Lightway Solar and its wholly-owned subsidiary Baoding Guangdong New Energy Company Limited, have announced that the company has signed a fifteen-year 70 million yuan (US $11.2 million) loan agreement with China Development Bank (CDB) Hebei Branch. The loan will be used for the first phase – a 9.645MW facility – of a distributed photovoltaic (PV) power station project in Baigou, Hebei province. This facility is being developed and built by Lightway Solar, and has been formally connected to the grid since July 1, 2014. When all phases of the project are completed, the facility will deliver 20MW. The project is based on a model where the power generated will be primarily consumed by local users and any unused electricity will be available for sale to other entities connected to the grid. The completed facility will be capable of delivering power to 3 million recipients connected to the grid.
Sonnenbatterie, Europe’s smart energy storage solution, has announced it is now open for business in North America with five new channel distribution partners throughout the United States. The Sonnenbatterie product range spans from 4.5 kWh residential units to commercial 20 kWh storage blocks, which can be connected to build units up to 200kWh in capacity. All Sonnenbatteries include integrated smart meter functionality with mobile energy monitoring and management.
Energy Upgrade California wants to know how Californians plan to save energy and water this summer and will reward those who make a pledge to help California Stay Golden with the chance to win prizes that can help save water and energy. The Stay Golden California sweepstakes is the latest effort to promote energy and water savings across the golden state. Californians can enter the sweepstakes by submitting their pledge describing how they will save water and energy during this hot and dry summer. Weekly prizes include solar backpacks, energy efficient Bluetooth speakers made from renewable materials, an energy efficient kit including an energy hub and smart plug, and a programmable thermostat. Complete rules and eligibility for the sweepstakes are available here.