GBiz’s editorial team notice that quite a few electric utilities have added new rebates since May 1, according to data at www.dsireusa.org, the most complete resource for information on rebates for renewables and lighting....More
Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) today announced that it has reached a significant milestone by connecting the 150,000th solar customer to its electric grid. In addition, during 2014, the utility connected more rooftop solar customers to its grid than any other year in its history. More than 45,000 new solar customers were added in 2014 alone. During this time period, PG&E added approximately 326 MW of installed solar power – enough to power more than 70,000 homes....More
Further reduction in costs that will drive more widespread adoption will come from soft costs and balance of system (BOS) equipment. Thus considerable attention among solar market analysts and advocates is focused on pushing techniques and technologies that further drive down BOS costs and soft costs of solar. That should spell opportunity for electrical distributors....More
Van Meter Inc., Waterloo, Iowa, will offer solar photovoltaic (PV) training in Waterloo, Iowa, April 7-9, for electricians, builders, engineers and trade professionals interested in becoming solar installers....More
Last week, Google submitted plans to the Mountain View, Calif., City Council to redevelop four of its office sites in the city with an extraordinary design concept by the team of Bjarke Ingels at BIG and Thomas Heatherwick at Heatherwick Studio that merges moveable buildings with nature, integrates translucent canopies laced with solar panels and will radically reduced the company’s energy footprint. The exact details of the building designs were not yet revealed, but you can be sure they will be loaded with the most energy-efficient .
Enphase Energy Inc., Petaluma, Calif., is expanding its Enphase Energy Services (EES) business, according to a company press release. The company wants to streamline solar photovoltaic asset management and operations and maintenance and prepare for the broader-based maintenance and productivity service requirements of future energy management systems....More
As the sun breaks through the clouds, its rays fall on racks of solar panels on rooftops across the neighborhood bringing a surge of electricity onto the grid. As another bank of clouds glides in and the houses return to drawing power from the grid for their occupants’ needs, the utility must have power plants ready to provide that power, and must have systems in place to handle the change....More
The North American electrical wholesaling industry is being rocked by mergers & acquisitions, advances in technology, new competition from offshore and an uncertain economy. In this 60-minute webinar, Electrical Wholesaling Chief Editor Jim Lucy will discuss the changes in the electrical market now having the most impact on electrical distributors, electrical manufacturers and independent manufacturers’ reps....More