Residential solar provider Vivint Solar has announced its expansion into Florida, with availability beginning in the Tampa Bay area. The company has hired approximately 40 employees in the state and plans to continue hiring as it extends into new regions. [Read More]


SMA is now taking orders for its latest central inverter, the Sunny Central 2500-EV-US, which the company says is certified to the new UL 62109 standard and is ideal for 1,500 VDC utility-scale applications. The Sunny Central 2500-EV-US provides 2,500 [Read More]

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) says it and a national team of scientists have developed a new system that could help save the solar energy industry hundreds of millions of dollars through improved forecasts of the atmosphere. The [Read More]

REC Solar, a provider of commercial solar and energy solutions, has appointed Matt Walz its CEO. Walz has worked at Duke Energy, which acquired a majority interest in REC Solar in 2015, for 12 years. He joins REC Solar after [Read More]


The Australian National University (ANU) says its scientists have set a world record for efficiency for a solar thermal dish generating steam that could be used for power stations. The team designed and built a new receiver for the solar [Read More]

The Colorado Energy Office (CEO), the Energy Resource Center (ERC) and Colorado Springs Utilities have announced the installation of a 2 kW rooftop solar array as part of the state’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), which provides free energy-efficiency measures to [Read More]

Global utility-scale solar capacity grew 10 GW in mid-2016, reaching a total of 75 GW, and it might be capable of hitting 100 GW by year-end, according to a new report by Wiki-Solar. The report says Asia is continuing to [Read More]

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Projects & Contracts

Inverter provider Enphase Energy Inc. and installer North State Solar Energy have partnered to complete a 500 kW solar photovoltaic system for the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas (CTTB), a Buddhist community and monastery in Ukiah, Calif., that serves as [Read More]

Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas) has tapped Array Technologies Inc. (ATI) to supply solar trackers for the 102 MW AC Lamesa Solar Facility, which is currently under construction in Dawson County, Texas. RES Americas will install more than [Read More]

Home furnishings retailer IKEA has announced plans to install solar panels atop its relocated Seattle-area store under construction in Renton, Wash. According to the company, the project will be the largest rooftop solar installation in Washington. Installation will begin this [Read More]

Gaston Electrical Co. Inc., an electrical contracting company serving the commercial, institutional and retail markets in New England, has added a 175.8 kW rooftop solar system at its headquarters in Norwood, Mass. The company partnered with solar installer Solect Energy, [Read More]

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