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Colorado enshrines energy storage as a right

A four-page bill signed by the state’s governor declares that the installation of energy storage by utility customers is in the public interest, and prohibits discriminatory charges or regulatory burdens from interfering with this.
Markets & Policy

Congress overrules Trump, increasing efficiency and renewables budget

In the budget passed by the House and Senate to keep the government funded through September, funding for ARPA-E and the DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy office both increased by around 15%.


Tariffs, and rumors of tariffs

The second day of the Solar Finance and Investment conference has been overshadowed by the threat of new tariffs by the Trump Administration.

Markets & Policy

Microsoft signs 315 MW of solar power contracts in Virginia

The company is billing the contract with a portion of a 500 MW project as the largest corporate solar power purchase agreement (PPA) to date.

Markets & Policy

World’s second-largest solar EPC to open US office

The Dubai-based company will base their U.S. operations in Arizona. They launch with a 50 MW portfolio as EPC and/or co-development service provider.

Markets & Policy

EIA looks at why solar cost estimates vary

Three separate organizations under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Energy track various aspects of utility scale solar power plant’s costs, and are producing very different numbers.


The U.S. solar power market, moving past Section 201

The Solar Power Finance and Investment conference provided a view into how the U.S. solar industry is adapting to the Section 201 tariffs, and what the road ahead looks like.

Markets & Policy

No deal: US rejects EU’s WTO request for softer tariffs on solar

Joint communication between the European Union and the U.S. reveals that Washington has not agreed with suggestions from Brussels that EU solar imports were not causing any serious injury and thus should be subjected to a less penalizing tariff.

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Press Releases

Vector prepares for solar power’s coming growth

Utah-based structural engineering firm expands headquarters and ramps up staff to serve solar industry’s coming period of mature growth

CVD Equipment to announce 2017 results

CVD Equipment Corporation (NASDAQ:CVV), a leading provider of chemical vapor deposition systems and materials, announced today that it will release its 2017 financial results after markets close on Monday, April 2, 2018. CVD Management will hold a conference call to discuss its results at 4:30 pm (Eastern Time) that day.

Spire extends access to space with DHV Technology solar panel partnership

Spire and DHV Technology have announced a joint partnership to offer Spire’s solar panels to the space industry. Spire’s double deployable panels will now be built and sold through DHV Technology to developers looking to improve satellite reliability and performance and boost overall mission success.

Interplay Learning launches its simulation-based Solar Training Program

The first virtual-reality-enabled training solution focused on improving employee productivity for the trades



Massachusetts calls for ‘Clean Peak Standard’ to green dirtiest, most expensive power

The State specified that retail electricity suppliers must provide customers with clean electricity during defined 'clean peak periods', at less than $0.005/kWh averaged across annual usage.

Sunnova now offering solar + energy storage in California

Sunnova’s ‘SunSafe’ solar power plus energy storage product is focused on backup power during outages, avoiding peak charges in the evening.

New Hampshire bill to expand system sizes while setting new rates for net metering

SB 446 has passed the Senate and now heads the House for approval. The bill would allow systems up to 5 MW to participate in the state’s net metering program, with final rates to be set over the next three years.

U.S. solar module to inverter ratio settles in around 1.25

The DC-AC ratio of U.S. solar plants has been increasing since it measured at just over 1.1 in 2001-2009, however, the average seems to have flattened at just above 1.25 in recent years.

FERC counts 48 GW-AC of large solar projects planned by 2021

Utility Scale proposed projects have begun piling up at the federal agency as the 30% Investment Tax Credit ending starts appearing on the horizon.

Opposition arises to Michigan plans to kill net metering

A proposed drastic change by the Michigan regulatory agency to end net metering later this year has hundreds registering opposition comments.



JinkoSolar reveals details of Jacksonville factory in filing

The plant will make modules based on 158.75 mm square P-type mono PERC cells, and JinkoSolar plans to begin operation in October.

More than 20 PV makers request exemptions from US solar import duties

The list includes many of the big names in the industry as well as a request to exempt the entire EU panel industry.

Natcore develops new processes for foil cell

Rochester, New York based technology company Natcore has announced two new processes, which it says could dramatically reduce production costs of its foil cell, which it has been working to commercialize for the past couple of years.

Wacker’s polysilicon business grows in 2017

The turnover of the Munich-based chemical company increased by 6%. The polysilicon business of Wacker Chemie also continued to increase last year; however, the production halt in the U.S. prevented even stronger growth.

UPDATED: World’s largest batteries hiding in Colorado bids

Xcel Energy’s December 2017 solicitation results contain bids for energy storage projects at least as large as the current world’s largest under construction, and far larger than the world’s biggest running batteries.

Wacker reveals details on explosion at its US facility

Tennessee safety authorities have submitted their report on the hydrogen explosion at the polysilicon plant of the German manufacturer in Charleston. They demand $25,400 in fines from Wacker Chemie for violations of various regulations, and the company continues its efforts to resume production.

Markets & Policy

The age of advanced data analytics is (almost) here

In this report from the Solar Asset Management North America 2018 conference, Kiterocket's Tom Cheyney finds that whether it’s managing large solar portfolios or nascent energy storage assets, repowering older solar installations or buttoning up residential O&M, the smart use of data is key.

Arizona’s Salt River Project election being powered by solar challengers

Salt River Project’s upcoming election includes five solar power advocates. With 14 members, two of which are pro-solar, tipping points are within reach.

FERC ruling could undermine state renewable energy mandates

Energy Innovation and NRDC both argue that the recent FERC ruling on New England ISO’s plans to reform capacity markets could undermine state policies on renewable energy.

Renewable energy bills fail in Maryland House committee

Two renewable energy bills that would have increased the state’s RPS to either 50% by 2030 or 100% by 2035 have been voted down in a committee.

SunPower’s exemption filing strikes to heart of trade dispute

The company is noting its substantial investment in U.S. research and development as well as tools, has further hinted that it may establish U.S. manufacturing for its P-Series modules.

Bill to to allow charges on solar users passes Kentucky House

The bill faces strong opposition from the state’s nascent solar industry



Arizona regulators rebuff utilities, order turn from gas to renewables

As an historic first, the Arizona Corporation Commission has voted not to acknowledge the gas-heavy energy resource plans of utilities, and is pushing instead an aggressive clean energy plan by one if its members.

Pilot project for flywheel storage underway in Hawaii

Utility Hawaiian Electric has announced the start of operations of a pilot project featuring flywheel energy storage technology provided by Amber Kinetics. The project will test the technology’s capability of supporting the grid and allowing further integration of renewable generation.

Berkeley Lab scientists confirm century-old theory of high performance batteries

Researchers in the U.S. have confirmed the existence of a novel state of the element manganese, first proposed in a journal dating from 1928, which could allow for the development of low-cost, high performance batteries for grid level and other energy storage applications.

Solar to help Texas meet this summer’s peak demand

The state is expecting nearly 400 MW of additional utility-scale solar by this summer, as the most significant source of new generation to help it meet summer peak capacity needs.

1366 abandons plans for New York factory

The innovative wafer maker will be building its first commercial-scale factory overseas.

Blockchain for energy raises $150 million in January

GTM Research shows $300 million raised by 122 blockchain companies since the second quarter of 2017. 50 of those companies are less than a year old.

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