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Georgia company plans to locate solar farm here

Special to The Post-SearchlightRuss Hannah Solar, LLC has spent the early weeks of August planting the foundation for the first of many solar farms in Southwest Georgia. The proposed solar farm is 1 megawatt in size consisting of 3,360 solar panels and will grow in a large, vacant field off Georgia Highway 311 just north of Bainbridge. Hannah Solar purchased five acres from local residents and is working to repurpose the property for green energy production. The solar panels will soon arrive on ...

We have hydro and wind power, why not solar?

Hamilton Spectator Real growth We need people with spirit to make improvements so the world will become more habitable. We need people to share ideas and needs, helping others as they help themselves, like the Kyoto agreement was meant to be. There is no growth in oil and nuclear by themselves when they pollute and kill, destroying land, water and air, decimating wildlife and places to live. Contamination is not growth. Clean natural energy has been tamed with hydro and the winds, so ...

Solar Financing Options Opening Up

The solar lease has become a huge driver of revenue from solar installers such as SolarCity NASDAQ: SCTY   and SunPower NASDAQ: SPWR   . But equity financing that takes advantage of tax credits is becoming a limiting factor to industry growth. One alternative is the solar loan, something SunPower recently unleashed in Australia. Solar analyst Travis Hoium covers why this and other financing options are so important to solar growth.

China Expands Performance-Based Incentives for Distributed Solar

China is expanding performance-based incentives for distributed solar photovoltaic PV projects, according to reports in the Chinese newspaper Xinhua. On Friday, Chinas National Development and Reform Commission  said it would implement a new price structure that awards customers about $0.16 per kilowatt-hour KWh for electricity produced by distributed solar PV projects. The new price structure will more than double current incentive levels for domestic solar PV project, which is about $0.07...

International Indoor Soccer Arena In Albuquerque Goes Solar, Sees

Originally published on sister site Green Building Elements. The International Indoor Soccer Arena IISA in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has gone solar! While — to be honest — this is the first time that I’ve ever heard of the arena, it’s certainly still good news anytime businesses switch to renewable energy sources — good news both for the environment and also for the business’s bottom line. As anyone who has ever been involved in business knows, overhead expens...

Rising solar panel prices brighten Yingli, ReneSola outlook

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A low-income solar program for Colorado

DENVER — A small army of volunteers descended on the roof of Rick Lopez's modest Denver bungalow to put up a solar installation for free."I got a letter in the mail from the VA asking if I wanted to participate," the 63-year-old Vietnam veteran said.He called a friend at the Department of Veterans Affairs to make sure it was legitimate. The offer — and the 3-kilowatt system on Lopez's roof — came from Grid Alternatives, a nonprofit organization bringing solar energy to the h...

China Singyes Solar Technologies profit climbs 26pc

Solar panel producer China Singyes Solar Technologies signed a major deal yesterday after announcing that its first-half profit climbed 26 per cent. Its earnings hit 171 million yuan HK$217 million as sales jumped 32 per cent to 1.7 billion yuan. Much of that increase in sales came from a 61 per cent surge in revenue from the company's building-integrated photovoltaics BIPV unit. Building-integrated photovoltaics are building materials with solar power functions. BIPV accounted for nearly half o...

Big solar array gives mobile-home park power, shade

An east-side mobile home retirement community has switched on one of the Tucson areas biggest solar-energy carport installations and it shades the shuffleboard courts as well.Far Horizons East, a 44-year-old mobile home park at 7570 E. Speedway, turned on its 630-kilowatt DC photovoltaic array on Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by solar supporter U.S. Rep. Ron Barber.The overall system, which consists of 14 different carport installations, will offset an estimated 46 percent of Far Hor...

The top states to make money off your solar panels

Can installing solar panels on your property in the U.S. make you money? According to NerdWallet, a number of states can make the technology lucrative for the average homeowner. The personal finance sites new report says that while the cost of manufacturing photovoltaic PV panels continues to decrease and the market is swamped with solar panels from China many states are also offering tax incentives, grants, and subsidies for homeowners to install the technology and reduce their reliance on t...