May 2017 issue: The buzz around pollinator friendly solar plants+ more

  How do we get Bill Nye to shut up about climate change? One of my childhood heroes, Bill Nye the Science Guy, is back with a new show on Netflix. If you haven’t seen it, at least watch the first episode—it applies to your day job. Oh, how I used to light up when

SunPower offers solar distributed generation pilot program in Michigan

In a state expected to grow its solar installations by more than 500% this year, Consumers Energy and SunPower are collaborating to offer a full-service home solar solution to 100 Michiganders from 32 counties statewide. As part of the Solar Distributed Generation (DG) Pilot Program, SunPower will provide participating homeowners interested in solar with a

J.D. Power study shows participation in utility renewable programs remains low

Special programs offered by electric utilities—such as rebates on high-efficiency lightbulbs—drive significant increases in utility customer satisfaction, according to the J.D. Power 2017 Utility Products and Services Study. However, awareness and participation rates for many of these programs remain stubbornly low. “The nation’s electric utilities are sitting on a treasure trove of customer goodwill in

Forward Labs says its solar roof costs 33% less than Tesla’s

Forward Labs, a Palo Alto–based start-up, has begun taking pre-orders for the company’s sophisticated—and affordable—solar roofing system in the San Francisco Bay Area. The advanced roofing system includes several features that differentiate it from conventional solar systems and other solar roofs. For example, while the current color scheme of other solar roofs is black, the

Hannah Solar Government Services selected to build solar array for NASA

Hannah Solar Government Services (HSGS) was select by Madison Electric to install a roof mounted solar energy system for NASA on a new building being constructed at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Over the years, NASA has made an effort to replace and revitalize many of the pre-Apollo era facilities at Marshall

kWh Analytics presents on opportunities to improve solar data using DOE’s Orange Button

At a Stanford University solar conference focused on bringing together universities, industry, and the U.S. government, kWh Analytics Data Scientist Adam Shinn introduced upcoming industry-wide advances made possible through cross-sector collaborations. “One of the biggest challenges facing our industry right now is the soft cost of solar,” said Shinn, pointing to a graph from the

Sunworks opens new office in Tulare, California

Sunworks will host a grand opening of its new office in Tulare, California. The event will take place on June 6, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. PDT, at 3262 South K Street. The Tulare Chamber of Commerce will also participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony. The Tulare facility will support agricultural efforts within the heart of

iDemand Energy Storage offers charge controller that doesn’t require a second inverter, saving time and money

iDemand Energy Storage (iDES3) has developed a single conversion charge controller that will shorten the time needed for electrical current to travel from solar panels to storage batteries, and in so doing, save energy. “Currently there is no product out there that can take voltage coming in and convert it efficiently to low voltage, high

Baker Electric offers Tesla Powerwall, LG Chem, Sonnen and Enphase home batteries

Baker Electric Solar, an industry-leading Southern California solar provider has furthered its commitment to becoming the area’s premier resource for the finest integrated energy solutions. By offering the best in both solar and energy storage, Baker is providing homeowners with expanded capabilities for smart energy production, management and control. The goal is to give homeowners

Powin Energy provides 26-MWh energy storage system for San Diego Gas & Electric

Powin Energy Corporation, provider of fully integrated energy storage solutions for utilities, C&I, and microgrid applications, has signed a contract with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) for a 6.5 MW/26 MWh battery energy storage system project. If approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the project will be located in an historic orange