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Joanna Schroeder

  • BioEnergyBytesDFIKEA has completed the installation of South Florida’s largest solar array, which will be plugged-in officially atop the future Miami-Dade IKEA store opening this summer in Sweetwater, FL. Combined with rooftop arrays in Orlando, Tampa and Sunrise, this fourth solar project will keep IKEA as the state’s largest non-utility solar owner. The 178,000-square-foot solar array consists of a 1,178-kW system, built with 4,620 panels, and will produce approximately 1,738,876 kWh of electricity annually for the store. For the development, design and installation of the Miami-Dade store’s customized solar power system, IKEA contracted with REC Solar.
  • Vista Solar has promoted Jaymes Callinan from Vice President to President of the Company. Callinan co-founded Vista Solar in 2007 with his father Pat Callinan (president of global silicon distributor SVM, Inc.). Since the company’s inception, Jaymes has grown Vista Solar from a residential solar startup to a multi-million dollar commercial solar installation firm.
  • Homeowners anywhere in the United States can now purchase Andalay Solar’s high-performing, easy-to-install solar panels online at With a 60 perfect annual growth of residential solar power system installations in the U.S. in 2013, the move to sell on Amazon particularly targets the do-it-yourself market. Andalay Solar offers grid-tied AC solar system kits either with 4 panels or with 1, making it quick and easy for go-getting DIYers to customize the size of their solar power system by simply purchasing then tying together the amount of kits necessary to fit their roofs. Furthermore, Andalay’s kits allow for DIYers to install a renewable energy system at a lower cost than a third-party installer.
  • China Ming Yang Wind Power has announced its subsidiary, Jiangsu Mingyang Wind Power Technology Limited, has been approved by Rudong Energy Bureau in Jiangsu Province, China, to exclusively develop and operate a 300MW off-shore wind power project off the coast of Rudong in Jiangsu Province, China, subject to certain conditions.
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