Aug 312016
 
By a comfortable margin, Florida voters elected to remove a barrier blocking the Sunshine State’s solar development.  Appearing to have garnered over 70% of the vote, Amendment 4 will lower the cost of energy in Florida by removing the burdensome tangible personal property tax and ad valorem real estate taxes on solar energy systems, opening the door for significant expansion of solar energy in Florida. Floridians from all regions of the state, spanning the political...
Aug 312016
 
The District of Columbia (DC) increased and extended its renewable portfolio standard (RPS) target from 20% by 2020 to 50% by 2032. The target includes a separate solar-specific target of 5% by 2032, an increase and extension from 2.5% by 2023. Technologies eligible to meet DC's RPS overall target include geothermal, solar (both thermal and electric), wind, biomass, landfill gas, marine/hydrokinetic technologies, fuel cells using renewable fuels, and, to a limited...
Aug 312016
 
US Senator Dean Heller issued the following statement after becoming a cosponsor of S. 3159, the Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act. The legislation, introduced by Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, establishes investment tax credits (ITC) for business and home use of energy storage. The bipartisan bill was also cosponsored by Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Angus...
Aug 312016
 
More than 11,500 visitors and 180 exhibitors attended the 4th Intersolar South America exhibition that ended last week in São Paulo.  “We were amazed at the interest shown,” says Daniel Strowitzi of FMMi, joint organizer together with business partners and colleagues. “The exhibitors were extremely pleased with the number of important visitors. We also got excellent feedback on running the event in parallel with ENIE, the specialist trade show for electrical...
Aug 312016
 
SunLink Corporation expands its broad portfolio of photovoltaic project solutions with the launch of the TechTrack Distributed single axis tracker. TechTrack Distributed introduces a new era in solar tracking with “dynamic design,” unrivaled site flexibility and reductions in total project costs. TechTrack Distributed is the second single-axis tracker in the company’s TechTrack product line, joining the in
Aug 302016
 
Boviet Solar USA, the North American arm of Boviet Solar Technology Co., Ltd., a specialist in the manufacture of high-quality photovoltaic technology, today announced that the company is launching its new 1500 volt polycrystalline solar modules. The new high-voltage solar modules are ideal for large commercial and utility scale solar installations and require less balance of system (BoS) components compared to 1000 volt modules. The new 1500 volt solar modules will be available in a 72-cell...
Aug 302016
 
innogy SE is setting the course for future growth and will take over German solar and battery specialist Belectric Solar & Battery Holding GmbH. The company is part of the Belectric Group. innogy and Belectric Holding GmbH have signed a share purchase agreement. The parties have agreed a purchase price in a high double-digit million euro range. The transaction is subject to approval by the anti-trust authorities and reorganizational measures. Closing of the transaction is intended to take...
Aug 302016
 
The second phase of Heliatek’s large pilot installation has been successfully completed in Singapore. HeliaFilm is being rigorously tested under the tropical weather conditions of Singapore to provide new urban fit energy solutions for the ever growing cities of Asia. Already the largest BIOPV (Building Integrated Organic Photovoltaic) project in Asia, it has further expanded with more HeliaFilm installed on various façade and roof elements. Covering the Seletar Aerospace walkway...
Aug 302016
 
NEXTracker announced its acquisition of BrightBox Technologies, Inc., a specialist in predictive modeling software and machine-learning technologies. This acquisition expands NEXTracker’s technology leadership and adds a first mover capability for advanced diagnostics and real-time control of solar tracking systems. The added capability will deliver accelerated commissioning time and increased energy yield of NEXTracker systems globally.   NEXTracker CEO Dan Shugar said that...