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KYOCERA Solar Gives Small Business an Edge with Energy Savings

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–()–Kyocera Solar Inc. today announced that 117kW of Kyocera photovoltaic (PV) modules are installed on the roof at Pizza Port’s new Carlsbad, CA restaurant, corporate office, and beer production, canning and distribution facility. The latest Pizza Port location, part of a family-owned San Diego chain of five restaurants and breweries, expects to reduce energy costs by as much as $30,000 annually, resulting in significant operational savings and reduced environmental impact.

“We selected Kyocera modules because of their high quality and proven reliability, both important factors for small businesses.”

San Diego-based Sullivan Solar Power began installing the custom PV system in July 2013, after Pizza Port’s owners installed a 10.7kW PV system on their home in 2011. The owners cited rising energy costs, a desire to reduce environmental impact and an increasingly environmentally aware customer base as motivators to go solar at the new Pizza Port facility.

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The North Face Partners with National Outdoor Leadership School to Provide Solar Installation at Pacific Northwest Campus

Alameda, Calif., Sept. 18, 2013 /3BL Media/– The North Face, the world’s premier supplier of authentic, innovative and technically advanced outdoor apparel, equipment and footwear, in partnership with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) today announced the completion of a 9.54 kilowatt solar-electric installation at the NOLS Pacific Northwest campus located south of Mt. Vernon, Wash. The new installation will provide 20 percent of the electricity needs for the campus and will serve as an education tool for NOLS students and the community, complete with an on-site solar data monitoring system that will provide live updates on energy production.

“NOLS has been a partner of The North Face and we are very aligned with their efforts to get more people outdoors,” said Adam Mott, senior manager of corporate sustainability at The North Face. “When they approached us with the opportunity to provide power at their Pacific Northwest campus through the BEF Solar 4R SchoolsTM program, we gladly signed on as a sponsor. This solar-electric installation will not only decrease their energy bill but will introduce students and staff to the positive effects of energy conservation and raise awareness about the impact of climate change.” Continue reading

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AeroVironment Solar-Powered Puma Achieves Nine Hour Flight

WASHINGTON–()–At AUVSI – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV) today announced that a recent outdoor test flight of a solar-powered prototype version of the company’s proven Puma AE™ small unmanned aircraft system (UAS), operating with the company’s newest long-endurance battery, lasted 9 hours, 11 minutes – significantly longer than the flight endurance of small UAS being used in the field today.

AeroVironment is working with Alta Devices, a Sunnyvale, Calif. company that provides flexible, portable power that can be embedded into any other material, in the development of the solar Puma AE.

“This is a critical milestone with far-reaching implications for the many ways small UAS can benefit military, public safety and commercial customers,” said Roy Minson, AeroVironment senior vice president and general manager, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). “The solar Puma AE is the latest example of AeroVironment’s longstanding commitment to deliver important, innovative solutions that meet our customers’ needs. Continue reading

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Solar Thin Films, Inc Announces Agreement-In-Principle for $10 million Project

UNIONDALE, N.Y.–()–Solar Thin Films, Inc (OTC Markets: SLTZ) (the “Company”), an environmentally conscious company working to bring new products to market with a strong focus on Fiber Reinforced Plastics technology (FRP), as well as waste to energy and solar energy, announced today an agreement-in-principle to design, supply and construct a modular school and clinic in Uganda, Africa.

The project calls for the design, supply and construction of a 36,000 square foot school and an 8,000 square foot clinic, along with well-water supply and area lighting. The Company’s portion of the $15 million project is approximately $10 million. The Company’s design and prototype drawings have been accepted in principle, subject to finalization of the design and budget. It is expected that final agreements will be signed later this month. Continue reading

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Blue Oak Energy Builds 4.2 MW Utility Scale Solar Facilities in Gridley, CA

home-solar-panel1DAVIS, Calif.–()–Blue Oak Energy, a commercial and utility photovoltaic system engineering and construction company, has completed the delivery of a 4.2 MWp utility scale solar power generation facility in Gridley, California. The electricity generated by the Gridley solar facility will be directed to two members of the Northern California Power Agency (NCPA) through separate energy meters: the City of Gridley and the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). The project was developed by LightBeam Energy, Inc.

The Gridley solar facility is a ground-mounted solar electric system comprised of 17,584 solar panels manufactured by Trina Solar (NYSE: TSL). The solar modules are mounted on a single-axis tracker system which follows the daily movement of the sun to increase energy harvest. The solar energy facility is monitored and scheduled by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) through a secure remote information gateway. Continue reading

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Solar America Continues Mexico Expansion with New Strategic Alliance

GULFPORT, Miss.–()–Solar America Corp. (OTCBB: SOLX) has entered into a strategic alliance with SolarMex Equipos Solares de Mexico (“SolarMex”), reseller of solar products and solutions located in Guadalajara, Mexico. The strategic alliance with SolarMex positions Solar America to profit from the anticipated growth in Mexico’s renewable energy programs.

With resources 60% greater than those of solar leader, Germany, Northern Mexico is considered to have the world’s third greatest solar potential, according to the Secretaria de Energia de Mexico. The Mexican government is recognizing this potential and encouraging growth. According to Renewable Energy World, by 2024 at least 35% of Mexico’s electricity could come from renewable sources, including solar. Mexico is also pursuing a research initiative with The National Autonomous University of Mexico to determine the country’s commercially feasible solar potential. Continue reading

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Arpin Renewable Energy and eNow Form Partnership to Provide Solar-Powered Systems for Moving Trucks

logoWEST WARWICK, R.I.–()–Arpin Renewable Energy has joined with eNow, a Rhode Island-based company which supplies energy solutions to the transportation industry, to provide Arpin Van Lines agents and owner-operators access to cleaner running moving trucks.

eNow’s solar panel systems, which are retrofitted onto a company’s existing trucks, use the latest in technology to capture and convert the sun’s energy into usable power to reduce vehicle operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Continue reading

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IES Expands Solar Capabilities

IES_LogoHOUSTON–()–Integrated Electrical Services, Inc. (or “IES”), an infrastructure services company with leading positions in a broad range of markets for electrical and communications products and services, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire certain assets of the Acro Energy group (or “Acro”), a residential solar energy integrator. The acquisition is subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the second quarter of 2013.

“Offering alternative energy services to the residential market represents a long term growth market for IES Residential,” said Dwayne Collier, President of IES Residential. “As Acro Energy’s exclusive installation provider since late 2011, this acquisition will not only strengthen our position in the residential solar market, but also provide IES Residential with Acro’s sales force capabilities to cross-sell additional electrical services.” Continue reading

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