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Trump now says SOLAR will pay for the Mexican wall

First it was Mexico. Then it was the U.S. taxpayer (reimbursed by Mexico). Now President Trump says he’s going to cover the wall in solar panels – generating energy and paying for itself.


DOE grid study release delayed until July

Secretary Perry’s promised study of whether renewables are shutting down baseload coal and nukes and potential impacts on reliability will have to wait until July.

Markets & Policy

Louisiana retroactively fixes solar tax credit

The state’s house and senate have passed a bill to ensure that PV system owners who installed solar by the end of 2015 actually get the tax credit they were promised.


A new approach to unlocking the corporate solar market without virtual net metering

In this guest post for pv magazine USA, Soltage Senior VP Marc Miller looks at the Contract for Differences (CfD) model as a way to further expand corporate adoption of solar, particularly in states that do not have Virtual Net Metering policies.

Markets & Policy

NextEra plans deeper moves into solar

The world’s largest wind and solar asset owner has identified opportunities for 9-10 GW of solar as it expands into renewables and away from risky conventional merchant generation.

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Cheap gas and renewables are making merchant power untenable (w/ charts)

A new report by Power Research Group and Wilkinson Barker Knauer finds that cheap natural gas, wind and solar make it impossible for merchant plants to recover invested capital, and threaten the basic operation of wholesale power markets.


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Business as usual: Energy Department awards $32 million in small-business grants

Despite having the sword of Damocles hanging over the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), it is still doing its job – encouraging small businesses to innovate in the clean-energy economy so that if the industry is ever no longer under siege, it will not have fallen irreversibly behind the rest of the world.

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Press Releases

Smappee Brings World’s Most Advanced Home Energy Monitoring System to the Solar Market

Smappee Plus provides real-time, appliance-level data through intelligent submetering; offers consumers greater insight into energy use and production.

Baker-Polito Administration Awards Over $14 Million in Green Communities Grants

72 Communities Receive Grants for Clean Energy Projects.

Energy Storage North America Names Denver Solar+Storage Microgrid a 2017 Innovation Awards Finalist

Shared assets in “portfolio” microgrid at Peña Station NEXT increase grid resilience and reliability.

Altus Power Acquires 6 MW California Solar Project

Altus Power America, Inc. (“Altus Power“) is proud to announce the acquisition of a 6 megawatt (MW) DC ground-mounted single-axis tracker solar installation in Rancho Cordova, California.



Spruce sells $250 million in solar and energy efficiency loans

This is the second sale of loan assets for the company, which has experienced significant staff reductions and turnover in its executive positions.

Silicon Ranch to build 200 MW-AC of solar for Georgia Co-ops

The portfolio of four solar projects will provide low-cost electricity for 38 co-ops in the state, and builds on existing projects developed by the two companies.


PURPA finds itself under siege in Wyoming

Rocky Mountain Power is asking the Wyoming Public Service to slash severely the reimbursement rates it is required to pay to qualifying facilities under the 1978 law, arguing falling solar and natural gas prices mean those rates are too high to sustain long term. (READ THE FULL FILING HERE)


RMI tool helps businesses pick the right spot for solar

Most experienced installers know where the best spots are to install solar arrays on a project, but sometimes business owners struggle to understand. The Rocky Mountain Institute has developed a tool to help them.




Shoals Technologies earns investment from Oaktree Capital

The company announced an investment partnership with the Power Opportunities Group of Oaktree Capital Management that will help the company expand its international business on its current portfolio in addition to joining the energy-storage market.

Silicor low-cost silicon may foster greater cell efficiency

Silicor Materials is striving to demonstrate that its low-cost PV silicon production process should help boost efficiency records in the near future. The company performed its own attempt at producing a mono PERC cell with greater efficiency, and hit a 20% level on the first try, company officials say.


Seraphim Solar earns confidence of financing firms

In an atmosphere where U.S.-based solar module manufacturers are dropping like flies, it’s nice to see one ramping up production to meet ever-increasing demand for U.S.-made modules.


Tesla moves one step closer to Solar Roof deployment

Underwriters Laboratories certified the product last week, which should allow Elon Musk to keep his promise to roll the product out this summer.


United States informs WTO of trade petition investigation (ITC notification embedded)

The U.S. International Trade Commission has informed the WTO that it is moving forward with its investigation into whether Suniva and SolarWorld deserve “global safeguard” protection from their competitors.


Markets & Policy


Optimism and concern at the REFF Wall Street conference

While there were many good indicators at ACORE’s 14th REFF Wall Street conference, there are worries around the Suniva Section 201 trade case.

Enphase Energy signs license agreement with manufacturing partner Flextronics

Deal sees the U.S. microinverter specialist license its marketing, sales and manufacturing rights to Flextronics, one of the world’s largest global electronics manufacturers and a longstanding partner of Enphase.


Army all in on PV solar, awarding a $6.5 million contract

Four research partners have won a contract from the Army Research Laboratory’s Army Research Office to develop flexible, more powerful solar modules to provide soldiers in the field reliable electricity.


No, Virginia, wind and solar are not a threat to grid stability

A new report commissioned by Advanced Energy Economy disproves a number of myths about U.S. grids and electricity markets.


Sunrun enters Florida’s solar market

With the third party solar company’s arrival, the big three residential installers have all lined up for a share of the state’s market.




Scientists blast Jacobson 100% wind, water and solar plan for errors

A new paper by leading scientists is taking a popular plan for 100% wind and solar to task for “errors, inappropriate methods, and implausible assumptions”

Texas researchers develop new method for solar desalination

A team of researchers from Rice University in Houston, Texas has developed a new method for using solar power to desalinate sea water. Part of a federally funded research effort into water treatment , the team has developed a system utilizing a combination of membrane distillation and nanophotonics to turn salt water into fresh drinking water.


New alloy could pave the way for new CPV designs

Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a new semiconductor alloy that can capture near-infrared light in the leading edge of the visible light spectrum. This could be a major step forward in the development of concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) technology.


BNEF: Coal to fade as cost of renewables falls even faster

The latest long-term forecast from analysts Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) predicts solar energy costs to drop a further 66% by 2040, and onshore wind by 47%. Given these predictions, BNEF expect that renewables will undercut the majority of fossil based generation by 2030, even in India and China.


AEE, NECEC applaud Rhode Island grid modernization initiative

The two organizations are pushing for the role of utilities to be more of an impartial integrator and market enabler for third-party solutions, as the state plans the integration of more renewables.


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