The facts on the fire risks of rooftop solar arrays

By Justin Ehren, Melink Solar & Geo Although fires from rooftop PV systems are incredibly rare, some building owners may have concerns, especially after hearing about a high-profile case in 2018 when seven of Walmart’s rooftop solar systems caught fire. Because solar panels have live wires, there is always going to be some level of… […]

Industry vets form solar site investment fund SolaREIT

SolaREIT, a solar real estate investment fund, is officially launching after securing its first round of capital. The company represents a model in financing solar land that provides more options to compensate landowners for utilizing their land to host solar farms. Following the successful first round of funding, the company is actively looking to partner… […]

Bifacial solar panels lose their Section 201 tariff exemption

The back and forth finally seems to be over. The United States Court of International Trade released its decision today on whether bifacial solar modules should be included again under the Section 201 tariff on imported solar panels. Judge Gary S. Katzmann decided to revoke bifacial modules’ exemption from the tariffs, and put them back… […]

Savion sells 30-MW Virginia solar project to Falck Renewables and Eni US

Savion announced it has reached a definitive agreement to sell the Westmoreland Solar Project in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Falck Renewables North America and Eni New Energy U.S., through Novis Renewables Holdings, a partnership with 51% and 49% shares respectively, signed an agreement with Savion to acquire the ready-to-build 30-MWDC (20-MWAC) project. The solar facility planned… […]

sonnen releases new 10-kWh home battery for $9,500

Residential battery maker sonnen has released its new compact and affordable sonnenCore battery solution that provides homeowners with a premium sonnen solution in a cost-conscious package. sonnenCore aims to expand the residential energy storage market with a high-quality, affordable home battery option for any home. sonnenCore is equipped with 4.8 kW/10 kWh of maximum usable… […]

CALSSA calls for ten legislative actions to drive solar + storage growth in California

The California Solar and Storage Association (CALSSA) released a new report “Shovel Ready for Recovery: A Blueprint for Jobs and Economic Recovery Through Local Solar and Storage Investments,” highlighting the job creation, clean energy and energy resiliency benefits from local solar and storage investments as outlined in CALSSA’s ten-point plan of action. California’s local solar… […]

In-line connector developed at Sandia can prevent solar panel fires before they ignite

Sandia National Laboratories has developed an in-line connector that can automatically predict and prevent arc-faults in solar panels before they start electrical fires. Sandia researcher Kenny Armijo has spent 10 years working alongside other researchers at the labs and local company Guardian Sensors Inc. to understand and characterize these hazardous arc-faults. “As solar panels become more… […]