Key considerations for utility projects making the ITC cut-off

The looming step down of the solar federal investment tax credit (ITC) from 30% to 10% for larger projects at the end of 2016 is consuming the solar industry. There isn’t some cataclysmic shift that will happen in 2017; it’s happening now. If projects aren’t lined up with a builder by the end of 2015,

Conergy wins 60MWp of solar projects in Brazil auctions

Conergy, one of the largest downstream solar companies operating globally, announces it has won 60 MWp of solar projects in Brazil’s national auction. “Brazil’s auction was one of the most competitive in the world,” said Eduardo Abreu, Conergy’s General Manager in Brazil. “Of bids totaling 11,200MWp, only 833 MWp were approved, making Conergy’s projects among

UGE International and Alpha Energy to collaborate on microgrid projects

UGE International, a leader in distributed renewable energy solutions for businesses, and Alpha Energy, an engineering procurement and construction firm, have entered into an agreement to work jointly on the development, installation, maintenance and financing of distributed generation projects. The collaboration will put forth a unique vertically integrated team, with the ability to efficiently approach

SunKing installs Fronius Primo solar inverters in Hawaii

Solar saves. That is what the Lopez family has found out with their 10-kW photovoltaic system investment in solar this past year. They certainly had concern with the unique shape of their roof, but fortunately the design flexibility of the Fronius Primo allowed for them to have the system they truly wanted. Sun King in

Clenergy sponsors Japan Kogakuin solar racing team

Clenergy is proud to announce its sponsorship of Japan Kogakuin University’s solar racing team in the 2015 World Solar Challenge, a biennial world solar vehicle race. Kogakuin University is one of Japan’s premier solar racing teams. First established in 2009, the team won in 2012 and 2014 the World Green Challenge, a solar vehicle racing

SolyMoly launches online shopping for solar energy

SolyMoly, a one-stop shop for the solar curious, announced its nationwide deployment. SolyMoly is designed to guide homeowners through the often-confusing process of making the switch to solar energy. Unlike competing services, which automatically map the entire surface area of a roof, SolyMoly is fully customizable, allowing homeowners to specify which area of the rooftop

What is the best type of battery for solar storage?

Batteries in solar applications have to meet the demands of unstable grid energy, heavy cycling (charging and discharging) and irregular full recharging. There’s a variety of battery types fitted for these unique requirements. Considerations for choosing a battery include cost, cycle life and installation and maintenance. Here’s a look at these aspects of each technology,

Solar Speaks: How a nonprofit and solar music videos are changing the world

We spoke with Teri Carter, a consultant for global sustainable solutions and community development. She discussed how USOL Energy is making solar panels in Mexico for Mexico, how her non-profit Power of Green L.A. is training and retraining the solar industry, and how she’s making solar fun and attracting youth by merging it with entertainment.

SolarReserve to develop solar and storage project in Chile

SolarReserve has received environmental approval from the Chilean government to develop one of the world’s largest solar projects with energy storage. Utilizing SolarReserve’s proprietary solar thermal energy storage technology, the Copiapó Solar Project, scheduled to reach commercial operation in 2019, will deliver 260 megawatts (MW) of reliable, clean, non-intermittent baseload power 24 hours a day to

New England’s largest solar carport completed at Bristol Community College

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and leaders from Bristol Community College (BCC) and its partners unveiled New England’s largest solar parking canopy to date, a 3.2-MW solar array covering 800 parking spaces on five acres of the College’s Fall River Campus. Built in partnership with the nonprofit energy-buying consortium PowerOptions and its solar partner SunEdison, the