Some top solar energy news from around the interwebs (other than what we’ve already covered):
Tigo Energy®, the market leader in solar optimization technology for photovoltaic (PV) solar installations, [last week] announced it has received one of ten Department of Energy SunShot investments aimed at reducing soft costs associated with solar energy installations.
The award of up to $500,000 will be used to develop software that will further reduce the costs associated with installation, commissioning, and operations & maintenance by providing tools to monitor and manage PV systems. Tigo Energy will use this award to fund module-level monitoring software that analyzes data from solar installations and other sources, such as observed weather conditions. The software is designed to proactively pinpoint faults in a system and assess the financial benefits of service and maintenance by weighing repair costs against the value of energy lost, allowing system owners and plant managers to make intelligent decisions regarding O&M expenditures.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works and First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) have reached an agreement on the installation of solar modules at the Solar Ranch One photovoltaic (PV) power plant currently under construction in the Antelope Valley.
The agreement enables First Solar to continue construction activities of the 230-megawatt power plant that, when completed in 2013, will generate enough electricity to power 75,000 homes. Installation of the modules had been delayed while First Solar and Public Works worked to achieve agreement related to the module code certifications….
DOW POWERHOUSE™ [has] announced the first installation of its cutting-edge DOW POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingle roof system in San Antonio. Bobby and Sarah Ross waited over a year to be the first homeowners in Texas with a POWERHOUSE solar roof.
First Solar will deliver 61 megawatts peak (MWp) of thin film modules starting in September 2012 for enXco’s Catalina Solar Project located in Kern County, California.
Catalina Solar will be built in two phases — the first phase of approximately 60 MWp is targeted to go online by the end of 2012 and the remainder of the project by June 2013. The plant will generate enough clean energy to power the equivalent of about 35,000 homes annually and will offset about 74,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions every year….
Kohl’s adds New York, Massachusetts and Ohio to list of states with solar locations, will expand overall solar portfolio by nearly 25 percent this year….
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