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SunPower is selling the former SolarWorld factory in Oregon

The high-efficiency PV maker plans to lease a portion of the factory to continue production of its P-19 modules.
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From the editor: SEIA’s solar+ plan falls short on ambition

The organization’s “ambitious goal” of solar supplying 20% of the nation’s electricity in 2030 looks more like a forecast, and vision for rapid decarbonization is coming from the climate movement and the American Left, not SEIA.
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The $9 trillion dollar man

Washington Governor and U.S. Presidential Candidate Jay Inslee (D) has unveiled the details of his "Evergreen Economy Plan", which includes upgrading building efficiency, deploying renewables, increasing clean energy R&D and other measures.
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Solar plus storage prices plunge, Spruce raises $50 million: pvMB 05/17/19

It's a good time to be in solar power, especially with Friday's brief as California has approved NeoVolta's home battery, 16.5 MW of community solar moves forward in Minnesota, and pricing for polysilicon, cells and modules stayed relatively flat last we...
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Ohio approves two huge solar projects

Ohio Power Siting Board has approved 470 MWac of solar and 60 MWac of batteries in two separate projects, as another confirmation of the coming boom in the state and the Midwest.
Installations

Solar for All is open for business

Illinois has published key documents and is taking applications for the program, which incentivizes solar for low-income residents, areas that have suffered from pollution and non-profits.
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The heterojunction “Alpha” solar module at 21.7% efficiency

REC Group has released the official specification page for its heterojunction Alphα series of solar modules, peaking at 380 watts with the standard module, and 375 watts for the all black unit.
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PVEL looks at the risky business of inverters

The testing company’s first inverter scorecard found widespread failures of basic tests in UL- and IEC-tested products.
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Pentair and SunTech Drive deliver simplified solar pumping solution

Global water treatment company Pentair is pleased to announce a strategic collaboration with SunTech Drive to deliver simplified solar pumping solutions. The first innovation resulting from this collaboration integrates SunTech Drive’s state-of-the-art solar control platform into Pentair’s Pentek variable speed drive technology.

Correction: Scatec Solar sells 50,904 shares to employees

Reason for correction: Total number of shares held by primary insider updated in attachment.

ChargeWheel secures $1 Million investment to build network of solar-powered mobile charging hubs for micromobility fleets and electric vehicles

ChargeWheel begins production of Energy Trailers equipped with renewable energy generation, energy storage and DC fast charging capabilities; funding will support the deployment of 100 Energy Trailers by the end of 2019.

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A 7th grader’s prize-winning solar project, Canadian Solar secures $50 Million: pvMB 5/16/19

Hello one and all to the Thursday edition of the pvMB. Today we'll be looking at Anheuser-Busch's new 2.7 MW solar system at its New York brewery, Pivot's awarding of 11 community solar projects in Illinois, Recurrent Energy selling its Mustang plant and more!

The view from above: Heliolytics on the evolution of solar site inspection

In this interview Heliolytics CEO Rob Andrews talks about the factors behind the emergence of piloted aerial inspection as the dominant form of site inspection, and also the unique challenges posed by wind damage.

San Francisco to bid on PG&E, the Colts go solar: pvMB 5/15/19

Hello and welcome to your hump day pvMB. Today we’ll be checking out EVGo breaking ground on a new Virginia fast-charging hub, Cool Earth Solar getting Sunpower’s Dealer of the Year award SPI’s new agriculture company and looming 5 MW project and much, much more. Buckle up!

Community solar pilot extended in Maryland

Governor Hogan has signed into law HB683, which removes subscriber caps on community solar projects in Maryland and raises their maximum capacity to 2 MW.

Pumped hydro with better financing can compete with batteries

Pumped hydro storage is highly cost competitive for large-scale energy storage, according to a report published by the San Diego County Water Authority. The report models a pumped hydro project as securing better financing terms than battery storage.

Designing for and monetizing curtailed solar power

Research by NREL and First Solar has produced highly accurate, real-time estimates of available aggregate peak power that a curtailed solar power plant can deliver to support the broader needs of the grid.

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Tesla acquires Maxwell Technologies

It's unclear exactly what the interest is in the California super-capacitor maker, but it could be more about the process than the product.

LONGi launches new high-powered half-cut bifacial module

The Hi-MO 4 offers power ratings up to 430 watts, with module efficiencies as high as 19.2%, as the latest high-powered module to hit the floor at Intersolar Europe.

A billion-dollar silicon carbide complex is coming to North Carolina

Cree, which pioneered the innovative semiconductor material, is planning to increase silicon carbide production 30x through a massive investment in a fab and materials megafactory in Durham, North Carolina.

Aggreko’s 1 MW battery system, Conti Solar rebrands: pvMB 5/14/19

Hello and thank your for joining us yet again on the pvMB. Today we’ll be discussing Daymak’s Boomerbuggy X, Scout Boats going solar and everything else to get you through your morning.

SunPower could break into the black this quarter

The high efficiency PV maker may be hot on the tail of its golden goose, with demand outweighing supply for the company’s new A-Series and P-Series modules. And now that reetooling is over, it’s time to sell.

Arctech unveils new single-axis tracker

The device, conceived for large scale solar, is said to solve the instability issues associated with the two-modules-in-portrait structure and to have the largest south-north slope seen in the tracker industry.

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Solar power tax credit “transferability” is on the table

Two members of the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced a new bill whose purpose is to facilitate greater utilization of the PTC and ITC.

The new House’s first budget proposal: spend green to go green

It’s that time of year again, when the House, Senate and president all go to war over the national budget. The first budget proposed by a House controlled by the Democratic Party includes a 10% increase in the DOE’s office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, as well as more money for ARPA-E.

EVs may account for more than half of global car sales by 2040: BNEF

Electric vehicles could account for more than half of all passenger cars and buses sold throughout the world within the next two decades, according to a new report by BloombergNEF. Sliding lithium-ion battery costs will make EVs cheaper than vehicles based on internal combustion engines by the mid- to late-2020s, the research firm says.

Chapel Hill NC debates solar power on all new construction

An environmental board has suggested to the Town Council of Chapel Hill that all new construction install roof-mounted solar energy systems over at least 80% of the unshaded roof areas, which could make Chapel Hill the latest town to go this route.

Solar + storage bypassed in Dominion Virginia’s resource plan

By excluding storage from its resource plan, the Virginia utility also excluded solar + storage, proposing up to 3.2 GW of gas-fired peaking units instead. Separately, a solar association and the utility agreed that modeling should use a solar capacity factor higher than the 23% value specified by regulators.

Bloomberg updates bankable module list, new additions to the StorEdge family: pvMB 5/13/19

Happy Monday one and all and a happy belated Mother’s Day, too. Today we’ll be looking at Seraphim launching its PLANET line, Blackburn College’s upcoming installation, Innogy acquiring two North Carolina projects and more!

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Sunrun aims to replace big power plants

By providing solar + storage, contracting to supply capacity in wholesale markets and even considering microgrid communities, Sunrun is taking on more and more of the space traditionally occupied by utilities and the large, centralized generators that they rely on.

Jay Inslee, defender of Earth, TEP joins the Energy Imbalance Market: pvMB 5/9/19

Welcome one and all to today’s edition of the pvMB. Before you tackle today, we’ve got renewables coming to Montana, Illinois’ City Water, Light and Power giving coal the boot, the one week countdown until Solar Cup 2019 and more!

New York utility gives free hardware to solar and EV buyers

ConEdison is supplying the ConnectDER solution—which accepts solar and EV wiring directly at the electric meter—when customers install solar and electric vehicles. Installation of the device avoids costly electric panel upgrades.

Colorado to go carbon-free

With the presumed signing of SB19-236 by Governor Polis, the state will begin the steps to becoming carbon free by 2030, which is likely followed closely by increased renewable development.

Fire at Tennessee polysilicon fab, NJ man scams the feds for $3 million in solar rebates: pvMB 05/06/19

It’s Monday, and it is pvMB time. Today in addition to the dark news in the headline, we also bring you three new directors at Rocky Mountain Institute, and record levels of solar curtailment in California this April.

Tesla’s Powerwall as the beating heart of your home

Vermont utility Green Mountain Power has started a program to replace its customers’ electric meters with the monitoring system in Tesla Powerwall batteries.