Ameresco, Greenbacker construct solar carports at Boston apartments

Boston Properties, a publicly-traded developer, owner and manager of Class A office properties in the United States, added a 5.2 MW solar photovoltaic array at its Carnegie Center in Princeton, New Jersey. “We’re thrilled to complete this installation,” said John Powers, executive VP, New York Region, BXP. “Adding this renewable energy feature under a PPA… […]

Altus Power acquires 2.5-MW solar project in Vermont

Altus Power America has completed the acquisition of a 2.5-MW operating solar project in Charlotte, Vermont. The acquired project generates approximately 3 million kWh of electricity annually. This project sells energy to VEPP, a nonprofit Vermont Corporation that administers two of Vermont’s Renewable Energy Programs under contract with the Vermont Public Utility Commission. “We are… […]

Cypress Creek Renewables ups Texas solar stake with 162-MW Wagyu project

The 162-MW Wagyu solar PV project in Brazoria County, Texas is now delivering power to the grid. Located near Houston, the project is owned by global renewable energy investor Cubico Sustainable Investments and was developed by Cypress Creek Renewables. Project construction was performed by Renewable Energy Systems. In addition to acting as the original project… […]

Greenbacker Renewable Energy acquires planned 80-MW South Dakota solar project

Greenbacker Renewable Energy has, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, purchased a to-be-constructed 80-MW solar project from Broad Reach Power. The project, Fall River Solar, is located in Fall River County, South Dakota and has a 20-year PPA in place with the investment-grade utility Black Hills Power. Greenbacker will oversee the construction which is expected to reach… […]

Lendlease sells renewable energy business to Magnetar Capital

Lendlease, an international property and investment group, announced that Magnetar Capital, an alternative asset manager, has acquired Lendlease’s energy development business. The acquired company will rebrand itself as Vesper Energy. CEO Craig Carson and an experienced management team will lead Vesper Energy from its headquarters in Dallas. “This divestment is consistent with our global strategy… […]

5 homeowner questions every residential solar installer should be ready to answer

By Steven Wittenberg, Trina Solar Product Manager Homeowners interested in installing a solar PV system typically come armed with questions. These include the expected questions about the cost, amount of energy the system will generate and how soon they’ll notice a difference in electricity bills. But homeowners will also undoubtedly have questions about buzzwords they… […]

The winners and losers in U.S. solar manufacturing in 2020

As we close out 2020, the solar industry prepares to enter its final scheduled year with tariffs on imported solar panels. The Trump administration repeatedly said the tariffs were imposed to re-energize U.S. solar manufacturing. And while we did get some significant capacity additions in 2019, market revitalization has petered out since. With two manufacturers… […]

Drone-based shading analysis streamlines onsite verification, increases safety and accelerates growth

By Jason Steinberg, CEO at Scanifly Innovative drone-based tools are substantially changing the solar workflow. Drones can help solar contactors collect on-site, real-time data without cumbersome tools like ladders and tape measures. They boost safety by avoiding roof climbs prior to construction. Using drones and the right analysis tool, contractors can determine dimensions, pitch, azimuth,… […]