Solar Photovoltaic

  • May 25--JANESVILLE -- The sun is shining on Janesville company Dalmaray Concrete Products for its role in a construction project unlike any other the small firm has ever worked. In a few weeks, a developer will begin operating a 2.3 megawatt, 17-acre solar energy field being constructed at Alliant Energy's Riverside Energy Center in the town of Beloit. It'll be the biggest solar field of its ...
  • May 26--The new community solar project at the Franklin PUD is finished and providing a double benefit -- carbon-free power from the sun and welcome shade for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate its completion Wednesday. The panels are mounted on what's essentially a large carport newly built above part of the parking lot adjacent to the public utility district's main office on West Clark ...
  • The completion of a 1 megawatt solar project was welcomed by town officials on a sunny Monday, May 23. The sprawling solar project is on 10 acres of farmland owned by Philip DeNormandie in an area that seems more industrial than agricultural. It is close by Southcoast Health's cancer and urgent care facilities and other major companies. The large solar panels stretch out on on land ...
  • Utah, identified four years ago by the U.S. Department of the Interior as one of six states in the country with prime solar potential, is riding a boom of new utility-scale developments harnessing the energy of the sun. Nearly 680 megawatts is in development in central and southern Utah, and by next year, nearly 850 megawatts of new solar ...
  • May 25--Facing sometimes strained relationships with state officials, rooftop solar advocates appear to be adopting a less combative approach and coalescing around a less emotional plea to restore favorable rates for rooftop solar customers in Nevada.
  • May 25--WINONA -- The Winona County Board of Commissioners approved a conditional use permit for a utility-scale solar project Tuesday night, and took a step toward making solar decisions simpler in the future. The board approved the CUP for a 250-kilowatt project that will be installed along State Highway 248 in Rollingstone Township. But the permit took some debate among the commissioners. ...
  • May 25--Electricity from 40 acres of solar panels could light the homes and businesses of an eco-friendly development planned in Arden Hills. The Ramsey County Board on Tuesday voted to purchase land at the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP) site for what would be the largest solar array in the metro area. Xcel Energy would manage the solar installation, which is expected to ...
  • May 24--A new Brookings Institution analysis indicates that net metering of solar power yields benefits for all ratepayers -- not just customers generating their own electricity through solar arrays. The paper largely concludes the benefits associated with net metering outweigh the costs and don't pose significant cost increases for non-solar ratepayers. Net metering allows solar power users ...
  • May 24--If it happens, it would be the largest utility-grade solar farm in the metro area. First, the Ramsey County Board needs to get the land to build it, though. Commissioners will vote Tuesday on whether to give staff clearance to pursue the acquisition of 60 acres of land north of the 427-acre former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant it now owns and is readying for redevelopment into a ...
  • May 24--MANKATO -- They're not called "Institutional Solar Gardens," but cities, counties, schools, hospitals and other large institutions have been the primary target of sales team pitching subscriptions to the gigantic solar arrays planned in the Mankato area. Region Nine Development Commission is hoping to put the "community" back into "community solar gardens," offering informational ...
  • May 21--Plans for a solar array at Hamilton College still are a "go." The site of the solar farm is north of college on two large fields just beyond the Skenandoa Club golf course, officials said. Officials say developer SolarCity will own and maintain the system, from which Hamilton College will purchase the power. This week, Hamilton College spokeswoman Vige Barrie said the plan to construct ...
  • May 22--An audit released by the state Comptroller's Office found that Rome did not use a competitive process prior to entering into its solar power purchasing agreements on Tannery and Lamphear roads that could have potentially saved millions of dollars. Rome entered into an agreement with Vermont-based company groSolar in 2013 to install 10,000 solar panels on a 15-acre former landfill that ...
  • May 23--FITZWILLIAM -- A solar array approximately 60- to 80-times more powerful than any currently in the state may be coming to hundreds of acres in Fitzwilliam. Ranger Solar of Yarmouth, Maine, is proposing to install a 60- to 80-megawatt solar array in town that would far surpass power levels generated by existing solar power systems in New Hampshire. The company is looking to put the ...
  • May 20--MAR LIN -- A group of students at Schuylkill Technology Center -- South Campus recently installed a solar energy system to heat water at the school. The system was acquired thanks to a $2,997 environmental education grant the school received from the state Department of Environmental Protection in April 2015, which was matched by $2,997 from the school, Andy J. Wollyung, a plumbing and ...
  • A small fire shut down a generating tower at the world's largest solar power plant, leaving the sprawling facility on the California-Nevada border operating at only a third of its capacity, authorities said. Firefighters had to climb some 300 feet up a boiler tower at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California after fire was reported on an upper level around ...
  • May 19--The future was on the minds of some OGE Energy Corp. shareholders as they asked executives at the company's annual meeting on Thursday about solar generation, battery storage and regulatory issues. Shareholders defeated a resolution sponsored by the New York State Common Retirement Fund that would have asked OGE Energy's board to assess its response to distributed generation such as ...
  • May 20--Clean-energy activists who filed an initiative petition that would require Ashland to produce 10 percent of its own electricity from "new, local and clean" sources by 2020 are counting their solar panels before they're plugged in. Unlike other local municipalities, Ashland owns and operates its own electric utility. Also unlike other cities who depend on Pacific Power and its coal- and ...
  • NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, through an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary, announced that it brought into service a 6.8 megawatt (MW) DC ground-mounted solar photovoltaic array in Klamath County, Oregon. The project, which includes 21,964 sun-tracking solar panels, is located on a former Weyerhaeuser industrial site. ...
  • Imagine seeing the price of gas drop 50 percent, then finding out you couldn't take advantage because of a law that excluded drivers who lease their vehicles or whose fuel tank is on the wrong side. That's pretty much the experience of most would-be solar energy users. The price of panels has plummeted in the last few years, but that doesn't mean everyone who wants solar for their home or ...
  • In the estimation of electric utilities, rooftop-solar users like Joe Bowling are freeloaders. They receive credits for producing energy beyond their own needs, and they still have access to the grid whenever they need it. The problem, utilities argue, is that the cost of maintaining the grid doesn't go down; it shifts to the rest of the customer base. That's why investor-owned utilities are ...