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 As Hawaii embarks on the complex transition from a fossil-fueled past to a clean energy future, Solar Impulse prepares to leave for the mainland US and the continuation of its historic around the world journey.  For Solar Impulse and technology partner ABB, the flight is already proving that renewables are a reliable power source.

By flying halfway around the world on solar power alone, Solar Impulse has already proven that it is possible to produce a stable, 24/7 electricity supply using only renewable energy. On the ground, ABB, a world leader in power and microgrid technologies, is helping remote communities and islands like Hawaii to meet and sustain their own energy needs by incorporating renewable and clean energy technologies into the power grid.

Powered only by energy from the sun, Solar Impulse will soon begin the second part of its epic 40,000-kilometer flight around the world, taking off from Kalealoa Airport in Hawaii for the mainland United States. The Aloha State is a leader among all 50 states by pledging to power its islands with 100% renewable energy sources by 2045. ABB technology is already helping Hawaii with that goal as a part of Kauai island's Battery Energy Storage System, which helps to maintain a stable power supply and provides instant backup power in the event of unplanned outages.1

"One of our goals for this historic round-the-world journey and for our technology partnership with Solar Impulse is to demonstrate that you can separate economic growth from environmental impact with help from smarter and more sustainable technologies," said Greg Scheu, president, Americas region, ABB. "Renewable energy, microgrids, battery storage, higher efficiency standards -- these all show that we can power the world without consuming the earth."

"What we have on Solar Impulse is a system that captures its own energy, converts it into electricity, and stores it and manages its consumption in a sustainable way," said Solar Impulse pilot and CEO, André Borschberg. "This is exactly what ABB is doing on the ground with its distributed energy resources or microgrids."

"If Solar Impulse can fly day and night around the world with no fossil fuel, it demonstrates that these technologies are now mature and ready for the market so everyone can use them," said Solar Impulse pilot and chairman, Bertrand Piccard. "ABB gives credibility to what we are doing, because it is doing it on the ground."

RES Distributed, a wholly owned subsidiary of Renewable Energy Systems (RES), a leader in the development, engineering, construction, and operation of wind, solar, transmission, and energy storage projects across the globe, is pleased to announce an agreement with Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) to develop, construct and manage a 15 MW distributed portfolio of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the Texas Hill Country.  

EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) today announced the acquisition of Global Resource Options, Inc. (dba: groSolar), a privately owned company, which provides development and turnkey engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects for developers, financiers, utilities, corporate, government, and other institutional clients.

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Sunworks, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW), a leading provider of solar power solutions, opened the doors to its Solar Design Center, a new marketing initiative designed to pioneer the way consumers purchase solar systems. The Sunworks Solar Design Center is a visual educational center where customers can learn about solar and have a custom solution designed while they wait. 

OutBack Power Technologies, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of advanced power electronics for solar energy, will participate in an energy storage panel on April 5 at 1:00 p.m. PT and will showcase its prewired system line at the 2016 NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) Continuing Education Conference, leading with the FLEXpower Radian and Nano-Carbon energy storage. With this system, solar installers and designers can save half a day of labor on configuration and installation. Additionally, the equipment is designed with residential energy independence in mind, providing homeowners and installers with reliable platforms that require little maintenance. As a result, contractors benefit from increased cost savings and improved customer satisfaction with user-friendly systems.

Adding solar with energy storage backup has many economic benefits for homeowners all over the country. To address the pent-up demand, installers can take on more projects and streamline their seasons if they have access to equipment that requires little extra training or complicated customer maintenance. OutBack Power is the only company with a UL1741-listed system from the energy storage to the rooftop. OutBack’s FLEXpower Radian and EnergyCell Nano-Carbon Batteries were designed with existing and future standards in mind, ensuring return on homeowner investments despite changing policies or technology.

 

“The energy industry has been buzzing about the rapid growth in storage implementation for several years, and that moment has now arrived,” said Eric Hill, senior manager for energy storage products and systems at OutBack Power. “Installers have trusted OutBack for the past 15 years, and we’ll share our energy storage expertise to continue the industry’s education and empower NABCEP installers to grow and evolve alongside us.”

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