Solar Energy News

  • Advanced Energy Economy: Over 3 Million in U.S. Now Work for Clean Energy

    This week, national business groups representing the range and breadth of clean energy companies in the United States cheered government statistics showing their industries support more than 3 million American jobs - equal to the employment of retail stores across the country, and twice as many jobs as involved in construction of buildings. This is based on 2016 data recently released by the U.S. ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Solar Gardens Growing in Minnesota

    Seven new community solar gardens, totaling 32 megawatts, are now generating power from the Minnesota sun. The solar gardens are part of a larger project that will total approximately 96 megawatts throughout the Twin Cities metro area and greater Minnesota. Xcel Energy, BHE Renewables and Geronimo Energy are working together to bring the project online, giving Xcel Energy customers more solar ...


    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

  • Western lawmakers vow to increase state renewable energy portfolios

    With President Donald Trump vows to revitalize America’s fossil fuel industry, Western lawmakers are making good on promises to increase their reliance on renewable energy and limit greenhouse gas emissions. With President Donald Trump vows to revitalize America’s fossil fuel industry, Western lawmakers are making good on promises to increase their reliance on renewable energy and ...

  • New Zealand can play leading role in smart energy systems, says new IEA report

    New Zealand has long been a global leader in developing effective energy markets, renewable energy and establishing robust policies for electricity security, linked to its unique natural resource base and geography. Over the past decade, New Zealand's growing energy needs have outpaced improvements in energy efficiency, mainly because of the country's expanding economy and growing ...


    By International Energy Agency

  • New Microgrid System in Flinders Island, Tasmania

    Electro Power Systems S.A. (EPS), a technology provider of energy-storage systems and microgrids, recently announced the commissioning of the new system microgrid connected in Flinders Island, northeast of Tasmania, will start in Q1 2017. EPS, in partnership with Toshiba, realized a hybrid storage system sired to Flinders Island's microgrid for Hydro Tasmania, Australia's largest producer of ...


    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

  • GridBright to Leverage ARPA-E GRID DATA Repository to Support Integration of Solar

    GridBright, Inc. recently announced that it is part of three of the thirteen projects selected for award negotiations by the DOE SunShot Initiative ENERGISE; a $30M program to support 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. The three projects represent ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Edison Electric Institute to Wall Street: Delivering America's Energy Future

    Edison Electric Institute (EEI) President Tom Kuhn and three other EEI officers - David Owens, Phil Moeller, and Richard McMahon - recently briefed Wall Street analysts, bankers, and investors on the state of the U.S. electric power industry. Kuhn and the panelists ...


    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

  • Solar Water Pump in Sudan

    The Sahara is one of the sunniest and also the driest regions on earth. Water here is a scarce resource but is essential for daily life. The village of Tamtam is located in the north of Sudan on an intercity road linking the capital Khartoum with the northern cities of the Nile and leading 300km through pure deserts. This settlement was built with several service areas and residential buildings ...


    By Mena Water FZC

  • Corporate energy plans are playing a bigger role in the renewable energy market

    Big companies - from Google to the candy maker Mars—have become big players in the renewable energy market, which has until now been dominated by utilities. In 2105, large corporate customers contracted for a record 3.2 gigawatts of renewable energy, including the majority of wind power purchase agreements (PPAs) for the year, and another 1.6 gigawatts was contracted in 2016, according to ...

  • 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

  • Corporate solar buyback success story

    When Accrington-based textile manufacturing firm Lantex installed their 14.4KWp solar PV system in September 2010, they considered it to be a long-term investment in securing lower electricity bills and a reduced carbon footprint for the company. However, with the help of Lightsource’s rooftop buyback system, Lantex has been able to see an early return on their investment, while still ...

  • ENACT Platform registered 400% user growth, publishes first analytics report

    ENACT SYSTEMS, the leading end-to-end business process automation platform for distributed solar projects published its first platform analytics report highlighting aggregate market statistics based on user platform activity across the 2016 calendar year. Key trends on important market variables like solar volumes, system pricing, sizing and utility bill offsets are available at a granular level ...


    By Proinso USA

  • 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), ...

  • 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

  • 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

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