Photovoltaics

Department of Energy Supports Landmark Rooftop Solar Project

Solar energy is being shouted from American rooftops—literally.  United States Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the government is offering a conditional commitment to partially guarantee a $1.4 billion loan to support Project Amp which will install solar panels on the roofs of industrial buildings across the country. The electricity generated from those panels will contribute directly to the electrical grid and won’t be used to power the buildings where they are installed.

Direct Grid Forms Strategic Advisory Board

Direct Grid Technologies, LLC, announced it has formed a five person strategic advisory board to enhance the direction of its smart grid and photovoltaic (PV) micro inverter design and manufacturing business. Direct Grid Technologies designs and manufacture utility grade microinverter solutions for the PV solar market, including the OEM and SMART Series micro inverters, access node modules (communication gateway) and PV monitoring services.

California Receives Renewable Energy from Pseudo-tie

The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) now receives eight megawatts of solar power from a new photovoltaic farm near Boulder City, Nevada using an arrangement called a “pseudo-tie” that allows power plants located outside the California ISO to deliver electricity as if the generator was located in, or directly connected to, the ISO.

Silent Power’s OnDemandHome

Renewable technology company Silent Power will supply the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) with distributed energy storage technology for the utility’s photovoltaic (PV) storage pilot at Anatolia.The utility’s $5.9 million pilot project will assess how the integration of energy storage by reducing peak demand loads, firming intermittent renewable capacity and maximizing overall system efficiency enhances the value of distributed PV resources for the community, the utility and the grid

Satcon Chosen for SPVP Project

Power solution provider Satcon Technology Corporation has been selected by Southern California Edison to supply inverters for at least 75 percent of its Solar Photovoltaic Program (SPVP) Project.

BlueChip Breaks Ground on Solar Farm Project

BlueChip Energy has initiated stage one of the Rinehart Solar Farm, a 10 MW utility-scale solar PV facility in Central Florida. Located in Lake Mary, Fla., the solar project will have an annual generation of approximately 15,000,000 kilowatt-hours. This is equivalent to the annual energy use of approximately 1,100 area homes.  The project will cover a section of the 380,000 square foot rooftop space and surrounding acreage of BlueChip Energy’s Lake Mary facility.