Cost and prices

Victory for solar as Kansas Supreme Court blocks fixed fee for distributed power

The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that a fixed fee for distributed solar customers violates state law. Vote Solar and Sierra Club brought the case, with representation from Earthjustice.


Solar and storage would cost less than Alabama Power’s proposed 1.9 GW of gas units

An Alabama industry association and citizens’ groups say regulators should reject Alabama Power’s request to build more gas capacity.


The world’s top banks remain committed to financing fossil fuels

A new report released by BankTrack, Oil Change International, Sierra Club and others takes a look at the trends in fossil fuel financing by the worlds top banks since the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement, grading each on the strength of their anti-fossil policies and habits.

How the new generation of 500 watt panels will shape the solar industry

With three models of 500-watt solar panels officially unveiled, here’s a look at what that means for the future of project development and the solar industry at large.


German PV tender delivers record low solar power price of $0.038/kwh

The 100 MW tender was five times oversubscribed.

New entrants Sunnova and Loanpal are key to record residential solar loan ABS issuance

Interest in in residential solar loan ABS is rising, particularly among institutional investors as they incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into their investment decision-making processes.

Takeaways from a strong Q4 for ‘the new SunPower’

A rare profitable quarter has anchored an even rarer profitable year for SunPower, as confidence in the decision to split off the company’s module manufacturing business into Maxeon Solar Technologies rises.

Coronavirus could cause solar panel price spike

The coronavirus outbreak in China could raise solar module prices in the near term as manufacturers have already begun experiencing wafer and solar glass shortages. Production rates are also being affected by an extended new year holiday introduced by the authorities as a measure to deal with the virus, and the requirement workers from infected areas quarantine themselves for two weeks.

The new SunPower: CEO Tom Werner on disintegrating a PV firm and software eating solar-plus-storage

“It’s what we’ve talked about for many years — it makes sense to produce energy where you use it. And it makes sense that it would be intelligent and easily optimized. The new SunPower will focus exclusively on accomplishing that.”


Israel launches 300 MW solar-plus-storage tender

The Israeli government wants a 300-megawatt solar plant linked to large-scale storage in the Negev desert. Construction is planned for late 2021 and completion in 2023.

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