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Report Shows Over 70% of Californians Choose Solar Service Over Buying a System

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sunrun, the nation’s leading home solar company, and PV Solar Report, an authority on solar market data, today announced that nearly 3 out of 4 Californians who go solar choose solar power service over purchasing a system. Also known as 3rd-party-owned solar, solar power service reached a record adoption level of 73.4 percent of the California home solar in February 2012. It first surpassed the option to buy a system in July 2011.

“Every consumer in today’s economy is looking for ways to save money, and now they can do that with a solar option that allows them to make the switch without owning the panels”

Sunrun invented solar power service in 2007 as a way for homeowners to go solar without spending $30,000 or more to buy the panels. Sunrun owns and maintains the panels and homeowners pay a low rate for power. The model increases local economic growth by infusing outside investment dollars into neighborhoods and communities. Consumers also have the added benefit of free maintenance and monitoring on their systems.

“Every consumer in today’s economy is looking for ways to save money, and now they can do that with a solar option that allows them to make the switch without owning the panels,” said Stephen Torres, founder and managing director of PV Solar Report. “This trend is taking hold on a national scale and PV Solar Report continues to track this and other critical data to provide up-to-date insight on how the solar market is growing.” Continue reading

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A University of North Carolina Dorm’s Green Overhaul to Save University $81k

Excitement grows as UNC Asheville’s solar hot water installation approaches

ASHEVILLE, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The University of North Carolina – Asheville plans to cut annual hot water costs in Mills Residence Hall by 29% through the installation of a solar energy system from SolTherm. Compared to their previous energy source, the student dormitory is expected to save more than $81,000 over the life of the system.

“But the UNC – Asheville facility management team was determined in their sustainability efforts and as a UNCA Alumni, I am thrilled to see the project come to fruition.”

The dormitory, which uses an average of 6,000 gallons of hot water per day, was an ideal facility for a solar thermal water heating system. The system will consist of 64 collector panels which receive the sun’s energy and transfer it to heat the dormitory’s water supply. The water is stored in an insulated tank and is used throughout the day for laundry and showering, allowing hot water to be accessed even when the sun is not shining. Continue reading

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New Energy Technologies and NREL Develop ‘Invisible Wires’ for Transporting Electricity on SolarWindow

COLUMBIA, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–New Energy Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB: NENE), a developer of innovative technologies for generating sustainable electricity, announces that Company and NREL scientists collaboratively developing New Energy’s SolarWindow™ technology – capable of generating electricity on see-through glass – have successfully collected and transported electricity using a virtually ‘invisible’ conductive wiring system developed for SolarWindow™. The ability to transport electricity on glass windows while remaining see-through is especially important to the eventual deployment of an aesthetically pleasing commercial product.

“This technical accomplishment is an important advancement for our SolarWindow™, and alongside our recent advancements with size and scale, clearly illustrates the success our research teams have achieved in recent months”

Currently under ongoing development, the conductive system’s ultra-fine grid-like pattern is deposited on to SolarWindow™ and is rendered virtually invisible when viewing objects through New Energy’s electricity-generating glass. Researchers anticipate that a fully functional system could help transport the electricity generated on glass surfaces, improving power, efficiency, and overall performance of the Company’s SolarWindow™.

Today’s announcement follows last month’s major breakthrough when Company and NREL scientists collaboratively developing New Energy’s SolarWindow™ technology successfully fabricated the largest-area organic photovoltaic (OPV) module produced at the United States Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Scientists developing New Energy’s SolarWindow™ technology fabricated a large area working module, more than 14-times larger than previous OPV devices fabricated at NREL. Continue reading

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SolarCity and Rabobank Announce $42.5 Million Fund for Commercial Solar Projects

Latest collaboration will fund construction of over 30 corporate solar installations

NEW YORK & SAN MATEO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rabobank and SolarCity® today announced $42.5 million in structured financing to fund over 30 commercial solar projects in California. This new fund is the latest iteration of a Rabobank-SolarCity collaboration that has produced a solar-powered electric vehicle charging corridor to connect Los Angeles and San Francisco, and a series of solar installations at local bank branches in California.

“We can allow many businesses to install solar panels for free, and pay less for solar electricity than they pay for utility power”

“We can allow many businesses to install solar panels for free, and pay less for solar electricity than they pay for utility power,” said Lyndon Rive, chief executive officer of SolarCity. “With the help of strong partners like Rabobank, we’re allowing businesses to generate their own clean power and improve their bottom lines at the same time.”

Since the expansion of its renewable energy finance platform to the Americas in 2009, Rabobank has become a leader in the U.S. renewable energy project finance field, focusing primarily on the solar, wind and bio-mass sectors. Continue reading

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Leading Solar Energy Provider 1st Light Energy Expands Operations into Massachusetts

Strong service record, promotional program and state/federal incentives make 1st Light Energy an attractive option for Bay State homeowners and businesses

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–1st Light Energywww.1stlightenergy.com, a leading provider of solar energy solutions in New Jersey and California, announced today it was expanding its operations into Massachusetts, opening a regional office to address the growing demand for solar energy among residential and commercial property owners in the Bay State.

“As more people become more aware of how easy it is to bring solar power home, we look forward to the opportunity to provide them with clean, affordable energy and stellar service as we expand and grow our business in the New England region.”

The regional office, to be located in the area of Waltham, Mass., will be overseen by Robert Palmer, New England Regional Manager. 1st Light plans to hire 20 people to staff the office and a warehouse within the next couple of months. Within the next 12 months, a second 20-person office will be added in the Springfield area, to service customers in western Massachusetts and upstate New York. 1st Light Energy already has a large customer in Massachusetts, Extra Space Storage, which also operates in a number of other states, including New Jersey and California. Continue reading

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Walmart Recognizes SC Johnson with its Vendor Sustainability Award

BRANTFORD, ON, March 13, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Company Recognized for Holistic Approach to Sustainability and Legacy of Environmental Leadership in Canada

SC Johnson Canada announced today that it has received Walmart Canada’s second-annual Vendor Sustainability Award, which recognizes a company’s overall sustainability progress and effort in helping Walmart sell products that sustain both people and the environment. SC Johnson was one of 80 companies considered for the honour.

“We’ve placed a priority on environmental initiatives for decades and are fully committed to our holistic approach, which includes making products that are better for people and the planet. For SC Johnson, it’s about doing the right thing,” said Ana Dominguez, President and General Manager, SC Johnson Canada. “We’re thrilled to be acknowledged for our decades of leadership by such an important customer who shares our common interest in sustainability.” Continue reading

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ILF Consulting Engineers Awarded Contract for Solar Park of Superlatives in Dubai

MUNICH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With the award of the contract for the design of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, ILF Beratende Ingenieure GmbH has received a significant large-scale assignment for an international solar project. The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) announced that the engineering company from Munich together with its branch office in Abu Dhabi asserted itself successfully against numerous international competitors.

“We will be working on this project from the study for the entire 1,000 MW solar park with CSP/PV technologies to the tender design, the site supervision, the start-up and the acceptance test for the 10 MW photovoltaic power plant”

The entire solar project will cost approx. 2.4 billion EUR and comprises an area of 48 square kilometres. The Vice President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Prime Minister of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is thus initiating the construction of a solar park of superlatives with CSP/PV technology. The overall goal of the developers is reaching a capacity of 1,000 MW by the year 2030. This is to cover at least 5% of the energy demand of the United Arab Emirates. The first project will see the construction of a 10 MW photovoltaic power plant, which is to be connected to the grid in mid 2013. The construction works are scheduled to begin in 2012. With this construction project, the United Arab Emirates put their focus on a promising diversified energy mix. The implementation of a sustainable energy development is an important vision of the future-oriented Dubai. Continue reading

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Solas Energy Consulting Achieves WBE Certification

Competitively Positioned for US Government Funded Renewable Energy Projects

FORT COLLINS, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Solas Energy Consulting US Inc., a renewable energy consulting services company, today announced that it has achieved certification as a Woman-owned Business Enterprise (WBE) with the Supplier Clearinghouse of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). This certification makes Solas Energy Consulting an ideal subcontractor for companies pursuing government contracts in the Renewable Energy Sector.

“We pride ourselves on being one of the most experienced consulting companies in commercial advisory services for utility scale wind and solar projects. We can now offer the additional benefit of WBE certification to assist our clients with their government contracting efforts”

“We pride ourselves on being one of the most experienced consulting companies in commercial advisory services for utility scale wind and solar projects. We can now offer the additional benefit of WBE certification to assist our clients with their government contracting efforts,” said Solas Energy Consulting Co-founder and President, Evelyn Carpenter.

To achieve WBE certification through the CPUC, a company must be at least 51% woman-owned, managed and controlled. More information about the Supplier Clearinghouse of the CPUC can be found at: http://www.sdbnetwork.com/SDBNetwork/Affiliates/CPUC/. Continue reading

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