Domestic Solar News

  • ComEd Conducting Illinois` First Community Energy Storage Pilot

    ComEd recently announced the launch of a pilot project to test the use of battery storage technology to reduce the impact of power outages in residential areas where customers experience service interruptions, particularly in extreme weather events. ComEd's Community Energy Storage (CES) pilot is being conducted in Beecher, Ill., approximately 40 miles south of Chicago. The pilot will focus on ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Fortum and Futurice Developing New Concept for Solar Energy Companies in Developing Countries

    Energy company Fortum and software agency Futurice are embarking on a new kind of cooperation that combines their expertise in solar energy and software design. The aim of the cooperation is to create a solution that provides easier access to electricity for people in developing countries. In less than two hours the earth receives from the sun the amount of energy that is consumed ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Solar PV sets a record in 2016 and is top choice for new generating capacity

    The U.S. solar market—led by utility-scale projects—set a record in 2016, doubling its previous high and adding more generating capacity than wind or natural gas for the first time ever, according to a new report. A total of 14,762 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) came online in 2016 or 39 percent of all the new generating capacity for the year. In the next five years, the ...

  • SolSmart Designates Seven New Communities for Removing Barriers to Going Solar

    SolSmart is recognizing seven new communities as national leaders for cutting red tape and making solar energy more affordable and accessible. Two cities received the highest designation of SolSmart Gold: Louisville, Kentucky and New York, New York. Also, five communities were designated SolSmart Bronze: Maricopa County, ...


    By The Solar Foundation

  • Governor Cuomo Announces Approval of Largest Offshore Wind Project in the Nation

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Power Authority voted to approve the nation's largest offshore wind farm, and the first offshore wind farm in New York. The approval of the South Fork Wind Farm, a 90 megawatt development 30 miles southeast of Montauk, is the first step toward developing an area that can host up to 1,000 megawatts of offshore ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Good news for consumers and industry as solar thermal stays in the RHI

    There was great news for the UK renewable energy industry just before Christmas.  The Government announced it was dropping plans to remove solar thermal from the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which pays a tariff to property owners who generate heat through renewable technologies. The announcement means the RHI will continue to support solar thermal domestic systems at the current level of ...


    By Kingspan Environmental Ltd

  • 10 Smart Energy Startups Worth Watching in 2017

    “Tomorrow’s energy is decentralised, decarbonised and digital,” says Rockstart Smart Energy Accelerator Director Freerk Bisschop. As an energy professional, staying updated with the latest industry trends also means keeping an eye on the up-and-coming energy innovators. ...


    By DEXMA

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne Supports Launch of the U.S. Air Force`s third Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous satellite

    Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc., a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AJRD), began the New Year by successfully supporting the launch of the Lockheed Martin-built third Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous satellite (GEO Flight 3) for the U.S. Air Force. The mission, which is designed for early-warning missile detection, was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station ...


    By Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc.

  • Eneco and LichtBlick join forces to speed up energy transition in Europe

    Netherlands based renewable energy company Eneco has acquired a 50% interest in energy and IT company LichtBlick. LichtBlick is the leading green energy ...


    By Eneco

  • Report: Retail, tech industry on track to procure 60 GW of green energy by 2025

    States which invest in clean domestic energy production are also the most likely to attract new business and create jobs, according to a new report, as demand for clean energy among retailers and technology companies is expected to reach 60 gigawatts (GW) by 2025. The new analysis, released by the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), ...

  • Tesla energy storage helps couple use almost all of the energy they generate from solar

    A Devon couple have reduced the amount of electricity they buy from their energy company by 86%, after receiving Devon’s first Tesla Powerwall energy storage device to compliment their solar panels. Devon’s first Tesla Powerwall, installed in Torquay by SunGift Energy Mike and Jan Lister, who live in Torquay, were looking to reduce their reliance on the national grid and were among ...


    By SunGift Solar Ltd

  • 2017 is already looking bright for AES Solar

    2016 has been a challenging year for the UK renewable industries but also generally in the business markets due to a number of political outcomes and decisions which have created uncertainty across the globe. Despite these uncertainties it is with great pleasure ...


    By AES Ltd

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne Supplies New Lithium-ion Batteries to the International Space Station

    A payload of six lithium-ion batteries, designed and developed by Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc., a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AJRD), has been delivered to the International Space Station to give astronauts the power they need to continue important research aboard the station. Once installed on the space station, the batteries will become part of the most sophisticated, ...


    By Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc.

  • Lightsource & EDF Announce Joint Venture!

    EDF Energy and Lightsource Renewable Energy have joined forces for a new “smart home” energy trial. They are offering householders in the South West, South East and the Midlands the chance to get solar panels and battery storage systems in a bid to help them cut their energy use as well as reduce reliance on the grid. Dubbed ‘Sunplug’, the smart home solution is initially ...

  • Expansion on the cards for AES after government cashback boost

    As Scotland’s only manufacturer of solar thermal panels we have no doubt that our business will expand after it was announced that the government has dropped plans to remove solar thermal from the Renewable Heat Incentive. We welcome the news following a campaign by the Solar Trade Association. The Solar Industry George ...


    By AES Ltd

  • £600m Solar Buyback Scheme

    Lightsource Renewable Energy has revealed it is looking to invest up to £600m over the next five years in buying solar assets from households and businesses, as it looks to diversify its revenue streams. ...


    By Qualtrax Inc

  • Illinois Energy Bill Passes Without Anti-Solar, Anti-Consumer Provisions

    December 2, 2016 -- Illinois legislators voted to pass energy legislation (S.B. 2814) without anti-consumer, anti-solar proposals like mandatory demand charges and ending net metering, and will revise the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). The removal of demand charges and reinstatement of net metering in SB 2814 happened in the wake of a backlash from the public and consumer ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Tesla officially acquires SolarCity

    After shareholders voted to approve a merger between Tesla Motors and SolarCity by a wide margin, Tesla announced this week it has officially closed the SolarCity acquisition. The company announced the merger with a brief statement on Monday. “We’re pleased to announce that Tesla’s acquisition of SolarCity closed this morning,” the statement said. The merger positions ...

  • FAA Miramar Solves 24/7 Energy Needs with Solar Carports

    Solar carports at the FAA facility in Miramar. Engineering and construction by Independent Energy Solutions (IES) of Vista, California. SunPower supplied the 2,800+ modules that cover the carports and are estimated to generate over 1.6 million kilowatt hours of energy per year, saving the facility nearly $50,000 every month. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic Control is an ...

  • OMNETRIC Group Releases Research on Prospects for Community Energy Within The New Energy Economy

    OMNETRIC Group has found that across Europe and the US, communities have a growing appetite and competence for managing their own energy distribution, in a trend coined "Community Energy", as detailed in a new research whitepaper released today. The company is urging utilities to respond to the interest from community energy leaders and apply reciprocal effort if the community energy economy is ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

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