Balance of Systems

Schletter to restart its North Carolina presence, sans factory

The mounting systems maker is opening a new sales and distribution office in the Charlotte metro area, and has maintained manufacturing in Europe and Asia.

Latest proposed steel tariffs could hit the solar industry

A finding that Mexico and China are subsidizing the structural steel products that they export to the United States could have impacts on racking and tracking systems makers.

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ABB exits solar inverter business

This Swiss giant is following a trend as large multinational high-tech companies see their role as redesigning infrastructure rather than supplying inverters at ever lower margins. Schneider Electric has pulled out of large scale solar, Siemens’ Kaco acquisition and Junelight launch show increasing interest in the C&I and residential markets, and GE is likely to divest its power conversion business due to low profit margins in that sector.

Enphase begins tariff-free shipments from Mexico, TVA caps solar in final plan: pvMB 07/01/19

In today’s brief we also feature conditions on Dominion’s future IRPs and some tax benefits recognized from Georgia solar.

Ten American-Made Solar Prize ideas get $100,000, go to next round

NREL has announced finalists in its first round of seeking new solar technologies that have significant market potential.

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Trump tariffs on Mexico could hit SunPower, Enphase

“Another week, another trade crisis.”

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Little benefit to U.S. solar as Trump lifts tariffs on steel & aluminum from Canada

While the lifting of any tariffs is welcome news to the U.S. solar industry, manufacturers say that low prices on materials are unlikely to return as long as the global tariffs remain.

A billion-dollar silicon carbide complex is coming to North Carolina

Cree, which pioneered the innovative semiconductor material, is planning to increase silicon carbide production 30x through a massive investment in a fab and materials megafactory in Durham, North Carolina.

Arctech unveils new single-axis tracker

The device, conceived for large scale solar, is said to solve the instability issues associated with the two-modules-in-portrait structure and to have the largest south-north slope seen in the tracker industry.

New York utility gives free hardware to solar and EV buyers

ConEdison is supplying the ConnectDER solution—which accepts solar and EV wiring directly at the electric meter—when customers install solar and electric vehicles. Installation of the device avoids costly electric panel upgrades.

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