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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Energiewende U.S.: PG&E to phase out California’s last nuclear plant in favor of renewables

The California utility has also set a goal of 55% renewable energy by 2031, which is more aggressive than the state’s current renewable energy mandate.

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Fraunhofer CSE unveils plug-and-play PV systems

Installation and commissioning of a string inverter system in 75 minutes was demonstrated at the organization’s “2016 Demo Day” The Fraunhofer USA Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) has demonstrated two installations of its Plug and Play solar photovoltaic (PV) systems as part of its “2016 Demo Day” in Boston. The organization’s Plug and Play PV […]

IPL puts the first utility-scale battery system on the MISO grid

The 20 MW battery will provide primary frequency response services and can assist with the integration of solar and wind. Last Thursday Indianapolis Power and Light (IPL) connected a 20 MW lithium-ion battery to the grid in Indianapolis, Indiana, as the first such large-scale battery to be connected to the transmission grid in the entire […]

SolarCity/Silevo must pay duties on Chinese-made PV cells

In its final ruling, U.S. trade authorities have stated that SolarCity’s heterojunction silicon solar cells are subject to duties on Chinese-made cells. Last Friday, the International Trade Association gave its final ruling on whether or not Silevo’s “Triex” heterojunction PV cells are subject to anti-dumping and anti-subsidy import duties on cells and modules imported from […]

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Greenskies jumps to #1 in the U.S. C&I solar sector during Q1

GTM Research says SolarCity fell to second place in the commercial and industrial market during the quarter. The first quarter of 2016 saw a shake-up in the ranking of leading commercial and industrial (C&I) solar installers in the United States, according to the latest report from GTM Research’s Leaderboard service. The company says that Greenskies […]

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Ameresco completes 18 MW-DC PV plant on former Army waste site in Maryland

The new plant is one of the largest on the U.S. East Coast, and will help meet both federal and site-specific renewable energy goals.

GTAT bounces back with large polysilicon orders

The American equipment maker has made its first announcement of large equipment orders since exiting bankruptcy in March. Yesterday U.S. polysilicon, solar and sapphire equipment maker GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) announced that it had received several new orders for polysilicon production equipment since exiting bankruptcy in March. The company reports a particularly large order for […]

U.S. federal government leads energy storage commitments

At a summit at the White House a wide array of actors made commitments to fund and deploy energy storage, accompanied by the release of a new report on technical and economic dimensions of renewable energy integration. While deployment is growing rapidly, at this time energy storage in the United States is a small and […]

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