Thursday, August 25, 2016

Urban Solar Awarded Major Contract With Intercity Transit

BEAVERTON, OR --(eSolarEnergyNews)--  Urban Solar is thrilled to announce it has been awarded a contract to supply solar powered LED lighting systems to Intercity Transit.

Intercity Transit, Thurston County's public transportation provider, sees a high demand for its services. In 2015 it logged nearly 4.3 million passenger boardings on its fixed route service.

To support this growing demand, it continues to install high quality, ruggedized solar lighting equipment and recently searched for a new supply. Urban Solar won top pick with its focus on solar LED solutions for the transportation industry.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

REC Solar Appoints New CEO

SAN LUIS OBISPO,CA.--(eSolarEnergyNews)--REC Solar, a leading provider of commercial solar and energy solutions, today announced the appointment of Matt Walz as chief executive officer.

Walz has worked at Duke Energy for 12 years and joins REC Solar after serving on the company’s board of directors. Walz’s appointment is an extension of Duke Energy’s commitment to provide affordable and accessible energy solutions to REC Solar’s commercial customers.

IKEA to Install Washington’s Largest Rooftop Solar Array in Renton, WA

RENTON, WA.--(eSolarEnergyNews)--IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced plans to install solar panels atop the relocated Seattle-area store under construction in Renton, WA. Installation will begin this fall, with completion expected in winter for the largest rooftop solar array in the State of Washington.

The store’s 244,504-square-foot solar array will consist of a 1.18 MW system, built with 3,420 panels, and will produce approximately 1,319,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store, the equivalent of reducing 927 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) – equal to the emissions of 196 cars or providing electricity for 137 homes yearly (calculating clean energy equivalents at www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator).

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Solar is Making a Huge Difference In Sub-Saharan Africa

Last week Zambia set a new price record for utility-scale solar-generated energy in Africa with the support of the World Bank Group’s (WBG) Scaling Solar initiative. The auction for 100 MW (2x50 MW) resulted in a price as low as 6 cents/kWh.

This is good news for the country, which much like the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa faces acute electricity shortages. Nearly 700 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa don’t have access to electricity.

Canadian Solar Begins Operation of 100 Megawatt Mustang Solar Power Project

GUELPH, ONTARIO, CANADA --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- Canadian Solar, one of the world's largest solar power companies, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Recurrent Energy has reached commercial operation of the 100 MWac/134 MWp Mustang solar power project in Kings County, California.

"The commercial operation of the Mustang solar project continues a historic year that will see Recurrent Energy complete more than one gigawatt of U.S. solar photovoltaic (PV) projects," said Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar.

In 2015, Recurrent Energy secured a tax equity investment commitment for the Mustang project from U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation (USBCDC).

Colorado Unveils Low-Income Rooftop Solar Program

Colorado Unveils Low-Income Rooftop Solar ProgramDENVER, CO --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- The Colorado Energy Office (CEO), Energy Resource Center (ERC), and Colorado Springs Utilities announce the installation of a 2kW rooftop solar array as part of the state's Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). The CEO WAP provides free, cost-effective energy efficiency measures to income-eligible households in all of the state's 64 counties.

Historically, the WAP has only allowed energy efficiency measures, but the Department of Energy recently authorized CEO to be the first state to integrate rooftop solar into weatherization services. This project with ERC and Colorado Springs Utilities will demonstrate the feasibility of combining energy efficiency measures with rooftop solar offerings to help reduce utility bills for residents most in need—those paying more than 4 percent of household income on energy costs.

Sullivan Solar Power Voted Best Solar Company in San Diego

San Diego Skyline Courtesy of  SamAntonio.com
San Diego Skyline Photo Courtesy of SamAntonio.com
SAN DIEGO, CA --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- A new poll released by the San Diego Union-Tribune listed locally-based Sullivan Solar Power as the top solar power company in San Diego. San Diego is home to one of the most competitive solar industries globally, and this year saw 12 of the leading solar companies in the industry nominated for the award.

 The winner was determined by popular vote, with Sullivan Solar Power coming out on top as the top solar power company in the region.

"In San Diego, we are blessed with an abundance of sunshine and policies that allow solar to be much more financially attractive for local homeowners and businesses than throwing away money sticking with a dirty utility," said Daniel Sullivan, president and founder of Sullivan Solar Power.