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Fraunhofer ISE Claims New Solar Cell Efficiency Record

Posted by Joseph Bebon on February 20, 2017

The Germany-based Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) has claimed a new world record for the most efficient multicrystalline silicon solar cell after its researchers produced a cell with 21.9% efficiency. Fraunhofer ISE says the record-breaking solar cell consists [Read More]

EPB Breaks Ground On City’s First Community Solar Project

Posted by Joseph Bebon on February 20, 2017

EPB, a municipally owned utility in Chattanooga, Tenn., has started construction on the city’s first community solar installation. Dubbed Solar Share, the community solar project is a partnership between EPB and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), and the solar facility [Read More]

Renewable Energy Mandate Proves Effective In Michigan

Posted by Joseph Bebon on February 20, 2017

State renewable portfolio standards (RPS), which require regulated utilities to procure a certain amount of clean energy, have been a major driver of renewables development across the U.S. Highlighting that success, a new report from the Michigan Public Service Commission [Read More]

Maryland Pushes Ahead With Community Solar Program

Joseph Bebon
Written by Joseph Bebon on February 17, 2017

The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved final rules to implement the state’s three-year community solar pilot program. The PSC order sets the total program capacity target at close to 200 MW, directs state utilities to file their community [Read More]

Standard Solar Builds Multi-Tech Commercial Project In Md.

Posted by Joseph Bebon on February 17, 2017

Maryland-based Standard Solar Inc. recently completed a 708 kW solar project at the corporate center of DANAC LLC, a commercial real estate developer, in Rockville, Md. The project consists of a parking garage solar canopy, a solar carport and a [Read More]

Red Wing Shoe Co. Signs Up For Community Solar

Posted by Joseph Bebon on February 16, 2017

NRG Energy Inc. has announced that purpose-built footwear company Red Wing Shoe Co. has subscribed to two community solar farms in Minnesota’s Olmstead and Dodge counties. NRG says it is building the projects under the Xcel Energy Solar Rewards Community [Read More]

El Paso Electric Targets Rooftop Solar Customers Again

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Written by Joseph Bebon on February 16, 2017

Despite reaching a settlement agreement last year, the Texas-based utility is revamping efforts to change how it charges solar customers.

Storage Company sonnen Establishing U.S. Hub In Atlanta

Posted by Joseph Bebon on February 16, 2017

sonnen, a Germany-based residential energy storage company, says it is increasing its investment in the growing U.S. market by establishing a new InnovationHub to combine the firm’s U.S. manufacturing operations and product research and development (R&D) under one roof. Located [Read More]

SunRISE Challenge II Seeks Solar Innovations

Posted by Joseph Bebon on February 16, 2017

The Fraunhofer TechBridge program, part of the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE), is now accepting applications for a second round of the SunRISE TechBridge Challenge. In partnership with Royal DSM and Greentown Labs, SunRISE TechBridge Challenge II is [Read More]

New Renewables Campaign Focuses On Colleges, Universities

Posted by Joseph Bebon on February 16, 2017

Environment America and the Student Public Interest Research Groups have launched a campaign that aims to secure commitments from U.S. colleges and universities to shift to 100% renewable energy. According to the groups, hundreds of colleges and universities – as [Read More]