U.S. scientists use hybrid organic–inorganic perovskites to increase solar cell efficiency

Research funded by the US Department of Energy and conducted by the University of Virginia has demonstrated how the rotation of organic molecules in hybrid organic–inorganic perovskites may expand the lifetime of photo-excited charge carriers.

Quebec-based pension fund CDPQ provides Sunrun with $40 million

After providing Canadian rooftop solar specialist Potentia Renewables with $83 million in May, Canada’s second-largest public pension fund has now agreed to finance U.S. solar installer Sunrun with $40 million.

Dutch pension fund invests $384 million in three U.S. projects

The three projects are located in California and Nevada, and are owned by Capital Dynamics.

Falck enters the U.S. solar market

The Italian renewable energy company has acquired a 92 MW PV project in North Carolina from Canadian Solar for $43 million.

Puerto Rico plans to add 240 MW of solar by June 2019

The new PV capacity will be part of a plan to add 1.5 GW of new generation capacity and to address the state of emergency in the island’s electricity system.

Storage prices are falling faster than solar and wind

A study from the University of California and TU Munich in Germany shows that long-term R&D spending played a critical role in achieving cost reductions.

REC Silicon’s sales rise 18% in Q2, net loss increases

The Norwegian-American polysilicon producer saw its revenue drop slightly Y-o-Y to $61 million in the latest quarter, as its Washington polysilicon facility runs at only 50% utilization due to restricted access to the Chinese market.

Elettronica Santerno secures 27 MW inverter order in Nevada

The Italian inverter maker will supply its devices for a large-scale PV project under development in Nevada.

South Carolina: SCE&G supports community solar through specific program

South Carolina’s power utility expects to complete two or three large-scale solar facilities under the program by the end of this year.

Massachusetts incentive program for residential and commercial PV

This article has been pulled due to inaccuracies. An emergency regulation for the SMART program was filed by the DOER on June 5. Through the new program will come into force in 2018, but the final form of the program has not yet been released. In the interim the SREC-2 program is still active. We […]

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