Spotsylvania fully approved – The largest solar plant on the East Coast is officially coming to life, as the Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors has approved the final special use permit for sPower’s 500 MW project within the county. now that development can begin, the project is anticipated for completion in two years, bringing along with it 800 construction jobs and 35 full-time jobs. Source: sPower
South Miami mayor spends week off-grid to test solar reliability – Proving that the Sunshine State can live up to its name, South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard spent one week off-grid, relying entirely on his home’s solar and storage units, to prove the systems are a viable response in the face of hurricane-related outages. The result; the unit held up more than fine and they mayor and his family easily accomplished the week. Source: Miami Herald (the website is, to say the least, hectic)
Enphase Upgrade program exceeds 2,500 users – Enphase Energy, Inc. today announced that over 2,500 homeowners have joined the Enphase Upgrade Program… This program is for warranty holders of legacy Enphase microinverters and represents the company’s continued commitment to quality and service. Participation in the Enphase Upgrade Program is entirely voluntary, and Enphase continues to stand by the warranties for products in the field. Enphase reaches out directly to eligible homeowners and upon confirmation, pairs the homeowner with a local solar installation contractor. Homeowners with select legacy Enphase microinverters have several options to upgrade their systems with products from the Enphase IQ 7 family of microinverters.” Source: Enphase
Starbucks partners with Cypress Creek on solar portfolio – Starbucks and Cypress Creek Renewables have announced a tax equity deal for Starbucks to invest in a portfolio of six solar projects across Texas. These projects represent an investment in 50 MW capacity total. The companies also reached a deal for Starbucks to buy power from two 10 MW plants in Texas, which represents the power needs of roughly 360 Starbucks stores. Source: Starbucks
Miller Brothers selects Power Factors for O&M – “Power Factors, LLC is pleased to announce that Miller Bros. Solar (MBS) has selected Power Factors as its renewable energy operations and maintenance (O&M), asset management, and field service software partner. MBS performs O&M services on approximately 1300MW across over 375 sites of commercial and utility scale solar power plants across the United States.” Source: Power Factors
EVgo implements Autocharge – EVgo has become the first American EV charging network to deploy Autocharge technology. Autocharge instantly recognizes a customer’s vehicle and initiates automatic charging after a one-time registration. The company plans to have the program rolled out at all locations by the end of 2019. Source: EVgo
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