At least one gigawatt of rooftop solar power capacity has been installed in California to date. This is according to a report released by the Environment California Research and Policy Center.
Facebook signed a deal with Cogenra Solar to install a cogeneration system in its head office located at Menlo Park, California. According to Cogenra, it would place photovoltaic solar panels on top of Facebook’s renovated fitness center.
SolarWorld installed solar power modules at Pittsburgh’s Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden Center for Sustainable Landscapes, which is located in Schenley Park. The installation can generate up to 125 kW from 250W Sunmodule solar panels that were placed on the roof and on the ground.
The solar industry got a black eye when Solyndra collapsed. But despite the setback, it continues to grow, especially in the Bay Area.
Google added another green badge on its sleeve with its announcement of a new $75 million investment that would help homeowners install solar power systems. This is the search giant’s second investment into residential solar installations.
Solyndra’s problem has resonated across the solar power industry. Its filing of bankruptcy was followed by a FBI raid of its office.
During the opening of the fourth annual clean energy conference, Senator Harry Reid unveiled the plan for the first ever hybrid geothermal and solar plant. This would combine two of the most popular renewable energy sources in Nevada in a single power plant.
The Department of Energy will be funding high efficiency, low cost solar energy projects through its new SunShot initiative funding.
The US federal government cut billions of dollars that used to fund the research and development of solar power technology but reports show that investments in renewable energy around the world increased by up to 32 percent to $211 billion.
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley was present, along with other state, local and federal officials, when a solar-powered electric vehicle charging station opened in Bethesda, Maryland. Its solar panels are located at the top of an 18 foot pole.