New & Noteworthy – Page 9

How Military Solar-Powered Microgrids Could Boost National Security

Written by Allison Mills on May 10, 2017

New research says distributed microgrid tech can secure the electrical grids at military bases to reduce the impact of cyberattacks, physical attacks from terrorists, and natural disasters.

Tennessee Valley Authority Awards 10 MW Under Solar Pilot Program

Posted by Joseph Bebon on May 10, 2017

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), in partnership with the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association (TVPPA), has awarded 10 MW of solar capacity to seven local power companies (LPCs) that applied through TVA’s Distributed Solar Solutions (DSS) pilot program. Once completed, [Read More]

Sunlight Financial Raises Half-A-Billion Dollars For Home Solar Loans

Posted by Joseph Bebon on May 10, 2017

Sunlight Financial, a provider of financing for residential solar systems, and Technology Credit Union (Tech CU), a credit union based in Silicon Valley, have announced the expansion of their partnership and residential solar loan program. Tech CU will commit up [Read More]

‘Open For Solar Business’: Dozens Of U.S. Communities Are Cutting Red Tape

Posted by Joseph Bebon on May 08, 2017

The government-funded SolSmart program has added to its list of leading cities and counties that are working to lower barriers to solar development.

Minnesota Experiences ‘Dramatic’ Solar Growth

Posted by Joseph Bebon on May 08, 2017

On a bright, sunny Minnesota spring day, with solar panels in the background, Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced that the state is enjoying dramatic growth in solar power, adding nearly as much new solar capacity in just the first [Read More]

TXU Energy Launches ‘Free Nights & Solar Days’ Time-Of-Use Plan

Posted by Joseph Bebon on May 05, 2017

Texas-based utility TXU Energy has announced Free Nights & Solar Days, a time-of-use program combining its Right Time Pricing Plan with a new option for customers to go 100% renewable. “This is the best of both worlds – our customers [Read More]

SEC Investigating Sunrun And SolarCity Over Contract Cancellations

Joseph Bebon
Written by Joseph Bebon on May 04, 2017

The federal probe of two major solar companies also raises a broader question about sales tactics and consumer protection.

EIA Charts Utility-Scale Solar’s ‘Rapid’ Five-Year Growth

Posted by Joseph Bebon on May 04, 2017

U.S. utility-scale solar installations – including both photovoltaic (PV) and thermal technologies – grew at an average rate of 72% per year between 2010 and 2016, faster than any other generating technologies, according to a new analysis from the U.S. [Read More]

Santa Barbara County Solar Project Exceeds Expectations

Posted by Joseph Bebon on May 04, 2017

The Santa Barbara County, Calif., board of supervisors has received a five-year update on the Calle Real solar array showing that the project has performed beyond expectations. According to a county announcement, the solar array was projected to produce 8.9 [Read More]

Solar And Wind Provided Over Half Of New U.S. Capacity In First Quarter

Posted by Joseph Bebon on May 03, 2017

Wind and solar power provided more than half of the new electrical generating capacity added to the U.S. grid during the first quarter of the year, says a new report from the SUN DAY Campaign, citing statistics from the Federal [Read More]