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U.S. could slap additional 25% tariffs on Chinese cells, modules

The new round of IT-related tariffs would make it more expensive for any manufacturers planning to import cells from China for module production in the United States.
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100% renewable energy, no net metering caps and more in Massachusetts Senate bill

A bill passed last night in the Massachusetts Senate removes the state's caps on net metering, sets a 100% renewable energy mandate, boosts the state’s energy storage procurement target to 2 GW and more. But can it pass the House?
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GCL signs a 110 MW solar power contract in Colorado (project layout, hardware included)

GCL's "Overseas Seeding Initiative" has landed in Brighton, Colorado - dropping in over 330,000 solar panels on single axis trackers.
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TrendForce: China PV policy moves to undermine Section 201 tariffs

The analytics firm is the latest to predict a decline in global PV demand this year and crushed global module prices due to Chinese policy changes. TrendForce also finds that the protectionist moves taken by the U.S. will be weakened by falling module pr...
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Vivint Solar responds to racial discrimination lawsuit

The national residential installer has fired an employee and taken other actions in the wake of a lawsuit filed by a former employee alleging multiple shocking allegations of racism and harassment by his coworkers and supervisor.
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Consumers Energy pledges 5 GW of solar by 2030

Details are sparse, but the Michigan utility plans to put the first plant online in 2021, as part of a commitment to reach 43% renewable energy by 2040.
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Energy storage takes the grid by storm at the EIA conference, part 2

Part 2 looks at presentations by Fluence and NREL, which outline the market opportunities present both today and in the future.

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Viridity Energy breaks ground on two 20 MWh battery storage projects in New Jersey

Viridity Energy Solutions Inc. (“Viridity”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Ormat Technologies, Inc.

“Powering the Blockchain Revolution”: Solar Alliance to develop solar-powered cryptocurrency mining facilities

Solar Alliance acquires 165,000 square foot facility in Murphysboro, Illinois & signs agreement with top tier solar panel manufacturer

Envision Solar announces deliveries of follow-on Orders of EV ARC solar powered EV charging stations to California Department of Parks and Recreation

Envision Solar International, Inc. (OTCQB:EVSI) (“Envision Solar,” or the “Company”), the leading renewably energized EV charging, outdoor media and energy security products company, announced the latest delivery of EV ARC™ products to the California Department of Parks and Recreation.

New sonnen and SunPower program brings innovation and superior solar + storage technology solutions to residential customers

Collaboration provides best-in-class sustainable technology solutions for the growing number of American households seeking high performance products that support a future for clean energy.

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SunPower and Enphase team up with microinverter acquisition

Through the deal SunPower gets $25 million and stock; however the bigger deal may be Enphase's right to be the company's exclusive residential inverter supplier.

Energy storage takes the grid by storm at the EIA conference, part 1

Presentations by Duke Energy, NREL, Fluence, GE and the EIA itself showed that energy storage is becoming a fact on the ground.

Tesla to lay off 9% of workforce, quit Home Depot

The company will return to selling solar primarily through its stores and online.

China may have plunged the U.S. solar market into prosperity

In this op-ed for pv magazine, Tony Clifford looks at the upside of recent Chinese policy decisions for the U.S. market.

Would you pay 1.795¢/kWh for solar power in 2043?

NV Energy has signed a 25-year power contract for 2.376¢/kWh for the output of a 300 MW solar power plant in Nevada. This represents a new record for the lowest public contract price for solar power in the United States.

Large-scale solar stays strong in Q1 2018 (w/chart)

Thanks in no small part to modules stockpiled before the Section 201 tariffs hit, both the utility-scale and “non-residential” market segments grew year-over-year in Q1. And while the duties are expected to play a greater role in 2019, there are other factors supporting ongoing market growth.

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First Solar breaks ground on 1.2 GW factory in Ohio

The plant is the second-largest planned in the Western Hemisphere, and will triple the thin film module maker’s manufacturing capacity in the United States.

What China’s subsidy pull-back means for U.S. solar (part 2): manufacturing

Global oversupply and a collapse in module prices are not good news for manufacturers. But the details are always more complex, and many of the factories planned for the United States appear to be staying the course.

BNEF expects 34% fall in PV module prices in 2018

The organization is expecting carnage throughout the solar value chain as the result of reduced policy support for deployment in China.

Tesla and Panasonic to kill cobalt curse

Panasonic announced an aim to produce batteries for Tesla without using cobalt, much of which is sourced from the unstable and conflict-ridden Congo.

GameChange reaches over 6 GW of manufacturing capacity

The racking and tracker maker has secured eight additional manufacturing lines, including in six Southeast states.

Hanwha Q Cells to build America’s largest solar module factory in Georgia

The South Korean group plans to commence construction of a facility with an annual capacity of at least 1.6 GW near the border of Georgia and Tennessee by the end of this year, with completion slated for 2019.

Markets & Policy

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Arizona’s dirty energy politics

An ad being run by a PAC supported by APS is using images of violent felons to scare voters away from a clean energy initiative. But this is nothing new.

Growing stronger in adversity: An interview with Sungrow’s Steven Chan

In this interview with pv magazine, Sungrow USA CEO Steven Chan gives his perspective on the U.S. market in the wake of anticipated global module oversupply, as well as talking about the market dynamics around string versus central inverters.

Silfab considering U.S. solar factory

The announcement was made in the context of the module manufacturer’s new supply contract with PetersenDean.

Vivint closes on the largest solar securitization to date

The $466 million deal and a $345 million private placement together comprise an $811 million refinancing for the residential solar company.

Texas developer sells solar portfolio for $100 million

Fengate Real Asset Investments announced a $100 million equity commitment and co-development partnership with Texas-based PowerFin Partners, along with the acquisition of a 9.1 MW portfolio of operating solar projects in Austin and San Antonio.

Lowest public solar power contract in the United States: 2.49¢/kWh

Arizona’s largest power user has approved a 20-year power contract with a 30 MW solar project at 2.49¢/kWh, the lowest confirmed price for a public solar power contract to date. The deal also involves shutting down a coal plant.

Technology

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210 MW-DC solar farm proposed for Wisconsin

Two Wisconsin utilities are in talks to purchase the NextEra project, which is in excess of state renewable energy requirements and will be four times as large as all of the cumulative solar built in Wisconsin to date.

How Trump inadvertently proved that solar and wind are the future

The Trump Administration’s domestic energy policy has attempted a focus on strategic safety to support coal and nuclear, with zero focus on long term viability or cost, while forgetting that the sun shines everyday.

California generates more power from solar than gas in May

During May utility-scale solar provided 17% of generation on California’s grid, outpacing gas for the first time on a monthly basis.

New York predicts a declining electricity load due to distributed solar power and efficiency

The New York ISO projects a 0.14%-per-year fall in electricity demand from the grid of over the next decade. Already, the state is far off of its historical usage peak of the mid-2000s.

California electric car culture to cheaply cook the duck curve

Analysis by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory shows that California’s electric car mandate could relieve “duck curve” stress at much better pricing than new standalone energy storage, if properly utilized.

Senate proposes business-as-usual energy budget

The U.S. Senate has called for stable funding for the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in 2019, with an emphasis on EVs, as well as increasing the budget for ARPA-E by 6.5%.