Macquarie to sell off solar, wind businesses, Vote Solar hiring: pvMB: 4/10/19


Macquarie sells off its solar assets – Australia’s Macquarie is selling off its renewable energy businesses. In addition to selling its wind assets to DIF Infrastructure V, the company will sell off its 142 MW portfolio of solar power plants to Goldman Sachs Renewable Power. Both sales are expected to close in stages throughout the year, and the company anticipates proceeds of $215 million. Source: Zacks


Soligent and Pika join forces – “Soligent Distribution, the largest pure-play distributor of solar equipment in the United States, has partnered with Pika Energy, Inc, a US-based designer and manufacturer of advanced solar-plus-storage systems, to add to its diverse catalog of high-quality products… Soligent will carry Pika’s powerful Harbor smart battery systems, grid-forming Islanding Inverters and PV Link substring optimizers, as well as an array of Pika accessory products. Pika’s complete range of products will be available on the “Soligent Connect” E-commerce website for solar installers to purchase.” Source: Soligent Distribution/Pika Energy


Big ag goes solar – California citrus and vegetable giant Limoneira has installed a PV system comprised of over 2,000 Hanwha Q Cells PV modules (estimated capacity: ~600 kW) on the roof of one of its packinghouses. “This is the latest of Limoneira’s 7 solar installations across the company which produce a total 7M KW annually, and in doing so, reduce 86,830 tons of CO2 over a 25-year period.” Source: Limoneira


S-5! unveils new clamp design – “S-5! introduces the new and improved S-5-N clamps. The redesign ensures straighter clamp position on a number of  the popular 1″ nail strip metal roof panels such as Taylor Metals’ Easy Lock, ASC Building Products’ Skyline Roofing, McElroy Metals’ Meridian, New Tech Machinery’s FF100 and roofing types with similar profiles.” Source: S-5!


LA freezes assets of solar installer – Los Angeles’ city attorney has secured a temporary restraining order and finalized an asset freeze against the owner of a solar power company accused of scamming homeowners out of $1.4 million. “(City Attorney Mike) Feuer’s office filed a civil complaint and obtained an asset freeze against Nelson Solis, owner of Eco Solar Home Improvement, along with several affiliated entities and associates, last week. The lawsuit alleges 35 homeowners were defrauded though cash payments or through loans backed by assessments on their property taxes, all made in exchange for little or no work, and through misuse of the Property Assessed Clean Energy Program.” – Source: NBC Los Angeles


Midsummer launches metal sheet roof – Swedish solar technology company Midsummer, known for its thin-film manufacturing equipment, has now launched a solar metal roof product. “This signals a broader effort to expand from mainly selling production equipment for thin film solar panels into the end market for solar panels for various roofs, facades, vehicles etc through in-house production and via contract manufacturers.” Source: Solar Novus Today


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