Solar developers rush to connect to grid

Utilities are being inundated with requests to connect solar projects to the electric grid -- as developers try to beat both a federal tax incentive deadline and new rule changes that could extend to three years or more the time it takes for solar projects to get built.

Solar industry insiders say developers rushed to put in applications …Continue Reading


BrightSource starts to build $1.9B Mojave solar project

After three years of planning, BrightSource Energy broke ground Oct. 27 on its first $1.9 billion utility-scale solar thermal project in the Mojave Desert.

"If the private markets are stable and financing any utility-scale renewables projects -- including wind, photovoltaics and geothermal …Continue Reading


SPI: Project Focus: Silverado Power announces 400MW of utility-scale projects

Formally inaugurating itself into the solar power market with its announcement at Solar Power International, Silverado Power released that it has almost 400MW of utility-scale projects currently under construction. Silverado Power, created as a JV between several solar industry veterans and Martifer Solar, has over 75 U.S. solar farms in different development stages - 40 of which are filed …Continue Reading


Solar power conference heats up

I'm in Los Angeles at the Solar Power International conference hoping to find some solar-powered news to bring home.

I'll be meeting with executives from Bay Area companies (or foreign companies with Bay Area headquarters) …Continue Reading


Cheneys' solar déjà vu, part deux

I knew that name sounded familiar.

John Cheney, CEO of the recently unstealthed Silverado Power, is a former founder of MMA Renewable Ventures and, he told me today, also the brother of Matt Cheney, former CEO of MMA Renewable Ventures (now Fotowatio Renewable Ventures). …Continue Reading


Renewable Energy Veterans Go Public With Solar Startup

A group of veteran renewable energy executives have launched a solar startup that has secured more than 1,000 megawatts of development acreage across California.

The venture, dubbed? Silverado Power, is headed by John Cheney, a former executive at MMA Renewable Ventures, the solar power developer acquired …Continue Reading


Solar Power Development Company Silverado Power Announces Launch; Has 400 MW in Utility-Scale Projects

Silverado Power announced its public launch today at the Solar Power International conference. Silverado Power is a solar development company based in San Francisco, CA. The company stated that it has more than 75 US solar farms in various stages of development and 40 already filed for interconnection in Southern California. Overall, Silverado Power …Continue Reading