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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.

Markets & Policy

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.

Markets & Policy

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.

Markets & Policy

Bill to to allow charges on solar users passes Kentucky House

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

Markets & Policy

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.


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.


TVA proposes rate structures to hobble rooftop solar

The semi-public power authority is not even trying to hide its attempt to slow down deployment of customer-owned solar and other forms of distributed generation.

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Press Releases

Quanergy wins Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce annual Murphy Award

Company honored for Outstanding Innovation in LiDAR Sensing Technology

Direct Energy Solar receives Connecticut Green Bank PACEsetter Award for Outstanding Project

Direct Energy Solar, a Centrica Business Solutions Company, today was recognized as a PACEsetter by the Connecticut Green Bank during an award ceremony at the Energize Connecticut Center in North Haven. The Connecticut Green Bank awarded Direct Energy Solar and Durham Agricultural Fair Association, Inc.

Arcadia Power and New Columbia Solar launch new partnership to make community solar accessible for everyone in D.C.

New community solar projects will be the first widely available with no credit checks, no cancellation penalties and no long-term contracts. D.

Schneider Electric to build advanced microgrid in Foxboro, MA facility

REC Solar tabbed as the Investor Owner of the project. Project will be Schneider Electric's third Microgrid-as-a-Service project with Duke Energy Renewables and REC Solar.


TransAlta plans massive solar project on former coal mine in Washington

The Canadian power company is planning its first solar project, which will be up to 180 MW in capacity, on the former strip mine.

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.

New Jersey solar carve-out bills re-emerge without nuclear subsidies

Bills to reform the state’s renewable energy mandate, increase its solar target and enable a community solar program have been re-introduced in the New Jersey House and Senate.

The U.S. residential solar market fell 16% in 2017

GTM Research and SEIA’s final report on the solar market in 2017 shows both the struggle of the residential solar market, as well as a larger than anticipated fall in utility-scale volumes, leading to a 30% contraction overall.

Georgia Power to hit 1.6 GW renewable energy goal years early

The utility has reached 970 MW of installed solar power capacity. With four new projects totalling 649 MW, this which will bring Georgia Power to 1,619 MW by the end of 2019.

Minnesota reaches 300 MW of community solar (w/chart)

Under the state’s program operational community solar capacity in Xcel’s Service area has grown more than four-fold over the last 12 months, with another 381 MW in design or construction.



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.

Trump exempts Canada, Mexico from steel and aluminum tariffs

President Trump has exempted the two nations from 25% import duties on steel and 10% duties on aluminum, and has further left the door open to any nations with which the United States has a “security relationship”.

JinkoSolar downsizes plans for Jacksonville, Florida factory

The Chinese PV giant is now planning to employ only 1/4 the number of workers previously planned in one PV module factory, which will be online by the end of next year.

Tariffs on steel, aluminum to hit racking, tracking & mounting systems makers

IHS Markit is already predicting a 1-3 cent per watt increase in PV system prices, with the greatest impact again on utility-scale solar.

Markets & Policy


Seminole delivers 770 MW of renewable energy with $1.48 billion deployed

The company started financing renewables in 2009, with a focus on 1-20 MW projects representing an investment of $2-35 million.

First Solar wins another 50 MW-AC contract for its Series 6

Vectren has chosen the PV maker and developer to build the largest solar plant to date in Indiana, as the second large project announced for First Solar’s large-format Series 6.

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.

NextEra builds largest solar+storage plant in USA

The power company, which recently placed bids to build the largest battery energy storage projects in the world, has connected the largest solar (74.5MW)+storage (10MW/40MWh) project in the United States to the grid.

Recurrent Energy sells 235 MW-AC of solar power assets to Korean utility

The developer has sold off three large, operational solar plants to the Korea Electric Power Corporation, as parent company Canadian Solar moves into O&M.

PJM’s compensation reforms could impact renewable energy markets

The 14-state grid operator is calling for a reform to compensation mechanisms to reflect resilience attributes, in language familiar to anyone who has followed Secretary Perry’s proposed coal and nuke bailout.



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.

Solaria suing partner over trade secret misappropriation

The company is suing Genesem, a South Korean equipment manufacturing partner, for using Solaria’s technology outside of agreements.

FPL completes 298 MW of solar

The utility has brought four 74.5MW solar plants online. FPL now owns 930MW of solar generation resources.

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