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8minutenergy Celebrates Completion of 26 Megawatt Redwood 4 Solar Farm

First project to deliver clean energy to California residents through PG&E’s Solar Choice Program

Folsom and Bakersfield, CA– March 7, 2018– 8minutenergy Renewables, LLC (“8minutenergy”), the largest independent solar developer in the U.S., today celebrated a ribbon-cutting event for its 26 MW-dc (20 MW-ac) Redwood 4 Solar Farm located in Kern County, California. Project construction began in mid-September 2017, and the site was commissioned in December of the same year.

Redwood 4 is the first operational project to serve as a dedicated resource for Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E’s) Solar Choice program, providing clean energy for California residents. PG&E’s Solar Choice program offers Northern and Central California residents and businesses the option to go solar without installing panels by purchasing their electricity from solar energy generated from projects such as this.

Solar CEO on Why Relying on Imports is “Unfazed by the New Tariff”

By Scott Cramer, Go Solar Group

As the CEO of a small solar company relying on foreign imports, what I know to be true of our country and the industry in which I work casts a shadow on any frustration I’m supposed to have over the 201 Trade Case decision.

The solar industry is like America itself: Full of good intentions, strong, enduring, resilient, and willing to fight to improve not just the human condition, but also the most sacred place in our nation’s psyche – the sole item preceding the white picket fence in the last and greatest components of the American Dream – our homes – which are now powered by solar in larger numbers than ever.

That trend will still continue year over year. I’m unfazed by the new tariff, and I feel many American solar companies relying on foreign imports have reason to feel the same.

Closing of Sunwealth™ 2017 Solar Impact Fund Signals Increased Investor Engagement and Opportunity

Innovative financing for commercial solar projects gives investors access to healthy returns and quantifiable impact

Sunwealth, the pioneering clean energy investment firm headquartered in Somerville, Massachusetts, today announced the closing of its 2017 Solar Impact Fund.

Sunwealth’s innovative financing model enables direct investment via bond and tax equity offerings in commercial solar projects that combine attractive risk-adjusted returns with measurable social and environmental impact.

Sunwealth maximizes opportunities in the commercial solar market, which has remained vastly untapped. The firm’s approach decreases project risk and gives accredited investors access to turnkey distributed solar investment opportunities, solving for the two primary reasons the commercial market has lagged behind residential and utility-scale solar: the lack of a credit rating system and project transaction costs.

Kingspan Solar Project to Save Town Over $40,000 a Year for 20 Years

Kingspan Energy, with financing from the Connecticut Green Bank, has commissioned nearly one Megawatt of rooftop solar at Carmen Arace Middle and Intermediate School in Bloomfield, Conn. completing its largest project in North America to date.

Kingspan installed 2,926 Hyundai panels on the roof of the school. The building covers approximately 170,000 square feet and is the largest energy consumer in the school district. Carmen Arace houses two schools under one roof, serving more than 500 students in grades 5-8.

The solar system will offset more than 80 percent of the school’s electrical use. The power purchase agreement (PPA) will provide a discount of more than 60 percent over the current electric rate and the PPA has a fixed 25-year term. Wayne Casper, Director of Facilities at Bloomfield Public Schools, said the project is expected to save more than $40,000 annually in energy costs and $1.1 million over 25 years. Casper said the district currently spends nearly $250,000 annually in energy costs at Carmen Arace.

Alberta Residential and Commercial Solar Program

On June 21, 2017 Energy Efficiency Alberta has announced a new Residential and Commercial Solar Program aiming to achieve a goal of 10,000 new rooftop solar installations by 2020.

This program is not Alberta’s first incentive program for solar, although it is the most ambitious one to date, offering significant incentives to residential, commercial, and non-profit customers in the province. It is based on earlier extremely popular solar programs for municipal and on-farm solar projects.

If you own a home in Alberta and are looking to install solar panels, you can now receive 30% off your solar panels system cost up to a maximum of $10’000. The $0.75/watt solar rebate is based on the total installed capacity of your project.

Ground-mount or Rooftop residential solar panels systems are limited to 15kWp DC in size, which equals, for example, to 60 panels of 250 Watts each.

At the same time if you are a business or a non-profit organization in Alberta, your solar panels rebate can reach 25% or $500’000, whichever is greater. Solar farms and arrays are limited to 5 MW in size. Rebate value is set at $0.75/watt as well.

In order to qualify for the program, residential solar system must be energized within 180 days and commercial and non-profit within 365 days of the Part I approval date. After completing installation and connecting your solar panels system, you would have to submit your eligible expenses to Energy Efficiency Alberta.  Approval and allocation of funds will occur on a first-come, first-serve basis.

“The Government of Alberta is positioning the province for the diversification of its energy future by exploring another one of its abundant energy sources – the sun. More Albertan households and small businesses will now be empowered to go solar, strengthening local economies and creating jobs. The government has delivered on their word, and the Canadian solar industry is ready to deliver in return,” says John Gorman, president and CEO of the Canadian Solar Industries Association.

Commercial Solar Panels Installation in Alberta

According to David Dodge, the chairman of EEA, “The Prairies have the best solar resources in Canada, and there are a lot of potential investment opportunities. This is the first of several programs that will help create jobs and diversify Alberta’s energy economy into clean sources of energy.”

Energy Efficiency Alberta estimates that the new rebate program will:

  • Support the creation of 900 jobs in Alberta’s solar sector
  • Cut solar installation costs by up to 30 per cent for residences
  • Cut solar installation costs by up to 25 per cent for businesses and non-profits
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the province by about half a million tonnes—the equivalent of taking 100,000 passenger vehicles off the road

Residential Solar Panels Installation

Rob Harlan, Executive Director, Solar Energy Society of Alberta, applauded the new measure. “Albertans are ready to go solar, with growing demand, a world-class solar resource and an eager and capable solar industry. A sustained government push has been the missing piece for creating local jobs and clean energy in our province.”

Off-Grid Solar Charging Keeps College Students Connected

Solar Charging – Anywhere

Dotted around college campuses throughout the U.S. are students sitting at outdoor tables that include a solar panel canopy. While doing classwork, they can access the internet, recharge their phones and computers and socialize with other students.

These are attractive, extremely durable tables, forged from structural steel with a sleek architectural look. Placed in highly trafficked areas without access to electrical outlets, they make a bold, green statement about a campus or a corporate facility. The tables fit well into the work and lifestyle choices of people who like to get out of the classroom or office and work outside, in natural light and good weather.

Renogy Rethinks Mobile Energy with the Phoenix – an All-in-One Solar Powered Generator Briefcase

Renogy, a leading expert in renewable, non-traditional energy, unveils the Phoenix, a personal solar energy solution that transforms the power of the sun into easy-to-use dependable energy. The Phoenix is designed for mobile, off-grid applications and is ideal for emergencies. A compact, quiet and efficient portable solar generator, the Phoenix is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use.

Phoenix is a compact, lightweight back-up system that combines two highly efficient Renogy 10 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panels and can expand up to 120 watts with additional PVs (Photovoltaics). The Phoenix can be charged three ways – the sun, standard home/office 120v outlet or an automobile 12v lighter outlet. Also, with the included replaceable 16Ah Li-ion(NMC) battery, the capability of limitless power is possible. The unit comes with a built-in sturdy and comfortable handle for easy portability and a high-quality LCD panel that shows remaining power and output usage.