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EU raises emissions reduction ambition following renewables progress
18 Sep 2020 at 4:15pm
New financing mechanism introduced to boost state partnerships on green energy projects



‘Victory for grid reliability’ as FERC order opens US wholesale markets to distributed energy
18 Sep 2020 at 12:20pm
Multiple DERs will be able to aggregate to satisfy minimum size and performance requirements



Trina Solar’s Vertex series bags TUV Rheinland certifications
18 Sep 2020 at 12:18pm
New awards, given just six months after IEC performance and safety certificates, described as “major breakthrough”



Soltec’s SF8 single-axis tracker system is designed for new large-area solar panel era
18 Sep 2020 at 12:09pm
The tracker system is specially designed for larger 72 and 78-cell solar modules including bifacial products



Ignitis Group acquires 170MW Polish solar portfolio
17 Sep 2020 at 4:52pm
Deal represents ‘largest solar park transaction in Central Europe this year’



Hawaiian Electric backs new solar-storage projects to ‘significantly advance’ energy transformation
17 Sep 2020 at 1:16pm
Eight contracts submitted for review represent nearly 300MW of new renewable generation



US ROUND-UP: Duke unveils ‘next generation net metering’, Maxeon bolsters leadership team
17 Sep 2020 at 1:13pm
A round-up of the latest news from the US solar market featuring news from Duke Energy, Maxeon Solar Technologies and 8minute



Greece’s PPC Renewables seeks collaborations to fast-track 2.3GW solar buildout
17 Sep 2020 at 11:15am
Company wants to work with major solar industry players to realise multi-gigawatt ambition



Expert view on key PV panel reliability and performance testing trends in the new era large-area products
16 Sep 2020 at 8:11pm
The rapid transition in the upstream manufacturing solar sector to significantly larger p-type and n-type monocrystalline wafers, cells and modules may be hailed as a new era for the industry in higher module performance and a leap in reducing PV power plants LCOE (Levelized Cost of Electricity) in a rapidly changing downstream market that becomes subsidy free, bidding orientated and targeting grid parity and beyond. But issues such as reliability lurk just below the surface.



Redirect public funds from failed infrastructure projects to cost-competitive renewables: Fitch
16 Sep 2020 at 2:26pm
Analysis reveals solar PV is fastest-growing electricity generation sector



BP backs bifaciality, merchant revenue strategies to boost solar out to 2030
16 Sep 2020 at 12:00pm
Oil and gas major unveils solar ambitions during net zero strategy reveal, with 16GW solar pipeline now in place



Suntech opens 1GW integrated cell and module assembly plant in Indonesia for US market
16 Sep 2020 at 11:34am
Initially, the plant becomes operational with 500MW of combined capacity.




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An Educated Consumer Chooses Solar Energy

New Jersey Solar Panel Installation Costs 2019
19 Sep 2019 at 4:54pm
by Staff Writer
When you start researching costs, it gets overwhelming very quickly. Costs vary from company to company, and when you start throwing in incentives, rebates, and tax credits, your simple Google search turns into a complex, algebraic equation. Before you know it, you’re knee-deep in solar policy on some government website, calculator in hand, ready to […]The post New Jersey Solar Panel Installation Costs 2019 appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

How to Choose a Solar Installer
8 Sep 2019 at 1:05am
by Staff Writer
So, you have done your research on the benefits of solar energy and decided to install a solar photovoltaic (PV) system to power your property, what now? The next important step is choosing a solar installer to set up the system for you. Picking the right installer is vital since poorly-done work can lead to […]The post How to Choose a Solar Installer appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Massachusetts Solar Incentives and Solar Rebates 2019
26 Aug 2019 at 6:58pm
by Staff Writer
Do you own a property in Massachusetts and want to get solar panels installed on it, but are worried about huge expenses? If so, you should know that there are several financial incentives available in the state currently, making 2019 the right year for you to go solar. Like most other states today, Massachusetts encourages its […]The post Massachusetts Solar Incentives and Solar Rebates 2019 appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Solar panel waste: Could leasing be the answer?
4 Aug 2019 at 6:26pm
by Guest Writer
Following the first wave of popularity in solar power technology in the late 1990s and early 2000s, we are now faced with the daunting prospect of disposing of these early solar panels in a way that does not harm the environment. Given that the usable life expectancy of these early solar panels was 25 years, […]The post Solar panel waste: Could leasing be the answer? appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

US Universities Lead Solar Innovation and Academics
30 Jul 2019 at 6:08pm
by Guest Writer
Universities in the United States are leading the way in developing, teaching and utilizing solar technology. Colleges and universities around the world are hubs of progression. It is on the campuses of the country that you can catch a glimpse into the future of businesses and communities. This is especially true when it comes to […]The post US Universities Lead Solar Innovation and Academics appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Solar Energy and Agriculture: A Match Made in Heaven
29 Jul 2019 at 4:10pm
by Guest Writer
It’s well-known that solar energy is an innovative and accessible sustainable energy option. Solar energy checks all the boxes a consumer looks at when determining his or her options for energy and its popularity is only growing. However, solar energy isn’t just available to the homeowner, or other smaller-scale consumers. Solar energy can be used […]The post Solar Energy and Agriculture: A Match Made in Heaven appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Are solar shingles worth it 2019
20 Jul 2019 at 5:05pm
by Guest Writer
With the rise in popularity of solar power, people have continuously expressed desire in having more options in terms of solar products. Some of the more popular ones nowadays are solar shingles. Simply put, solar singles — sometimes known as photovoltaic shingles — are essentially just solar panels that are designed to look like and […]The post Are solar shingles worth it 2019 appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Top 10 Colleges with Solar and Renewable Energy Programs
16 Jul 2019 at 1:15pm
by Staff Writer
Research on utilization of renewable energy including solar, wind, and biofuel has been booming across the United States over the past few years. In 2017 alone, over half a million jobs were created globally in the renewable energy sector. Educational institutions have also been quick to pick up on this need for qualified people to […]The post Top 10 Colleges with Solar and Renewable Energy Programs appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Must Have Solar Products for Your Home
17 Jun 2019 at 7:12pm
by Staff Writer
Over the past few years, the popularity of solar energy has been increasing all over the world. The Science Magazine estimates that by 2022–2023, an additional PV capacity of 500 GW will be installed globally.  Going solar has become cheaper too. In fact, the average price of solar electrical systems have reduced by half from […]The post Must Have Solar Products for Your Home appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

How Is the US Military Using Solar Power?
23 May 2019 at 1:31pm
by Staff Writer
Climate change poses serious threats to national and global security. The U.S. military recognized the global and national security implications of climate change as far back as 1990 when it produced its first report on the impacts of climate change. Another report followed in 2003. But every year since 2007, the Department of Defense (DoD), […]The post How Is the US Military Using Solar Power? appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.


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Anthem signs 15-year PPA on 20-MW Virginia solar project
18 Sep 2020 at 8:40pm
by Billy Ludt
Insurance provider Anthem has committed to a 15-year power purchase agreement with SunEnergy1, a U.S. solar developer, owner and operator of utility-scale solar projects, for the output from a new 182-acre, 20-MW solar field located in Hanover County, Virginia. The Hanover County solar field is nearly complete and expected to be fully operational later this… The post Anthem signs 15-year PPA on 20-MW Virginia solar project appeared first on Solar Power World.

SEIA challenges PURPA changes that could discourage solar development
18 Sep 2020 at 6:00pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Yesterday the Solar Energy Industries Association filed a petition for review with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals of FERC Order No. 872, which unlawfully discourages the development of qualifying facilities (QF) under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA). The order eliminates the right of QFs to enter long-term, fixed-rate contracts and arbitrarily extends… The post SEIA challenges PURPA changes that could discourage solar development appeared first on Solar Power World.

New FERC order allows aggregated distributed energy resources to participate in wholesale markets
17 Sep 2020 at 5:50pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy applauded approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) of a long-awaited rule (FERC Order No. 2222) directing Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) and Independent System Operators (ISOs) to open their markets to participation by distributed energy resources (DERs). The vote was 2-1, with Commissioner Danly dissenting. Today @FERC… The post New FERC order allows aggregated distributed energy resources to participate in wholesale markets appeared first on Solar Power World.

DNV GL partners with WattTime to give renewable energy users insight into emissions data
17 Sep 2020 at 5:28pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
DNV GL and WattTime jointly announced a strategic partnership to incorporate WattTime’s emissions intelligence into DNV GL’s energy management and digital services expertise for renewables, storage and efficiency. By combining data on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions with energy efficiency, battery charging and discharging, demand response, and renewables, DNV GL’s utility, regulatory and renewable and storage… The post DNV GL partners with WattTime to give renewable energy users insight into emissions data appeared first on Solar Power World.

LG Chem plans to spin off its battery business to stand-alone company
17 Sep 2020 at 5:21pm
by Kelly Pickerel
LG Chem plans to move its battery business into a new corporation: LG Energy Solution. The decision was announced at a Sept. 17 board meeting. LG Chem expects to receive approval at a Oct. 30 stockholders meeting with LG Energy Solution officially taking charge of the battery business on Dec. 1, 2020. This will be… The post LG Chem plans to spin off its battery business to stand-alone company appeared first on Solar Power World.

Hawaiian Electric proposes enough new solar + storage to end use of coal in the state
17 Sep 2020 at 3:39pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Hawaiian Electric, a subsidiary of Hawaiian Electric Industries, has submitted eight contracts for new grid-scale renewable energy and storage projects on Oahu and Maui to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for review and approval. The six projects on Oahu and two on Maui are part of the largest renewable energy procurement ever for Hawaii. If… The post Hawaiian Electric proposes enough new solar + storage to end use of coal in the state appeared first on Solar Power World.

Tigo launches “Tigo Enhanced” label marketing program
17 Sep 2020 at 2:45pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Tigo Energy has launched a joint marketing program, called Tigo Enhanced, in conjunction with its major inverter partners to make it even easier for customers to choose Tigo’s reliable module level power electronics (MLPE) for their solar PV projects. Under the program, inverter partners that use Tigo technology will include a Tigo Enhanced logo on their… The post Tigo launches “Tigo Enhanced” label marketing program appeared first on Solar Power World.

Duke Energy works out net-metering agreement for South Carolina
17 Sep 2020 at 2:08pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Duke Energy has reached an agreement with solar installers and renewable energy advocates to bring stability to the residential solar industry in South Carolina. The deal, if approved by regulators, will provide options for customers while allowing the utility to address increasing electric demand periods in the winter for the benefit of Duke’s systems and… The post Duke Energy works out net-metering agreement for South Carolina appeared first on Solar Power World.

Third Sun Solar to donate 7.4-kW array to local recovery center for women
16 Sep 2020 at 7:51pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Ohio installation company Third Sun Solar is proud to announce the donation of a ground-mounted solar array to local nonprofit Women for Recovery of Athens, Ohio. Third Sun Solar has partnered with Women for Recovery to provide clean energy to the Serenity Grove Women’s Recovery House. The addition of a solar array to the Serenity… The post Third Sun Solar to donate 7.4-kW array to local recovery center for women appeared first on Solar Power World.

MESA, SunSpec Alliance develop testing and certification for energy storage system components
16 Sep 2020 at 5:04pm
by Kelly Pickerel
The Modular Energy Storage Architecture (MESA) Standards Alliance is now working with the SunSpec Alliance on testing and certification for the MESA-Device specification. Vendors can now receive certification via third-party authenticators, ensuring their products meet the requirements of this specification and will be interoperable with other certified components of energy storage systems (ESS). “The MESA… The post MESA, SunSpec Alliance develop testing and certification for energy storage system components appeared first on Solar Power World.

New York Office of Renewable Energy Permitting proposes new rules to streamline large-scale solar permitting
16 Sep 2020 at 4:39pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
New York State’s new Office of Renewable Energy Permitting proposed draft rules for permitting new wind and solar energy projects. This action was required by the recently enacted Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefits Act. The draft rules are part of an improved process for issuing permits for wind and solar facilities over 25… The post New York Office of Renewable Energy Permitting proposes new rules to streamline large-scale solar permitting appeared first on Solar Power World.

Soltec releases bifacial-ready single-axis solar tracker
16 Sep 2020 at 3:53pm
by Billy Ludt
Soltec, a global manufacturer and supplier of single-axis solar trackers, has unveiled its new SF8 tracker. The SF8 has a new minimum 2-by-60 panel configuration and a 4- to 6-string module connection. “We think our SF8 will revolutionize the solar tracking market. Its 2 by 60 minimum configuration will not only reduce installation and maintenance… The post Soltec releases bifacial-ready single-axis solar tracker appeared first on Solar Power World.


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