Fire at Tennessee polysilicon fab, NJ man scams the feds for $3 million in solar rebates: pvMB 05/06/19


Fire at Wacker’s polysilicon fab in Tennessee – Per Wacker’s statement: “At 1:20 am Wacker’s internal Fire Department responded to a small fire on the fourth floor of a non-processing building in the facility. A cloud of smoke and water vapor from the fire truck was visible. Wacker requested assistance from Bradley County and Cleveland City Fire Departments to extinguish the fire. There were no injuries.” Source:


New Jersey man bilks the feds for solar panel rebates – “A New Jersey native admitted in court Friday he duped the U.S. government out of millions of dollars by taking federal rebates for solar panels he never installed. Charles E. Kartsaklis, 41, pleaded guilty in federal court in Camden to one count of wire fraud.” Source:


Rocky Mountain Institute gets three new directors – “Rocky Mountain Institute is pleased to announce the addition of Bruce Nilles, Ting Li and Richenda Van Leeuwen to its senior leadership team as managing directors.” – Source: RMI


Unfortunately California is not only setting records for solar output and portion of demand met with renewables. Due to heavy hydro output, lots of sun but not enough heat to drive AC demand, the state also saw record curtailment in April.

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