solar array at relocated Seattle-area store

IKEA announced plans to install solar panels atop the relocated Seattle-area store under construction in Renton, Washington. Installation will begin this fall, with completion expected in winter for the largest rooftop solar array in the State of Washington. The store’s 244,504-square-foot solar array will consist of a 1.18-MW system, built with 3,420 panels, and will

Conergy announces financial close in Australian utility solar and storage project

Conergy, one of the world’s largest downstream solar companies, will commence construction this month on the first and largest utility-scale solar PV + battery storage project in Asia Pacific. The AU$42.5 million Lakeland Solar and Storage (LSS) project located near Lakeland in North Queensland, Australia will consist of a 13MW solar array (featuring 41,440 solar