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Intersolar North America: SmartFlower unfurls its dual-axis tracker

The Austrian firm launches its 4kWh-equivalent standalone solar system at the exhibition.


Ciel & Terra begins work on floating PV array at California winery

Ciel & Terre USA has begun assembly of a 9 kW Hydrelio floating PV array on a pond at Kunde Winery, in Kenwood, California

Californian grid operator to address net imbalance

The Californian Independent System Operator (CASIO) is addressing the famous load duck and attempting to “let the duck fly.”

EIA: South orientation yields 11% more energy

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released a study Wednesday showing that a south-oriented fixed-tilt PV system will yield 11% more annual energy than a flat fixed system. In contrast, the study showed that a dual-axis tracker would yield 48% more energy than a flat orientation.

Energy storage, batteries flourish at SPI 2014

Whether it is ultimately the PV industry that pulls the battery and energy storage industry up with it as it expands, or whether battery and energy storage ultimately pushes PV along, what became clearer at the SPI 2014 show last week is that the two sectors are becoming more inextricably intertwined.

Energy Storage North America: Standing room only

Energy storage is a game changer for the electric power system, and enthusiasm from a variety of stakeholders was seen at the recent Energy Storage North America show in San Jose, California.

US home solar loans at 6.5%

San Francisco-based Dividend Solar has launched an affordable loan for residential solar. The EmpowerPortal loan permits residents to claim a 30% federal tax credit.

Bear Republic inaugurates its solar beer operations

Bear Republic Brewing, a Northern California beer brewery known for its leading approach to sustainable water use has now adopted a rooftop PV system that will zero out its utility use of electricity. “We didn’t do this for marketing, but rather as the right thing to do; we also want to show other breweries that it is a good thing to do,” says CEO Richard Norgrove, in Cloverdale, CA.

Obama pledges more US solar buildings and jobs

The White House has already invested $2 billion in energy efficiency in federal buildings and is now pledging an additional $2 billion by 2016, doubling the program, with much of the funding going into PV systems.

US industry sees EU-China settlement in mixed light

Industry representatives in the U.S. are divided over the recent EU-China trade dispute settlement and remain unsatisfied with anti-dumping measures against Chinese imports. The PV sector nevertheless continues to grow.

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