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  • NERC compliance on solar projects: whose responsibility is it? February 19, 2020
    Watching a professional kitchen operate is an impressive sight. At first glance, it appears chaotic and disorganized. But upon closer inspection, it is clear that everyone, from the line cook to the head chef, has a distinct responsibility, all while working in concert with the rest of the cooks. ThisRead More -- Solar Builder magazine
    John Franzino
  • CVE North America ready to construct six solar plants in Massachusetts February 19, 2020
    CVE North America and AVANA Capital closed construction financing totaling $57 million for a 31.3 MW portfolio of six solar PV plants in Massachusetts, which qualified for the state’s SMART program. Principals of the NextPower Capital team served as Financial Advisor to CVE on the transaction. CVE North America isRead More -- Solar Builder magazine
    Chris Crowell
  • Nautilus Solar acquires Rhode Island landfill community solar project from ISM Solar February 19, 2020
    Nautilus Solar Energy, a nationwide owner-operator of distributed and community solar projects, acquired a 3.5 MW community solar project in Cranston, Rhode Island, from ISM Solar Development, a large commercial and utility-scale solar developer. This solar project resides on a closed landfill that is a former EPA superfund site, effectivelyRead More -- Solar Builder magazine
    Chris Crowell
  • SOLCAP regional bank-focused tax equity fund closes first solar portfolio with Pine Gate February 19, 2020
    KeyState Renewables, LLC and Corner Power, LLC launched SOLCAP I LLC, a solar tax equity fund for community and regional bank investors in Q4 2019. The fund had its initial closing on February 6, 2020 and will remain open to additional tax equity investors until mid-March 2020. SOLCAP also announcedRead More -- Solar Builder magazine
    Chris Crowell
  • Solar Jobs Census: Solar employment outpaced overall U.S. job growth by five times over five-year period February 19, 2020
    The U.S. solar industry employed nearly 250,000 workers in 2019, an increase of more than 5,600 jobs (or 2.3%) since 2018, according to the 10th annual National Solar Jobs Census released today by The Solar Foundation. This marks a resurgence in solar industry employment following two years of job lossesRead More -- Solar Builder magazine
    Chris Crowell
  • Kaiserwetter CEO explains how artificial intelligence will change solar investing, asset management February 19, 2020
    ARISTOTELES is a cloud-based IoT platform from Kaiserwetter Energy Management that relies on smart data analytics, predictive analytics and machine learning to maximize returns and minimize investment risks for investors. In utility-scale solar, this means ARISTOTELES turns complex and unstructured technical, financial and meteorological data into actionable, real-time intelligence. ForRead More -- Solar Builder magazine
    Chris Crowell
  • Wholesale power provider Basin Electric buys large-scale solar generation for the first time via this PPA February 18, 2020
    Geronimo Energy, a National Grid company, and Basin Electric Power Cooperative announced a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the Wild Springs Solar Project. Wild Springs is a 128 megawatt (MW) clean solar energy project located in Pennington County, South Dakota, approximately 20 miles east of Rapid City. Wild Springs isRead More -- Solar Builder magazine
    Chris Crowell
  • Safari Energy hits 60 commercial solar installs in New Jersey February 18, 2020
    Safari Energy has completed its 60th commercial-scale solar project in New Jersey — 28.6 megawatts (MW) of installed capacity total — making it one of the most prolific commercial solar developers in the state. The milestone comes as New Jersey rolls out a temporary solar incentive called the Transitional RenewableRead More -- Solar Builder magazine
    Chris Crowell
  • Details on first ‘solar pasture’ seed mix to benefit solar site vegetation and sheep nutrition February 18, 2020
    The interest in more sustainable solar sites continues to (yes, I’m doing it) grow. Pollinators are being added, vegetation is improving, and sheep are being deployed to eat that vegetation. Now it’s time to this all together and make sure those sheep are eating right too. Ernst Conservation Seeds, theRead More -- Solar Builder magazine
    Chris Crowell
  • How array-powered DC-DC converters reduce capital costs for PV monitoring February 18, 2020
    Solar arrays, particularly utility-scale and commercial and industrial (C&I) installations, collect a significant amount of data for efficient asset management and qualitative operational metrics such as performance ratio. A substantial amount of this data can be collected from inverters and substations with easy access to AC power and communications. However,Read More -- Solar Builder magazine
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