BayWa r.e. Launches Independent Mounting System Manufacturer

BayWa r.e., a global renewable energy developer, service supplier, wholesaler and energy solutions provider, has launched novotegra GmbH, an independent mounting system manufacturer, following the success of its novotegra mounting system. Novotegra GmbH will control all of BayWa r.e.’s photovoltaic mounting system manufacturing activities. Previously, BayWa r.e. Solar Energy Systems GmbH was jointly responsible for […]

SEIA begins campaigning new administration to repeal Trump solar tariffs

Seventeen leading renewable energy CEOs are calling on President Biden to rescind the Trump Administration’s October 2020 solar proclamation, which improperly increased tariffs on solar panels and rescinds the exclusion for bifacial solar panels. Led by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and supported by the American Clean Power Association, the letter calls attention to… […]

Senator Wiener Introduces the Solar Access Act

Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) has introduced SB 617, the Solar Access Act.  SB 617 implements automated solar permitting in local jurisdictions with over 10,000 residents. This will allow for remote inspections and approvals of residential solar and solar+storage systems, which will greatly decrease approval times, cut permitting costs for local governments and homeowners, and […]

Development underway on 150-MW Indiana solar project following PPA from electric cooperative

Energy and transmission cooperative Hoosier Energy signed a 150-MW power purchase agreement (PPA) on the Ratts 2 Solar Project, owned by Capital Dynamics CEI, located in Knox County, Indiana. Arevon Energy Management and Tenaska are co-developing this project, and construction is expected to begin in 2022 with commercial operation anticipated in 2023. “Hoosier Energy’s PPA… […]

Virginia sets example for fair HOA solar policy Other states can look to the commonwealth as a guide, but the law is still not flawless.

Residential solar contractors encounter plenty of speed bumps in the process from sales to installation, whether that’s tire-kickers, financing issues or logistical delays. Working with a client who lives in a homeowners association (HOA) subdivision could cost installers much more time and money. In the worst-case scenario, it can even lead to cancelled contracts. Residential… […]

Contractors Corner: Shine Solar

Arkansas is an expanding solar market. Ranked 36th in the nation for installed solar in 2019, the state climbed to 25th in 2020. Some of that growth can be attributed to Shine Solar, a five-year-old installer headquartered in the state’s northwest corner. CEO Nick Gorden has approached the Arkansas market with education first, and it’s… […]

Top 10 solar articles of 2020 from the Aurora Blog

By Bogdan Zlatkov, Sr. Content Marketing Manager, Aurora Solar 2020 has been a year like no other. The pandemic and stay-at-home orders posed a unique risk to the industry. However, the solar installation community, which is well-known for its grit and resilience, adapted quickly and increased its adoption of remote sales, operational tools and outside… […]