USAID to fund solar research projects in India and Morocco

The U.S. Agency for International development (USAID) announced that it will provide USD10 million in funding to a number of projects aimed at addressing critical areas of development, two of the projects center on solar research in India and in Morocco.

SolarCity excluded from participating in Nevada grandfathering decision

The Nevada Public Utilities Commission (PUCN) has denied SolarCity’s request to participate in proceeding on whether existing residential solar customers in Nevada should have their net metering schemes “grandfathered,” after the utility added fees to the scheme at the end of 2015.

SolarCity value miscalculated by $400 million in Tesla merger

A Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing by Tesla on Wednesday revealed that the investment bank that advised SolarCity on its sale to Tesla, Lazard Ltd, double-counted some of the company’s projected indebtedness, resulting in a $400 million undervaluation.

GCL-Poly agrees to buy $150 million of SunEdison’s manufacturing business

The Chinese polysilicon and PV maker will buy three of SunEdison’s manufacturing businesses involved in polysilicon production up until cell production, amid rumors that it is also planning to make a bid for SunEdison’s controlling stake in TerraForm Power.

NV Energy seeking approval for 100 MW PV plant in Nevada

The Nevada utility has requested approval from the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada for a 100 MW solar plant, while simultaneously requesting the early retirement of a coal-fired generation facility, but its previous objection to net metering lingers in the memory.

SolarWorld’s finalized Q2 financials confirm growth

The German PV manufacturer recorded significant growth in the company’s sales and revenues compared to the same period last year, while also returning to a positive operating result, although it had to revise down its preliminary results.

Isolux Corsan to build 37 MW PV plant on Native American land

The Spanish company was awarded the project by the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority for a 37.6 MW plant in Arizona, which will be the company’s second utility-scale solar plant in the United States.

Harvard adds organic electrolyte to redox-flow batteries

The research team from Harvard has taken a leaf out of nature’s book and has added an organic electrolyte, which was inspired by vitamin B2, to redox-flow batteries in an attempt to increase its energy storage capacity, as research into this style of battery continues to build up pace.

SolarWorld under pressure to find resolution to Hemlock court case

IHS Senior Research Director Ash Sharma spoke to pv magazine to give his take on the SolarWorld and Hemlock Semiconductor initial ruling last week, and how the two companies are likely to proceed from here, expecting that SolarWorld is feeling the pressure to come to an agreement quickly.

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Largest solar rooftop system in the US installed on the Mandalay Bay Convention Center

A giant 8.3 MW solar rooftop system has been installed by NRG Energy on MGM Resorts International’s famous Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, making it the largest in the U.S.

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