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Western Branch Cuts Ribbon on State's Largest Rooftop Solar Panel System

Western Branch High School, along with Dominion Power, cut the ribbon on a brand-new rooftop solar energy system on Wednesday.

Case Study: Solar Project Powers Empowerment for the Disabled.

Melwood partnered with Standard Solar to build a 413.8 kW rooftop system on its Horticulture Training Center, along with a 517.1 kW carport system (930 kW total), which will provide 95 percent of the center’s energy needs.

The Big Question

What is your greatest concern for your industry in 2016? Read Tony Clifford's response on page 14 of the magazine.

Solar Garage Canopy with EV Charging

Pike & Rose is a mixed use “neighborhood” in North Bethesda, Maryland (US), with over 430,000 square feet of retail space, 1,500 new residences, 1.1 million square feet of office space, a theatre complex and a luxurious hotel. Owned and operated by Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRIT), the company recently unveiled its new 265kW solar canopy system on top of a 7-level, 566 parking retail-parking garage. Federal Realty (FRIT) specializes in this type of mixed use development, and the company sees solar as an important asset. According to Jay Corbalis, Development Associate at FRIT, “Incorporating solar PV garage canopies and electric vehicle charging at Pike & Rose is a visible and beneficial part of the overall sustainability methods used in building this community."

Living Learning Center

(Page 8) A solar array allows the Potomac Watershed's new Environmental Education Center to be carbon neutral.

Maryland city saves on electricity with solar array

Pocomoke City, Md., calls itself “The Friendliest Town on the Eastern Shore.” Now they can say that includes being environmentally friendly.

Proposed Extension of Tax Credits for Renewable Energy Would Have Uneven Effect

After months of taking a beating in the markets, renewable energy companies suddenly seemed to be on firmer footing this week, as lawmakers proposed extending important tax credits in exchange for lifting the decades-old ban on exporting American crude oil.

Striving to 'overcome inertia': Solar industry growth faces obstacles among builders, homeowners

Solar energy experts have been consistently touting the same benefits of solar — lower energy bills, increased home value, energy independence and, through a reduction in the use of fossil fuels, less impact on the environment. So if solar energy is the game-changer proponents say it is, why aren’t U.S. rooflines a virtual sea of solar panels?

Trends and Forecasts for the Solar Industry in 2016

Many trends in the solar industry have remained generally the same for years, most notably lower cost and higher efficiencies. In 2015, however, technologies, costs and applications shifted in three key areas. The three key trends that we see as shaping the solar industry in 2016 are energy storage, asset management and smart technologies.

Solar Isn't Just For Hippies Anymore

And, oh by the way, hasn’t been for a long time.