Middlesex Community College unveils new solar energy system in Middletown

MIDDLETOWN — Middlesex Community College unveiled a solar energy system during a ribbon-cutting event Thursday attended by Mark Ojakian, president of the Connecticut State College and Universities system, and representatives from the college, CSCU central office, Sunlight Solar Energy, and Middletown officials. The new energy system will reduce MxCC’s reliance on utility-generated power and is expected to offset about 8.5 …

Company seeks to build solar panels on town parking garage

A Vermont solar energy development company has announced plans to build solar panels on a Brattleboro parking garage. The Brattleboro Reformer reports Green Lantern Solar said in a letter of intent approved by the town Select Board Tuesday it is looking to run a microgrid system, a storage battery and a means to use the power gathered from the parking …

Commercial solar market sees drop after new compensation adopted

Two key measures of the commercial solar market have seen a marked drop on Long Island since LIPA trustees voted in December to adopt a complex state model for compensating customers for the power their systems produce. Data released by the state and PSEG Long Island show year-to-date drops in new applications for solar hookups to the grid and declines in the …

Solar array energy benefits low income families

PLYMOUTH — History was recently made at the Frosty Scoops ice cream stand when, under a unique-to-New Hampshire partnership, a photovoltaic (PV) array began generating electricity from sunlight for low income families in the Pemi-Baker Region. Known as NH Solar Shares, the idea for the nonprofit initiative — which hopes to build and operate three other arrays in the Plymouth …

20-year deal planned for UI’s 2nd solar farm – Champaign/Urbana News

The UI’s first solar farm was built on university-owned land through a public-private partnership with Phoenix Solar Inc. of California. The firm designed, built and is operating the farm for the first 10 years. The UI is buying all of the energy produced from Phoenix Solar through a power-purchase agreement, paying the company about $1.5 million a year or a …

Can an entire town run on solar?

HARI SREENIVASAN: Joshua, a physical therapist, got a job at the local health center in the town’s commercial hub before they moved in. It’s where the first buildings went up. There’s also a restaurant and coffee shop, a small grocery store, and a brand new school And this is all strategic – it’s early in the project, but Kitson’s goal …

How solar panels could cool our homes while harvesting energy

One day, rooftop solar panels could pull double-duty: harvesting energy from the Sun while also cooling the house below. Scientists have created a device that combines two technologies to do exactly that. And while it’s an early prototype, it’s a promising step toward solving the world’s many energy needs. Most people are familiar with the concept of solar harvesting, or …

California home solar installer sees Colorado as bright spot in the market, opens up shop

A California-based residential solar energy installer that is ranked as one of the country’s fastest-growing private companies is expanding into Colorado. Freedom Forever announced Monday that it expects to start installing solar systems in the state later this month. Brett Bouchy,  the company’s CEO, said Colorado is primed to be a leader in solar energy. “We love the long-term political …