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Mission Solar Energy to hire 50 workers

The Texas-based PV maker plans to reach its full production capacity of 200 MW.
Markets & Policy

SEIA warns of 23,000 solar job losses due to tariffs

Despite winning concessions from the Trump Administration in the Section 201 case, SEIA is still fighting.

Markets & Policy

GTM Research predicts 11% reduction in the U.S. solar market from tariffs

President Trump’s tariff decision was not the worst-case scenario for the U.S. market, but GTM Research says that it will still have effects, particularly in marginal and emerging regional markets.

Installations

Duke Energy wants to offer $62 million solar rebate program

The proposal, which needs to be approved by the North Carolina Utilities Commission, could save $4,800 on the average residential rooftop array.

Markets & Policy

Trump levies graduated tariffs starting at 30%, exempts 2.5 GW in cells

The decision, released on U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s website, could keep current U.S. module manufacturers in business by keeping their cell lifelines open.

Markets & Policy

Trump tariffs roundly condemned by the solar industry

While it was not the worst case scenario, the solar industry is not at all pleased with the imposition of 30% tariffs in the first year.

Markets & Policy

New online solar tools

In this guest post Bentham Paulos brings you some of the top new online tools for the solar industry, including irradition maps, decision tools and finance simulators.

Markets & Policy

Malaysia, Korea and Vietnam dominate U.S. solar imports (w/ chart)

Over the past five years, the pattern of imports has moved away from China and towards Southeast Asia and Korea.

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Press Releases

TrinaBESS unveils “one product fits all” residential energy storage solution by adding off-grid capability in the US

TrinaBESS, the leading energy storage company of Trina Solar, unveils the off grid capability for its TrinaHome S Series – US Edition. The energy storage system becomes one of the first “one product fits all” solutions available on the market.

Alectra Utilities Selects Enbala Virtual Power Plant Solution

Alectra Utilities has chosen the Enbala Virtual Power Plant (VPP) solution, with a goal of integrating the distributed energy resources (DERs) that are currently a part of the utility’s existing microgrid, along with those that will be added in the future. Alectra is the 2nd largest municipally owned utility in North America.

Sunverge Names Jon Bode CFO and Earns Cleantech 100 Award for Third Consecutive Year

Sunverge Energy announced today tech industry veteran Jon Bode has joined the company as Chief Financial Officer. Bode, who has spent more than 25 years in senior finance roles with tech startups, brings valuable SaaS experience to Sunverge as the company expands its software platform.

Parks Associates: 12% of U.S. Broadband Households Plan to Buy Solar Panels in 2018

New energy research announced today by Parks Associates reveals 12% of U. S.

Installations

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U.S. corporations signed 2.8 GW of wind, solar PPAs in 2017

U.S. corporate procurement of renewables increased 16% last year, despite uncertainty around the future price of solar due to the trade case.

Report: 88% of Minnesota’s community solar participants are saving money

The widely praised program, largely under the auspices of Xcel Energy, continues to grow in capacity, with what the utility reports are significant rate-savings for participants.

Solar goes Major League in San Diego

The Southern California home of the San Diego Padres will soon sport a nearly 337 kW system, which the team says is the largest installation in Major League Baseball.

Disney’s utility signs power contract for 50 MW-AC of solar

Origis Energy plans to install more than half a million solar panels to feed the power needs of Disney World and surrounding businesses.

Report: Connecticut, Minnesota follow California as top C-PACE states

New data says these two states are successful funding solar through property taxes totaling $141 million over the past seven years.

Solar industry, NAACP partner for more than 30 installations

GRID Alternatives, Solar Energy the Industries Association, Sunrun, United Methodist Women, Vote Solar joined the NAACP to kick off a solar equity campaign focused on low-income communities and creating jobs.

Manufacturing

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JinkoSolar looks to set up Florida factories

A source has revealed to pv magazine that the Chinese PV behemoth is the company negotiating with the city of Jacksonville, Florida.

SMA reaches 10 GW of installed Sunny Central inverters in North America

The German inverter maker claims a 25% market share in the utility-scale marketplace.

Solaria raises $23 million, will triple manufacturing capacities

The high-efficiency PV maker plans to expand its annual production capacity to 300 MW by the end of 2018, with more production in both the United States and South Korea.

Tesla begins production of Solar Roof tiles at New York gigafactory

The company also says that it has begun installation of the Solar Roof on the homes of non-employee homeowners.

Jackonsville, Florida, courts global solar manufacturer

An un-named PV maker is seeking $54 million in state and local incentives to build its U.S. headquarters in the state, along with investing $410 million to build two factories employing 800 workers.

China, aiming to dominate global solar production? Inconceivable

The U.S. International Trade Commission delivered a report to President Trump that should bolster Section 201 petitioners Suniva and SolarWorld’s efforts to get the president to impose sanctions on solar imports as the January 26 deadline looms.

Markets & Policy

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PJM seeks a middle course in capacity markets

The PJM regional transmission organization has come up with a proposal that will determine the impact of certain kinds of subsidies in power generation capacity auctions as well as the parties offering them.

Source: Solar tariffs won’t be as severe as feared

A source told pv magazine that the Section 201 decision has been made but announcement on Friday was delayed, and that while tariffs will be imposed the levels and other details will not be the worst-case scenario.

House starts hearings on the PURPA Modernization Act of 2017

Later this morning, the House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Energy will hear its first testimony on HR 4476, a bill that some experts say would render PURPA toothless.

RMI lays out paths for utility evolution

The research organization’s latest publication looks at what it will take for utilities to meet the changing demands of the 21st century, including accommodating distributed solar and energy storage.

Report: Trump says he’ll announce solar tariff decision “soon”

In an interview with Reuters, the president slammed what he referred to as the dumping of inexpensive modules on the U.S. market.

TÜV Rheinland: Centralized tracker architecture can reduce LCOE

A report published by TÜV Rheinland, which was commissioned by tracker manufacturer Array Technologies, shows that centralized tracker systems such as those offered by Array Technologies offer an LCOE advantage over other, decentralized system architectures.

Technology

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NREL scientists observe perovskite degradation at nano-scale

A team from the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has developed a novel microscopic technique, which enables them to observe degradation in perovskite materials at the nano-scale and pinpoint key areas to improve the stability and durability of the material.

California sets rules for multiple uses of energy storage

A ruling by CPUC opens the door for “stacking” the services that batteries and other forms of energy storage can provide.

SEIA attempts to get ahead of locational value

A new white paper by the solar trade group proposed principles to guide the compensation for locational value of energy.

Seasonal patterns show a need for more solar in the U.S. electricity mix

An abundance of hydroelectric power and wind is pushing up renewable energy in the spring months, but there is a need for more power during the summer peak, as well as issues with the geographic location of resources.

California regulators choose clean energy and storage over existing gas plants

CPUC has turned down a request by Calpine for lucrative contracts for three gas plants and ordered PG&E to hold a solicitation for energy storage and/or “preferred resources” instead.

Renewables rise to meet 38% of demand on California’s grid in 2017 (w/ chart)

The latest data shows renewables surging in California, as the state’s grid operator moves to become its own reliability coordinator

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