SPI to acquire 21 MW in Oregon – SPI Energy Co. has announced the purchase of an 8 solar project portfolio totaling 21 MW. The projects will sell their power a 20-year PURPA PPA with Portland General Electric. The lot are expected to start construction and reach commercial operation by the end of 2020, within the next 18 months. Source: SPI Energy
Vivint names new President of Customer Operations – “Vivint Solar today announced that it has named Bill Blodgett as vice president of customer operations. In this role, Blodgett will oversee Vivint Solar’s corporate groups responsible for customer care and experience. Blodgett has over 25 years of experience specializing in operations and customer relations, having held critical roles in both small and large companies across a wide variety of industries. Prior to joining Vivint Solar, Blodgett served as vice president and general manager at Conduent – a leading digital platform and services provider for businesses and governments.” Source: Vivint Solar
Nashville man brings solar to minority communities – James Carney is a Nashville-based solar installer working to expand access to minority communities that previously couldn’t afford or didn’t have access to solar installations. “In Nashville, Carney doesn’t know of any black household — aside from his own — that has installed solar. That troubles him, given what he knows about black neighborhoods in Nashville. Many residents, including his own grandmother, face high energy burdens, meaning they spend a large share of their income heating and cooling their homes.” Take a minute to read this excellent NPR piece on Carney. Source: NPR
German startup produces solar car prototype – We have another solar car! First Lightyear One, then the partially solar Prius. “Sion, from German startup Sono Motors GmbH, is a solar-boosted electric car that can be powered both via conventional electric grid and the electricity generated by solar cells. Solar panels are discretely built into the car chassis; although visible, they contribute to the look, rather than hamper it. The design calls for 248 solar cells that can generate up to 1.2 kilowatts a day, which translates into 34 kilometers (21 miles) of range. When its battery is fully juiced, Sion’s 35kWh battery can last for 250 km (155 miles), and it can reach 140 km/h (87 mph).” Source: Market Watch
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