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EnergyWakeup: Energy Toolbase’s John Gurski discusses how installers can create smarter proposals

In cooperation with SolarWakeup, pv magazine USA brings you a podcast by EnergyWakeup featuring Energy Toolbase’s John Gurski on how his solar startup can help installers create smarter proposals, leading to more business.

Markets & Policy

The inmates have taken over the asylum: BNEF The Future of Energy Summit kicks off in New York

An interview with professional climate denier Myron Ebell, along with Kevin de León and Debbie Dooley shaking hands were among the top moments from the opening of the 2017 BNEF Future of Energy summit.

Installations

Houston, you now have solar power

The city will now receive 10.5% of its power from one of Texas’ largest utility-scale farms.

Markets & Policy

Montana governor vetoes anti-solar legislation

SB 7 would have eliminated net-metering, calling it a “subsidy” and reviving the fake argument that solar users don’t pay for grid upkeep, but sanity prevailed in the governor’s mansion.

Technology

Some resources on grid integration of renewables for Rick Perry

The new U.S. secretary of energy wants to know if wind and solar are undermining stability of the U.S. grid, and conflates baseload power with reliability. We’d like to help him with his homework.

Markets & Policy

Help wanted? Solar employers have trouble finding qualified workers, study says

A new report from The Solar Foundation reveals that two-thirds of solar employers are struggling to find qualified workers and that investment in post-hire training is the key to making sure the industry’s spectacular job production continues.

Opinion

Earth Day and Climate Change

In this op-ed for pv magazine, New York State Senator Kevin Parker outlines the urgency of our need to act on Climate Change, and the threat posed by the removal of President Obama’s policies.

Markets & Policy

Sungevity sacks 40 more workers without notice, changes name

After being rescued from bankruptcy earlier this week, the formerly Top 4 solar installer fired more employees with no formal notice – and changed its name to Spectrum Solar.

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Thanksgiving Point and Legend Solar Announce Partnership Agreement

Thanksgiving Point and Legend Solar Announce Partnership Agreement .

Denny’s W. Sacramento partners with SOL POWER on Power Purchase Agreement Project to Save over One Million Dollars

Denny’s Franchise owner Bobby Chao, president of Fushin Enterprises, Inc. announced today, on Earth Day 2017, that Denny’s W.

California’s Great America Purchases 100% Renewable Energy from Silicon Valley Power to Cover Electricity Use

Silicon Valley Power (SVP) is pleased to announce that California’s Great America, Santa Clara’s 100-acre amusement park, will cover 100% of its electricity use with renewable energy through SVP’s Santa Clara Green Power program. Santa Clara Green Power is a renewable energy program that allows Santa Clara residents and businesses to purchase 100% solar and […]

Renew Financial’s CaliforniaFIRST PACE Program Expands Into 14 New Cities in Western Riverside, Offering Homeowners More Choices on Energy Efficiency Upgrades

As a result of a new partnership with the Western Riverside Council of Governments, Renew Financial's Affordable Clean Energy Financing is Now Available to Nearly 90 Percent of Californians.

Installations

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SDG&E signs contracts for 83.5 MW more battery storage

The Southern California utility is going for more lithium-ion batteries, including the world’s largest battery system, to accommodate its leading portion of renewable energy.

Solar farms could adorn former mountaintop-removal coal mines

Berkeley Energy Group, an Eastern Kentucky coal mining company, is partnering with EDF Renewable Energy to turn two former mountaintop-removal coal mine sites into the state’s largest solar farms.

Report: Middle-income homeowners make up 70% of solar customers (with 3 critical charts)

In the four states that make up 65% of residential solar installations, most households have incomes between $45,000 and $150,000, new research from GTM Research and PowerScout reveals.

BREAKING: Court approves Sungevity sale to Northern Pacific

A Delaware bankruptcy court judge yesterday approved the $50 million sale of the residential solar installer to private equity firm Northern Pacific Group.

Manufacturing

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Getting ready for terawatts of solar (with charts)

Researchers from NREL, Fraunhofer ISE and Japan’s AIST have released a new paper which looks at the barriers to deploying multiple terawatts of solar PV and what can be done to overcome them.

NEXTracker retains top spot among tracker makers

Figures released by GTM Research show that U.S.-based NEXTracker remained the global market leader for the second year running, although Indian and Chinese suppliers gained major headway as the market continues to globalize.

Suniva files for chapter 11 bankruptcy

Two weeks after laying off 131 employees without notice and closing its module plant in Michigan, one of the largest U.S. solar manufacturers has filed for bankruptcy.

Bosch Solar voluntarily recalls 28,000 solar panels

The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission partnered with the California company to recall PV modules that could overheat and catch fire, though no incidents or injuries have been reported.

Suniva violated WARN Act provisions in layoffs, employees say

In the latest news for the troubled cell and module maker, former employees have filed a class-action suit alleging the company violated provisions of the federal WARN Act by laying off employees in Michigan and Georgia without notice.

Markets & Policy

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Wide landscape of solar loan providers in EnergySage market report (w/ charts)

As loans increasingly replace third party solar as the dominant business model for residential solar, the landscape of loan providers is also growing more diverse.

EnergyWakeup: Standard Solar’s Tony Clifford talks policy and business

As cooperation with SolarWakeup, pv magazine USA brings you a podcast by EnergyWakeup featuring Standard Solar’s Tony Clifford, who talks about SEIA, the acquisition of his company by Gaz Metro, and more.

LG Chem launches U.S. residential battery lines

The Korean conglomerate is making its first foray into the U.S. market, including a partnership with Sunrun to deploy its energy storage solutions.

Solaria demands jury trial in trade-secret theft lawsuit

In papers filed yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Oakland Division), the panel maker accuses three companies of stealing designs for its PowerXT modules and creating their own version, to the detriment of the company’s profits.

Spruce Finance may be headed to a sale

The distributed solar and energy efficiency finance provider has neither confirmed nor denied that Goldman Sachs’ involvement involves a potential sale of the company.

Technology

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Renewable effects on environment garner more than $1 million in grants in California

The California Energy Commission provided grants last week for further study on the rearing methods of Mojave Desert tortoises and various grid-scale battery storage technologies as part of an effort to proliferate utility-scale solar projects in the state.

Perovskite researchers nab $1.45 million grant in California

The University of California system has granted solar-cell researchers at UC San Diego the money to accelerate research into a technology it hopes will cut the costs of solar power in half.

Real estate constraints, finance are key problems for rooftop solar in Washington D.C.

A new report finds that the nation’s capital has the ability to host up to 2.5 GW of rooftop solar potential and looks at ways to reach that potential.

“Ice batteries” become available in Southern California

Ice Energy expects to deploy up to 1,800 Ice Bear systems to C&I customers and a municipality in Orange County.

News Analysis: Installations crater in Hawaii after incentives gutted

In 2015, Hawaii’s Public Utilities Commission eliminated the state’s net-metering incentive. Since then, the number of permits pulled on Oahu for solar installations has plummeted, reaching a new low in 2017 of only 449.