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Gov. Hickenlooper joins Colorado energy office and GRID Alternatives

Gov. John Hickenlooper joins the Colorado Energy Office, GRID Alternatives and Fort Collins Utilities to recognize the development of a community solar array that will lower the electric bills of qualified low-income residents in the municipal utility’s service territory. The project is the fifth of its kind in a statewide initiative designed to demonstrate how

NextEra Energy Resources celebrates commissioning of 10-MW solar array in Colorado

Officials from Colorado Springs Utilities and NextEra Energy Resources joined local community leaders to celebrate the commissioning of the Clear Spring Ranch Solar Array south of Colorado Springs. “This project helps Colorado Springs Utilities meet its renewable energy commitments and diversify its energy production portfolio, while enjoying the economic advantages of solar power,” said Matt

Energy Department invests $21 Million in 17 projects to speed solar adoption

  The Energy Department today announced $21.4 million in funding for 17 new projects to help reduce the “soft costs” commonly found with solar energy, such as installation, permitting, and connecting to the grid. As more U.S. consumers turn toward renewable energy each year, nine of the awards will focus on how the solar industry

Ideal Power offers double-sided power semiconductor devices to increase solar inverter efficiency

Ideal Power Inc., a developer of innovative power conversion technologies, is announcing today that its semiconductor foundry partner has successfully completed the fabrication of prototypes of Ideal Power’s Bi-Directional Bi-Polar Junction TRANsistor (B-TRAN™). Ideal Power holds over 20 patents on the B-TRAN™ including patents on the unique double handle wafer process that was used to

Strata Solar selects Huawei FusionSolar for its string inverter needs

Leading solar PV inverter company Huawei is delighted to announce that developer and EPC firm, Strata Solar, has selected Huawei string inverters for use in several of its utility-scale power plant projects in the United States. Huawei became the leading inverter supplier for PV power plants worldwide in 2015, according to industry research firms IHS and GTM. Based

Radiance Solar selected to design and build cutting-edge solar facility in Athens, Georgia

Radiance Solar announces the completion of a grid-tied, state-of-the-art 1.25-megawatt (dc) solar research project designed for studying solar panel performance. The installation is located on a 10-acre site leased to project owner Georgia Power by the University of Georgia. The renewable energy credits resulting from operation of the facility will be owned by the University

How innovation will influence solar tracker technology

By Patrick Keelin, director of product management, SunLink Every solar project presents an opportunity to solve challenges, mitigate risk and improve performance by choosing the right technology for the job. Though many in the industry argue in favor of one universally “best” solution for modules, inverters and mounting systems, the optimal technology often depends on project-specific

Secure Futures finishes Virginia’s largest solar PV array for public school system

Secure Futures LLC, a Staunton-based solar development company, and the Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) co-hosted a dedication ceremony at Monticello High School for the largest installed solar photovoltaic array on a public school system in the Commonwealth of Virginia, totaling 1.1 MW on six Albemarle schools. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe keynoted the event, highlighting

sonnen provides resiliency for new affordable zero energy housing development in rural Vermont

Sonnen celebrates a milestone today at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the McKnight Lane Affordable Housing Development in Waltham, Vermont, the first net-zero, low-income rental housing development in the country. The project is led by the Addison County Community Trust and Cathedral Square, and it represents the efforts of a unique coalition of stakeholders from

New report names Target the top corporate solar installer in the U.S.

Target has grabbed the top spot among American businesses that are going solar. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) revealed Target’s ascension to the top of the list in its 2016 Solar Means Business report, issued today, which found that more American businesses are installing solar than ever before. Adding more solar this year than