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Solar Panel Plug and Play: Sunpower Smashes Record

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Monday, February 29 2016 under: SunPower, Solar Panels, Solar News, Commercial Solar

Sunpower Corp. ( SPWR) announced today they have smashed installation times to a record two and a half times faster than the competition for Commercial Solar Panel Installations. The Sunpower Helix Roof ST system installs at over "33 panels per hour" according to the company, using an innovative "plug and play" architecture greatly simplifying installation while increasing reliability.

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Redskins to Install Solar Panels, As More Pro Sports Teams Embrace Renewables

Posted by Adam Sewall In Wednesday, July 13 2011 under: Commercial Solar, NFL, EV Charging Stations, Redskins, solar sports

In recent years, a number of pro sports teams have seen solar panels installed at their home venues. It appears the Washington Redskins aim to join the list.

According to the Washington Post, the NFL team will soon announce plans to install solar a big energy system at FedEx Field. Composed of 8,000 solar panels, the 2-megawatt (MW) system is expected to generate enough electricity to offset the facility's annual electricity consumption by about 15 percent. The array will also create a covered carport, featuring 10 electric-vehicle charging stations and enough spaces for 850 cars.

The Redskins organization will enlist NRG Energy, a New Jersey-based energy services company, to handle the design and installation of the project.

Speaking about the Skins' soon-to-be-announced solar plans, David Krichavsky, the NFL's director of media affairs, noted

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Boeing Going Solar, To Host Huge Array at South Carolina Facility

Posted by Adam Sewall In Tuesday, May 31 2011 under: Baker Renewable Energy, Commercial Solar, Boeing, South Carolina Solar

South Carolina gets plenty of sun. But a combination of cheap conventional electricity and the lack of robust renewable-energy incentives has so far kept the state from realizing its full solar potential.

Until now, maybe.

Announced several weeks ago, South Carolina Electric & Gas is planning a single solar project that will -- in one fell swoop -- triple the amount of solar photovoltaic (PV) power installed statewide.

At around 2.6 megawatts, the array will comprise 18,095 solar panels and cover 10 acres of roof space at Boeing Co.'s new 787 Dreamliner assembly plant at Charleston International Airport.

As relayed by the Charleston Post and Courrier, it was recently announced that

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Green Cows are Happy Cows: California Dairy Installs Big Solar Energy System

Lakeside Dairy in California's central valley has installed a big solar power system that will cut its use of conventional electricity by 75 percent.

Developed, designed and installed by SPG Solar -- one of the biggest commercial solar installers in California -- the 891-kilowatt (kW) solar array comprises 3,240 Suntech solar panels and two big Solaron inverters.

According to GetSolar's online solar power calculator, an 890-kW DC solar power system in the dairy's region should produce around 1.2 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity in its first year of operation. That's enough juice to power about 100 typical U.S. homes annually.

Like many businesses, Lakeside Dairy installed the system in part to help smooth operating costs.

"The recent volatility of milk prices

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GM Installing Solar Panels at Chevy Volt Plant in Michigan

Posted by Adam Sewall In Friday, May 13 2011 under: DTE, Chevy Volt, GM, Commercial Solar, Michigan Solar, DTE Energy, General Motors

General Motors is continuing its slow but steady push to improve the energy efficiency of its operations and increase its use of renewable energy.

This week, the vehicle manufacturer announced that work began on a large photovoltaic (PV) solar energy system at its Detroit-Hamtramck plant in southeastern Michigan, via Osha Gray Davidson.

At 516-kilowatts (kW) in size, the solar power array will produce enough electricity each year to fully charge 54,750 Chevy Volt electric cars, which (aptly) GM assembles at the plant.

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In New Jersey, Toys 'R' Us Becomes Solar Panels 'R' Us

Posted by Adam Sewall In Wednesday, May 11 2011 under: Power Purchase Agreement, Commercial Solar, Toys R Us, New Jersey Solar

Toys "R" Us is the latest company to transition to solar power -- and it's doing so in a big way.

The New Jersey-based retailer today announced it will install two photovoltaic (PV) energy systems in an effort to reduce annual electricity costs and green its operations.

At 5.38-megawatts (MW), the first system will be big. Real big. In fact,

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Coal Heavy Georgia Power to Add More Solar Power to the Mix

Georgia Power isn't exactly known for its use of renewable energy resources. In fact, given that the utility meets about 75 percent of its power supply with coal, you could plausibly argue the Southern Company subsidiary is known for the opposite.

Nevertheless, more solar energy projects in Georgia may soon be on their way. As relayed by PV Tech, Georgia Power is looking for about one megawatt (MW) worth of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects to be built within its service territory:

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Emerging Trend? IKEA Loves Solar Power, Especially in California

Posted by Adam Sewall In Monday, April 18 2011 under: Commercial Solar, IKEA, Burbank, California Solar

This is by no means the first time we've seen IKEA install solar panels at one of its stores (just see here, here, here, here and here).

But the furniture retailer's latest project is somewhat noteworthy: at 290 kilowatts (kW) in size, it's the third largest solar energy system of its kind in Burbank, California. (Costco and Warner Bros. studios are number one and number two.)

IKEA's newest system comprises 1,260 solar panels

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New 'Open Source' PPA Aims to Cut Costs for Solar Energy Projects

When it comes to large solar energy installations in the commercial, institutional and industrial sectors, rarely are the solar panels and the host building owned by the same entity.

In other words, say Walmart installs solar power atop one of its stores. Instead of going it alone and owning the system itself, the retailer instead contracts with one or more other companies to get the project done. A solar company may design, install and maintain the system, which may actually be owned by, say, a third-party financing firm. Walmart, for its part, simply agrees to purchase the system's electricity output at a fixed rate for a specified term.

This arrangement -- and variations thereof -- is commonly called a power purchase agreement (PPA).

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West Virginians Install Rooftop Solar Power Among Coalfields

The symbolism can't get much better. In southern West Virginia, a region known for its coal, a new rooftop solar energy system has been installed in Williamson and is now producing clean energy.

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