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
 
Solar energy company Proinso has announced it will open seven offices across Central America in Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. The expansion into Central America will increase Proinso's presence to 26 offices worldwide and bolster its team by over 50 members local to the region. In May 2015, Proinso supplied 3MW of SMA Sunny Tri Power 24kW Inverters to a rooftop project in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. To date, this is Latin America's...
Jan 252016
 
SunRay Solar, a New Hampshire (US)-based solar installer, announced that it was forced to layoff one-third of its workers and scale back operations because of New Hampshire's solar net metering cap. Eversource is the state's largest utility and hit the cap on 21 January.  "These layoffs are devastating to our employees and their families and are only a small sign of what's to come ifNew Hampshire doesn't lift its cap immediately," said Michael...
Jan 252016
 
Perovskite solar cells hold the potential to become the solar cell of the future. They are thin, light, inexpensive, easy to make and aesthetically attractive. And their efficiency has taken a giant leap forward in recent years. But there are obstacles on the road to industrialization. Stability, scalability and toxicity are the main challenges to overcome. The versatility of perovskite solar cells Perovskite solar cells exist in various architectures, all of which have one thing in common:...
Jan 252016
 
Castoro Cellars has completed an installation of a solar project that will allow the winery to run 100% on solar power. The 625-kilowatt installation installed by REC Solar, which covers nearly three acres, will have an annual production of over one million kilowatt hours and eliminate an estimated $20,000 per month electricity bill. This marks the fifth solar installation in the last ten years by Castoro and stays true to their dedication to renewable energy and a...
Jan 252016
 
Strathcona Energy International (SEI), a North-American based manufacturer of premium-quality solar modules, and Strathcona Solar Initiatives, a solar integrator, recently completed a 150 kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) rooftop system at family-owned Haskett Farms in Napanee, Ontario (Canada).  Alvin Haskett started farming in 1965 and quickly realized that managing energy use wisely has a huge impact on the bottom line of his operation. Since 2008, the family owns and operates...
Jan 222016
 
Sunrun Inc., a specialist in residential solar, and Investec Inc. and Investec Bank plc announced the closing of $250 million of senior secured credit facilities to support the growth of Sunrun's residential solar business. Sunrun will use the funds to help more Americans install clean, affordable solar systems on their homes and reduce their electricity bills. This is Sunrun's largest syndicated bank financing to date, with...
Jan 222016
 
As part of the Energy Department’s Grid Modernization Initiative announced by Secretary Ernest Moniz last week to improve the resiliency, reliability and security of the nation’s electrical power grid, DOE today announced $18 million in funding fo six new projects across the United States. These projects will enable the development and demonstration of integrated, scalable, and cost-effective solar technologies that incorporate energy storage to power American homes after...
Jan 222016
 
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the New York State Public Service Commission's approval of a 10-year, $5 billion Clean Energy Fund to accelerate the growth of New York's clean energy economy, address climate change, strengthen resiliency in the face of extreme weather and lower energy bills for New Yorkers starting this year. Additionally, the fund will attract and leverage third-party capital to support the Governor's aggressive Clean Energy Standard, one of the nation's...
Jan 222016
 
In a joint venture, Kyocera Corporation and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation announced today that Kyocera TCL Solar LLC has started construction of the world’s largest 13.7 megawatt (MW) floating solar power plant on the Yamakura Dam reservoir, managed by the Public Enterprises Agency of Chiba Prefecture in Japan for industrial water services. This will be the world’s largest floating solar power plant in terms of output. The claim is based on research by Kyocera TCL...