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New York large-scale renewable energy program massively oversubscribed

The Empire State is making up for lost time in advancing utility-scale renewable energy.
Manufacturing

Manufacturing and Section 201: An interview with PanelClaw CEO Costa Nicolaou (video)

In this interview with pv magazine LIVE from the SPI 2017 trade show, PanelClaw CEO Costa Nicalaou makes a case for why any trade action imposed under the Section 201 case will be bad not only for installations, but for the makers of racking, tracking and mounting systems.

Installations

California legislature sets the PACE for a clean energy future

Two bills passed through the California legislature will improve consumer protections and provide a regulatory framework designed to expand the state’s Property Assessed Clean Energy programs.

Installations

Georgia Power continues renewable expansion, including solar

The utility plans to support installation of 1,200 MW of renewable energy projects by 2021 for commercial and industrial customers through its Renewable Energy Development Initiative

Markets & Policy

Oregon adopts value of solar after two-year investigation

The state’s Public Utilities Commission approved the skeleton methodology to determine the resource value of solar based on a 25-year value for small-scale solar resources.

Manufacturing

SolarWorld Americas to (re-)hire up to 200 workers

The Oregon-based cell and module maker says that last Friday’s injury finding has given it sufficient confidence to start hiring again, after devastating layoffs this summer.

Manufacturing

Possible exemptions to Section 201: A lifeline for the U.S. market?

Friday’s ruling by the ITC found no injury from several nations including Canada and Singapore, which could exempt imports from these nations from trade action. What does that mean for the U.S. market?

Markets & Policy

Level Solar employees strike back, alleging no WARN-ing in lawsuit

Workers at the New York solar installer that tried to disappear without a peep last week have filed a class action lawsuit against the firm, alleging that it violated the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act)

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Press Releases

SolarReviews.com Acquires Project Evaluation & Sales Management Platform EnergyPeriscope.com

SolarReviews. com, the leading destination for customer reviews in the solar industry, and Energy Matters announced today that SolarReviews.

Nuance Energy Enables Four California Farmers to Save Over $725,000 Annually by Creating a “Solar Alliance” Energy Cooperative

Nuance Energy, manufacturer of the patent-pending Osprey PowerPlatform® and developer of distributed generation solar projects through its Central Valley AgWell Solar® division, today announced that four family farming operations in the Central Valley region of California have formed a “Solar Alliance” energy cooperative to install 3. 54MW of fixed-tilt and single-axis tracker ground mount solar systems across 23 sites.

Ameren Missouri Plans Major Expansion of Wind, Solar Generation to Serve Customers

Ameren Missouri announced today a forward-thinking plan to dramatically increase the amount of wind and solar generation to provide cost-effective and sustainable energy for its customers. Ameren Missouri, a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation (NYSE: AEE), plans to add at least 700 megawatts of wind generation by 2020, representing an investment of approximately $1 billion.

Stem hails California Assemblyman’s bid to cut energy storage permitting costs

Legislation recently introduced in California to cut red tape and reduce permitting times for energy storage systems and currently awaiting the state Governor’s rubber stamp could also halve the costs associated with paperwork, commercial system provider Stem has said. Assembly Bill 546 (AB 546) was authored by Democrat David Chiu, representing the 17th Assembly District of […]

Installations

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Falck enters the U.S. solar market

The Italian renewable energy company has acquired a 92 MW PV project in North Carolina from Canadian Solar for $43 million.

Installers react with disappointment to USITC decision

No matter what the segment, the decision did not receive rave reviews.

D-Day: USITC to rule on Section 201, injury phase

pv magazine provides you with a timeline on how we got to today’s vote.

Miltary vets beg USITC to dismiss trade petition

Arguing that a decision in favor of Suniva/SolarWorld could impair military readiness and resiliency, 14 former military personnel sent a letter to the U.S. International Trade Commission yesterday asking them to dismiss the Section 201 trade complaint.

Denver Housing Authority to launch low-income community solar program

A planned 2 MW plant will be the nation’s first community solar project owned by a housing authority.

Trackers dominate U.S. utility-scale solar (w/charts)

Among the many findings in a recent report by Lawrence Berkeley National Labs is that 79% of new U.S. utility-scale solar capacity in 2016 involved tracking systems.

Manufacturing

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BYD to supply 170 MW of PV modules to NextEra

The Tesla of China has also announced plans to launch its high-voltage B-Box residential battery system in the United States.

What’s this about a trade case? 4 takeaways from Solar Power International

The largest solar trade show in the United States wrapped up this week. pv magazine takes a look at what went down, and the trends from the show floor.

Axsus Solar launches first tracker

Canadian start-up Axsus has launched its first tracker, which reduces metal content by 25%.

LG’s back-contact PV module is now available

LG unveiled both a new high-power 365W, 60-cell residential module, and a new AC module with an Enphase microinverter and wifi communications on board.

Interview: SunPower pivots to more conventional cell technologies and shingled cell modules

SunPower is famous for its back-contact cells, boasting one of the industry’s most advanced technologies. Josh Moore, SunPower Director, explains why the company is now ramping up 600 MW of production for different types of front-contact cells and shingled modules. He will pitch the advantages at pv magazine’s Future PV event to be held at SPI on Tuesday September 12.

Solar Power International begins with a bang

With a monster hurricane in Florida and a trade case looming over the solar industry, there’s never been a more interesting time to be in solar

Markets & Policy

USITC finds serious injury in Section 201 trade case

In the most anticipated decision since the Investment Tax Credit vote in 2015, the industry now braces to see what sanctions the USITC will recommend to President Trump on November 13.

You can’t ignore it anymore: An interview with GTM Research’s Cory Honeyman

In this exclusive interview with pv magazine, GTM Research Associate Director of U.S. Solar Cory Honeyman give his perspective on what today’s ruling by the ITC means – and where we are headed now.

Four U.S. governors urge ITC to reject the Suniva/SolarWorld petition

Only a day before the decision, four governors from leading solar states expressed their opposition to the Section 201 trade case. But will political pressure be enough?

Section 201: Abigail Hopper on SEIA’s fight against the trade case (video)

This exclusive interview from the SPI trade show explores how SEIA under Abigail Hopper has come out hard and strong against the Section 201 trade case – and what she plans to do in the event of an injury finding.

Citigroup to go 100% renewable by 2020

The commitment by the 4th-largest bank in the United States follows on an earlier sustainable economy financing commitment

Why the trade petition is hurting solar financing—and what can save it

In this op-ed for pv magazine, Standard Solar President and CEO Scott Wiater talks about adaptation strategies for solar companies struggling with financing due to the uncertainty caused by the Section 201 investigation.

Technology

Toshiba claims record efficiency with film-based perovskite solar mini-modules

Japan’s Toshiba has fabricated a perovskite solar cell mini-module with an energy conversion rate of 10.5%, which it claims is now the highest rate that has been reached throughout the world with a multi-cell mini-module.

U.S. renewable energy goals: Two steps forward, one back

Proposals for 100% renewable energy at the state level are struggling, as NRDC puts forward a blueprint for 70% wind and solar by 2050.

U.S. mayors plan funding for distributed energy, smart grids and more

The nation’s mayors are pushing for policies that will preserve existing federal programs and expand support for grid modernization and clean energy.

GE – Bringing good things to solar?

The American conglomerate has issued a white paper on improving solar operations. How does this fit in with their corporate strategy going forward?

A new vision for EERE: An interview with Daniel Simmons

pv magazine is pleased to bring you an exclusive interview with the Acting Assistant Secretary in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Daniel Simmons, who was appointed by President Trump four months ago.

Scientists look into insect eyes for new solar cell design

Mimicking a compound eye of a fly, Stanford University scientists have packed tiny perovskite cells into a hexagon-shaped epoxy resin scaffold, improving the material’s durability when exposed to moisture, heat and mechanical stress in a breakthrough that may open the door to the awaited improvement in perovskite’s operational stability.

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