Almost one year after its launch, Duke Energy’s Solar Rebate Program has paid almost $5 million in rebates to South Carolina customers who have invested in solar power at their residences or businesses. According to the utility, the rebates help [Read More]


PHP Systems/Design, a Houston-based designer and manufacturer of rooftop pipe and equipment support systems, has added a solar panel mounting system to its line of products to meet market demands. “The solar panel mounting system is a product we previously [Read More]

Citing increased pricing pressures in the global solar market, module maker SolarWorld plans to lay off approximately 500 temporary employees in Germany and make a “moderate reduction” of its production volume during the fourth quarter. “Once again, we are facing [Read More]

Toronto-based Opus One Solutions says it is leading a $16.4 million project aimed at driving the development of technology to improve the integration of distributed energy resources (DERs), such as solar, wind and storage, into the grid. Specifically, the initiative [Read More]


The Albuquerque, N.M., City Council has unanimously passed a resolution to create a new solar energy standard for city facilities. The resolution says, “The City of Albuquerque recognizes the benefits provided through solar energy for improving environmental health, public health [Read More]

A new report by researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory highlights innovative approaches that U.S. utilities are using to plan for increased rooftop solar. The report says that when an individual utility customer [Read More]

Minnesota-based utility company Xcel Energy is partnering with the state of Minnesota in an effort to ensure 33% of the State Capitol Complex’s energy comes from renewables. The initiative, part of Xcel’s new Renewable*Connect Government Pilot Program, was announced Wednesday [Read More]

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Projects & Contracts

Joseph Gallo Farms, a family-owned dairy, cheese-making and whey business in the small community of Atwater, Calif., has unveiled an on-site 2 MW solar array. The fixed-array system, installed by SolarCity, consists of 7,840 solar panels on 8 acres. “Sustainable [Read More]

The Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association (WH) and Great River Energy, one of its wholesale electric power providers, have dedicated the 2.25 MW Dickinson solar project in Minnesota. Located south of Buffalo, the 8,352-panel project was a collaborative effort between the [Read More]

GameChange Solar, a manufacturer of fixed-tilt and tracker solar racking systems, has been awarded an order for 100 MW of its Max-Span post-driven racking systems. Although the company did not disclose the name of the customer or of the project, [Read More]

Officials have dedicated a 3 MW solar project built on a 10-acre brownfield site in Westfield, Mass. During a ceremony, Massachusetts Lieutenant-Governor Karyn Polito; Westfield Mayor Brian P. Sullivan; and Mark Noyes, president and CEO of ConEdison Development, developer of [Read More]

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