Meteorology matters: An interview with Vaisala’s Gwendalyn Bender

Interview: Financiers are cautious. They would rather not finance a project than risk their investment in betting on the weather. As a result, many promising projects are not realized. Gwendalyn Bender, Vaisalas Product Manager for Solar Assessment Services explains how to reduce uncertainty and improve financing probabilities and conditions.

Dear solar communicators: Under Trump, our work is more important than ever

He, Congress, and state and local officials must realize that voters want energy independence and energy security as well as more clean energy, clean air and more good-paying jobs.

Stunning price falls could spark another gold rush for U.S. solar market

A Deutsche Bank report has predicted “sharp declines” in U.S. solar module and inverter prices that it says could drive payback periods down to less than five years and spark a “final ‘gold rush’” in the American residential, commercial and industrial markets, starting in 2017.

U.S. to remain leading tracker market through 2021

In its latest Global PV Tracker report, GTM Research says China and India will experience the most significant growth in the coming years.

Perovskite breakthrough may fast-track new solar PV technology

Just over a year after Australian cleantech company Dyesol claimed to have achieved efficiency levels of 10 per cent in its perovskite solar cells, US researchers claim to have topped that, with a breakthrough that could also work to fast-track commercialisation of the technology.

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D. E. Shaw acquires an 11 MW PV project near Sacramento

The Rancho Seco Solar Project, located on the site of a decommissioned nuclear power plant, marks the latest deal between D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments and First Solar.

Port of Los Angeles unveils $27 million solar+storage microgrid project

The Green Omni Terminal Project will be a scalable model to upgrade the 26 other terminals at the Port of Los Angeles as well as other terminals worldwide.

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U.S. Federal Court rules against SolarWorld in polysilicon dispute

The U.S. court adjudicating on the legal dispute between SolarWorld subsidiary Deutsche Solar and Hemlock Semiconductor has granted a motion for a summary judgment, dismissing SolarWorld’s submission for the case to be heard by a jury. The dispute stems from three multi-year polysilicon supply deals negotiated and signed between 2005 and 2007. SolarWorld argues that it is not beholden to these supply deals as they were subsequently amended by the two parties.

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Hemlock leveraging SolarWorld contracts to get Chinese trade duties removed

The court document from the dramatic initial ruling in the SolarWorld and Hemlock Semiconductor polysilicon dispute reveals that Hemlock was willing to negotiate amendments to the polysilicon Supply Agreements with SolarWorld subsidiary Deutsche Solar, if the German company assisted in resolving a dispute “between the US and China over the exchange of solar-industry products.”

SolarWorld ready to appeal Hemlock case

The German PV group says it is optimistic that Hemlock will not succeed in actually enforcing any claims against it in Germany, arguing that the disputed silicon supply contract at the center of the legal dispute violates EU antitrust law.

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