pvMB 3/6/19: Hawaii stays at 27% renewables, GameChange Solar ups production capacity


ASU dominates SETO awards – Blowing right by the competition, Arizona State University took home five awards awards totaling $5.7 million from the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) for the university’s research projects advancing solar PV and concentrating solar-thermal power technologies. This is Arizona State’s third year topping the SETO award collections, following up on an impressive 2017 mark of six awards totaling $4.3 million. Source: Arizona State University


“Solar Spring Break” features over 200 students installing solar for low-income families – Cancun is so 2015 and Corpus Christi attracts the wrong crowd, so over 200 students from 22 colleges and universities are spending their spring break on the job. The students will be installing no-cost solar to low-income families through GRID Alternatives’ “Solar Spring Break” program. From March 4 to May 10, groups of volunteers will be installing systems from New Mexico to Nepal. The program has grown quickly, from 6 participating schools in 2014 to 22 this year. Source: GRID Alternatives


GameChange Solar ups standing seam roof system production capacity – GameChange Solar announced that the company has added 200 MW of production capacity to a Pennsylvania manufacturing facility that it contracts with. The additional capacity will be used to expand its standing seam roof system. Source: GameChange Solar


Montecito Fire Protection District Board votes to proceed with proposed microgrid – “The Clean Coalition and the World Business Academy are pleased to announce that on Monday, February 25, the Montecito Fire Protection District Board of Directors unanimously authorized Fire Chief Chip Hickman to draft a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to proceed with Community Microgrid efforts for the Fire Protection District headquarters and fire stations… This Community Microgrid represents the first building block in the Montecito Community Microgrid Initiative, which will bring renewables-driven resilience to Montecito — allowing critical facilities like fire stations, emergency shelters, and critical water and communications infrastructure to remain online indefinitely, even during extended grid outages.” Source: Clean Coalition


GreenPeace co-founder slams Green New Deal, claims it would starve the country – Patrick Moore, a co-founder of GreenPeace went to Twitter over the weekend to slam the Green New Deal with some disturbing claims of what the legislation would lead to. He said: “@AOC (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) …. You don’t have a plan to grow food for 8 billion people without fossil fuels, or get food into the cities. Horses? If fossil fuels were banned every tree in the world would be cut down for fuel for cooking and heating. You would bring about mass death.” Now let’s make one thing clear: The details of the the Green New Deal are widely debated, but it’s clearly no reason to start putting lamb’s blood on your door. Source: Friends of Science Society


Targray expands solar supply chain finance program – Targray has announced the expansion of its solar supply chain finance program for PV module manufacturers, project developers, distributors, installers and contractors. Offered in partnership with Targray’s global banking partners, the solar supply chain finance program enables solar material buyers to optimize working capital through extended payment terms, while helping their suppliers benefit from additional cash flow through accelerated payment.” Source: Targray


Hawaii stays at 27% renewables in 2018 – Matching their 2017 mark, the Hawaiian Electric Companies achieved a consolidated 27% renewable portfolio standard in 2018. The companies expected that figure to grow to 29% until the Kilauea volcanic eruption caused the Puna Geothermal Venture to produce at a lower level. However, the companies report that they’re still on track to reach the 100% renewable energy mandate by 2045. Source: Hawaiian Electric

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