IKEA Completes 1.21-MW Rooftop Solar Array at Columbus Store

IKEA Completes 1.21-MW Rooftop Solar Array at Columbus Store

Swedish home furnishings giant IKEA announced on March 28 that a 1.21-MW solar array, built with 3,546 panels, has been completed atop its future Columbus store, which will open this coming summer. The retailer claims that the system will be among the largest solar rooftops in Ohio, just as is the Cincinnati-area one.

UMass Dedicates On-Site Net-Zero Building, Even As Remote 4-MW Solar Roof Goes Live

UMass Dedicates On-Site Net-Zero Building, Even As Remote 4-MW Solar Roof Goes Live

This week the University of Massachusetts – a public system that enrolls about 73,000 students – earned some new credentials in environmental sustainability. The university dedicated a net-zero facility at its flagship campus in Amherst on March 22 and; the next day, began receiving power at its Boston campus from a remote, 3.9-MW solar array that has been pegged as the largest operational rooftop installation statewide.

Solar Facility to Save Massachusetts City $2.6M Over 20 Years

Solar Facility to Save Massachusetts City $2.6M Over 20 Years

Pittsfield, Massachusetts – the largest city and county seat of Berkshire County – flipped the switch on March 24 on a municipal solar power generation facility, a 2.91-MW ground-mounted array installed at a former landfill site.

On Hawaii’s Big Island, Developer Breaks Ground on Off-Grid Solar Community

On Hawaii’s Big Island, Developer Breaks Ground on Off-Grid Solar Community

Hawaii-based developer Brian Anderson is planning a 410-home development along the Big Island’s “Gold Coast” that would become the first off-grid community of this magnitude, he told Pacific Business News on March 13.

NY PSC Adopts Landmark Orders to Value Distributed Energy, Test Energy Storage

On March 9, the New York State Public Service Commission approved a new pricing structure (Cases 15-E-0751, 15-E-0082) for distributed energy resources, designed to promote community solar projects statewide and to gradually phase out net energy metering. The commission also directed the state’s investor-owned utilities to deploy at least two energy storage projects by the end of 2018.

As a result of the order, rooftop solar may decline after 2020 and community solar has been fostered.

Buncombe County, NC, Votes to Supplant Scrap Heap with Solar Farm, Deploy LED Lights in Schools

Buncombe County, NC, Votes to Supplant Scrap Heap with Solar Farm, Deploy LED Lights in Schools

In North Carolina, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners has “seen the light” on sustainability – voting unanimously on March 7 to swap out 47,000 light fixtures in its school district with LED bulbs, to construct a 5-MW solar farm on 25 acres of local brownfield land, and to create a full-time staff position In to oversee local environmental efforts, according to a report by the nonprofit news service Carolina Public Press.

Lithium-ion Dominates Stationary Storage—But Competition is Coming

Lithium-ion Dominates Stationary Storage—But Competition is Coming

Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries will continue to dominate the stationary energy storage sector, according to Lux Research. The dominance is not total, however. Lux found that a new approach, current generation flow battery technology, “has an economic case for certain very large and long-duration applications.” The … Read more…

Amazon to Deploy 41 MW of Solar on Its Rooftops Nationwide

Amazon to Deploy 41 MW of Solar on Its Rooftops Nationwide

Amazon plans to deploy of large-scale solar systems on the rooftops of more 15 fulfillment and sortation centers – representing 41 MW of generation – nationwide this year, the Seattle-based company announced on March 2.

National Wind Technology Center Awards Energy Storage Test to RES

National Wind Technology Center Awards Energy Storage Test to RES

The National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) awarded a 1-MW/1-MWh energy storage test project to Renewable Energy Systems, the UK-based firm with offices in Broomfield, Colorado, announced on February 22.

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