K2 Systems and Roof Tech develop top-mount attachment for shingle rooftop solar projects

K2 Systems, formerly Everest Solar Systems, is known for developing German-engineered racking systems, but throughout 2020 has released its version of roof attachments to complement those systems. K2’s engineering and sales teams partnered with Roof Tech for its waterproofing technology that comes with non-metal flashing. Together K2 and Roof Tech are introducing an all-in-one mount… […]

Russelectric Debuts Utility Paralleling Systems for Renewable Energy Installations

Russelectric, a Siemens business focused on automatic transfer switches and power control systems, has released its Paralleling System – a technology that ensures critical loads experience no interruption when transferring between all power source assets in renewable energy installations. The company says the UL-listed system can be configured for peak shaving and utility-sponsored load curtailment […]

ERM Buys Clean Energy Market Intel, Consulting and Advisory Firm RCG

Sustainability advisory firm ERM has acquired RCG (The Renewables Consulting Group), a global market intelligence, management consulting and technical advisory firm operating exclusively in the renewable energy sector. ERM says the acquisition expands its capabilities to support clients across the lifecycle of large-scale renewable energy projects, from market intelligence and strategy development through to the […]

Generac Adds Solar Microinverter Platform Via Chilicon Power Acquisition

Generac Holdings Inc. has acquired Chilicon Power LLC, a designer and provider of grid-interactive microinverter and monitoring solutions for the solar market. Generac says this acquisition “dramatically increases the company’s total addressable market opportunity.” “The extensive experience and technological expertise of the Chilicon team will further fuel the continued growth and development of Generac’s expanding […]

Swedish investment company acquires solar developer Cypress Creek Renewables

Stockholm, Sweden-based investment company EQT is acquiring U.S. solar developer Cypress Creek Renewables. Cypress Creek develops, owns, and operates solar and energy storage projects throughout the United States and employs about 300 people. The company operates across 25 states, with 1.6 GW in operating assets and has commercialized 11 GW since its inception in 2014.… […]

A guide to bidding for, procuring and performing federal solar contracts

By Christopher Horton, partner, Smith Currie The federal government is the largest energy purchaser in the United States, with an annual electricity bill for the fiscal year 2019 of almost $4 billion. As a result, President Biden’s administration is aggressively pursuing 100% clean energy and net-zero emissions by 2050. In fiscal year 2020, federal agencies… […]

July solar policy snapshots A guide to recent legislation and research throughout the country.

California assembly bill attempting to alter net-metering credits fails to move forward Sacramento, California California legislators rejected a bill that would have allowed utilities to charge rooftop solar customers a monthly fee and alter net-metering benefits. The future of rooftop solar policy in the state is still uncertain as the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)… […]

Generac acquires microinverter manufacturer Chilicon Power

Generac has acquired Chilicon Power, a designer and provider of grid-interactive microinverter and monitoring solutions for the solar market. Generac now adds microinverters to its suite of offerings that includes energy storage systems, power optimzers, rapid shutdown devices and energy software. “Adding Chilicon’s robust microinverter solutions alongside Generac’s current PWRcell solar and storage product offerings… […]