Solar power uptime greater than 99 percent
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Solar power uptime greater than 99 percent

The dirt: solar power is HIGHLY predictable. The sun freaking rises everyday, and the hardware we use to collect it has been getting built for decades to last for decades. What this means: Big giant piles of money will pour toward owning solar power assets because they love bigger, longer term consistent piles of money. This will turn into solar developers like me getting a phone call a week from those big piles of money asking if I have solar land to sell them. Solar growth will continue. As an aside - if you've got land - 2 to 50…
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Rising above the flood
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Rising above the flood

Driving home from work on a chilly night, Kandace Donovan sees that the power has gone down again in her Lyons, Colorado neighborhood. She passes the darkened homes and then there is her house - lit up like a Christmas tree! It is with a sense of satisfaction that she opens the door to her home and steps into the cheery interior greeting her noisy children. In December 2013 Independent Power Systems installed a grid-tied solar electric system complete with battery backup at Kandace’s home. When the power goes down, there is a seamless switchover from the grid-tied solar system…
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Maryland’s SREC Market: Nothing to be Crabby About
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Maryland’s SREC Market: Nothing to be Crabby About

(Editors note: This is a link to an older story from May 2015, but it still very relevant and informative) Maryland SREC Prices – On the Rise Despite consistently ranking in the top 15 state solar markets, Maryland has long flown under the radar for most developers. Due to moderate electricity prices and thin margins, the Maryland market does not command the same level of attention from developers as do the frothy markets of California, Massachusetts, or New Jersey. However, things may improve for The Old Line State’s market due to a rise in solar renewable energy credit (SREC) prices. Over…
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California firm funds 2 solar projects in isles
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California firm funds 2 solar projects in isles

Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Wiser Capital said Wednesday it has funded two large-scale commercial solar projects in Hawaii as it looks to service more commercial photovoltaic in the state. Wiser Capital, a financial services firm specializing in solar, has invested more than $3.6 million in five solar systems in three different states with nearly half of that going to Hawaii Read the rest of the story at the Star Advertiser (Registration Required!)
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Beaumont Solar CEO Phil Cavallo’s speech from Environment Massachusetts’ event in New Bedford, MA
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Beaumont Solar CEO Phil Cavallo’s speech from Environment Massachusetts’ event in New Bedford, MA

On September 3, 2015, Environment Massachusetts hosted an even at the New Bedford High School, highlighting the communities actions in general, and New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell and Beaumont Solar Co. CEO Phil Cavallo in particular. The following were Mr. Cavallo's remarks at the event: Remarks: Sharon, thank you for that introduction and for all you do in your job to promote Environment Massachusetts. Mayor Mitchell I am thrilled to be here today. I, on behalf of all of our employees at Beaumont Solar, thank you for your leadership in driving the City of New Bedford to be one of the…
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Clark community solar project goes online
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Clark community solar project goes online

Participants in Clark Public Utilities' community solar project will gather to celebrate the project's completion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the community solar array Wednesday morning. Community solar projects allow individuals within communities to pool their money to purchase shares of a solar array and split the benefits. Clark Public Utilities divided each of the 272 panels in an array into 12 "shares," priced them at $100, and allowed participants to purchase up to 100 of the 3,264 shares. The array was to be constructed on community property – in this case, a formerly empty corner of Clark Public Utilities'…
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