Solar Manufacturing Boomed in Q4 – and Biz May Be Busy with Installations in 2018

Solar Manufacturing Boomed in Q4 – and Biz May Be Busy with Installations in 2018

Just how fast is solar growing? A look at solar PV manufacturing in 2017 – as well as at announcements of expansion plans in the fourth quarter – may indicate a coming boom, in spite of tariffs. And though residential solar tightened by about 16%, commercial solar soared.

Microsoft Signs Deal for Power From Singapore’s Largest Solar Project

Microsoft Signs Deal for Power From Singapore’s Largest Solar Project

Microsoft signed a deal to purchase 100% of the output from a new 60-MW solar project in Singapore for its data centers. The agreement with Sunseap Group will draw from the country’s largest rooftop solar project, and it marks Microsoft’s first renewable energy deal in … Read more…

Northeast Automatic Sprinkler Co. Installs Rooftop Solar To Power Massachusetts Facilities

Northeast Automatic Sprinkler Co. Installs Rooftop Solar To Power Massachusetts Facilities

Northeast Automatic Sprinkler, a fire suppression systems company serving Boston and the eastern part of the state, now has a 65-kW rooftop solar array at its headquarters in Kingston, Massachusetts. The project was completed with the commercial-scale solar systems installer Solect Energy. The partners say … Read more…

Austin’s New Sports Stadium Will Be Solar-Powered

Austin’s New Sports Stadium Will Be Solar-Powered

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) revealed plans for a sports stadium and entertainment center in Austin, Texas, that the architectural firm says will have rooftop photovoltaic panels. Called East Austin District, the 1.3 million-square-foot project includes a 40,000-seat stadium next to a 15,000-seat multi-purpose arena. BIG is … Read more…

US K-12 Schools Turn To Solar for Bigger Savings

US K-12 Schools Turn To Solar for Bigger Savings

A new study shows that the number of K-12 schools in the United States powered by solar has been increasing over the past three years — and leading to bigger savings. “Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in US Schools” from the Solar Energy Industries … Read more…

Home Depot Taps GE’s Current and Tesla for Rooftop Solar

Home Depot Taps GE’s Current and Tesla for Rooftop Solar

Home Depot plans to convert 50 store rooftops nationwide into mini solar farms, the company announced on Thursday. The installations will go on unused rooftops and slash electricity demand in each of those stores by approximately 30% to 35% annually. To get the job done, … Read more…

Panasonic Tests Solar+Storage Using Younicos Li-ion Battery at Denver’s Peña Station NEXT

Panasonic Tests Solar+Storage Using Younicos Li-ion Battery at Denver’s Peña Station NEXT

Younicos announced on April 18 that it had commissioned a commercial 1-MW/2-MWh lithium-ion battery system in Denver that will serve as a key part of a futuristic solar-plus-storage microgrid – and a smart neighborhood – being tested by Japanese electronics giant Panasonic.

Kentucky Coal Mining Museum to Save $10K/Year with Solar Power

Kentucky Coal Mining Museum to Save $10K/Year with Solar Power

A custodian of the coal industry’s heritage in the eastern United States has been forced by economic woes to switch to solar-powered energy. The Kentucky Coal Mining Museum in Benham told the local CBS-TV affiliate, WYMT-TV, on April 6 that it could save as much as $10,000 annually by changing to rooftop solar.

Bill That Would Increase Expenses for Solar Owner-Generators Passes Missouri House

Bill That Would Increase Expenses for Solar Owner-Generators Passes Missouri House

The Missouri House voted 102-51 on April 3 to approve House Bill No. 340, which has now gone to the state Senate for consideration. In passing the bill, the House supported the utility rationale that owner-generators pass on their fair share of grid upkeep expenses to “regular” ratepayers.

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