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New Jersey Solar Panel Installation Costs 2019
19 Sep 2019 at 2:54pm
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
7 Sep 2019 at 11:05pm
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 4:58pm
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 4:26pm
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 4:08pm
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 2:10pm
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 3:05pm
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 11:15am
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 5:12pm
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 11:31am
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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Stryten Energy adds Storion’s VRFB storage technology to available suite of solutions
21 Jan 2022 at 12:23pm
by Kelly Pickerel
The assets of Storion Energy, a vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) technology company, have been purchased by Stryten Energy, an energy storage solution provider. Storion’s VRFB technology is ideal for applications that require more than four hours of storage capacity to deploy clean energy on demand from renewable sources such as solar and wind energy.… The post Stryten Energy adds Storion’s VRFB storage technology to available suite of solutions appeared first on Solar Power World.

Duke Energy Florida sets up bring-your-own-battery virtual power plant pilot program
20 Jan 2022 at 8:19pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Duke Energy Florida has set up a virtual power plant pilot program where residential customers can sign up with their own existing batteries. The 12-month study will enable Duke Energy to call on these devices to support the grid during times of peak demand with the expectation of reducing energy costs for participants. “Batteries are… The post Duke Energy Florida sets up bring-your-own-battery virtual power plant pilot program appeared first on Solar Power World.

Large-scale battery will be added to 62-MW Blythe IV solar project in California
20 Jan 2022 at 6:42pm
by Kelly Pickerel
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)’s clean energy program CleanPowerSF signed a new energy storage contract with a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources to support grid reliability for the program’s 385,000 residential and commercial customers. The battery project, located in Riverside County, is expected to be fully operational in time for wildfire season. “As… The post Large-scale battery will be added to 62-MW Blythe IV solar project in California appeared first on Solar Power World.

127 Energy adds solar + storage microgrid to Napa Valley castle winery
20 Jan 2022 at 6:33pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
127 Energy announced it has completed a 556-kWh battery storage microgrid for Castello di Amorosa, one of the most popular wineries in Napa Valley. The company deployed a microgrid integrating with 450 kW of new solar PV as well as dispatchable backup generation already installed onsite. Using advanced and remotely accessed power controls, the microgrid… The post 127 Energy adds solar + storage microgrid to Napa Valley castle winery appeared first on Solar Power World.

Fifth Third buys solar financing company Dividend Finance
20 Jan 2022 at 12:29pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Fifth Third Bancorp announced a definitive agreement to acquire Dividend Finance, a provider of financing solutions for residential renewable energy and sustainability-focused home improvement. “The addition of Dividend Finance to our renewable energy portfolio enhances the scale of Fifth Third’s growing digital service capabilities and supports the Bank’s commitment to environmental leadership in financial services,”… The post Fifth Third buys solar financing company Dividend Finance appeared first on Solar Power World.

Mississippi expands net-metering program, adds $3,000 solar rebate
19 Jan 2022 at 8:28pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
On Jan. 18, the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) released its updated Net Metering and Interconnection Rules. The new rules expand the net-metering program, improve total compensation rates for solar customers and prioritize solar adoption for low-to-moderate income (LMI) customers. The net-metering compensation remains set at 2.5 cents/kWh, but now allows an unlimited number of… The post Mississippi expands net-metering program, adds $3,000 solar rebate appeared first on Solar Power World.

Vanderbilt University invests in 35-MW solar project
19 Jan 2022 at 5:06pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Vanderbilt University, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Nashville Electric Service (NES), Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC), and Silicon Ranch Corporation broke ground today on a new solar farm that is now under construction in Bedford County, Tennessee. The 35-MWAC Vanderbilt I Solar Farm is expected to begin producing power before the end of 2022, bringing… The post Vanderbilt University invests in 35-MW solar project appeared first on Solar Power World.

Burns & McDonnell installs 60 MWh of stand-alone energy storage in Texas
19 Jan 2022 at 5:03pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Burns & McDonnell has completed construction of three 10-MW/20-MWh lithium-ion battery energy storage systems in West Texas. The three project sites were constructed, commissioned and put into operation in just five months, delivering the project on schedule amid a volatile supply chain and logistics market. The batteries are designed as stand-alone energy resources to provide… The post Burns & McDonnell installs 60 MWh of stand-alone energy storage in Texas appeared first on Solar Power World.

Connecticut launches 9-year energy storage incentive program
18 Jan 2022 at 9:03pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) has launched Energy Storage Solutions, a statewide electric storage program for all Eversource and United Illuminating (UI) residential, commercial, and industrial customers in an effort to foster a more reliable and resilient electric distribution system, especially for vulnerable communities. Energy Storage Solutions will be administered by the Connecticut Green… The post Connecticut launches 9-year energy storage incentive program appeared first on Solar Power World.

PowerMarket, SunRaise flip switch on large Maine community solar project
18 Jan 2022 at 8:48pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Last month, a 7.45-MW community solar project in China, Maine went live and has begun to feed clean energy into the Central Maine Power utility grid. This is the fourth community solar project that PowerMarket, an employee-owned community solar management company and SunRaise, a New England solar developer, owner and operator, have partnered on in… The post PowerMarket, SunRaise flip switch on large Maine community solar project appeared first on Solar Power World.

White Pine Renewables completes nearly 1-MW solar portfolio for Chicago school district
18 Jan 2022 at 8:39pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
White Pine Renewables announced the completion of four rooftop solar projects for La Grange School District 102 totaling 889.2 kWDC. These projects are the first on-site solar projects contributing to power schools in the district, delivering electricity to the schools under a long-term PPA with White Pine Renewables. New Chicago constructed the projects, installing approximately… The post White Pine Renewables completes nearly 1-MW solar portfolio for Chicago school district appeared first on Solar Power World.

Verde Solutions to install 370-kW bifacial solar project for Illinois manufacturer
18 Jan 2022 at 5:40pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Verde Solutions is partnering with the K.R. KOMAREK Inc. to install a solar energy system on its new manufacturing facility in Wood Dale, Illinois. This 370-kW system is estimated to save $1.6 million in energy costs over its lifespan, have a 2.9-year payback period, and a 21.8% internal rate of return (IRR). KOMAREK designs and… The post Verde Solutions to install 370-kW bifacial solar project for Illinois manufacturer appeared first on Solar Power World.


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