S-5! donates $10,000 to Colorado fire department

Solar roof mount provider S-5! supported its local fire department through a donation to kick off a state-wide, four-day “bike-a-thon” and virtual telethon. SHIELD616, headquartered in Black Forest near Colorado Springs, Colorado, outfits first responders with protective gear — the police, firefighters and EMS — and to date has outfitted more than 5,000 first responders… […]

Honnold Foundation, Sunrun launch solar grant fund for environmental justice communities

Honnold Foundation, a solar energy access nonprofit founded in 2012 by prominent rock climber Alex Honnold and Sunrun, a leading provider of residential solar, battery storage and energy services have joined forces to launch a new grant program. The Community Fund will fund solar for community-based nonprofits with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)… […]

Clean Power Alliance advances two new solar + storage projects in California

In the wake of high heat and statewide Flex Alerts, Clean Power Alliance (CPA) advanced two new solar + storage projects that will increase California’s grid reliability. The CPA Board of Directors approved the Rexford 1 Solar & Storage Center and Chalan Solar plus Storage projects last Thursday. The two projects will add a combined 365 MW of… […]

IEA: Reaching Climate Goals Requires a Drastic Increase in Clean Energy Tech

A major effort to develop and deploy clean energy technologies worldwide is urgently needed to meet international energy and climate goals, particularly in order to reduce carbon emissions from areas beyond the power sector such as transport, buildings and industry, according to a new IEA report. With global carbon emissions at unacceptably high levels, structural […]

Solar Farms — Streamlined Trunk Cable Design Eases Installation and Reduces Overall Cost

  by Daniel Ribeiro, Product Manager, TE Connectivity In recent years, demand for solar power has grown as a greener alternative to traditional fossil-fuel-based power generation, and the trend among solar power generation installations has been toward systems that have both a larger footprint and larger production capacity. However, as solar farms continue to grow… […]

Altenergy installs 251-kW solar array for Virginia agricultural transport provider

Houff Corporation, an agricultural products and services company serving the Virginia counties of Rockingham, Augusta, Page and Rockbridge, has reduced its electricity bills by converting to solar energy. “Our operations require a fair amount of electrical energy. To have a major portion of that energy come from solar energy is a great cost savings for… […]

Utility-Scale Solar Remains Resilient Despite Pandemic

The U.S. solar market installed 3.5 GW of new solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in Q2, a drop of 6% from Q1 installations. At the same time, utility-scale solar remained resilient despite the COVID-19 pandemic, representing 71% of all new solar capacity brought online in Q2, according to recently released U.S. Solar Market Insight Q3 2020 […]

POWERHOME Solar installs 74-panel array atop historic ceramic studio

Pewabic Pottery, one of the oldest continuously operating ceramic studios in the country, has been making pottery and tile in Detroit since 1903. The 117-year-old business added 74 solar panels atop its education and tile studios, located behind its iconic Tudor-style building. Installed by POWERHOME Solar, the panels will offset 16% of Pewabic’s average electricity… […]

Duke Energy agrees to clear solar interconnection queue and reform the process

A pair of collaborative milestones have been reached between Duke Energy and third-party solar developers as well as industry organizations to create a pathway for more solar energy in the Carolinas. “These agreements continue to advance renewable energy in the Carolinas,” said Stephen De May, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. “Collaborative engagement was key to… […]

U.S. solar market report shows 23% decline in residential installations in Q2 But utility-scale solar remained resilient in the face of COVID-19 disruptions.

Note: The Q3 2020 U.S. Solar Market Insight covers installation volumes in Q2 2020 and forward-looking trends. The second quarter of 2020 was the first full quarter in which the U.S. solar industry was exposed to the risks associated with the coronavirus pandemic. The forecasts in this report account for the coronavirus but are subject… […]