Midwest Renewable Energy Association files lawsuit for third-party solar financing access in Wisconsin

The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) filed a lawsuit in Wisconsin Circuit Court to remove barriers preventing Wisconsinites from accessing the benefits of local clean energy development. MREA’s filing asks the court to ensure that the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) sticks to regulating monopoly utility companies and does not illegally interfere with competitive… […]

Jennifer Granholm confirmed to lead Department of Energy

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm was confirmed by the Senate to lead the country’s Department of Energy by a 64-35 vote on Feb. 25. Granholm will head the agency that’s largely responsible for accomplishing President Biden’s vision of drastically cutting U.S. energy emissions and setting a path toward net-zero by 2050. My sincere thanks to the… […]

DSD completes custom solar carport for IKEA Baltimore

Distributed Solar Development­­ (DSD) has completed a custom 1.358-MW solar carport it designed and built for IKEA Baltimore. The Baltimore IKEA location has seen an 84% decrease in the amount of energy needed to be purchased between September and December 2020, equating to a 57% cost savings for the store. This is the first of… […]

Altus Power to Construct Hawaii Solar Project

Altus Power America Inc., a Connecticut-based company that specializes in clean electrification, says it will be constructing a 4.5 MW ground-mounted solar energy project in Kapolei, Hawaii, on the island of O’ahu.  Once completed, the project will be the largest community-based renewable energy (CBRE) project in the state. Altus Power acquired the project from Tritium […]

Xcel Energy Colorado Releases Details of Clean Energy Plan

Xcel Energy Colorado has unveiled the scope of its upcoming Clean Energy Plan, which will deliver its customers an estimated 85% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from 2005 levels by 2030.  The plan will result in greater reductions than required by Colorado law and will double renewable energy and battery storage on the Xcel Energy […]

Growatt’s XH inverter line joins Tigo Enhanced rapid shutdown program

Tigo Energy announced that Growatt, a grid-connected single-phase PV and energy storage system inverter provider, has joined the Tigo Enhanced program to bring simple, reliable rapid shutdown solutions to PV installers. Growatt, a leading grid-connected single-phase PV and energy storage system inverter provider, has joined the Tigo Enhanced program to bring simple, reliable rapid shutdown… […]

SolarSkin graphic overlay used on 250-kW floating solar project at Universal Orlando

A 250-kW floating solar array installed by D3Energy outside Universal Orlando themepark also uses SolarSkin technology to brand the array with the park’s parent company’s logo. SolarSkin is a fully customizable graphic overlay that can be imprinted with any artwork and applied to any solar array. It enables businesses to infuse custom artwork, brand colors… […]

Altus Power America constructing Hawaii’s largest community solar project

Altus Power America will construct a 4.5-MW ground-mounted solar energy project in Kapolei, Hawaii on the island of Oahu. Once constructed the project will be the largest Community-Based Renewable Energy (CBRE) project in Hawaii. Altus Power acquired the project from Tritium3 who led the development effort under Phase I of the CBRE program and will… […]

Can you use the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for battery storage?

By Sunny Wang, Director of Government Affairs and Communications, Aurora Solar The Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is arguably the most significant financial incentive for installing solar in the U.S. today. This tax credit has also helped the industry grow by more than 10,000% since it was implemented less than 15 years ago. This year… […]

2021 Raptor Maps aerial inspection report shows solar inverter improvements year-over-year

Raptor Maps, a provider of solar lifecycle management software, released its third annual report on causation and frequency of PV system underperformance. The company utilized its solar data model to query 22 GW of utility-scale and C&I PV systems across 27 countries. In the company’s 2020 report, offline inverters accounted for 27% of lost solar… […]