Jan 262016
 
Net metering is the policy under which a grid-connected solar electric array is able to back-feed excess power to the utility company, who then credits the customer. Any time solar generation is not adequate to meet a customer’s electric demand, the customer uses electricity from the power grid, and is able to tap into solar credits to offset their bill on a per-kilowatt hour retail rate.  In response to New Hampshire’s largest utilities hitting solar net metering caps, local...
Jan 262016
 
NV Energy announced that it will propose to allow existing net energy metering customers to remain on old rules over a transition period as long as 20 years.  Today's announcement comes as the company prepares for ongoing Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) proceedings on net energy metering.  "This grandfathering proposal is being offered in recognition of NV Energy's desire to treat all customers, including those who had previously made a decision to...
Jan 262016
 
NV Energy announced that it will propose to allow existing net energy metering customers to remain on old rules over a transition period as long as 20 years.  Today's announcement comes as the company prepares for ongoing Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) proceedings on net energy metering.  "This grandfathering proposal is being offered in recognition of NV Energy's desire to treat all customers, including those who had previously made a decision to...
Jan 262016
 
NEXTracker, a Flex company, today announced that it has expanded its manufacturing presence in Mexico to meet the growing demand for the company’s solar trackers.  Leveraging Flex’s manufacturing presence in Mexico and several world-class component supply partners, NEXTracker is well-positioned to provide a ‘made in Mexico’ tracker for utility scale projects. NEXTracker’s first project in Mexico, with Buenavista Renewables (BVR),...
Jan 262016
 
ecoSolargy has installed a 63.75 kW solar system on the roof of the headquarters of MGM Plastics, a San Marcos (California) company that performs plastic fabrication and machining services.  The 209 X 305W ecoSolargy Titan 1000 modules with four Solectria Inverters will offset 85% of MGM Plastics’ electricity costs over the next 25 years. Martin Brix, Director of Commercial PV at ecoSolargy, noted that the MGM Plastics solar system was designed to address its specific energy...
Jan 262016
 
Low oil prices have wreaked havoc on financial markets around the world, but they’ll do little to change the expanding implementation of solar energy for three good reasons: 1.       Falling cost of solar PV module costs have dropped nearly 80% between 2007 and 2014, while balance of system costs have fallen between 39% and 64% in the same period, as noted in a recent report by Greentech Media. In addition to falling prices, government policies in...
Jan 262016
 
About 80 Austin-based employee volunteers from global solar innovator, SunPower, brought solar energy to four low-income families in Austin’s Blackland Neighborhood. Working with national solar nonprofit Grid Alternatives over two days, the volunteers installed four rooftop solar systems totaling 13 kilowatts of generating capacity. The systems are expected to save each family electricity costs, and collectively reduce approximately 233 tons of greenhouse gas emissions over their...
Jan 252016
 
Today the Community Power Network (CPN), a national network of local, state, and national advocates for renewable energy announced the opening of its Ohio (US) OH SUN program. This new effort builds off of the organization’s work in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. CPN has pioneered the use of solar co-ops to help homeowners go solar. It works with homeowners through its state SUN programs to educate them about solar. Going...
Jan 252016
 
According to preliminary numbers from GTM Research, 59 gigawatts of solar PV were installed globally in 2015, a 34%increase over 2014’s total. “The fourth quarter of 2015 showed that global PV demand is very much at the mercy of government support, which can often be unpredictable and idiosyncratic, leading to often negative but sometimes positive outcomes,” said Mohit Anand, a senior solar analyst with GTM Research. With December’s extension of the federal...
Jan 252016
 
According to preliminary numbers from GTM Research, 59 gigawatts of solar PV were installed globally in 2015, a 34%increase over 2014’s total. “The fourth quarter of 2015 showed that global PV demand is very much at the mercy of government support, which can often be unpredictable and idiosyncratic, leading to often negative but sometimes positive outcomes,” said Mohit Anand, a senior solar analyst with GTM Research. With December’s extension of the federal...