Solar Energy

  • 2/5/2014

    Vestas quarterly results in the black for first time in 2 years

    Vestas Wind Systems, the Danish wind turbine manufacturer with four big manufacturing plants in Colorado, has posted its first quarterly profit since 2011. The company, based in Denmark, issued its fourth…

  • 9/10/2013

    As issues mount for SoloPower, Oregon loosens the reins

    Things may be getting a little bit sunnier for SoloPower. As the Oregonian reports, the embattled thin-film solar startup company has been granted some relief on its $10 million Oregon Department of Energy…

  • 8/26/2013

    Solar losing out in Arizona

    Solar proponents in Arizona have long said scaling back on incentives and programs at the state level to propagate the industry was like death by a thousand paper cuts. Enter Vivint Solar Inc., the Utah-based…

  • 7/8/2013

    SolarWorld to lay off 100 in Hillsboro

    SolarWorld Industries America Inc. announced Monday morning it’s laying off 100 workers from its Hillsboro facility. The company said the layoff is expected to be permanent. The move involves no “bumping,”…

  • 7/7/2013

    Solar airplane completes historic flight

    Solar Impulse, the solar-powered airplane that made a visit to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport earlier this summer, completed its historic cross-country flight on Saturday night, but not without…

  • 3/28/2013

    Experts to spread renewable energy word in Nicaragua

    Several Portland renewable energy pros are heading to Nicaragua to install solar panels and spread the sustainability gospel abroad. The team, which includes representatives of Portland General Electric…

  • 3/22/2013

    NADB approves loan for Rio Grande solar project

    North American Development Bank, MIC Solar Energy Holdings LLC and Chevron Energy Solutions are teaming up to develop a new solar park near Presidio, Texas. North American Development Bank (NADB) has…

  • 2/28/2013

    NW Photon builds health solar niche

    A Lake Oswego photovoltaic solar specialist continues to forge a niche in the health care construction game. NW Photon Energy has now completed three health facility installations. The latest is a 204-…

  • 2/26/2013

    Sacramento utility district to explore biz, residential solar

    The Sacramento Municipal Utility District is launching a study of the extensive deployment of photovoltaic solar cells on its electrical grid. The study will be done in conjunction with Millbrae-based…

  • 2/22/2013

    Element Power downsizes North Carolina solar project

    Element Power has decided to cut back — for now — on initial plans for one of two 40-megawatt solar projects it proposed to build in North Carolina. Portland-based Element Power has asked the N.C.…

  • 2/13/2013

    Solar industry applaud's Obama's State of the Union speech

    Rhone Resch of the Solar Energy Industries Association sees a robust clean-energy industry as important to America's future. Here is what he said about the State of the Union address: "In tonight’s…

  • 2/12/2013

    SolarWorld, still battling China, offers financing for American-made panels

    Solar panel-maker SolarWorld, in its continuing battle against Chinese imports, on Tuesday unveiled a new customer financing program applicable only to American-made solar products. The German company,…

  • 2/8/2013

    N.C. group lands federal grant to study alternative fuel stations

    The North Carolina Solar Center said it’s getting a $500,000 federal grant to study how to add more alternative fuel stations in the state. The money will be used by The Alternative Fuel Implementation…

  • 2/1/2013

    Energy Trust has $1M for large solar project developers

    Energy Trust of Oregon put out a call this week for large solar projects that would operate in Portland General Electric's territory or sell power to the utility. The nonprofit has $1 million in its budget…

  • 1/31/2013

    SolarWorld CFO: Company 'committed' to survival

    While analysts speculate about SolarWorld's uncertain fate, the company's CFO Phillipp Koecke is stalwart in defending the company's position. Portland Business Journal Reporter Erik Siemers posed some…

  • 1/31/2013

    Analysts size up SolarWorld's uncertain future

    SolarWorld AG argues that its panels are the best on the market. That of all the workhorse, everyday-use solar panels out there, its are the most efficient. And the company has invested another $33 million…

  • 1/31/2013

    Beaverton School District unveils solar projects

    REC Solar and Kenyon Energy christened a three-system solar project at the Beaverton School District last week, commemorating the third occasion the companies have successfully collaborated with Northwest…

  • 1/31/2013

    Pennsylvania reopens its solar rebate program

    The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection got $7.25 million to temporarily reopen its popular Sunshine Solar Rebate program which was put into wait-list mode August 2011. The current pot…

  • 1/31/2013

    New 1366 Tech factory aims to deliver 'solar at the cost of coal'

    Venture-backed solar energy company 1366 Technologies cut the ribbon on a 42,000 square-foot factory in Bedford, Mass. In a news release, 1366 called the facility "the final step in the path to commercialization…

  • 1/29/2013

    Tax ruling could make solar project finance easier

    A San Francisco company may become the first firm allowed to raise money for solar-power projects as a REIT, the financing vehicle used in $640 billion of U.S. property ventures, according to Bloomberg…

  • 1/28/2013

    Sacramento sees a quiet cleantech boom

    Revenue and employment from Sacramento area cleantech manufacturing and design companies both got big boosts in 2012, setting new records for the region’s cleantech sector, according to a report released…

  • 1/25/2013

    Oregon's largest solar array complete

    The 5.7 megawatt solar array, known as Outback, that last year started sprouting up along the landscape in southeast Oregon's Lake County is finished and is generating power. The solar power plant is…

  • 1/24/2013

    Progress Energy looking to slash solar incentives in the Carolinas

    Progress Energy Carolinas plans to cut rebates in half for customers who install solar panels on their homes, the company said in a regulatory filing this week. The utility, a subsidiary of Duke Energy…

  • 1/23/2013

    Oregon startup refining solar-powered rooftop ventilator

    An Oregon startup landed a commercialization grant from Oregon BEST that will fund its work with the Oregon Institute of Technology to refine its solar-powered building ventilator for a national product…

  • 1/16/2013

    Sungevity raises $125 million for solar projects

    Sungevity Inc. has raised $125 million in venture capital and project financing. The funding includes $40 million in capital raised in 2012, led by Oakland-based Brightpath Capital Partners and the home…