Wednesday, December 07, 2016

SolarStratos Solar Plane to Will Soar 80,000 Feet

Just months after two Swiss pilots completed a historic round-the-world trip in a Sun-powered plane, another Swiss adventurer on Wednesday unveiled a solar plane aimed at reaching the stratosphere.

The SolarStratos, a sleek, white two-seater aircraft with long wings covered with 22 square meters (237 square feet) of solar panels, is set to become the first manned solar plane to make a stratospheric flight, according to Raphael Domjan, who is behind the project.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

How Conservatives Are Attacking Green Tech

He is the charismatic Silicon Valley entrepreneur who believes his many companies - including the electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors, solar power firm Solar City, and SpaceX, which makes reusable space rockets – can help resist man-made climate change.

South African-born Elon Musk is a billionaire green evangelist, a bete noire of the fossil fuels industry who talks about colonising Mars and believes it may be possible that we’re living in a computer simulation.

But having been feted by the Obama administration, he now faces an extraordinary barrage of attacks from rightwing thinktanks, lobbyists, websites and commentators. The character of the assault says much about which way the political wind is blowing in Washington – something that will have consequences that stretch far beyond the US.

Phillips 66 Sets World Record in Organic Solar Cell Efficiency

HOUSTON, TX--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Phillips 66 has successfully set a new world record in power conversion efficiency for polymer-based single junction organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells. The 11.84 percent efficiency was certified by Newport Corporation, a recognized center for independent verification of solar cell results under standard testing conditions.

The solar cells are based on proprietary state-of-the-art polymers and interfacial layers, which have been developed by Phillips 66. The advantaged technology can be printed using low-cost roll-to-roll manufacturing processes. The organic solar cells do not contain hazardous components, such as lead or cadmium, unlike some other types of thin film technologies.

“This breakthrough in efficiency brings us closer to the possibility of commercializing this promising form of solar technology,” said Merl Lindstrom, vice president of Technology at Phillips 66. “Continuing to increase the ability of OPV cells to convert power with high efficiency will one day make this energy source more affordable for the consumer.”

Monday, December 05, 2016

Azuri Partners with Zuku, Launches Solar Powered PayGo TV and Satellite Service.

NAIROBI, KENYA--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Leading UK based provider of PayGo Solar Home Systems, Azuri Technologies and home entertainment satellite provider, Zuku have today launched the first integrated pay-as-you-go satellite TV package for rural off-grid consumers in sub Saharan Africa.

Combining solar home power, TV, satellite dish and Zuku Smart+ entertainment with 48 TV and 21 radio channels, the AzuriTV system targets households outside the power grid offering affordable TV, anytime, anywhere, in one complete PayGo package.

Town of Sturbridge MA to Build 2.4 MW Community Solar Array

FRAMINGHAM, MA--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Ameresco, a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company today announced the Company has moved forward with construction of the Town of Sturbridge’s long-awaited 2.4 MW solar facility. The solar array will be located on property behind the Center at Hobbs Brook that is otherwise considered unusable land due to its location.

The multi-million-dollar solar project will provide renewable energy in support of the Town’s commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable practices, and will help to significantly reduce energy costs. The 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) is expected to provide millions of dollars in electricity cost savings over the duration of the contract. Under the PPA, fifty percent of annual electricity generated from the facility will be used by the Town in the form of metering credits, and the other half by the Community Solar Program which will deliver the green power to residents in the region.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Sungevity Engages Citi to Serve as Strategic Advisor for Financing of Loans, Leases, PPAs and Consumer Finance Products

Sungevity Partners with CITI for solar financingOAKLAND,CA.--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Sungevity, Inc., a technology company whose platform enables the sale and installation of solar energy systems, today announced it has signed an engagement letter with Citi pursuant to which Citi will act as its strategic financing advisor for the consumer finance products included in its offerings. In the context of the engagement, Citi will assist Sungevity in structuring and sourcing financing that will enable the development of new residential systems in the United States through Sungevity’s solar loan, lease and PPA offerings.

Sungevity’s asset light business model offers its customers complete solar energy solutions available from top manufacturers, installers and financial institutions. The purpose of the proposed engagement is to facilitate access to funding to enable Sungevity to offer its customers the lowest-cost financing options. By combining access to funding with Sungevity’s market leading solar solutions and network of trusted local installers, the company seeks to strengthen its position of achieving the highest customer satisfaction among solar customers. Increasing value for customers is consistent with Sungevity’s long-term strategy as contemplated in its proposed merger with Easterly Acquisition Corporation.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Boviet Solar USA and Spice Solar Partner to Provide Vocational Training

SAN JOSE, CA.--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Boviet Solar USA, the North American arm of Boviet Solar Technology Co., Ltd., a global leader in the manufacture of high-quality photovoltaic technology, is collaborating with Spice Solar and the San Jose Conservation Corps and Charter School (SJCC&CS) to help train vocational students in solar system installation. Boviet Solar USA has donated three different types of solar panels to the SJCC, and Spice Solar, innovators in rooftop module mounting systems, is providing SJCC students with hands-on training in rooftop solar installation.

The SJCC&CS provides “at risk” young men and women with secondary education courses and training in basic skills such as communication, computer literacy, and employment instruction, allowing them to earn a high school diploma and receive vocational career training.