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Solar remains largely unscathed as House tax bill passes

Though there are modifications to the hard-won investment tax credit step-down provisions, it appears the bill leaves the solar industry largely alone.
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Renovate America launches online solar, home improvement marketplace

The financing provider is joining at least two other online solar marketplaces, in a new way to sell residential solar

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Rocky Mountain Institute issues guide for greener cities

The RMI handbook provides a template to reduce and eliminate cities’ carbon footprints, including solar implementation strategies and examples.

Markets & Policy

Utilities still have a long way to go to construct coherent solar strategies

A new study suggests that utilities recognize they don’t have coherent policies for solar programs but are having difficulties creating them.

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SunEdison to sell up to $417 million in TerraForm stock

The company stands to make a pretty penny by getting out of TerraForm Power.

Markets & Policy

NARUC expresses concern over dangers of strong trade action

The body has expressed that high tariffs or other strong trade action could harm energy consumers as well as making it harder to reach state-level renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals, as the Trump Administration gives indications that it will act.

Markets & Policy

510 MW of solar contracts awarded in Georgia

The three projects that won through Georgia Power’s large-scale renewable energy program came in at an average of $36 per megawatt-hour.

Installations

Water still wet: Financial concerns drive decision to go solar

A new survey of 2,666 homeowners confirms that potential savings on electricity costs drive decisions to go solar, but also notes the importance of referrals.

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Press Releases

Martin Milani named CEO of Sunverge Energy

Residential energy storage system developer Sunverge Energy has appointed Martin Milani to the role of chief executive officer. Previously, Milani served as chief operating officer and chief technology officer for Sunverge since December 2016.

Three New Community-Shared Solar Projects Launch in Massachusetts

Clean Energy Collective (CEC), the nation’s leading community solar developer and solutions provider, has broken ground on three new community solar facilities in Massachusetts, adding a combined 4 MW of new generation to the Commonwealth’s mounting shared renewables portfolio. Located in the communities of Millis, Rochester, and Wendell, the projects will serve customers in National […]

ScottMadden Energy Industry Update Explores the Solar Trifecta and Dawn of “Smart Solar”

ScottMadden, Inc. , one of North America’s leading energy consulting firms, recently released its Fall Energy Industry Update.

Omnidian Tackles Residential Solar Production Risk with First End-to-End Performance Guarantee for Homeowners, Asset Portfolio Owners

Omnidian, a nationwide provider of comprehensive protection plans for investments in residential solar systems announced today that it has launched the industry’s first 3rd-party performance guarantee for the lifetime of your system. The performance guarantee is available for owners of individual home solar systems through Omnidian channel partners, such as lenders and installers.

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More states use solar plants to protect bumble bee populations

Following dire reports of bee-colony collapses in recent years, at least three new solar sites in Florida and Maryland are trying to provide safe havens for these critical links in the food chain.

Sunrun surpasses Tesla/SolarCity in the third party solar market

According to numbers crunched by GTM Research, Sunrun supplied a larger volume of solar leases and PPAs than SolarCity, and if current trajectories continue will have a larger presence in the residential market in 2018 if not sooner.

Oregon governor says new homes must be solar ready by 2020

Commercial builders, don’t worry: Governor Kate Brown didn’t forget about you. All new-build commercial buildings will have to be solar ready by 2022.

Broadening clean energy deployment: Jigar Shah on Generate Capital

In this interview Jigar Shah talks about his firm Generate Capital and its mission to bring funding to previously overlooked but promising clean energy technologies.

California’s big utilities to reach 50% renewable energy in 2020

PG&E, SDG&E and SCE are expecting to meet the state’s ambitious 50% target 10 years early, with contract prices for utility-scale solar projects falling to below $30/megawatt-hour (MWh).

Community battery systems? Yep – if Colorado co-op’s pilot succeeds

The idea of community solar has been largely accepted by both the industry and public alike. Could purchasing part of a backup battery system be far behind?

Manufacturing

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Array Technologies: There is no substitute for a strong domestic industry

In our ongoing series of articles in which solar industry participants discuss the Section 201 trade case, we reached out to Array Technologies, a member of a coalition of racking, mounting and tracking manufacturers that opposed the petition.

Record quarter for SolarEdge: 22% growth in Q3

Revenue for the power electronics company rises 22% sequentially in third quarter to reach $167 million, with more than 676 MW of inverters shipped

SMA warns of lower annual sales in light of component shortage

Third quarter financial update sees strong growth in Asia but weak U.S. large-scale project demand drags on overall sales. Order backlog increases 25% to $407 million.

Enphase narrows Q3 loss, records revenue increase

The microinverter specialist posted losses of $7 million in the third quarter but did manage to increase its revenue sequentially by 3% to $77 million.

Tesla solar deployments plummet while energy storage rises

The nation’s largest residential PV installer deployed only 109 MW of solar during Q3, its lowest level in many years, but it did install 110 MWh of battery storage.

Muted reaction to USITC recommendations as groups scramble to divine details

After all the sound and fury that has surrounded the Section 201 trade action brought by petitioners Suniva and SolarWorld, reaction to the trade commissions preliminary recommendations has been oddly subdued.

Markets & Policy

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That’s SMART: Massachusetts solicits 100 MW of solar under new program

After more than a year of negotiations, input and intense lobbying from solar advocates, the Bay State is requesting bids to build the first 100 MW of new solar projects under the state's new SMART program.

TerraForm Power refinances with $350 million term loan facility

On the heels of its acquisition by Brookfield, the yieldco is putting its financial house in order.

They want YOU: SEPA seeks input on grid-management system guide

As more distributed generation assets are added to the grid, utilities are searching for electricity-management systems to help them deal with their new assets – and SEPA wants your help in developing standards for them.

Shareholder vote puts Brookfield closer to TerraForm Global acquisition

Settlement of securities lawsuits is the final step before the Canadian asset manager can consummate the acquisition of the second of SunEdison’s former yieldcos.

The clock ticks: ITC turns Section 201 over to President Trump

With the receipt of the final report by the ITC, the Trump Administration now has 60 days to take action on the Section 201 case. The probability of restrictive tariffs is high.

Rhode Island moves forward with Power Sector Transformation

The phase one report on the grid modernization initiative in the Ocean State looks a lot like New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) process.

Technology

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Solar Saves Lives: The solar industry launches major hurricane relief effort

The Solar Foundation and 20 solar companies and organizations have joined forces with the Clinton Foundation, Operation Blessing and others to help bring power and clean water to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

ESA charts a path to 35 GW of energy storage

The Energy Storage Association has issued a white paper calling for 35 gigawatts of installations by 2025 to upgrade an increasingly antiquated power grid to be outage proof and efficiently handle new power systems and demand products entering the marketplace.

NREL hits new efficiency record for quantum dot cell

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have created a solar cell using colloidal quantum dots, which achieved 13.4% conversion efficiency – a new world record for this emerging technology.

Policies for energy storage continue to move forward during Q3

NCCETC’s latest report on grid modernization shows that policies supporting the deployment of energy storage are on the rise throughout the United States.

Berkeley scientists boost battery capacities

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have made progress with cathodes made from ‘disordered’ materials, a technology which could greatly increase the storage capacity of lithium batteries.

Solar and energy storage in New England: It’s complicated

Greentech Media’s Solar and Storage Symposium looked at the big picture in terms of policies and markets, in a region where complexity reigns.

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