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Standards & Compliance Briefing: Washing Machines, Event Planning, Efficiency Roadmap

CSA Group, UL and the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers yesterday announced the release of AHAM 7003-2013/CSA SPE-7003-13/UL 7003, Sustainability Standard for Household Clothes Washers, which the groups call the first voluntary sustainability standard for home laundry appliances. Stakeholders in its development included Sears, Best Buy, Lowe’s, the EPA and … Read more »

New Solar Finance Models Set to Replace Government Funding, Report Says

As government-funded financial incentives for solar photovoltaics are reduced in some major markets, price reductions and third-party ownership models will become the key drivers for the PV market for the foreseeable future, according to a report by Pike Research. Solar PV, the dominant form of renewable distributed energy generation, grew at … Read more »

Amazon IT Guru Questions Facebook, Apple Solar Arrays

One of Amazon’s leading data-center experts has called into question the environmental logic behind large solar farms recently installed or proposed by Facebook and Apple. In a recent blog post, James Hamilton writes that he couldn’t “make the math work” for the completed solar array at Facebook’s Prinevill, Ore., facility or … Read more »

Mage Solar Launches Powertec Plus Modules

Mage Solar is launching a new power class of its premium efficiency solar modules. The company’s Powertec Plus modules feature allowable tolerances of up to +5 watts, what Mage calls “industry-surpassing” 10-year product warranties, 12-year 90 percent power guarantees and a 30-year 80 percent power guarantee. The modules are also … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Window Efficiency Rating, Energy Star, Dexos1 Engine Oil, Green Meetings

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Window Efficiency Rating, Energy Star, Dexos1 Engine Oil, Green Meetings

The Federal Trade Commission has a new Shopping for Windows infographic that illustrates how the National Fenestration Rating Council’s energy-rating label measures the energy efficiency of windows. The label shows the ratings for the U-factor, visible transmittance, solar heat gain coefficient, and air leakage condensation resistance, the FTC said. Eight … Read more »

White Rose, Ariz. Schools Install Over 9 MW of Solar

White Rose, an independent wholesale food distributor, has begun operation of a 4.88 MW roof-mounted photovoltaic system at its warehouse in Carteret, N.J. The system is operated by KDC Solar Nugen WR, a joint venture of KDC Solar and Nugen Capital Management, which describe the array as the second-largest roof-mounted … Read more »

Five Questions To Ask About Grid-Interactive Energy

Renewable energy is a market on the move. With announcements coming nearly every day about the latest advances in harnessing the elements for cleaner, cheaper power generation, it’s easy to see how something at the system integration level might get overlooked. But the industry should not make the mistake of … Read more »

Solar Costs Drop 11% in First Half of 2011

Solar Costs Drop 11% in First Half of 2011

The average cost of going solar in the U.S. fell dramatically in 2010 and through the first half of 2011, according to a report released yesterday by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The latest edition of Tracking the Sun, an annual report on solar photovoltaic costs in … Read more »

Bank of America Plans Another Billion-Dollar Solar Project

Bank of America, SolarCity and USRG Renewable Finance plan to install 371 MW of photovoltaics on military bases across the U.S., at a cost of over $1 billion, in what the partners say is the largest residential solar project in the U.S. Project SolarStrong aims to install rooftop PV systems … Read more »

REC Unveils PV Panel with One-Year Energy Payback

Solar energy firm REC says it has developed a photovoltaic panel that, within one year, generates the same amount of energy used to create it. The panel is one of the first crystalline modules with an energy payback time of one year, REC says, and also has a lighter than … Read more »

The Rise of Photovoltaics

Did you notice something interesting recently in your local community? Roofs with solar panels are spreading rapidly as renewable energy products are becoming more efficient and mainstream. Costs for PV installations continue to drop, caused by oversupply and reduced governmental incentives. Furthermore, there is an increasingly positive consumer sentiment for … Read more »

L’Oréal Plans Second N.J. Solar Array

L’Oréal USA has announced that its Franklin, N.J. manufacturing facility is partnering with GeoPeak Energy in a power purchase agreement to install a 1 MW photovoltaic solar system at the plant. Once operational, the first phase of the roof-mounted photovoltaic solar energy system is projected to provide 12 percent of … Read more »