New & Noteworthy

Report: U.S. Renewables Set Records During First Half Of 2016

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SI Staff on Aug 29, 2016

U.S. renewable energy sources set a series of records for domestic electrical generation during the first half of this year, according to nonprofit SUN DAY Campaign. Citing statistics from the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest “Electric Power Monthly” report, [Read More]

Solar Is ‘Low-Hanging Fruit’ For Texas Army National Guard

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SI Staff on Aug 26, 2016

The Texas Army National Guard has released an analysis that maps the potential for renewable energy and water stress at the majority of its Texas facilities, overlapping that data with energy use and costs. The study, funded by Environmental Defense [Read More]

Berkeley Lab Studies Show U.S. Solar Prices Keep On Dropping

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SI Staff on Aug 25, 2016

Two new market reports from the national laboratory find record-low costs across all solar sectors in the country.

Vivint Solar Expands Into Florida, Creating Jobs

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SI Staff on Aug 25, 2016

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]

Report: Utility-Scale Solar Has ‘Fighting Chance’ To Reach 100 GW This Year

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SI Staff on Aug 22, 2016

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]

Utility And Solar Stakeholders Unite Under Massive Settlement Agreement In Colorado

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SI Staff on Aug 16, 2016

While power providers and solar representatives continue to battle each other across the U.S., this compromise “signals cooperation rather than confrontation.”

Consumer Education Is Key For Success Of Community Solar Market

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SI Staff on Aug 16, 2016

Community solar projects could give millions of U.S. households access to clean energy, according to a new report from the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) and Shelton Group. The potential market for these projects – which allow consumers to buy [Read More]

NV Energy Seeks Approval For Solar Project, Earlier Retirement Of Coal Unit

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SI Staff on Aug 16, 2016

Nevada-based utility NV Energy wants to add more utility-scale solar to its portfolio and speed up the process to retire a coal generation unit. In a new filing, NV Energy has requested that the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada approve [Read More]

SMA Consolidation Means Closure Of Two Manufacturing Plants

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SI Staff on Aug 12, 2016

The solar inverter manufacturer is moving its U.S. production to the company’s German and Chinese plants.

PG&E Officially Files Proposal To Shut Down Nuclear Plant

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SI Staff on Aug 12, 2016

California is one step closer to becoming nuclear free, as utility Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E), along with labor and leading environmental groups, has officially filed a joint proposal to phase out the Diablo Canyon Power Plant (DCPP) with [Read More]