BLM Approves Blythe Mesa Solar Project

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on Aug. 24 approved the Blythe Mesa Solar project in California as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution, create jobs and move the economy toward clean energy sources.

Ohio Schools Closer to Completion on Solar Energy Project

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
Adams County Ohio Valley School District will soon harvest much of its electricity from the sun as part of an energy conservation project it has undertaken with Energy Optimizers, USA. Energy Optimizers, USA is a Tipp City-based company that works with K-12 school districts and local government agencies to reduce energy usage and costs.

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Launches PV System

Part of a nationwide sustainability initiative, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii’s 150-kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic system at Mapunapuna Medical Office recently joined the electrical grid.

UGE To Supply Renewable Energy to Boston Firm

Boston Properties, a real-estate investment firm, hired New York-headquartered UGE International Ltd. (UGE) to design and supply a rooftop renewable energy system at its new headquarters in Boston.

Houghton College Builds Solar Energy Array

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
Houghton College completed a 2.5-megawatt on-site solar energy installation, the largest on a college campus in the state of New York. The array will provide enough energy to meet more than half of the school’s electricity needs, significantly reduce its energy costs and have a positive environmental impact.

California Named Leader in Solar Energy

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
California is the nation’s leader in solar energy, according to a new report from the Washington, D.C.-based Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). On March 10, the association released its U.S. Solar Market Insight 2014 Year in Review, a study that sheds light on trends in the U.S. solar energy industry. The study showed that California is poised to become the first state in the nation to have 10 gigawatts (GW) of installed solar capacity, which is enough to power nearly 2.5 million homes.

Nonprofits Receive Funding For Solar Projects

The Green Mountain Energy Sun Club based in Pittsburgh announced March 16 it will donate more than $422,000 to 10 nonprofit organizations across Pennsylvania and New York to fund the purchase and installation of new solar projects that will be completed throughout 2015.

Ikea to Expand Michigan’s Largest Solar Array

Beginning in spring 2015, Ikea will be installing more solar panels on top of its expansive Detroit-area store. The project will be the state’s largest rooftop solar array.

U.S. Solar Energy Production Jumps 21 Percent

More than half a million U.S. homes and businesses are generating solar energy, according to a new market report released in early September.

Ameren Missouri to Open New Solar Energy Center

Ameren Missouri, a power and energy company based in St. Louis, has selected MC Industrial Inc. to construct the largest investor-owned solar energy center in the state of Missouri.