On Thursday, Gov. Terry McAuliffe, D-Va., unveiled an update to the 2014 Virginia Energy Plan at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new solar installation at Monticello High School in Albemarle County. The update, titled “Energy in the New Virginia Economy,” [Read More]


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $21.4 million in funding for 17 new projects to help reduce the “soft costs” commonly found with solar energy, such as installation, permitting and connecting to the grid. As more U.S. consumers [Read More]

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced $3.5 million in funding available for the private sector with solutions to make it easier, less costly and less time-consuming to connect renewable resources, such as solar and [Read More]

Newton, Mass., Mayor Setti Warren has announced the start of the city’s Community Solar Share Initiative, a pilot project designed to share the benefits of solar power with low-income Newton residents. According to a press release, over 1,000 low-income households [Read More]


The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) has announced a new report that covers the technical capabilities of distributed energy resources (DERs) – including solar, storage, energy efficiency and demand management – to provide critical grid-support services to help utilities maintain [Read More]

Counter to some utility claims that solar owners don’t pay their fair share, a new report says solar panels on homes, schools and businesses often provide more benefits than they receive through programs like net energy metering (NEM). The report, [Read More]

China-based PV module manufacturer Trina Solar Ltd. says that its lab has set a new world record of 19.86% aperture efficiency with the company’s “Honey Plus” multicrystalline silicon (mc-Si) solar module, which contains 120 pieces of P-type mc-Si solar cells [Read More]

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Projects & Contracts

The University of Minnesota has announced it is tapping into a new source of power. With the recent approval from the university’s board of regents, the institution’s Twin Cities campus will purchase 2 MW of community solar garden subscriptions from [Read More]

Horizon Goodwill Industries, a non-profit that is part of the network collectively known as Goodwill Industries International and whose service area includes Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, has installed a 959.5 kW solar project at its headquarters in Hagerstown, [Read More]

Alpha Omega, a family-owned winery in the Rutherford Bench area of California’s Napa Valley, has placed into operation a microgrid system featuring 400 kW of solar and 580 kWh of battery energy storage. Alpha Omega says the solar power system [Read More]

Partners have celebrated construction completion of what they are touting as the largest single solar facility in the Midwest and one of the largest in the U.S. Featuring more than 440,000 solar panels spanning 1,000 acres in Chisago County, Minn., [Read More]

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