Category Archives: Solar Energy

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.

84 Million Homes on Zillow Now Show Solar Potential of the Home

Sun Number and Wave Solar announced today that 84 million homes on Zillow now include a Sun Number score, which shows the potential solar generation of the home. This information helps millions of homeowners understand their options for going solar.

“Home sellers and buyers that have not had Sun Number scores previously have been contacting us asking how they can get a Sun Number score for their home,” said David Herrmann CEO of Sun Number. “The expansion of Sun Number scores to 84 million residential buildings on Zillow means many of those homeowners, sellers, and buyers have a simple way to access this useful information.”

Sun Number uses multiple datasets to analyze an individual home’s solar potential, taking into account the angle of the roof, the direction the home is facing, the solar radiation potential of the roof, and local electricity rates. Sun Number’s algorithm ultimately assigns a score to the home between 0 and 100, estimating how much the homeowner would stand to benefit if they went solar.

“This data is important for the millions of people participating in the U.S. market shift towards solar energy,” said Colin James Walsh, CEO of Wave Solar. “With the Sun Number scores on America’s most popular real estate site, homeowners will have more data to make an informed decision, and solar installers will see even more interest in their product.”

The Sun Number score is included on 84 million homes on Zillow under the “Utilities, Green Energy” section of the page. Sun Number scores were first added to millions of homes on Zillow in August of 2016 and the 84 million homes on Zillow are live now, including a majority of homes for the first time.

“We are very proud of our proprietary scoring system, which was developed as part of the Department of Energy’s SunShot initiative,” added Herrmann, “By bringing these different solar-relevant datasets together into one easy-to-understand score, we allow homeowners to see if they should be exploring solar as an option for their home.”

How to Find SunNumber on a Zillow listing

1. Go to a home listing on Zillow.com
2. Click “See More Facts and Features”
3. If listing is one of 84 million, SunNumber will be listed under “Utilities – Green Energy”

About Sun Number
At Sun Number, LLC, we’re focused on increasing the public’s awareness of the solar potential of buildings through our Sun Number™ Scores. Founded in 2012, we are the recipient of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Incubator grant that enabled the development and initial deployment of Sun Number Scores. Our goal is to increase solar installations by providing an easy-to-understand assessment of a building’s solar potential and streamlining the solar installer’s customer acquisition process. For more information about Sun Number, visit www.sunnumber.com.

About Wave Solar
Wave Solar is a team of digital marketers and engineers committed to building products and software that help reduce the cost of acquiring solar customers. Originally a successful DOE SunShot Initiative project, as part of Mosaic incubator, Wave Solar developed a proprietary lead generation and solar sales software business to bring the power of low-cost digital customer acquisition to solar installers. For more information about Wave Solar, visit https://wavesolar.com.

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.”

The 9th Guangzhou International Solar Photovoltaic Exhibition

Date: August 16th-18th, 2017
Venue: China Import and Export Fair Complex (Area A)
Website: www.pvguangzhou.com

Profile

PV Guangzhou has been held for consecutive eight years, as the professional platform to boost trading and promote brands for the global photovoltaic enterprises, covering products in all fields of the photovoltaic industry which are mainly the supply of raw material, main and auxiliary materials, mechanical equipment, photovoltaic cells, photovoltaic modules, photovoltaic engineering and photovoltaic application products.

PV Guangzhou, is concurrently held with the new energy events of wind and biomass energy each year. Covering an area of 200,000 square meters, PV Guangzhou has attracted more than 1000 domestic and oversea enterprises and over 300 media at home and abroad. PV Guangzhou has developed as the influential trading service platform for Chinese enterprises to go abroad and oversea enterprises to be introduced in. Owing to the strong support by more than 80,000 professional visitors, PV Guangzhou 2016 had achieved 18,216 visitors and 1916 international purchasers, breaking through a new record ever.