Solar Basics: What are tier 1 solar panels?

Solar Basics is a video series by Solar Power World created to help installers learn about the business, tools and tricks of the solar power trade. The tiered solar panel classification was first developed to show banks which panel manufacturers were legitimate and trustworthy, but it’s evolved since. Learn what tier 1 solar panels actually… […]

PG&E to provide financial assistance to Californians installing residential batteries

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced a new financial assistance pilot for residential customers installing home battery storage systems through the statewide Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP). Approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on July 16, 2020, the new pilot for the existing SGIP program allows eligible customers to install the technology… […]

Minnesota commercial printing company unveils St. Paul’s largest solar project

The Vomela Companies, a commercial printing company, will dedicate its new 300,000 square foot headquarters on St. Paul’s East Side, and unveil the city’s largest solar array at an outdoor celebration Tuesday afternoon. Joining Vomela leaders to mark the occasion are St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, St. Paul Port Authority President Lee Krueger, Carlson School… […]

AEP Energy Partners Issues RFP for New Solar

AEP Energy Partners (AEPEP), a subsidiary of American Electric Power Co., has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for off-take from new solar and new or repowered wind facilities located in PJM Interconnection LLC’s transmission network. AEPEP is seeking renewable energy purchase agreements of 10, 12 or 15 years for facilities that begin operation between […]

Study commissioned by SMUD disparages net metering in favor of utility-scale solar

Energy + Environmental Economics, an energy consulting firm commissioned by SMUD to study the value of solar in its service territory, released an independent study that evaluated the value of solar in the Sacramento area. The study evaluated the value of solar, the value of solar + storage when managed by SMUD or a customer… […]

SolAmerica, Safari Energy complete 43-MW solar portfolio in Georgia

SolAmerica Energy and Safari Energy have successfully completed development, construction, and commissioning of 13 solar projects in Georgia totaling 43 MW of generation capacity. SolAmerica developed, engineered and constructed the projects, and Safari Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of PPL Corporation, will be their long-term owner and operator. Landowners, neighbors, and local governments in 11 counties worked… […]

5 important benefits of PERC solar panels you need to know

By Bogdan Zlatkov, senior content marketing manager, Aurora Solar A few years ago PERC solar panels were just another option in a solar installers toolbox. Today, however, PERC panels are becoming the dominant panel in the industry, and rightfully so. We’ve written about how PERC panels work, but if you’re interested in learning the benefits of… […]

Headline Solar installing solar array on Illinois pasta manufacturing facility

Headline Solar is installing its largest commercial solar project to-date, a 113-kW array in DuPage County at Mazzone Pasta in Bloomingdale, Illinois. The 30,000-sq-ft manufacturing facility will have 286 solar panels covering 7,793 sq ft of rooftop and generate an estimated 143,120 kWh in electricity annually for the next 30 years. The facility plans to… […]

Recent solar graduates install first Illinois Solar for All project in Peoria

Last week, three graduates of the Illinois Solar Pipeline Training Program installed the first Illinois Solar for All project on the roof of Heaven’s View Christian Fellowship in Peoria, Illinois. These graduates are now employed by StraightUp Solar, a local solar installation firm. Illinois Solar For All brings resources for solar project development to environmental… […]