Solar Energy Plants News

  • Turning On N.Ireland’s Largest Solar Project!

    We’re pleased to announce the commissioning of a major solar development in Antrim, delivering over 32 MW of clean, renewable energy into the Northern Irish energy grid. This is Northern Ireland’s largest solar energy development. The Antrim project will create enough energy to power more than 11,000 homes. This latest Lightsource solar development will reduce Northern Ireland’s ...

  • MIT’s solar plant is delivering on its promises

    Original story at MIT News More than 600 acres of solar panels have been successfully installed and connected on land in North Carolina and are delivering their power into the nation’s grid, thanks to a power purchase agreement (PPA) with MIT and two other Boston-based organizations. The installation will ...

  • FPL Selects Black & Veatch and Blattner Energy to Build New Solar Energy Centers in Florida

    Florida Power & Light Company recently announced that it has selected Blattner Energy and Black & Veatch - two leading providers of renewable energy engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services - to build its new universal solar projects. Blattner Energy will be the EPC contractor for four 74.5-MW solar power plants targeted for Dec. 31, 2017, completion: FPL Coral Farms Solar ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Alpiq Creates Structures For Future Growth

    Swiss energy company Alpiq notes that the digital transformation of the energy world covers the entire value chain from electricity generation to consumption. The integration of new renewable energies as well as the shift from traditional end customers towards prosumers present new and complex challenges to infrastructure in the energy industry. The Commerce & Trading and Energy Services ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Cooperative Solar Skyrockets

    By the end of 2017, the total solar energy capacity of America's electric cooperatives will be five times what it was two years ago, according to data released today by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). This year, co-ops are on pace to add 480 megawatts of solar, which would bring their total capacity to 873 MW. This more than quadruples the 180 MW reached in 2015 and ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • First Nation Solar Highlights

    The students of the Amisk Community School will be learning from devices powered by the sun. The array is being installed in 2 separate phases in congruence with AISP funding. This groundbreaking First Nation solar project is one of the first to receive funding from the Alberta Indigenous Solar Program. It is a true ...


    By Kuby Renewable Energy Ltd

  • Vectren Announces $500 Million Plan For Energy Grid Modernization

    Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana - South (Vectren) announced on Feb. 22 a robust electric infrastructure improvement strategy the company intends to undertake over the next seven years to modernize its electric grid that delivers power to more than 144,000 southwestern Indiana homes and businesses.  The electric system improvements include upgrades to portions of Vectren's network of ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • FPL Announces Sites Selected For Eight New Solar Power Plants

    Florida Power & Light Company announced the names and locations of its 2017 and 2018 universal solar projects, consisting of eight new 74.5-megawatt solar power plants that will be built over the next 12 months. The following four plants are expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2017: FPL Coral Farms Solar Energy Center, Putnam County FPL Horizon Solar Energy Center, Alachua ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • ABB and Enbala Power Networks To Co-Develop Grid Software

    ABB announced it has invested in Enbala Power Networks, a leading developer of software for managing power distribution networks. The investment was made through ABB's venture capital unit, ABB Technology Ventures. Today's grid operators require digital solutions to deal with challenges posed by the increasing amount of intermittent renewable and distributed energy sources being integrated into ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • FPL Accelerates Major Solar Energy Development Projects

    Florida Power & Light Company, the largest generator of solar energy in Florida, recently announced the expansion of its near-term plans for new universal solar generation. FPL now plans to build new universal solar power plants at eight locations by early 2018 - comprising more than 2.5 million solar panels. "We have been working hard to drive down the costs of adding solar so we can deliver ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Advanced Energy Management Alliance: FERC Ruling Constitutes Win for Consumers in New York

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently issued an order eliminating a barrier to customer savings and better electricity system efficiency in New York. The order, announced on February 3rd, allows customers and companies to simultaneously participate in both state and federal programs that provide compensation for reducing energy usage in order to help alleviate different types of ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • California Energy Commission Adopts 2016 Integrated Energy Policy Report Update

    The California Energy Commission recently approved a major report assessing energy trends and issues facing the state's electricity, natural gas, and transportation fuel sectors. The 2016 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Update highlights the state's recent slate of legislative ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Dominion Solar Investment In Virginia Approaches $1 Billion

    Dominion is investing more than $800 million in solar power in Virginia, with much of it being built at little or no cost to most customers, according to the company. Additional solar projects are now in the planning stages. "Our company has made a major commitment to develop significant blocks of solar generation to meet customers' energy needs going forward," said Paul Koonce, CEO of Power ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Solar Accounts for 1 in 50 New U.S. Jobs in 2016

    The American solar workforce grew at a historic pace in 2016, a year when one out of every fifty new U.S. jobs was in the solar industry, according to the new National Solar Jobs Census 2016,the seventh annual report on solar employment issued by The Solar Foundation. TheNational Solar Jobs Census 2016found that solar industry employment growth outpaced the ...


    By The Solar Foundation

  • Department of Energy Grant to Advance Grid Integration of Solar Energy in Texas

    Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) and Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) recently announced that they were awarded a $3.24 million grant by the Department of Energy (DOE) to demonstrate the use of advanced energy storage technologies to integrate high penetrations of solar energy into the electric grid in Texas. The project is a collaboration among leading-edge companies in the energy storage ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • U.S. Department of Energy Announces up to $30 Million for Projects to Integrate Solar into the Nation's Electric Grid

    Recently (1/31), the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) SunShot Initiative announced up to $30 million in new projects to support the integration of solar energy into the nation's electric grid, while diversifying the nation's electricity sources and improving the reliability and security of the electric grid. SunShot will fund 13 projects with a total of up to $30 million to ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • JLM Energy launches MicroStorage, a scalable product for applications from large utility scale to small residential

    JLM Energy announced today the launch of a cutting edge energy storage product category called MicroStorage. MicroStorage couples a battery pack directly to a corresponding solar panel. It is the first solution that enables the dual supply of power from solar to batteries and the grid simultaneously. The innovative approach creates the most efficient, cost-effective solution available in the ...


    By JLM Energy, Inc

  • Ontario’s first community-owned wind farm: Bullfrog Power and OCEC announce commissioning of Gunn’s Hill Wind Farm

    Bullfrog Power, Canada’s leading green energy provider, and Oxford Community Energy Co-operative (OCEC) are announcing the commissioning of Ontario’s first community-owned wind farm. Gunn’s Hill Wind Farm consists of 10 turbines located in Oxford County, southwestern Ontario. The project’s success involved ...


    By Bullfrog Power Inc.

  • Eltek to provide solar energy for hospitals in Zimbabwe under UNDP programme

    Having fully operational hospitals is vital to any society, and in rural Zimbabwe access to electrical power is a challenge to providing health services to the population. With the help of green energy from Eltek, this is about to change. Eltek will, in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), deliver complete photo voltaic solar solutions for 104 hospitals in Zimbabwe. ...


    By Eltek AS

  • EIA: Renewables to grow with or without Clean Power Plan

    The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) says it predicts renewable energy sources will continue to grow at a record pace regardless of whether the incoming administration of President-elect Trump does away with key regulations like the Clean Power Plan (CPP). According to the EIA’s 2017 Annual Energy Outlook, the United States will become a net energy exporter sometime in the next ...

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