Intersolar North America day 1: Solar goes to war

Conflict with entrenched interests was a major theme of the 2016 Intersolar North America opening session

Duke Energy backs $225 million in C&I solar projects

The funding is part of an expansion of C&I developer REC Solar’s channel partner program.

Sonnen introduces new residential battery at up to 40% cost reduction

The new 4 kWh sonnenBatterie eco compact retails at $5,950 plus inverter but before installation.

Mercom: Total corporate funding for solar falls to lowest level in three years

Both private equity and debt funding were down significantly in Q2 and public market financing remains weak, but distributed solar project funds continue to boom.

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GRID Alternatives to install solar for 500 Los Angeles families

The non-profit will also train 500 LA residents in solar installation.

San Diego to transition to net metering 2.0

SDG&E is the first of the state’s three large investor-owned utilities to hit the cap on the original program.

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Sungevity to go public through acquisition by asset management firm

The fifth-largest distributed solar installer in the United States will now be traded on the NASDAQ, which is expected to give it a capitalization of $607 million.

North American leaders to set out target of 50% “clean” electricity by 2025

Obama, Trudeau and Peña Nieto will be presenting the target, which will include nuclear and carbon capture and storage, at a summit of the three leaders.

SEIA: Texas will become the 2nd-largest U.S. solar market in the next five years

GTM Research and the U.S. solar trade group forecast that Texas will install 4.6 GW of solar PV over the next five years, nearly all of which will be utility-scale.

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Wacker Chemie partners with 1366 Technologies

The world’s second-largest polysilicon maker will provide the kerfless wafer startup with a $15 million equity investment, a supply of polysilicon and technical assistance.

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