July 15th, 2019 | by John Farrell
Four years have passed since ILSR’s initial report on utility-owned rooftop solar, and this 2019 update shows small growth but some potentially large repercussions. This update rehashes the costs and benefits, updates the progress of the four initial programs, highlights a few new programs, and discusses the wider implications
May 21st, 2019 | by Rocky Mountain Institute
Five electric distribution cooperatives in Texas have signed agreements to purchase 7 megawatts (MW-dc) of distribution-scale solar generation, providing an increased supply of cost-effective and clean energy to their members while increasing local system resilience
May 6th, 2019 | by Charles W. Thurston
C2 Energy Capital plans to increase the size of its commercial and industrial-focused solar portfolio by a factor of four, to 400 megawatts within two years, says Richard Dovere, the co-founder and managing member of the New York-based company
April 26th, 2019 | by Steve Hanley
Researchers at UCLA have created perovskite solar cells that are 25% more efficient and longer lasting than current cells. What's the secret ingredient? Caffeine.
April 23rd, 2019 | by Joshua S Hill
American power and energy company Dominion Energy announced in conjunction with Facebook on Monday that it would add six new solar facilities in Virginia and North Carolina totaling 350 megawatts (MW) for the sole purpose of supplying electricity to Facebook's local operations.
March 25th, 2019 | by Charles W. Thurston
West Virginia has called for a time-out in its four-year effort to rewrite solar net metering rules to the detriment of both solar hosts and solar installers, thanks to a massive campaign by Solar United Neighbors that mustered over 1,000 public comments
February 10th, 2019 | by Steve Hanley
A draft plan by PREPA calls for the largest battery storage in the history of the United States along with more than 2,000 MW of new solar power. The plan is scheduled to be made public officially on February 12.
January 4th, 2019 | by Tina Casey
State-level action will make or break solar energy in the US, regardless of all that pro-coal rhetoric emanating from the White House
December 4th, 2018 | by Charles W. Thurston
If other states follow the California proposal to require solar on all new home builds, the United States could have three times as much solar power as it does now, reckon analysts at Environment America who have produced a new report on the issue
November 7th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) signed an agreement with US developers First Solar and NextEra Energy Resources to build 377 megawatts (MW) worth of new solar capacity in Alabama and Tennessee to provide 100% renewable energy to Facebook's Huntsville, Alabama data center
October 16th, 2018 | by Tina Casey
For all of President Trump's bluster over bringing back coal jobs, his Department of Energy is still pursuing solar power for grid resiliency
October 6th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill
Solar import tariffs imposed by the Trump Administration in January are expected to cost the average residential customer $960 per solar system, adding up to what is essentially a $236.5 million tax imposed on American solar customers.
October 5th, 2018 | by Kyle Field
International energy storage giant Centrica has expanded its solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) footprint on the west coast of the US with the acquisition of Vista Solar. We spoke with Stephen Prince, head of Centrica Business Solutions for North America about why the acquisition of Vista Solar made sense for Centrica and what it hints at for the future
October 5th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
From China to North Carolina to California, advances in EV charging are being announced almost daily, helping to drive the electric car revolution forward.
September 23rd, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
The devastation visited on North Carolina by Hurricane Florence may be opening the eyes of some residents to the reality of climate change and the usefulness of microgrids during grid outages.
July 9th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
A team from North Carolina State University is constructing a solar powered car to participate in the Formula Sun Grand Prix and American Solar Challenge later this year. The team is striving to build a real car, one that could have marketing potential.
May 29th, 2018 | by John Farrell
Energy production from renewable sources continues to expand in the US at a rapid clip, thanks in no small part to the substantial growth of solar energy -- and distributed solar in particular -- in recent years. More states than ever are making solar a priority. But where have these gains been greatest, and what are the economic implications for residents from one state to the next
May 28th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
The US DOE Office of Solar Technologies has awarded a series of research grants intended to find ways of lowering the cost of integrating solar power into traditional grid structures and microgrids.
May 23rd, 2018 | by Guest Contributor
What Happened: GOP Senators from solar states like North Carolina have suddenly discovered that President Trump’s tariffs on solar modules are a bad idea. (Who knew? Everyone. Everyone knew.)
March 13th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
Converting retired coal generating stations into solar power plants is in its infancy in the United States but could become an important part of greening the utility grid in the future.
March 8th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill
Ohio-based Fifth Third Bank has become the first Fortune 500 company, the first bank, and the first RE100 member to achieve its goal of securing 100% of its power consumption with renewables in a single Power Purchase Agreement from a single project.
March 4th, 2018 | by Danny Parker
I’ll close the series by offering two small informational gifts to my patient readers. One is my thoughts on how the Florida Public Service Commission might provide the right signals to help us to make better progress in the Sunshine State. After all, the utilities are simply doing what they can to maximize their profits within the rules of being a regulated monopoly. The rules are the problem
February 26th, 2018 | by Tina Casey
Now that the dust from Trump's new solar tariff is settling, it looks like rooftop PV installers have more to fear (or to gain) from state-level actions affecting the solar marketplace