SunEdison is now the official solar energy partner of NASCAR

NASCAR announced SunEdison as the Official Solar Energy Partner of NASCAR Green. This new partnership builds on the expanded use of solar technology across the sport, particularly at race team shops and race tracks across the country.

Sun EdisonOver the next three years, SunEdison and NASCAR will embark on an effort to educate millions of NASCAR fans on the financial and environmental benefits of solar power use. SunEdison plans to work with NASCAR partners, tracks and teams on commercial-scale solar solutions. The White House cited this newly forged partnership as a prime example of making renewable energy accessible to all U.S. homeowners.

“Solar power is a proven and reliable form of renewable energy and the technology is already making a significant impact throughout our industry,” said Steve Phelps, NASCAR chief marketing officer. “Our strategic partnership with SunEdison will help NASCAR further reduce the sport’s environmental impact and help continue to educate our fans on renewable energy.”

“SunEdison is excited to be partnering with NASCAR to highlight the benefits of solar both at and away from the race track,” said Vikas Desai, SunEdison senior vice president of residential and small commercial. “We look forward to being a strategic NASCAR Green partner and helping fans, partners and the sport save money while reducing their carbon footprint.”

NASCAR has taken a holistic approach across its wide-ranging effort to help protect the environment and has been collaborating in earnest with teams, tracks, partners and fans to do that since 2008. NASCAR’s efforts to champion sustainable behavior align with NASCAR fan values.

According to a 2014 study commissioned by NASCAR and conducted by Research Now, four out of five NASCAR fans believe the earth is going through a period of climate change, and two out of three of these fans feel a personal responsibility to do something about it. The study shows approximately two out of three NASCAR fans who believe there is climate change support buying cost-effective solar panels for the home. For additional information on NASCAR Green, visit www.nascar.com/green

— Solar Builder magazine

Eaton’s innovative fusing system is dramatically reducing maintenance and maximizing energy generation #Intersolar

Eaton_Transformer_ProtectionPower management company Eaton announced more than a few things at Intersolar North America, including overcurrent protection for three-phase, pad-mounted transformers up to 38 kilovolts (kV), which will enable customers to get their systems back online faster to generate power. Eaton’s Cooper Power series overcurrent protection devices are designed to protect transformers from the impact of low and high-fault currents, providing a solution that dramatically reduces the time and costs associated with replacing fuse technology in large-scale and commercial renewable energy projects. The Eaton solution can take as little as twenty minutes to replace low current fuses, compared to other solutions that may take more than three hours to replace or require replacing the entire transformer.

Eaton’s Cooper Power series technology, including its expanded overcurrent protection technology, are on display in booth #8221 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Attendees can learn how Eaton’s solutions are making cost-effective, safe and reliable solar generation a reality.

“Customers now have the ability to replace 38kV-rated secondary fault fuses in a matter of minutes while existing solutions may take hours or even days to replace and the downtime can result in a loss equivalent to thousands of dollars,” said Jim Washburn, product line manager, Eaton. “As part of Eaton’s broad offering of electrical solutions, our transformer overcurrent protection is making onsite maintenance more efficient for more cost-effective renewable power generation.”

Eaton’s protection solution for transformers includes its Bay-O-Net and energy-limiting submersible partial-range (ELSP) fuses for both low- and high-current protection in collector systems between 23 kV and 38 kV. The Bay-O-Net fuses can be replaced in the field, without removing the tank cover or hand-hole, saving substantial time and costs while reducing the risk of transformer fluid and environmental contamination.

Read all of our Intersolar coverage right over here. 

— Solar Builder magazine

OneEnergy Renewables welcomes new Chief Development Officer Arlo Corwin

Arlo Corwin

Arlo Corwin

OneEnergy Renewables announce a big hire today. The leading developer of distributed, utility-scale renewable energy projects, introduced Arlo Corwin as the company’s new chief development officer. Corwin will lead the development of OneEnergy’s pipeline of renewable energy projects nationally.

Corwin joined OneEnergy following the firm’s acquisition of the development portfolio of ADVANCE Energy, an energy generation and infrastructure development firm founded by Corwin and focused on utility-scale solar, wind, and transmission projects.

“The distributed, utility-scale market is evolving rapidly and poised for significant growth,” said Corwin. “I’m excited to join OneEnergy’s experienced team, build on the company’s recent successes, and expand the project pipeline in new and existing markets. ”

Corwin brings more than a dozen years experience in renewable energy project development to this role. Prior to his move to OneEnergy, Corwin was the founder and managing principal of ADVANCE Energy. Corwin was formerly president of Power Network New Mexico, a subsidiary of Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners, and a director of project development at EDP Renewables.

“Arlo brings an immediate boost to our capabilities across all markets,” said OneEnergy President Bill Eddie. “Arlo’s depth of experience in renewable energy and transmission project development is a natural fit for the OneEnergy team.”

— Solar Builder magazine

World Wind & Solar Named Outstanding Business of the Year

In honor of National Small Business Week, the University of Merced Small Business Development Center Regional Network awarded its “Outstanding Business of the Year” to World Wind & Solar (WWS), an energy service provider in the renewable energy sector. The award was announced at a special event recently in Fresno, CA.

World Wind & Solar“World Wind & Solar is receiving the Outstanding Business Award because the transformation, evolution and sustainability of this business is truly remarkable. The company is a model SBDC client by working closely with the consultant and utilizing the services of the Cal State Bakersfield SBDC,” according to a letter from the University of Merced Small Business Development Center Regional Network. “In addition, the company leadership has a strong commitment to the Tehachapi community by actively participating in numerous civic organizations.”

WWS was recognized last year as the “Energy Business of the Year,” and this year, was honored to represent both energy and renewable energy industries as overall Outstanding Business of the Year for the Central California region. If WWS also wins next year, the company gets to travel to Washington D.C. to meet the president.

“This is in honor of our business and commitment to advancing renewables. We were recognized last year in the Energy Business category, which includes oil and gas. Now, we’re proud to say we’re representing, and bringing attention to, the renewable energy sector as well,” said Nikki Cummings, President, World Wind & Solar. “This year’s award is the highest award given in the number one district for the entire Small Business Association so we’re very honored.”

The network which is honoring the Tehachapi, CA-based company provides entrepreneurs and small businesses with education, consulting, support for innovation, access to information and the tools necessary to build successful sustainable businesses. The UC Merced SBDC Regional Network assists Central California’s entrepreneurs and small business owners through one-on-one business consulting and research.

“As a result of expiring tax credits and other factors, we’ve had to evolve our business models and look at new ways to diversify. Especially as the solar industry continues to grow,” Cummings said. “We were recognized with this award for developing and implementing a strategic business development campaign to diversify services and attract a new complement of clients over a tense eight-month period, using every last bit of existing capital to transition the organization and diversify.”

WWS provides service in more than 20 states that include a diversified client portfolio of more than 25 companies. They provide consulting services to some of the largest renewable asset owners in the world, and serve three separate sectors: wind operations and maintenance, construction and solar. WWS employs a team of 95 skilled employees and anticipate ongoing growth as demand for renewable energy continues.

— Solar Builder magazine

SunPower Receives 2015 Guardian Sustainable Business Award

Recognized for Making a Net Positive Contribution to Communities, Society and the Environment

SAN JOSE, Calif.– Acknowledging SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR) for efforts that enable customers and the industry to achieve greater sustainability impacts, the Guardian presented the company with a Sustainable Business Award for innovation in the net positive category. Net positive category winners were chosen based on beneficial environmental and social impacts made in key areas of operations which go beyond business-as-usual. SunPower shares the net positive category with impact award winner, IKEA Group.h

“SunPower innovates relentlessly to deliver industry-leading solar technology to residential, commercial and utility customers worldwide, while ensuring we maintain a light footprint and give back to communities globally,” said Marty Neese, SunPower Chief Operating Officer. “Our holistic approach to sustainability and corporate social responsibility proves that solar companies, like SunPower, can be as sustainable as the clean, renewable energy their products deliver.”

Through the Sustainable Business Award, the Guardian joins a list of third-party organizations validating SunPower’s sustainable business practices. In April 2015, the U.S Patent and Trademark Office granted SunPower the Patents for Humanity award, recognizing the company’s use of patented technology for social good. In October 2014, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute gave SunPower solar panels manufactured in Mexicali, Mexico, the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Silver distinction – an honor bestowed on no other solar panels in the world.

SunPower continues to lead by example with its comprehensive sustainability and giving strategy, encouraging adoption of similar practices industrywide. A few of SunPower’s key ongoing initiatives include:

Working toward zero waste to landfill at all manufacturing sites, and Cradle to Cradle™ certification for all solar panels, modeled from the successes achieved at SunPower’s largest plant in Mexicali, Mexico
Planning for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certifications at corporate facilities worldwide, adding to LEED certification of SunPower’s San Jose headquarters and cell manufacturing sites in the Philippines and Malaysia
Providing solar energy access to underserved communities through projects like 3S Solar Service Stations in the Philippines, and partnerships with nonprofits like the Solar Electric Light Fund in Colombia and GRID Alternatives in the United States

SunPower is also the only solar company member of the Circular Economy 100 (CE100), providing thought leadership and innovation expertise to help accelerate the transition to a circular economy. Created by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, CE100 is a global platform that enables participants to work towards building a regenerative economy – a framework for the reuse of financial, manufactured, human, social or natural materials.

— Solar Builder magazine