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.

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.

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.

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