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How to get a solar job

By Alissa Jean Schafer, solar communications and policy manager at the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE)  “How can I get a solar job?” As I speak with groups and community members throughout our region about clean energy, this is by far one of the most frequently asked questions I hear, and for good reason!

GRID Alternatives offers multifamily affordable solar program in Connecticut

GRID Alternatives, America’s largest nonprofit solar installer, announced expansion of its multifamily affordable solar program into the Connecticut market. The program helps affordable housing owners and operators reduce energy costs with solar, providing no-cost technical assistance, as well as turnkey solar design and installation services. The expansion was announced today at a live solar installation

Trimark Associates upgrades California gateway systems to work with the new security certificates

Recent changes to the California ISO (CAISO) SSL security certification program used by Remote Intelligent Gateways (RIGs) required updates to aging hardware and software that many electric power resources use for real-time communications with the ISO. As a result, 29 electric power resources, with 4,897 MW of generation capacity, selected Trimark Associates to upgrade their

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

Maine lawmakers push for solar policy modernization

Maine’s solar advocates want to bring the state up to speed with other New England solar-friendly states. The first step toward solar growth in the state was a bill sponsored by Senator David Woodsome (R). The so-called “Act To Modernize Maine’s Solar Power Policy and Encourage Economic Development” bill was discussed at a public hearing

SolPad takes steps to reduce size and weight in its solar inverter and storage solution

SolPad is using GaN Systems’ gallium nitride (GaN) transistors in its FlexGrid inverters to increase power efficiency and reduce size and weight. Using an intelligent design capable of compensating for diverse power environments, the FlexGrid inverter is seamlessly integrated into two devices, SolPad Home and SolPad Mobile, creating a new category of “smart energy” products.

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

PG&E calls for renewable energy project proposals

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced a call for proposals for renewable energy developers to build new projects for a clean energy program available to PG&E customers. The sites are for PG&E’s Regional Renewable Choice program that will expand renewable energy access by enabling customers to work directly with developers of new renewable