Trina Solar’s Module Proves Mechanical Reliability on Multiple Tests

Trina Solar has released a series of testing results on the mechanical reliability of the 670W Vertex module. It focused on six tests, including a static mechanical load test and five rigorous tests covering non-uniform snow-load, extreme low-temperature mechanical load, hail, extreme DML and extreme wind tunnel. The serial testing results achieved an across-the-board verification […]

Coalition Backs Residential Solar Parity Legislation Introduction

The 25D Parity Coalition, a coalition of solar companies, cooperatives and nonprofits, is welcoming the introduction of The Residential Solar Opportunity Act of 2021. The legislation will provide parity for residential solar customers alongside commercial solar. “We applaud Representatives Sanchez (D-CA), Terri Sewell (D-AL) and Jimmy Gomez (D-CA) for the introduction of The Residential Solar […]

Congresswoman Linda Sánchez introduces bill to increase and extend residential solar tax credit

Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez (D-CA) introduced the Residential Solar Opportunity Act, which would ensure working families and homeowners have the same access as corporations to tax incentives for deploying solar power generation. “Homeowners play a critical role in supplying our electric grid with the renewable energy we need to eliminate carbon emissions from our economy… […]

Nonprofit Covenant Tribal Solar Initiative receives nearly $800,000 MacArthur grant for solar projects

Covenant Tribal Solar Initiative, a Native-led nonprofit organization that empowers American Indian tribes to replace extractive energy systems with clean, regenerative energy has received a $775,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for its work supporting Native American tribes as they pursue energy sovereignty and a return to self-determination. “The MacArthur… […]

Report Finds Groups Focusing on Restricting Florida Rooftop Solar Options

Special interest groups are working in coordination with local utilities to stall the growth of rooftop solar here in Florida, according to a new report from Environment Florida Research & Policy Center. In Florida, investor-owned utilities have targeted policies like net metering, renewable portfolio standards and power-purchase agreements. The report, Blocking Rooftop Solar, focuses on […]

Solar Farms and Battery to Power Australian Mines

BHP and its power partner in the Goldfields TransAlta are building two solar farms and a battery storage system to help power the Mt Keith and Leinster operations. This will help BHP reduce emissions from electricity use at Mt Keith and Leinster by 12 percent, based on FY2020 levels. The Northern Goldfields Solar Project will […]

How to achieve the highest appraisal value for home solar projects

By Robin LeBaron, co-founder and president, Pearl Certification Residential solar salespeople hear this question regularly: “If I install solar on my roof, will it add value to my home when I sell it?” The salesperson is likely to cite the 2015 Lawrence study showing that rooftop solar adds $4 to $5 a watt to a… […]

People of the 10th anniversary Top Solar Contractors list: Steve Melink, Melink Corporation

For the 10th anniversary of the Top Solar Contractors list, we’re sharing Q&A’s with the people who make the industry run every day. Read more interviews here. How’d you get started in solar? Our company committed itself to achieving LEED Platinum EB (existing building) certification and eventually net-zero energy at our corporate headquarters in 2010,… […]