Study: FERC ruling will spur development of 50 GW of energy storage

According to The Brattle Group, at least half of the total value of this growth would be achievable in wholesale electricity markets, with the remainder accruing at the distribution grid and customer level.


New York sanctions larger community solar projects

The Empire State’s Public Service Commission will now allow projects up to 5 MW to participate in the program, from 2 MW previously.


AES breaks ground on massive Kaua’i solar plus storage project

The company’s 28 MW PV plant will be paired with a 20 MW/100 MWh battery system, and will push the island to meeting more than 1/3 of electric demand with solar.

Markets & Policy

First Solar sold out well into 2020

The thin film PV maker expects its new Series 6 PV module to begin mass production in Ohio in Q2 – with 1 GW expected to be manufactured globally in 2018. The company also increased its 2018 guidance.

Markets & Policy

Solar tracker market could reach 20 GW this year

GTM Research says last year’s record levels of global solar tracker shipments will be surpassed in 2018, as Latin America displaces the United States as the largest market and NEXTracker holds on to the top spot.

Markets & Policy

New Jersey solar RPS increase weds nuclear bailout bill in committee hearing

There WERE two bills pending in the New Jersey legislature. Now there is one – and it increases the state’s renewable portfolio standard and solar carve-out while also offering subsidies for nuclear plants.


U.S. trade authorities provide details on exemptions to solar import tariffs

PV makers seeking exemptions to Section 201 duties must make them by March 16, but there is no guarantee that any will be granted.

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Press Releases

Intersolar North America Connects Energy Innovators at Special Pavilions

Intersolar and ees North America 2018, the premier solar and energy storage events in North America, today announced two new California Pavilions, hosted in partnership with the California Solar & Storage Association (formerly CALSEIA), and an expanded Powerhouse Pavilion, hosted in partnership with Oakland-based incubator Powerhouse. The three exhibition pavilions provide a platform for emerging companies […]

ReneSola Announces Resignation of CFO and Appointment of New CFO

ReneSola Ltd (“ReneSola” or the “Company”) (www. renesolapower.

Solar Energy Technology Startup Renewz Opens Online Orders for Residential Smart Solar Canopy

Today at the New England Home Show in Boston, MA, solar energy and electric vehicle (EV) technology startup Renewz launched an online ordering campaign for the iSun Oasis, a smart solar canopy that easily integrates into homeowners’ lifestyle and garden, patio or driveway. It is part of the iSun Energy brand, and is now available […]

Ygrene Expands Financing Program into San Francisco and Surrounding California Communities

Ygrene, a national leader in energy efficiency and resiliency financing, announced today that the City and County of San Francisco, along with more than 20 other communities in California, have adopted the company’s Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program within the last three months. Ygrene can now assist nearly 28 million California residents in financing […]


Maine to dismantle net metering six weeks earlier than expected

Solar installers and advocates are stunned that they now only have three weeks to install systems for homeowners before their customers are hit with new, less generous net metering rules.

Installers more confident in the solar industry than ever, survey says

In a survey conducted by EnergySage in conjunction with NABCEP, 30% of installers also say interest in solar+storage has increased among their customers.

Omaha, Nebraska, plans for community solar

The public utility in Nebraska’s largest city has presented the structure of a community solar program for its 352,000 customers in Omaha and surrounding counties.

First Solar to build the largest solar plant in the South

Georgia Power has awarded a power contract to the PV maker and developer under its latest solicitation. The project will utilize First Solar’s large-format Series 6 modules.

Puerto Rican school benefits from sonnen microgrid

The rest of the U.S. citizenry appears to have forgotten about Puerto Rico and the suffering of its people (also U.S. citizens) – but companies like sonnen and Pura Energía are working to return electricity to critical infrastructure projects like schools.

Michigan solar total remains low among renewable energy options

The total volume of PV in Michigan remains small for the size of the state, especially as a percentage of renewable energy, as reported by state regulator.



1 GWh lithium-ion battery factory is coming to New York

The Imperium3 New York consortium has bought Alevo’s lithium-ion battery manufacturing assets in North Carolina in a fire sale, and is planning to use them for a 1GWh battery factory in New York.

Report: Chinese module imports climbed sharply in Q4

1,200%. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, that’s how high imports of Chinese modules rose in the fourth quarter last year in a desperate attempt to stockpile sufficient numbers before tariffs choked off international supplies.

SunPower continues to bleed red ink

Due largely to write-downs the high-efficiency PV maker lost a whopping $750 million during Q4 2017, as it sells off assets.

SunLink claims 150% growth in 2017 shipments

The mounting system and tracking maker has surpassed 2 GW of solutions installed and claims 5-fold growth in its tracker solution.

EU, China request consultation with US over solar tariffs

Following the introduction of 30% graduated tariffs on U.S. imports of solar cells and modules, the European Union and China have joined South Korea and Taiwan in filing a complaint with the World Trade Organization.

Kann, Shiao: No “manufacturing renaissance” due to solar tariffs

The latest analysis by current and former GTM Research executives argues that there is insufficient economic reason to manufacture solar in the United States.

Markets & Policy


Solar advocate Lauren “Bubba” McDonald appointed GPSC chair

The outspoken proponent of solar will now chair a board with a pro-solar majority, as Georgia becomes one of the top U.S. markets for large-scale solar.

Tesla receives broad support for Supreme Court case against Salt River Project

Six climate and energy non-profits have joined a suit before the U.S. Supreme Court to challenge an Arizona utility seeking legal immunity from anti-trust laws.

Blockchain company raises $40 million to further develop energy trading platform

WePower is raising money in hopes of leveraging Bitcoin’s ‘blockchain’ technology to enable instant tracking and trading of clean electricity.

PetersenDean partners with LG, SolarEdge for solar plus storage

The residential installer will offer LG Chem’s RESU battery packs and SolarEdge’s StorEdge inverter, power optimizer and monitoring solution as part of its residential solar plus storage offering.

Bipartisan congressional solar caucus coalesces after tariff decision

Congressmen Raja Krishnamoorthi (D) and Ralph Norman (R) have founded what appears to be the first solar-specific caucus in Congress.

Solar to lead global renewables growth for next five years — KPMG

Solar is set to grow more in terms of capacity than any other clean-energy technology over the next half decade, according to a new report. Battery storage will play a crucial role in this as well.


US researchers get the lead out of perovskites

Scientists led by Brown University have developed perovskite solar cells, which replace the toxic lead common to many of these material structures with titanium. The researchers say that with further optimization, the material could eventually be ideal for use as a tandem cell layer.

Enel, NREL partner on three-year solar vegetation study

By doing the research, the partners hope to discover how solar and plant life interact and find effective ways for solar arrays and agricultural lands to co-exist.

California regulators emphasize solar, batteries in utility planning framework

CPUC’s guidance calls for an additional 9 GW of solar and 2 GW of battery storage as the standard against which to compare utility and CCA Integrated Resource plans, and says that new fossil fuel plants must prove a need.

Texas, California among regions pushing the boundaries of renewables integration

Latest report by IEEFA showcases nine case studies among the world’s leading states by wind and solar market share, which can help up as an example for other countries on their energy transition pathways.

U.S. researchers develop new redox flow compound

A team of scientists from the University of Rochester has developed a compound which it says could double the effectiveness of redox flow batteries, and ‘transform the energy storage landscape’.

Battery storage challenges: Materials, longevity and project management

An academic event held last week in the U.K. presenting the results of two major research projects on energy storage provided an update on the current and future directions of battery storage technology and development.

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