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PCI Solar completes rooftop project in Texas

PCI Solar has completed a solar array atop the City of Georgetown’s new Westside Service Center. PCI won the Texas project through a competitive bid process released by the city in late 2016. This project is the first of many planned solar projects for Georgetown’s publicly owned buildings, bringing the city closer to their goal

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

200-MW solar tracking project finished in sandy California desert

Array Technologies recently celebrated the commencement of commercial operation at the Garland Solar Facility in Kern County, California. ATI’s solar trackers were selected for the 200-MW solar plant located on 2,000 acres of desert, where robust trackers that can withstand extreme conditions are particularly important. Signal Energy provided turnkey engineering, procurement and construction services for

AES Distributed Energy commissions largest solar project to date in Georgia

AES Distributed Energy (AES DE), a subsidiary of The AES Corporation (AES), announced the commissioning of its largest solar project to-date. The Rincon solar array is a 16-MW solar project owned and operated by AES DE. Interconnected to Georgia Power Company’s transmission grid, the solar array will produce an average of 32,000 MWh annually, powering

$130 million commitment from Route 66 Ventures provides Sunlight Financial with more solar financing options

Sunlight Financial, a leading provider of loans for residential solar systems, announced a new partnership with Route 66 Ventures, a private investment firm that makes credit and equity investments in high-growth companies in the financial services sector. Route 66 has committed $130 million to Sunlight. This investment will allow Sunlight to introduce new financing products,

Affordable Solar contracted for Facebook Data Center solar project

Affordable Solar, a solar power solution provider in New Mexico, announced the company has been selected to build a 30-MW photovoltaic project for the Facebook Data Center in Los Lunas, New Mexico. PNM has awarded Affordable Solar the $37 million contract for engineering, procurement, and construction of the 30-MW solar generation project. Construction on the first of

Swinerton selects SunLink ground-mounts for 165-MW solar portfolio for Dept. of Defense

SunLink Corporation was selected by Swinerton Renewable Energy (SRE) to supply its GeoPro fixed tilt solution in connection with a 165-MW portfolio of solar ground-mount projects located in the panhandle of Florida. Coronal Energy, powered by Panasonic, is constructing the three projects on Department of Defense property as part of the Gulf Coast Solar Center

California wants to get all its electricity from renewables by 2045

California, ever the progressive state, has introduced a new Senate bill to increase its renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 100% by 2045. Sen. Kevin de Leon (D) introduced SB 584 last week. At the 2017 Solar Mounting Training Conference in Anaheim earlier this month, keynote Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of CALSEIA, told the audience that California