The Hunts Point Restaurant Depot facility belonging to Jetro Cash and Carry in the Bronx now features the largest rooftop array in New York City. The 1.56MW PV solar array is expected to generate over 1.8 million kilowatt hours of clean energy annually, demonstrating that large solar installations are viable in New York City.
Colorado-based Namasté Solar brings solar to schools, homeless shelters, and community centers in addition to residential customers. An accredited B Corporation, the company considers benefits to multiple stakeholders and attributes much of its success to its unique business model.
DuPont deploys a 548kW solar installation on a former Superfund landfill site in Newport, Delaware. The site had been considered to be unusable land. The five-acre solar project will generate about 729,000 kilowatt hours of power per year, enough to power 60 homes in the Newport community.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) revises its interconnection procedures for electrical generation, making it easier for smaller solar and wind systems to connect to the grid. These new interconnection procedures are a positive step forward for the deployment of low-carbon energy generation throughout Ohio.
Glen Meadows Retirement Community in Baltimore, Maryland, goes solar with a 1.2MW solar array. The project consists of 4,150 panels and is one of the largest solar installations in the Baltimore metropolitan area. The system is expected to generate approximately 1.5 million kilowatt hours annually.
ReneSola publishes its Q3 2013 financial results, reporting net revenues of $419.3 million, up 92.2% from a year ago, and significantly above the estimate of $360.7 million. However, the company's net loss of $2.23 per ADS is far larger than the estimated loss of $0.22, causing the shares to fall 20%.
The Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) is putting 3.6MW of solar systems on 16 schools. The systems include rooftop solar arrays and solar shade structures in school parking lots, which take advantage of underutilized space and provide needed shade. Once the systems are completed in 2014, the district estimates it will reduce electricity costs at those facilities by 46%.
General Surgeons of Western Colorado and RGS Energy announce completion of a solar system on a new sugery facility. The 40 kilowatt (kW) system consists of 160 solar modules on the rooftop of the facility, and is expected to generate approximately 60,000 kWh annually and to offset the facility’s’ electricity costs by at least 70%.
According to a new report from the NREL, non-hardware costs, so called soft costs, comprise up to 64% of the total price of residential solar energy systems, and up to 57% of the total costs for commercial systems. Another new NREL report shows that third-party ownership adds $0.78 per watt for residential systems and $0.67 per watt for commercial projects.
A $2.6 million project for solar carports at San Joaquin County's corporation yard in south Stockton is unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors. The solar project’s energy savings will cover the cost of the project in 11 years, and total savings over the project’s 30-year lifespan are expected to be about $6.2 million.
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