Cost and prices

TrendForce: China PV policy moves to undermine Section 201 tariffs

The analytics firm is the latest to predict a decline in global PV demand this year and crushed global module prices due to Chinese policy changes. TrendForce also finds that the protectionist moves taken by the U.S. will be weakened by falling module prices.

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Growing stronger in adversity: An interview with Sungrow’s Steven Chan

In this interview with pv magazine, Sungrow USA CEO Steven Chan gives his perspective on the U.S. market in the wake of anticipated global module oversupply, as well as talking about the market dynamics around string versus central inverters.

China may have plunged the U.S. solar market into prosperity

In this op-ed for pv magazine, Tony Clifford looks at the upside of recent Chinese policy decisions for the U.S. market.

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Illinois REC prices published for distributed generation, community solar

The Illinois Power Agency published its renewable energy credit prices for upcoming auctions for the Adjustable Block and Illinois Solar For All programs.

What China’s subsidy pull-back means for U.S. solar (part 1)

A flood of cheap solar panels is likely to partially offset the effect of the Section 201 duties. It may also mean the revival of projects with marginal economics and could lead to module supply contracts being renegotiated.

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BNEF expects 34% fall in PV module prices in 2018

The organization is expecting carnage throughout the solar value chain as the result of reduced policy support for deployment in China.

Solar and wind can safely replace coal in Southern Illinois

A study sponsored by NRDC and Sierra Club finds that old coal plants can be retired and safely replaced by solar and other resources, which will reduce pollution and save money for utility customers

Florida munis sign contracts with 223 MW of solar power

The Florida Municipal Power Agency has agreed to buy the output from 223.5 MW of projects located in Central Florida, which are scheduled to be online in 2020.

Does an aggressive Renewable Portfolio Standard increase utility rates?

In this op-ed ASU energy security researcher Dr. Wesley Herche demonstrates that for all the talk of renewable energy raising customer rates, there is no correlation between utility rates and ambitious state-level renewable energy mandates.

IREC launches new checklist for inspecting residential solar

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council has issued an updated checklist designed to facilitate the inspection process in the residential PV market.

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