Corporate Managers Are Buying Into Solar Energy

Corporate Managers Are Buying Into Solar Energy

Target, Walmart and Apple are among the major retailers moving the solar market. They see the benefit of burnishing their brands by becoming clean energy advocates while they also increase operational savings.

US Photovoltaics: Strong in Residential, Struggling Elsewhere

US Photovoltaics: Strong in Residential, Struggling Elsewhere

The solar industry in the United States surpassed 20 GW of operational solar photovoltaic capacity during the second quarter of 2015, according to the quarterly report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association. The report says that 1,393 megawatts of photovoltaics were added … Read more…

New York Solar Installations Soar 300%

New York Solar Installations Soar 300%

New York State has installed a total of 314.48 MW of solar electricity as of December 2014, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced. This represents an increase of more than 300 percent since 2011 — twice the rate of US solar growth overall. Solar capacity … Read more…

Solar-Friendly Rate for Commercial Customers Adopted in California

Solar-Friendly Rate for Commercial Customers Adopted in California

The California Public Utilities Commission approved Thursday a solar-friendly rate for medium and large commercial and industrial customers in the Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Southern California Edison’s service territories. As part of the decision, the CPUC approved the Option R rate, which was proposed … Read more…

Solar Heating and Cooling Could Save $61B in Energy Costs

Solar Heating and Cooling Could Save $61B in Energy Costs

America could save more than $61 billion in future energy costs and create 50,250 new jobs by expanding the use of innovative and cost-effective solar heating and cooling systems across the nation, according to research BEAM Engineering conducted on behalf of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Solar Heating … Read more…

World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant 84% Complete

World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant 84% Complete

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is more than 84 percent complete and has reached a milestone with more than 1,000 heliostats focused onto the Ivanpah Unit 1 solar receiver, creating the “first flux,” according BrightSource Energy, the technology provider for the project.

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Walmart Expands Solar Installations in Hawaii

Walmart Expands Solar Installations in Hawaii

Walmart and SunEdison have completed new solar power installations at three Walmart stores in Kahului, Kailua-Kona and Kapolei, doubling the retailer’s number of stores in Hawaii powered by solar energy.

During the first full year of production, the 311 kW solar power rooftop system on each store will produce more than 400,000 kWh of solar electricity. Each rooftop system will eliminate 320 metric tons of CO2e annually.

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More than 6.4 GW Solar Electric Capacity Installed in US

More than 6.4 GW Solar Electric Capacity Installed in US

The US solar photovoltaics market installed 684 MW in the third quarter of 2012, representing 44 percent growth over the same period last year, according to a report by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

US Solar Market Insight: Third Quarter 2012 says this quarter marked the third largest on record for the US PV industry and raised the total installed capacity through the first three quarters of the year to 1,992 MW — already surpassing 2011’s annual total of 1,885 MW.

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NJ Program Gives Business a Break on Energy-Efficiency Projects

NJ Program Gives Business a Break on Energy-Efficiency Projects

A new program in New Jersey will allow large commercial and industrial facilities to offset surcharges on their gas and electric bills to pay for energy-efficiency projects, NJ Spotlight reports. The program gives some commercial users a credit against their Societal Benefits Charge (SBC) to … Read more…

Panasonic to Install PVs Atop 12 Macerich Shopping Malls

Panasonic to Install PVs Atop 12 Macerich Shopping Malls

Panasonic Eco Solutions North America and Macerich have partnered to begin the first phase of a multi-property retail real estate solar power program. Over the next 12 months, Panasonic will install solar systems expected to yield 10.2 to 12 MW of energy at 12 Macerich … Read more…

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