4.6-MW SunPower project to meet 85% of California school district’s energy needs

This spring, Cajon Valley Union School District (CVUSD) and SunPower Corp. will begin construction of SunPower Helix solar systems at 24 school sites in the El Cajon region of San Diego County, California. The solar installations totaling 4.6 MW will primarily include carports, as well as a few rooftop systems, and should be operational by

Giving electric vehicle batteries a second life in solar projects

UL and the University of California San Diego are working to bring repurposed EV batteries into the solar market faster. Electric vehicles and solar are often categorized under the umbrella of green technology, but what exactly is their relationship? Should the solar industry pay attention to what’s happening with EVs? Panelists in an educational session

Maryland works to establish a three-year community solar pilot program

The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) approved final rules to establish a three-year community solar pilot program. Utilities now have 15 days to file revised copies of their community solar tariffs for PSC review, and PSC staff must finalize the program’s timeline for commencement. According to energy supplier CleanChoice, the program will jumpstart Maryland’s community

Red Wing Shoe Company subscribes to community solar with NRG

In a recent blog post, NRG announced that Red Wing Shoe Company has signed solar subscription agreements for two NRG community solar farms in Minnesota’s Olmstead and Dodge counties. NRG is building the farms under the Xcel Energy Solar Rewards Community Program established in Minnesota, through the same law that requires that Xcel source 1.5%

Hannah Solar and Swinerton complete projects with SMA inverters

In recent blog posts. SMA shared updates on recent projects from Hannah Solar and Swinerton Renewable Energy. The project used its inverters. Springbok 2 solar farms with Swinerton in California Swinerton Renewable Energy has finished the 155-MW Springbok 2 Solar Farm, which was recently commissioned, in Kern County, north of Los Angeles, California. The project

Solar floats in the sunshine state

Florida’s biggest floating PV system has been completed in Orlando. The array uses 100 Ciel & Terre’s Hydrelio solar panels, made in the U.S. The company worked with D3 Energy and the Orlando Utilities Commission to build the 31.5-kWp floating array in the storm water storage reservoir located at the comission’s Gardenia facility. The array will

Bombard Renewable Energy wins APsystems commercial solar project of the year

When the state of Nevada established a pilot program to bring solar power to marginalized communities, Bombard Renewable Energy delivered. The Las Vegas based Solar PV contractor completed a string of projects for prominent area nonprofit agencies, putting the power of solar to work for citizens and agencies not often served by renewable PV resources.

Standard Solar installs multi-building solar system featuring QuadPod Solar Canopies

Standard Solar announces the completion of a 708-kW solar project for Montgomery County, Maryland-based commercial real estate developer DANAC. The project, featuring a parking garage solar canopy, a solar carport and a rooftop system, was completed in late 2016 and was recently named a finalist for a 2016 Wintergreen Award for Excellence in Green Building. “Putting sustainability

SEPA partners with AEE, RMI for online resource on distributed energy resources

In an effort to provide a common foundation of terminology and knowledge on the energy transition now underway in the United States, three energy industry nonprofits have, for the first time, partnered on a new, online resource guide of key articles, reports and other materials on distributed energy resources (DERs). Co-authored by the Smart Electric

IREC releases new guidelines for shared renewable programs

The national market for shared renewable energy programs has grown significantly since the launch of IREC’s Model Rules for Shared Renewable Energy Programs in 2009 and the update of those rules in mid-2013. Today, there is increasing interest in shared renewables, along with many more mandatory statewide and voluntary utility programs. This week, the Interstate