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Alta Devices Achieves 31.6% Solar Energy Efficiency Record

New Solar Cell Enables Aircraft Designers to Shed Substantial Weight and Increase Utility of These Platforms.

Alta Devices Flexible Solar Cell

SUNNYVALE, CA – April 27, 2016 – With its most recent solar efficiency record of 31.6%, Alta Devices continues to achieve solar efficiencies that are substantially higher than all other commercially available solar technologies.

This breakthrough, combined with its unique thinness and flexibility, redefines how solar technology can be used. In particular, Alta’s solar technology is of great interest in the UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) market. The increased power-to-weight ratio of Alta’s technology enables dramatically different possibilities for an aircraft using this technology versus any of the other solar power options. 

Enerray to Build Brazil’s Largest Solar Plant

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Enerray, owned by Seci Energia (Gruppo Industriale Maccaferri), one of Europe’s most active solar developers, is set to begin construction of Brazil’s largest solar installation, located in the city of Ituverava.

The 254 MWp solar plant, one of the largest in the world, will be located in the State of Bahia, in northeastern Brazil. The estimated annual energy production will be approximately 500 GWh and construction will be completed by the end of 2017. The photovoltaic panels will feature single-axis trackers to allow the modules to change positions during the day depending on the position of the sun to maximize output.

This is the largest solar power plant built by Enel Green Power and will help Brazil meet its rapidly growing electricity demand.

Interview with SolarWindow CEO, John Conklin

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The following is a Q & A with SolarWindow Technologies (WNDW) President and CEO, John A. Conklin

1. SolarWindows are created by applying ultra-thin layers of liquid coating onto glass and flexible plastics. Are there any other substrates you are looking into? Any other uses?

No, at this time the commercialization of SolarWindow focuses on glass and flexible plastic. Plans to coat on substrates other than glass and flexible plastic is planned but not near term.

Commercial development of the SolarWindow products include:

• SolarWindow™ – Commercial, Structural, and Architectural Glass (Commercial) – Flat glass products for installation in new commercial towers under construction and replacement windows, glass walls and curtains, and textured and decorative interior glass walls, room dividers, etc

• SolarWindow™ – Residential – A window glass for installation in new residential homes under construction and replacement windows

• SolarWindow™ – BIPV – Components associated with BIPV applications in homes, buildings, and office towers

• SolarWindow™ Retrofit & Flexible Veneer – Transparent, tinted, and flexible veneers that installers can apply directly over top of existing windows on tall towers and skyscrapers

Our primary focus is first on the development and deployment of SolarWindow™-Commercial products.

Northern California’s First Solar-Powered Cannabis Dispensary Opens

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Emerald Pharms announced today the opening of Northern California’s first solar-powered medical cannabis dispensary. Emerald Pharms will be open to the public on Tuesday, October 27th.

Emerald Pharms will specialize in regional heirloom genetics, and feature an extensive selection of high quality, lab-tested products, including: CBD-rich products, edibles, topicals, tinctures, sublingual sprays, gel caps and smokeless vape cartridges, as well as flower, seeds, and clones.

“We chose Hopland because it’s the gateway to The Emerald Triangle, the largest cannabis producing region in the world, and the place where CBD-rich cannabis was re-discovered,” said Emerald Pharms. “Our mission is to showcase the things Northern California is best known for: environmental sustainability, technical ingenuity and high quality cannabis.”
Emerald Pharms is located at the Real Goods Solar Living Center in Hopland, California, a twelve-acre permaculture paradise and demonstration site for renewable energy, green building, biodynamic gardening, and other sustainable technologies.

Compare Reviews for Solar Energy Companies

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Solar Energy is taking the world by storm and for many consumers hoping to be apart of that storm, finding credible resources that cover the topic can be hard. ConsumerAffairs created a guide that helps consumers determine whether or not “going solar” will work for them.

Here are a few topics the guide covers:

  • What are the different types of solar energy companies – and which one will meet your specific needs?
  • Going solar can be expensive, so what are your financing options?
  • Does the company offer service beyond installation?

You can access the guide here: http://www.consumeraffairs.com/solar-energy/

Auric Solar Flips the Switch on Utah’s Largest Solar Power Project at Rio Tinto Stadium

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Rio Tinto Stadium, the home of Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake as well as the USL Real Monarchs, today flipped the ceremonial switch on the state of Utah’s largest privately-owned solar array. The 2,020-kilowatt system was installed by Auric Solar.

The solar panels will offset 73 percent of Real Salt Lake’s total annual stadium power needs – the largest offset in North American professional sports and entertainment venues. The ambitious project was initiated in April 2015 and took six months to complete.

Nearly 95 percent of the solar array (made up of 6,423 solar panels) has been installed on new solar-covered parking structures, including an entirely new parking lot on the north side of the stadium. Covering the equivalent of 3.10 acres, the aggregation of the panels would cover 2.3 American football fields, 1.3 FIFA regulation soccer fields, extending 7.9 miles or 41,500 feet if stacked end-to-end.

SunEdison and City of Fremont Unveil City’s New Solar Canopy Systems

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SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE), the largest global renewable energy development company, today announced the completion of three solar canopy systems for the City of Fremont, Calif. The systems are expected to generate 1.2 megawatts (MW) DC of clean, reliable electricity for the city.

The solar canopy systems are mounted on canopy structures over parking lots at the city’s Irvington Community Center, the Aqua Adventure Water Park, and the Robert Wasserman Fremont Police Center. The solar systems are expected to generate enough energy to power almost 150 homes each year and avoid the emission of more than 500 tons of carbon dioxide annually, equivalent to the amount of carbon sequestered by approximately 425 acres of forest.

The City of Fremont signed 20-year power purchase agreements with SunEdison as part of the Regional Renewable Energy Procurement Program (R-REP) led by Alameda County. It is projecting that the solar energy will save taxpayers more than $2.6 million dollars over the life of the agreement, and will result in a more than 5 percent reduction in city emissions following the completion of a fourth canopy system early next year.