Solar Photovoltaic

  • Republicans in the Arizona Senate moved Wednesday to send voters a measure mandating separate rates for rooftop solar and requiring state regulators to consider cost-shifts that utilities contend make non-solar customers pay more for their service. The measure is designed to block a proposed citizen's initiative requiring utilities to continue paying homeowners with rooftop ...
  • April 27--Engineering students at Florida International University are getting a two-fer with Florida Power & Light's new 1.4-megawatt solar array at the university's Sweetwater campus: covered parking and a lab. On Wednesday, the school and the utility unveiled the $3.5 million commercial-scale power array erected over a parking lot that will double as a research lab for engineering students ...
  • April 28--What are the most reliable ways to generate solar power in a "sunshine state" that sees its rays so regularly blocked by heavy, dark tropical storm fronts? That's one of the questions to be explored at a new research facility dedicated Wednesday by Florida Power & Light and Florida International University's College of Engineering and Computing in Miami. FPL says the commercial-scale ...
  • The Department of the Navy and Georgia Power, a Southern Company subsidiary, broke ground April 28 on a large-scale solar facility at Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Albany in Georgia. Expected to be one of the largest solar ...
  • April 27--PORTLAND, Maine -- Cianbro Development Corp. has told state regulators that a $26 million Pittsfield solar project and the offshore wind farm it is developing with the University of Maine are at "serious financial risk" because of charges Central Maine Power Co. proposed to connect the projects to the grid. Cianbro and biomass plant developer Georges River Energy LLC want the Maine ...
  • Capital Region residents have a chance to cut down on their electric bills without slapping solar panels on their roofs by buying into the state's first shared renewable solar project based in Halfmoon. New York-based solar provider EnterSolar announced Thursday the construction of a 1,700 solar panel field at their Cary Road site. New York State Electric & Gas customers ...
  • April 28--When Mike Rott installed 34 solar panels on the roof of his Getzville home in August 2014, he did it to save money on his electric bill. He has. His monthly electric bills, which ran between $100 and $180 a month before he installed his 10-kilowatt solar array, now are down to $16. And thanks to a state policy that allows him to sell his excess electricity to National Grid for the ...
  • April 27--Another big developer has withdrawn a plan to build a large commercial solar farm in Suffolk that was awarded as part of an ambitious 2014 LIPA request for more green energy. Sybac Solar of Orlando, Florida, withdrew its proposed 10-megawatt solar farm on a parcel of land known as the Brookhaven Technology Center in Shirley, according to a statement from the company's president. The ...
  • April 27--While the Florida Supreme Court approved the language for a industry-backed solar-power constitutional amendment, now placed on the November ballot, the justices' 4-3 split indicates a sharp division on whether the ballot's wording is misleading. The title most certainly is: Consumers for Smart Solar. A competing measure, Floridians for Solar Choice, the brainchild of a coalition of ...
  • April 26--OAKDALE -- Solar panels will provide most of the electricity for the cheese plant along Highway 120. And some of them will shade the cars of visitors to this popular spot. Oakdale Cheese & Specialties expects to generate 87 percent of the power it now buys from Pacific Gas and Electric Co., co-owner Jessica Bulk said Tuesday. The $175,000 system is about two weeks from completion by ...
  • April 27--HARRISBURG -- Pennsylvania's state government recently ranked the highest in the country for usage of green power, which includes renewable sources like wind, solar and water. The ranking from the federal Environmental Protection Agency was released earlier this week. Not only did the state government rank as the highest public entity, it also finished 26th overall in a list of 100 ...
  • Consumers for Smart Solar has won the right to put the group's proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot. Further, a spokesman says the group -- which is supported by major utilities including Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy Florida, Gulf Power and Tampa Electric -- "looks forward to making our case to the people of Florida that we must advance solar energy -- and ...
  • April 26--CHESAPEAKE State Chief Energy Efficiency Officer Hayes Framme will join school officials and Dominion Virginia Power leaders for a ribbon- cutting ceremony at Western Branch High School for what the electric company is calling "the largest single rooftop solar energy system in Virginia." The school's rooftop system is made up of over 3,000 solar panels, which Dominion officials said ...
  • A partnership involving the Navy, Tennessee Valley Authority and local utilities and agencies announced plans to build Tennessee's largest solar-generating facility at a 400-acre site in Millington. Located just north of Glen Eagle Golf Course and east of Millington Regional Jetport, the solar array will cost more than $100 million and feature 580,000 photovoltaic solar panels tracking the ...
  • April 26--Three western Wisconsin public schools will receive solar panels through Dairyland Power Cooperative's Solar for Schools initiative. The company announced that 12-kilowatt solar installations will be constructed this summer at Alma Area School, Cochrane-Fountain City School and De Soto Area Middle and High School. Dairyland issued a Request for Proposals for the projects last fall. ...
  • How are all these Bakersfield high schools paying for car-cover awnings that are being put in place over the student parking lot? I also notice an elementary school recently had them installed over the teachers' parking lot. Are all those school bonds passed, taxes paid for education or lottery dividends supposed to contribute to improving our educational system being spent on ...
  • April 25--Back in 2008, when renewable energy first began to pencil out for homeowners and commercial users, electricity bills at the tiny San Ysidro School District were fast approaching $1 million a year. Leaders of the South County district thought they could save money by converting their properties to solar power. After a series of meetings with owners of a local energy startup, trustees ...
  • April 23--Officials with SunEdison, the global solar-electric firm that sought bankruptcy protection on Thursday, say the court proceeding won't affect a multimillion dollar contract to provide power to the city of San Diego. "These projects are expected to move forward as planned," SunEdison spokesman John Lamontagne said on Friday. "We have every intention of meeting the commitments we made ...
  • April 22--LEALMAN -- Some Pinellas County politicians spent Earth Day checking out recently installed solar panels on the roof of a local manufacturing facility and lamenting state laws they say give business leaders no incentive to do the right thing. The solar panels cover the rooftop of Mesh Fabrications, a company that builds with sustainable and reclaimed wood and other materials. The ...
  • Story Number: NNS160422-16 Release Date: 4/22/2016 From Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Department of the Navy (DON), Silicon Ranch Corporation and Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) broke ground and solar records in Millington, Tennessee, April 22 in conjunction with Earth Day. The DON and Silicon Ranch signed a ...