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Principal Solar Institute Hosting Webinar On 2015 Texas Legislative Agenda For Renewables
Press Feature: Solar Industry

November 7, 2014 - The Texas-based Principal Solar Institute is hosting a free webinar that will focus on what to expect in terms of renewable energy policies and development from the upcoming 2015 Texas legislative session.

Host Russel Smith, co-founder and executive director of the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association (TREIA), will also provide a summary of the past year's out-of-session activity - the Texas Legislature in only in session every other year. There will also be a question and answer segment following the presentation.

The webinar is scheduled for Nov. 19 between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. EDT. For more information and to register, click here.


Solar firms, power companies battle over 'net metering'

October 12, 2014 - As solar power expands its reach into greater residential use, can solar companies and utilities find common ground?

The flashpoint is over net-metering—a process where consumers use renewable energy to generate their own electricity, then cut their bills by sending excess power back to the grid at retail rates. Read More...


Here's Where Solar Power
Will Be Huge

October 10, 2014 - Rooftop solar power is a great way for individuals to save money and achieve energy independence. But for solar power to take off on a larger scale, it’s going to take a lot more than a few panels on rooftops. We’ll need solar farms — huge arrays of solar panels capable of capturing and distributing massive amounts of energy.

The map above shows the distribution of solar energy that can be harvested across the United States. The areas in red and orange are where utility-scale solar power, capable of competing with established power sources, are going to develop in a big way, according to Michael Gorton, founder and CEO of Principal Solar, a company dedicated to bringing utility-scale solar to the market.

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What To Look For - And Look Out For - In Selecting Solar Development Sites
Press Feature: Solar Industry

Congratulations. The land parcel you've selected for your next solar project is free of encumbrances, has good solar resources and is conducive to building.

However, such site characteristics should only serve as a beginning point, explains Kristen Castanos, a partner at law firm Stoel Rives.

"After the basics, land procurement is often an inexact science," Castanos says. "The types of issues that can arise are really site specific, and solar land procurement requires other special considerations." Read More...


What To Look For - And Look Out For - In Selecting Solar Development Sites
Press Feature: Solar Industry

Congratulations. The land parcel you've selected for your next solar project is free of encumbrances, has good solar resources and is conducive to building.

However, such site characteristics should only serve as a beginning point, explains Kristen Castanos, a partner at law firm Stoel Rives.

"After the basics, land procurement is often an inexact science," Castanos says. "The types of issues that can arise are really site specific, and solar land procurement requires other special considerations." Read More...


Carl HeftonPrincipal Solar Appoints Garrett Boone to Board of Directors: Co-founder of The Container Store and Texas Business for Clean Air
Press Release: Principal Solar Inc.

Dallas, TX – September 11, 2014Principal Solar, Inc (PSI; OTC Pink: PSWW), a publicly traded solar power company that is building a utility-scale operation, today announced the appointment of Garrett Boone, co-founder of The Container Store and a leading environmentalist, to its Board of Directors.

“We are pleased to welcome Garrett to our Board of Directors,” says Michael Gorton, chairman and CEO of PSI. “His success as an entrepreneur and leading advocate for the environment are a strong complement to the group, and will be valuable assets as Principal Solar executes its strategy to build utility-scale solar generation capabilities.” Read More...


Matthew A. ThompsonPrincipal Solar Institute, presented the poster, "Lifetime Energy Production™ – A Simple Method for PV Module Comparison"
Press Feature: PV America 2014

Matthew A. Thompson, Ph.D., executive director, Principal Solar Institute, presented the poster, “Lifetime Energy Production™ – A Simple Method for PV Module Comparison,” during PV America 2014.  Selected by industry experts as one of the Best Posters of PV America, the poster details how the PV Module Rating provides a quick and simple method for side-by-side comparison of photovoltaic (PV) modules to maximize return-on-investment and enhance the value of a solar project. Watch the presentation here (skip to 14:30)


Solar Speaks: Do You Know Where
Your Solar Modules Rank?

Press Feature: Solar Power World

Matthew A. ThompsonJune 15, 2014 - For years, the industry has tried to figure out how to rank solar panels by the amount of energy they produce, but it’s been difficult to decide what criteria should be used.

The Principal Solar Institute, a leading educational organization created by public utility Principal Solarhas created just such a ranking system — and Matthew A. Thompson, the institute’s executive director, dropped by Solar Speaks to talk about it. Listen to Interview...


Principal Solar Institute’s “Lifetime Energy Production™ – A Simple Method for PV Module Comparison,” Chosen as One of Best Posters of PV America, June 23-25, 2014
Press Release: Principal Solar Institute

Dallas, TX –June 10, 2014 – The Principal Solar Institute, an online reference center and resource guide for commercial and utility scale solar markets, announces that industry experts have chosen “Lifetime Energy Production™ – A Simple Method for PV Module Comparison,” as one of the Best Posters of PV America 2014. Matthew A. Thompson, Ph.D., executive director, Principal Solar Institute, will present at Solar Central Booth#245, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, Massachusetts, 3:10 p.m., June 24, 2014. The PV Module Rating provides a quick and simple method for side-by-side comparison of photovoltaic (PV) modules to maximize return-on-investment and enhance the value of a solar project.  Read More...


Michael GortonGrid Parity For Solar Likely As The EPA Drives Coal Into The Sunset
Press Feature: Solar Industry Magazine

June 3, 2014 - The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) sweeping proposal to limit carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing power plants under Section 111 (d) under the Clean Air Act will invariably mean less coal, which should open up a big opportunity for renewable energy, particularly solar and wind power. Read More...


Michael GortonObama's New Carbon Plan Makes History
for Clean Energy

Press Feature: Renewable Energy World

June 2, 2014 - In a history-making move for clean energy, the Obama administration today, for the first time, proposed a rule to restrict carbon dioxide on existing power plants.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the proposal amid strong praise from several clean energy groups and, not surprisingly, criticism from coal supporters. The rule calls for reducing carbon 30 percent by 2030 over 2005 levels. Read More...


Michael GortonSolar Inverters Face The Demands Of A New Day With More Functionality
Press Feature: Solar Industry Magazine

June 2014 - The solar inverter is the workhorse of a photovoltaic array. Although often evaluated in terms of constraints in system design, string size and points of failure, the inverter has evolved into a gateway to the operations and health of the solar PV plant. It provides information about and access to the facility to an ever-expanding circle of stakeholders. Read More...


Michael GortonSolar Speaks: Is Principal Solar
Ready To Take Off?
Press Feature: Solar Power World

May 30, 2014 - Two weeks ago, Principal Solar announced it had reached the financial critical mass it needed to purchase and finance multiple solar projects, which fits into its overall strategy to become a distributed solar utility. We talked to Michael Martin, executive vice president, business development at the Dallas-based, publicly traded solar energy holding company, about what this means for the company’s future — in this edition of Solar Speaks. Read More...


Principal Solar High-Value Acquisition Strategy: Offers Solar Owners and Developers Exceptional Upside, Easier Transactions with Complete Capital Structure: Developers of shovel-ready or operating solar utility projects align with PSI
Press Release: Principal Solar Inc.

Dallas, TX – April 22, 2014Principal Solar, Inc (PSI; OTC Pink: PSWW), a publicly traded solar energy holding company executing a unique roll-up strategy to create The World's First Distributed Solar Utility™, announces that it has the resources and intent to purchase and finance multiple solar projects. As the key piece in its strategy to build a large-scale, geographically distributed solar utility, Principal Solar is aggressively looking to buy operating projects and finance shovel ready projects. Read More...


PSI Ratings: Setting an
industry standard for PV modules

Press Feature: Solar Novus Today
By Matthew A Thompson, PhD

Michael GortonApril 9, 2014 -The PSI PV Module Rating is the industry’s first and only comprehensive, independent rating standard. Launched by the Principal Solar Institute (PSI) and guided by an advisory board of highly influential academic and industry experts, the PSI Rating is designed to help large-scale solar consumers make informed, intelligent comparisons and decisions when selecting photovoltaic (PV) modules. Its methodology defines the standard for comparing critical characteristics of PV modules between different manufacturers and across product lines. Read More...


Principal Solar, Inc. Supports Earth Day Texas 2014: Festival Enhances Green Initiatives, Showcases Sustainable Businesses and Drives Action:
Fair Park, Dallas, April 26-27, 2014

Press Release: Principal Solar Inc.

Dallas, TX – April 2, 2014Principal Solar, Inc (PSI; OTC Pink: PSWW), a publicly traded solar energy holding company executing a unique roll-up strategy to create The World's First Distributed Solar Utility™, joins in celebrating Earth Day Texas (EDTX), a nonprofit organization led by environmentalist Trammell S. Crow and other community leaders, held at Fair Park, Dallas, April 26-27, 2014. The event is an annual, outdoor festival seeking to elevate environmental awareness and influence the way Texans think, live and work.  Read More...


Unbiased, Comprehensive
Solar Module Rating System

Press Feature: Alternative Energy Magazine
Interview with Matthew A Thompson, PhD

Michael GortonMarch 25, 2014 - PV modules already have a nameplate rating -- why is yet another rating needed?

The nameplate rating on PV modules only indicates the power that may be produced at a single, standard test condition. The Principal Solar PV Module Rating uses a computational approach based on Lifetime Energy Production that allows side-by-side comparison of the long-term energy production over a realistic range of sunlight and temperatures. We have found examples where a module with higher nameplate power rating actually produces less energy than one with a lower rating. Read More...


Principal Solar Institute Marks First Anniversary: Launches Manufacturer Ratings Table to Augment Unbiased, Comprehensive Solar Module Rating System
Press Release: Principal Solar Institute

Dallas, TX – February 26, 2014 – The Principal Solar Institute, an online reference center and resource guide for commercial and utility scale solar markets, acknowledges the growing influence of its PV Module Rating one year after introduction, expands its database in response to requests by thousands of visitors, and launches a new Manufacturer Ratings Table.  

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Michael GortonKeeping PACE with Texas: Financing opens commercial & industrial renewable markets
Press Feature: North American Clean Energy 
by Ann Drumm & Matthew A Thompson, PhD

As a renewable energy provider, Texas is currently a really good state to be working in. Those based in the area can expect to expand their business starting 2014, with the state’s authorization of an innovative financing mechanism for projects on commercial and industrial buildings. Read More...


Build, Borrow or Buy?
Three Strategies for Growing Your Company

Press Feature: Texas CEO Magazine

Energy Investors Banking on SolarFebruary 1, 2014 - In their recent HBR book, Build, Borrow, or Buy: Solving the Growth Dilemma, authors Laurence Capron and Will Mitchell focus on those three growth strategies for companies to expand. Companies that “build” are those that scale up by doing more of what they’re doing now through internal innovation. Companies that “borrow” enter into joint contracts and alliances; and companies that “buy,” grow through mergers and acquisitions. Read More...



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