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Sunnova follows Tesla, Sunrun into Hawaiian solar+storage market

The company’s partnership with Sunetric will allow customers to lease solar+storage systems as a package, which will allow them to participate in the islands state’s “self-supply” program.

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Washington D.C. launches new low-income solar & job training program

GRID Alternatives will run the first year of the program, training D.C. residents in solar installation while installing PV systems.

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Powin to supply a 6.5 MW battery for SDG&E

The energy storage provider has inked a deal to provide a 6.5 MW / 26 MWh battery in Escondido, after installing a smaller system for SCE earlier this year.

Markets & Policy

BREAKING: SolarWorld Americas joins Suniva’s trade petition

After originally being cool to Suniva’s petition to the U.S. International Trade Commission for protection from its Chinese competitors, SolarWorld has reversed its stance and joined the complaint as a co-petitioner.

Markets & Policy

SEIA elects industry veterans to its board

The Solar Energy Industries Association has a new chair (Tom Starrs) and vice chair (Michael Maulick), who are expected to bring a fresh perspective to some of the challenges facing the solar industry today.

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One step closer: Nevada Assembly moves net-metering bill forward

After two brutal years of wrangling over what net-metering would look like, the Battle Born state is one step closer to seeing the practice (nearly) restored.

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GameChange Solar Ranking Rises for Racking, Tracking

GameChange Solar announced that it reached an approximate 20% U.S. marketshare for fixed-tilt ground mount racking in 2016, a 5% marketshare for flat roof commercial racking, and the ranks of Top 10 among single-axis trackers vendors.

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EXCLUSIVE: Abigail Ross Hopper speaks out on Suniva

After strongly criticizing the U.S. International Trade Commission’s decision to the bankrupt module manufacturer’s petition for “global safeguard relief” from imports of crystalline silicon solar PV cells and modules, the president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) agreed to talk further about her concerns with pv magazine.

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VivoPower International PLC Announces Substantial Completion and Partial Sale of 47 MW Solar Project in North Carolina

VivoPower International PLC (Nasdaq:VVPR) (“VivoPower” or the “Company”), a global next generation solar power company, today announced the substantial completion and partial sale of its 47 MW dc solar project (“Project”) in Maxton, North Carolina. VivoPower’s indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary, US-NC-47 Sponsor Partner, LLC has transferred a majority interest in the Project to a subsidiary of […]

Sunworks to Open Flagship Office in Tulare, California

Solar solutions provider will expand location presence in June, broadening support for state’s agricultural base.

Natcore Technology to Present Paper to IEEE Photovoltaic Conference

"This will be the first time that the Natcore Foil Cell™ will be exposed in detail to the PV scientific community": Provini

CalCom Solar Launches Energy Storage

CalCom Has Secured Customers over $2 Million in New California State Storage Incentives.

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Origis breaks ground on Mississippi’s second big solar project

The 52 MW-AC Sumrall 2 project follows another 52 MW-AC project in the same small town that went online last December.

Coal-fueled Michigan utility plans 6 GW of renewable energy by 2050

The Detroit-area utility has pledged to add 6 GW of renewable energy to its portfolio by 2050 as part of an effort to reduce its carbon emissions by more than 80%.

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TEP to buy solar power at under 3 cents per kWh

The Arizona utility has signed a 20-year contract to buy electricity from a 100 MW plant at this new record low price.

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Third-party solar scores big court victory in Arizona (full decision embedded)

The state’s appeals court rejected the tax department’s contention that it should be able to treat third-party installed solar arrays as utilities for tax purposes.

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Manufacturing

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BREAKING: U.S. trade commission moves ahead with Suniva investigation

The International Trade Commission decided late tonight to move forward under Section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974 to investigate whether the bankrupt module maker deserves protection from its Chinese competitors, with potentially severe results for the U.S. solar market.

BREAKING: SolarWorld may close Oregon factory

The company has given WARN Act notices to all of its employees, and says that it is trying to determine the right size going forward.

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Report: Suniva case could slash U.S. PV market 60% by 2021 (with chart)

IHS Markit says the complaint creates uncertainty among module manufacturers, who can no longer offer price guarantees to clients until the case is resolved.

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Panasonic’s 2016 profit falls as solar sales sag

While declining sales of solar panels in Japan eroded the electronics giant’s earnings, Panasonic is holding on for growth driven by its collaboration with Tesla.

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SolarWorld Americas to continue operations

Amid a flurry of speculation after its German parent company SolarWorld AG, the U.S. arm of the crystalline silicon PV manufacturer released a statement reassuring the market and its employees that it continues to operate at full strength.

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Markets & Policy

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Hearings on two Trump FERC nominees set for tomorrow

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has been paralyzed into inaction since last year because it didn't have the three-commissioner quorum necessary to transact business but that paralysis may soon be coming to an end.

More solar and hydro brings California gas use to five-year low

As renewable energy breaks new output records in California, both the need for and availability of gas in California have declined.

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Soltec to launch nextgen SF7 tracker at Intersolar Europe

Soltec plans to launch its next-generation solar tracker, the SF7, at Intersolar Europe. The company claims that the single-axis tracker enables up to five percent greater yield than its competitors.

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Trump budget guts solar research at NREL and Berkeley (14 essential documents embedded)

The president’s federal budget for Fiscal Year 2018 includes the expected cuts to renewable energy within the DOE’s walls, but the cuts to prominent national labs – including the elimination of energy-storage research funding at both – could have unforeseen long-term effects on the industry.

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Siva Power secures investment for thin film facility

Siva Power has continued to raise money for the development of its module manufacturing facility in Santa Clara, California. Since 2015 – when it received funding for the project from the Department of Energy’s Sunshot initiative – Siva Power has continued with ambitious plans to develop its facility in Santa Clara, which it claims is […]

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Technology

California utility re-starts gas plant using battery system

Imperial Irrigation District says its use of a battery system to restart a combined-cycle gas turbine is the first such “black start” use of a battery in the United States.

DNV GL launches on-demand online solar and wind forecasting tool

The company will be exhibiting the forecasting tool, which will provide on-demand forecasts of select power markets with hourly resolution, later this month in Anaheim.

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Senator Chuck Grassley questions DOE grid reliability study

The Republican senator from Iowa has stepped in to the debate, expressing concerns about the study’s credibility and whether or not its conclusion has been pre-determined.

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37 states take action on grid modernization during Q1

A new report series from NCCETC takes a look at the increasing state-level policy activity around getting U.S. grids ready for a clean energy future.

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NREL develops controllable quantum dot systems

Researchers at the United States National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a new designer quantum dot system, which allows for greater control over optoelectronic properties of the materials.

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