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SunPower installs 3.6 MW of solar across 16 Oakland schools

Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) in California reported that SunPower solar power systems at 16 schools are expected to significantly reduce the district’s annual electricity costs over the next 25 years or more. Additionally, SunPower is bringing the math and science behind the solar technology into the classroom in the form of curriculum that helps prepare

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SolarCity creates fund to finance $750M in residential solar with Google

SolarCity has created a fund expected to finance $750 million in residential solar projects [1] with an investment from Google. The new fund will cover the upfront cost of solar panel installations for thousands of homeowners in 14 states and the District of Columbia, and make it possible for them to pay less for solar

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Swinerton completes 6-MW project with NEXTracker single-axis technology

Swinerton Renewable Energy, a leading engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company based in San Diego, California, has completed a 6-MW solar power plant using NEXTracker technology.  The solar power system, located in Lancaster, California, will supply 12 million kilowatt hours of clean electricity annually through a long term power purchase agreement. “This is our second

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Standard Solar installs rooftop system for D.C. school district

Washington D.C.’s Parkside Campus of Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy is now host to an interactive learning solar power system. Completed at the end of last year, the 170-kilowatt rooftop system will provide nearly 12 percent of the school’s annual electricity use while providing hands-on learning for students, staff and visitors. Standard Solar

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Array Technologies secures supply agreement for 104-MW project in Utah

Nationally recognized engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm Swinerton Renewable Energy has contracted with Albuquerque-based Array Technologies, Inc. (ATI) to procure 104 MW of its DuraTrack HZ single-axis tracking system for the 630-acre Utah Red Hills Renewable Park. Scatec Solar, the project’s developer and a long-term owner, hired Swinerton Renewable Energy to construct the plant

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Sunpreme installs 2.6 MW of frameless solar panels in Vermont

Essex Capital Partners, a Massachusetts-based developer of utility scale solar projects, and Sunpreme Inc., a U.S.-based solar photovoltaic company that designs and manufactures its own cells and panels, are pleased to announce the completion of 90-day post commissioning of the 2.6-MW ground-mount solar system developed by Essex Capital (through its subsidiary, Barton Solar), located in

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North Carolina ranks fourth in the U.S. for installed capacity

A new report from Duke University, The Solar Economy: Widespread Benefits for North Carolina, found that public policies such as North Carolina’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard and Investment Tax Credit have made North Carolina first in the south and fourth in the nation for installed solar investment, creating jobs and boosting the economy across the

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Lockheed Martin installs solar on Florida training facility

Lockheed Martin contracted Advanced Roofing and Advanced Green Technologies to design and build a massive 2.25 megawatt solar carport at the global security and aerospace company’s Mission Systems and Training facility in Clearwater, Florida. The project will be the largest private, non-utility owned solar array in Florida and is expected to produce 3.33 million kilowatt

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Ampt shares trends for higher voltages and optimizers in 2015

From system voltages to string optimizers, Managing Editor Kathie Zipp spoke with Mark Kanjorski of Ampt to get his insight into trends for 2015. Here are some highlights. Trend 1: Moving toward 1,500V “Companies are looking for ways to reduce the levelized cost of energy (LCOE), which essentially compares the expected lifetime costs of a

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Massachusetts manufacturer installs 135.5 kW solar with Solect

Swissturn/USA, a manufacturer of fine-precision metal and plastic components, has installed a 135.5 kilowatt (kW) solar energy system on the roof of its Oxford facility in partnership with Solect Energy Development, a Solar Power World Top 400 Contractor. The system is expected to cover up to 30 percent of the company’s electricity costs, saving Swissturn