Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Yingli Green Energy Supplies 72 MW of Solar Panels to Solarcentury in the United Kingdom

BAODING, CHINA --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- Yingli Green Energy, the largest vertically integrated solar panel manufacturer in the world, known as "Yingli Solar", today announced that the Company will supply 72 megawatts of multi- and monocrystalline solar panels to Solarcentury Holdings Ltd. ("Solarcentury"), a leading solar company in the United Kingdom ("UK").

In terms of the agreement between Yingli and Solarcentury, the Company will complete the delivery of approximately 168,000 solar panels by the end of this year. The panels will be installed in projects across the UK. These projects will produce approximately 65,000 MWh of clean solar electricity per year, enough to supply around 21,800 typical UK homes.

"We are pleased to once more join forces with our trusted partner, Yingli Green Energy, for these exciting projects. We have worked together for a number of years, and the trust built up over that time makes it easier to execute on projects at this scale. Solar is still the most popular form of renewable energy among the UK public, unsurprising since developing our solar capacity stands to benefit many people and businesses. Also, by diversifying our energy mix, we can help improve the UK's energy security," said Mr. Matthew Boulton, Chief Operating Officer, Solarcentury.

"It is our pleasure to partner with Solarcentury, one of the most innovative companies in the UK and a long-term friend of Yingli. As we continue to see a strong solar market in the UK with a steady growth potential throughout 2020, we look forward to cooperate with this long-standing solar company on more exciting projects in the future," said Mr. Liansheng Miao, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Yingli Green Energy.

Solar Universe Puts Power On Sale With The Industry's First-Ever "Bright Friday"

SAN FRANCISCO, CA --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- Solar Universe, the leader in solar franchising, announced the industry's first-ever Black Friday sale on power. Instead of participating in the traditional hype of Black Friday, Solar Universe decided to lighten the meaning and call the event "Bright Friday." The holiday deal includes a $1,000 gift card for new customers who visit BrightFridaySolar.com by Dec.1, and sign-up with Solar Universe by Jan. 5.

"Black Friday has historically been about waking up before the sun rises and waiting in long lines hoping to save your family money over the holidays. We want to give homeowners the option to take advantage of solar savings, and with our Bright Friday event, give them an extra $1,000 as a way to help pay off their holiday shopping," said Joe Miller, executive vice president at Solar Universe. "Solar power lets homeowners save all year long and for many years to come with a cleaner choice of energy. And with our Bright Friday deal, it's a gift that starts giving back immediately."

The Bright Friday events signals that solar power has gone mainstream and is inspiring cost-conscious consumers to re-think their energy choices—particularly during one of the heaviest energy consumption seasons of the year. While holiday and bargain shoppers look for the hottest tech and energy-based gadgets for the loved ones on their list, the accessibility of solar power is giving consumers a choice to control their own electric bill. Today, solar is even more affordable, due to improved technology and reduced equipment costs as well as financial incentives. Consumers can get started with no upfront costs and then pay a low locked-in power rate for 20 years.

To learn more about the Solar Universe "Bright Friday" Promotion, please visit BrightFridaySolar.com.

About Solar Universe
Solar Universe (solaruniverse.com) is the smart energy choice and a certified partner of Sunrun, the largest dedicated residential solar company in the U.S. We make solar energy easy and handle everything from design to installation. We've developed a unique solar franchise network which brings energy savings to consumers and businesses through our network of locally owned and operated franchises. Solar Universe is changing the face of the solar industry by giving customers a local choice to produce their own more affordable power.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Enphase Energy Announces Philanthropic Partnership with SolarAid

MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Enphase Energy announced today its charitable partnership with SolarAid, a leading London-based international nonprofit that provides access to clean, affordable solar lights. SolarAid’s goal is to eliminate the toxic kerosene lantern from Africa by 2020, and Enphase’s donation will be contributing to this campaign by helping to build trust in solar technology and getting solar lights into the hands of 600 million people.

“Affordable solar lights increase people’s income by an average of 15 percent per month, enhance work and study time, improve health, cut carbon emissions and provide a platform for local economies to flourish,” said Andrew Webb, managing director, SolarAid. “With the help of supporters such as Enphase, we can reach off-grid communities and educate them in the use of solar, while developing a solid international network to lobby institutions and governments. Spreading solar lighting across Africa and lighting up millions of households is a dream we are achieving.”

“SolarAid’s mission of bringing clean and safe light to off-grid communities across Africa aligns with Enphase’s efforts to promote solar energy for a sustainable future,” said Olivier Jacques, managing director, EMEA, Enphase Energy. “We are honored to partner with SolarAid and directly participate in the transition to solar in Africa.”

Recently, Enphase and SolarAid participated in a fund raising activity at Solar Energy UK, the largest B2B event for the solar industry in Great Britain. Coin-collection points were situated across Enphase’s booth for three days, and Enphase matched a donation amount collected through visitors’ contributions. Enphase and SolarAid are looking forward to many more joint opportunities and activities along these lines in the future.

Founded in 2006 by Dr. Jeremy Leggett, SolarAid is an international charity creating business-based solutions for poverty and climate change and a leader in driving policy for off-grid lighting and solar technology advancements. In 2008, SolarAid created SunnyMoney, a fully-owned social enterprise to run on-the-ground operations. SunnyMoney has grown rapidly from a small trading arm to a viable business. Today, it is the largest seller of solar lights in Africa. By building a sustainable market for solar products, SolarAid and SunnyMoney aim to eliminate the use of kerosene lamps in Africa by 2020.

Enphase is not new to philanthropic initiatives. Its long-lasting charitable partnership with the US-based nonprofit GRID Alternatives makes solar power and solar job training available to underserved communities. Enphase has recently kicked off collaboration with the Brian D. Robertson Memorial Solar Schools Fund (BDR Fund) to install photovoltaic systems in over 25 schools across the US.

The partnership between Enphase Energy and SolarAid will continue in 2015.

Mitsubishi Electric Joins Forces with CSULB Students to Provide Solar Energy to Local Family in Need

CYPRESS, CA.--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Employee volunteers from Mitsubishi Electric’s Cypress, California headquarters and students from California State University Long Beach’s Disabled Student Services donated their time last week to install a solar electric system on the roof of a Long Beach home. GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles, a non-profit organization that works with volunteers to install solar electric systems for low-income families, led the installation.

Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc., a manufacturer of solar modules and other premier electronics, sponsored the installation of the bundled solar electric system, incorporating equipment donated by Mitsubishi Electric, Solectria Renewables and Orion Solar Racking. The system is expected to produce 97,604 kWh, which will provide the homeowner with substantial savings over the 30-year life of the system. The clean power generated by the system is expected to prevent more than 46 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to the emissions that would come from burning more than 44,000 pounds of coal or consuming 4,600 gallons of gasoline.

“This is a shining example of corporate, public and charitable collaboration to contribute to our community,” said Gina Heng, vice president and general manager of Mitsubishi Electric’s Photovoltaic Division. “The installation was made possible through the generosity of Solectria Renewables and Orion Solar Racking, the leadership of GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles, and, of course, the CSLUB students and our employee volunteers.”

Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation offered financial support, with a grant to GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles, to provide hands-on training and education in renewable energy for the student volunteers. The foundation’s mission is to empower youth with disabilities to lead productive lives through increased employment.

“Our company-sponsored solar installation with GRID Alternatives offers a great opportunity to carry out our mission to help youth with disabilities maximize their potential and participation in society,” said Kevin Webb, director of the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation. “We’re proud and humbled to offer these students the occasion to provide service to their community.”

Ms. Heng said she was impressed with the students’ high level of interest in solar technology. “The students, many of whom are engineering majors, are very knowledgeable about solar modules and systems. I’m confident that this real-world experience will contribute to their excitement about careers in sustainable energy.”

One of the students summed up the experience. “This volunteer project helped me to understand the impact of solar energy for homeowners, beyond its impact on the environment. Working on this installation with Mitsubishi Electric and GRID Alternatives has inspired me to explore career opportunities in renewable energy,” stated Will Reese. “It also made my fellow students and me feel good to help this family lower its energy bills for years to come.”

“I want to thank all the volunteers and companies that worked together to donate this solar electric system to our family,” said homeowner Lee Fukui. His wife Mauna Eichner, added, “The cost savings will help to stretch our monthly income. I’m also happy that we’re switching to clean energy.”

Friday, November 21, 2014

Trina Solar Receives Carbon Footprint Verification for Solar PV Modules from BSI

CHANGZHOU, CHINA--(eSolareEnergyNews)--  Trina Solar, a global leader in photovoltaic  modules, solutions, and services, today announced it obtained Carbon Footprint Verification for the Company's solar PV modules from the British Standards Institution, a leading international standards and certification body.

The Carbon Footprint Verification, which is based on standards PAS 2050 and ISO 14067, is widely used as a means of quantifying the carbon footprint of a range of goods and services. The Verification involves assessing the carbon footprint at various stages of a product's life cycle, such as the acquisition of raw materials, process activities phase and packaging. The Verification enables organizations to conduct an internal assessment of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions throughout a product's life cycle and helps identify potential cost and energy saving opportunities.

We are pleased to once again receive the Carbon Footprint Verification for our solar PV modules, said Jifan Gao, CEO and Chairman of Trina Solar. "The Verification provides dependable evidence of the environmental benefits of Trina Solar's products and serves as a differentiator for our products. The verification demonstrates Trina Solar's active commitment to sustainable development and a low carbon economy and recognizes our efforts to reduce the impacts of solar products on the environment. Our focus remains on further refining our product manufacturing processes and driving reductions in carbon emissions wherever possible."

About Trina Solar Limited

Trina Solar Limited (NYSE: TSL) is a global leader in photovoltaic modules, solutions and services. Founded in 1997 as a PV system integrator, Trina Solar today drives smart energy together with installers, distributors, utilities and developers worldwide. The company's industry-shaping position is based on innovation excellence, superior product quality, vertically integrated capabilities and environmental stewardship. For more information, please visit www.trinasolar.com.

About BSI

BSI (British Standards Institution) is a global organization that equips businesses with the necessary solutions to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. Formed in 1901, BSI was the world's first National Standards Body and a founding member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Over a century later it continues to facilitate business improvement across the globe by helping its clients drive performance, reduce risk and grow sustainably through the adoption of international management systems standards, many of which BSI originated. Famed for its marks of excellence including the instantly recognizable Kitemark®, BSI's influence spans multiple sectors including aerospace, construction, energy, engineering, finance, healthcare, IT and retail. With over 64,000 clients in 147 countries, BSI is an organization whose standards inspire excellence across the globe. For further information visit: http://www.bsigroup.com