DC Solar owners plead guilty to Ponzi scheme, face long prison terms

The owners of DC Solar pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering in a Ponzi scheme that pulled in more than $900 million. Jeff Carpoff faces up to 30 years in jail, while Paulette Carpoff confronts up to 15 years.

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Report: the commercial opportunity for off-grid solar power in Africa is $24 billion per year

On a continent where 600 million people have no access to electricity, “The combination of solar and fintech is driving an economic transformation.”

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Lookout Solar: ‘We are the first in Indian country to develop a large-scale solar project’

Currently ranked next-to-last in solar installations, the 140-MW Lookout project could grow PV in South Dakota from 1 MW to 141 MW and provide employment in the country’s poorest county.

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Dan Shugar, NEXTracker CEO, on solar trackers in wind and the terror of torsional galloping

In the final part of our interview, Dan Shugar, goes into detail about a subject NEXTracker has studied in depth — static and dynamic evaluation of wind impacts on single-axis trackers. We include video of trackers (and a bridge) caught galloping in the wind.

Dan Shugar, NEXTracker CEO, riffs on tracker innovation, bifacial panels and getting acquired by Flex

While trackers for solar panels might seem a bit mundane, once you stumble into CEO Dan Shugar’s reality distortion field, trackers become kind of sexy.

Photo gallery of Tesla solarglass roof tile installations: Will 2020 be the year of the solar roof?

Tesla shipped a record number of electric vehicles in the most recent quarter and started production at its new China factory. However, 2019 was not “the year of the solar roof,” despite Elon Musk’s aspirations. Your humble narrator tracked down some solar roof installations to witness Tesla’s solar glass in the wild. We’ve got pictures.

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Battery roundup: funding for zinc-based storage, improved lithium-ion, new solid-state batteries

Venture capital is still flowing to energy storage startups and the march to improve a wide variety of battery chemistries continues.

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Why don’t early-stage VCs invest in solar any more?

How will solar startups innovate in the 2020s? Where are the disruptive PV technologies?

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Shutdown continues at Hanergy-owned Alta Devices, high-efficiency PV pioneer

Alta Devices has not located a white-knight investor to save the company and resume its PV cell production. That means no health care or COBRA for its furloughed employees.

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Transitioning Silicon Valley residential PV to solar-plus-storage: optimizers or microinverters?

Barry Cinnamon, a Silicon Valley solar installer, details the transition to energy storage, profiles early solar adopters and notes the challenges of getting to 200-amp residential service.

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