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Battery storage funding climbs in 2018

Mercom Capital’s latest report shows both VC and public market funding for battery storage growing year-over-year.
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EQ Research: Utilities failing at fixed charge increases

The research firm’s latest analysis of utility rate case filings finds regulators often rejecting the hikes on fixed charges that many utilities are asking for. However, the general direction of fixed charges is still upwards.

You had me at “hand-washed wafers”

In August, REC started manufacturing its newest flagship solar module: the REC330NP in the N-Peak Series, offering 19.8% efficiency at 330 watts. Its 60-cell format is practically two modules in one, building on the company's two decades of accumulated m...

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Land secured for massive solar farm in Michigan

The project, developed by Ranger solar, would represent a 200% increase in Michigan's entire installed capacity as a state by the time of its anticipated completion in 2020.
Cost and prices

BNEF: U.S. module prices seeing “aggressive” reductions

The analytics firm expects the price of mono-PERC modules to fall to $0.37 per watt by the end of the year, despite the 30% Section 201 tariffs.
Markets & Policy

Teaching New York the real value of solar

SEIA has filed a petition with the New York regulators calling for changes to the calculation of the value of distributed energy, including by refining how to take into account avoided damages, and adjusting the application of 'E-values' until further pr...

AZ Commissioner Justin Olson answered questions about energy policy by copying parts of an APS memo

The latest research by Energy and Policy Institute finds yet another potentially improper interaction between an ACC member and a utility that he is tasked with regulating.


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Press Releases

U.S. Air Force joins El Paso Electric to launch new solar facility at Holloman

First EPE renewable energy source for military installation.

Michigan LCV applauds 100 percent clean energy legislation

The Michigan League of Conservation Voters today applauded House Bill 6466, legislation sponsored by Representative Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) that would increase Michigan’s renewable energy standard to 100 percent by 2050. “Increasing our use of clean, renewable energy is a critical step for reducing dangerous air pollution, addressing climate change and protecting our Great Lakes from […]

MP2 Energy, a subsidiary of Shell Energy North America, launches renewable energy stem resource for K-5 schools

Educational website will help students in Texas and beyond learn more about renewable energy.

Centrica Business Solutions helps customers optimize day-to-day performance with 100% renewable energy solutions

Powering performance: the buyers guide to solar now available.



100 MW of desert solar moving from developer to investor

D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments has acquired an under construction 100 MW solar power project being built by First Solar in Kern County, California, which will feature the large-format Series 6 module.

Onsite of North Providence, Rhode Island’s solar powered landfill – with PHOTOS

Southern Sky Renewables has delivered a 2.6 MW-DC solar power plant atop a sealed landfill, as one of the first utility-scale solar projects in the smallest state in the union. Rhode Island public officials from Governor Gina Raimondo to the local police force showed up for a literal ribbon cutting.

NV Energy looking for another 350 MW of large-scale renewables

The utility is expanding upon its procurement of 1 GW of solar with an new RFP for RPS-compliant renewables, which can include projects with integrated energy storage.

esVolta scores another win with 38.5 MWh SCE battery contract

The energy storage developer and battery IPP is on a roll, with four projects in Southern California following on a mammoth 300 MWh contract in Silicon Valley.

Duke proposes renewable purchase program for SC’s C&I sector

The program, like community solar for nonresidential customers, will allow business customers of Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress to purchase renewable energy and the RECs that come with it to reach their sustainability goals and reduce their electrical bills.

Community solar for a dime in Minnesota

Minnesota regulators have approved a 1.5¢/kWh incentive for residential customers of “solar gardens”, as they seek to boost the residential to commercial customer wattage ratio from the current 1:9.



Seraphim USA says it will more than triple Mississippi manufacturing to 500 MW

The company has stopped operations, and says that it is installing tools to increase its U.S. module manufacturing to 500 MW per year, while moving to all mono, half-cut cells and five busbars.

Tesla secures 210 acres in Shanghai for its first international Gigafactory

Tesla is planning accelerated development and construction of this new battery and EV plant, which will mark the company’s first soirée into international production.

The race for battery manufacturing capacity: Ultra-fast charging potential

In this op-ed StoreDot Founder and CEO Dr. Doron Myersdorf discusses the current battery manufacturing landscape, the next steps the industry could take, and the potential behind new technologies.

Solar panel theoretical efficiency limit increases by 33%

Researchers at the University of Amsterdam have found what they describe as conclusive evidence that perovskites feature “efficient carrier multiplication,” effectively increasing the single layer efficiency limit from 33% to 44%.

SunCast with Canadian Solar CEO Dr. Shawn Qu

The latest episode of SunCast brings an interview with one of the leading solar manufacturers in the world, Canadian Solar CEO Dr. Shawn Qu.

Module prices have fallen by up to 25% so far this year

According to a Q3 report by EnergyTrend, monocrystalline module prices have fallen almost 20% this year, while those for polycrystalline modules have dropped by more than 25%. Increased consolidation among manufacturers and developers is expected to occur in China, and the global solar market, with more merger deals, plans for capacity reductions, and even factory closures.

Markets & Policy


ACORE supports claim that coal/nuke bailout is on hold

The clean energy trade organization has announced that media reports are confirmed by its own conversations, but also says that it is too early to declare victory.

Tax equity investor list: 28 partners for your solar projects

kWh Analytics has released a list of 28 tax equity investors in solar power projects, with their key project requirements.

Make your job count: Take the Solar Jobs Census survey

In this op-ed for pv magazine, Solar Foundation’s Andrea Luecke explains why it is so important that all of us participate in the Solar Jobs Census.

Eguana Technologies appoints former Mercedes-Benz Energy executives

The Canadian battery storage company has hired Marcus Brunner and Dr. Andreas Rueckemann, both formerly of Mercedes-Benz Energy.

DOE seeks solar power situational awareness

The DOE has launched a program to find unique and innovative solutions that increase grid operators’ situational awareness of solar PV systems deployed throughout the grid at strategic locations – and that are seek to go beyond pure R&D, seeking field validation.

No taxation without solar powered representation

SEIA has released version 9.0 of its Federal Solar Tax Guide for Solar Energy, a guide to fully monetizing up to 46% of a project’s cost in the first year – before the value of electricity and state incentives are considered.



#Solar100’s Lidija Sekaric: Solar’s jack of all trades

In this #Solar100 interview, Richard Matsui, Founder and CEO of kWh Analytics, speaks with Lidija Sekaric, director of strategy and marketing at Siemens Distributed Energy Systems.

Spatial and temporal specificity: the new high bar for 100% renewables

Google, already 100% renewable powered via PPAs offsets of fossil fuels, is now aiming to make sure they’re clean energy powered 24/7 – even as the sun sets, and winds die down.

Scientists give solar PV a paint job

Researchers and Berkeley Lab have discovered a shade of blue – dating back to ancient Egypt – which has impressive qualities they say could reduce building energy consumption and boost solar energy output. Meanwhile, NREL has developed a perovskite cell material that could be applied to a substrate using a paintbrush.

Nevada primed for up to a gigawatt of energy storage

A report by the Brattle Group for Nevada regulators suggests that by 2030 – depending on pricing – 700 to 1,000 MW / 2.8 to 4 GWh worth of energy storage could be cost-effectively deployed statewide.

Your appliances can save the grid (and allow more solar)

A new report by Wood Mackenzie finds a surprising amount of potential demand flexibility in U.S. homes, which can make the job of integrating more solar and wind easier.

Solar powered single-axis trackers and the algorithms that love them

SmarTrack by Array Technologies, looks to optimize solar electricity production using machine learning algorithms in complex terrains.