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SolarCity, NREL and Hawaiian Electric Complete Inverter Study

Hawaiian Electric Announces Intent to Increase Circuit Limits for Rooftop Solar as a Result of Laboratory Testing SolarCity, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Hawaiian Electric Companies (Hawaiian Electric), has completed testing on the ability of inverters to mitigate transient load rejection overvoltage (LRO) concerns on […]

Massachusetts Shows Big Gains in Solar Employment

Massachusetts’ continued commitment to clean, solar energy is paying off, according to a just-released report by The Solar Foundation, which shows the state second only to California in solar jobs. Reacting to the news, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), said this remarkable progress is a result of several […]

Solar Job Growth Benefitting Economy, Environment

Saying it revealed “very encouraging trends,” Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), today applauded the findings of The Solar Foundation’s latest State Solar Job Census. “Solar energy continues to be one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States,” Resch said. “The latest state-by-state breakdown of solar jobs nationwide […]

Testing at NREL Aids Solar Power in Hawaii

Utility poised to double solar rooftop capacity based on tests of inverter reliability Inverter load rejection overvoltage (LRO) tests completed by the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory as part of a cooperative research agreement with SolarCity have proven so successful that a testing partner, Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO), has proposed to double its hosting […]

New Model Demonstrates Offshore Wind Industry’s Job Growth Potential

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has developed a tool to estimate jobs and other economic impacts associated with offshore wind development in the United States. The modeling tool, which illustrates the potential economic impact and number of jobs associated with fixed-bottom offshore wind technology development, applies to areas of the country that […]

New Request for Information on Strategy to Advance the Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy Industry

The Energy Department’s Water Power Program is seeking feedback from the marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders regarding the Program’s activities and priorities in MHK. Feedback will inform the Program’s future strategies and priorities for advancing MHK technologies and accelerating MHK market development. To advance the development and […]

Ballard Inks US$80M+ Deal With Volkswagen

Transaction deepens strategic partnership Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLD) today announced that the Company has entered into a Technology Solutions transaction with Volkswagen Group (Volkswagen AG, www.volkswagenag.com and Audi AG, www.audi.com) for an aggregate amount of approximately US$80 million for the transfer of certain automotive-related fuel cell intellectual property (IP) and a two-year […]

NREL Takes First In-Depth Look at Solar Project Completion Timelines

Report examines new data to show how long the PV interconnection process takes in the U.S. The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has gathered and analyzed data for more than 30,000 solar photovoltaic (PV) installations across the United States to better understand how interconnection regulations align with actual project completion timelines. The findings […]

AES Corporation Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

Thomas F. French Brings Global Finance Experience to Help Advance AES Transformation AES Corporation, the leading manufacturer of private wireless mesh alarm communication networks, announced that Thomas F. French has joined the Company’s management team as Chief Financial Officer. He will assume Company-wide responsibility for corporate financial management, planning, inventory controls, accounting, financial analysis, human […]

Avista names Kevin Christie vice president for customer solutions

Avista Corp. (NYSE: AVA) announced that Kevin Christie has been named as vice president for customer solutions. He will retain his current responsibilities in the areas of external communications, community outreach and philanthropy, as well as customer energy efficiency and conservation activities, and new products and services. Christie has been with Avista for nearly 10 […]