Can Open Standards Accelerate Community Shared Solar?

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) was signed into law by President Obama on April 5, 2012. It allows crowdfunded equity for up to $1 million. This is enough to support a solar project of about 300 kW at today’s prices. The Federal Securities and Exchange Commission issued proposed rules in October 2013 that, when finalized, will allow offerings through brokers and a new entity called a funding portal. Standardized models for these kinds of securities offerings could save on costs. Developing Standards The Solar Gardens Institute is convening stakeholders interested in establishing open standards for community renewables. Such a group would ideally include utilities, solar developers, solar industry organizations, regulators, and billing software developers.
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Efficiency Vermont touts solar hot water heating – WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

The Burlington-based group is joining with the Shelburne-based firm Sunward Systems to promote installations that they say can save homeowners up to 80 percent of the cost of conventional hot water heating. Efficiency Vermont, which often offers subsidy programs for efficiency installations around Vermont, says it will reduce the upfront cost of solar water heating systems by $1,600 for systems installed before November 30. The Canadian-made systems collect heat from the sun and transmit it to hot water tanks inside the home. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
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‘streamers’: California Solar Power Plant Scorches Birds In Mid-air –

“We didn’t see a lot of impact” on birds at the first, smaller power towers in the U.S. and Europe, Weisenmiller said. The commission is now considering the application from Oakland-based BrightSource to build a mirror field and a 75-story power tower that would reach above the sand dunes and creek washes between Joshua Tree National Park and the California-Arizona border. The proposed plant is on a flight path for birds between the Colorado River and California’s largest lake, the Salton Sea an area, experts say, is richer in avian life than the Ivanpah plant, with protected golden eagles and peregrine falcons and more than 100 other species of birds recorded there. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials warned California this month that the power-tower style of solar technology holds “the highest lethality potential” of the many solar projects burgeoning in the deserts of California. The commission’s staff estimates the proposed new tower would be almost four times as dangerous to birds as the Ivanpah plant.
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Ford, Dte Energy To Build Michigan’s Largest Solar Array – Yahoo Finance

The program works to fulfill DTE Energys commitment to generate 10 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2015. The SolarCurrents canopy project is another example of how DTE Energy and Ford are working to build a more energy-efficient and sustainable future, said Irene Dimitry, DTE Energy vice president, marketing and renewables. At the same time, this project will help us come closer to meeting Michigans renewable energy goals and diversify our energy portfolio. This is the second collaboration between Ford and DTE Energy in recent years. In 2010, the companies teamed up to install a 500-kilowatt solar photovoltaic panel system at Fords Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan. Energy generated by the system helps power vehicle production at the plant, where Ford Focus, Focus Electric, C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi are built.
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Hanwha Solarone Completes 50 Mw Module Supply Agreement With Baotou Shansheng New Energy… — Shanghai, Aug. 12, 2014 /prnewswire/ —

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The Chinese government has just formalized a 13 GW target for solar installations in 2014 and outlined some additional support, particularly for distributed generation projects. We are seeing a meaningful surge in business opportunities beginning in the third quarter and are increasingly optimistic that market demand in China will be robust throughout the remainder of this year.” About Hanwha SolarOne Hanwha SolarOne Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: HSOL ) is one of the top 10 photovoltaic module manufacturers in the world, providing cost-competitive, high quality PV modules. It is a flagship company of Hanwha Group, one of the largest business enterprises in South Korea. Hanwha SolarOne serves the utility, commercial, government and residential markets through a growing network of third-party distributors, OEM manufacturers and system integrators. The company maintains a strong presence worldwide, with a global business network spanning Europe, North America, Asia, South America, Africa and the Middle East. As a responsible company committed to sustainability, Hanwha SolarOne is an active member of the PV Cycle take-back and recycling program. For more information, please visit: .
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New Report Says Nc Among Top States Using Solar Energy –, Myrtle Beach/florence Sc, Weather

However, according to their report, North Carolina lags behind other leaders in residential and commercial rooftop systems installed. “I think it was always an accepted energy source but I think now people are realizing that it’s not an experiment anymore,” Ken Varner with Wilmington-based Cape Fear Solar Systems said. Varner credits tax incentives and lower energy costs for the increase in solar energy in North Carolina. An average solar power package initially costs about $25,000, but with the rebates, consumers only end up paying about a third of that price. “With the incentives right now, they allow a very high value product to become accessible not only to the home owner but also business owners,” Varner said.
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The State: Haley signs solar energy bill – Post and Courier

Nikki Haley File/AP/Chuck Burton South Carolina Gov. Nikki on Wednesday signed a bill that loosens restrictions on solar energy in the state, making it easier for businesses, utilities and homeowners to use solar energy, according to a story posted today on The State’s website. Haley said the bill would remove barriers that have been getting in the way of using solar energy in the state. Read the full story here: Information from:
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Solar Energy Just Powered A Race Across The Country –

Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability News: Spray-on Solar Panels?

This is the first of these solar-electric vehicles to hit the market, but with the success of vehicles like Tesla Motors ‘ Model S, I would be surprised if we didn’t see more. Earlier this year, I calculated that even a small 300-watt array on the roof of a Model S — the same size as C-Max Energi’s array — could provide over 2,000 miles of range without plugging the vehicle in. If cells are added to more than the roof, that figure could rise to over 5,000 miles of range from on-board solar. Right now, solar cars racing across the country show just how much potential there is for solar in the auto industry, especially now that electric vehicles are taking off. If automakers can begin incorporating some of the same technology into commercial vehicles, it will not only save EV owners from going to the pump, they’ll be able to charge up without plugging in. Not only are SunPower’s cells more efficient than competitors, the construction allows for an all-black design that improves aesthetics when applied to a car. Source: SunPower. Who will benefit from solar cars To see who would benefit most from cars going solar, all you have to do is look at the 23 cars that entered the American Solar Challenge.
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Efficient organometal halide perovskite based photovoltaics were first demonstrated in 2012. They are now a very promising new material for solar cells as they combine high efficiency with low materials costs. The spray-painting process wastes very little of the perovskite material and can be scaled to high volume manufacturing similar to applying paint to cars and graphic printing. Lead researcher Professor David Lidzey said: “There is a lot of excitement around perovskite based photovoltaics. Remarkably, this class of material offers the potential to combine the high performance of mature solar cell technologies with the low embedded energy costs of production of organic photovoltaics.” While most solar cells are manufactured using energy intensive materials like silicon, perovskites, by comparison, requires much less energy to make. By spray-painting the perovskite layer in air the team hope the overall energy used to make a solar cell can be reduced further.
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Council Scraps Library Solar Energy Project

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