Balance of Systems

NEXTracker to supply trackers for 634 MW of First Solar projects

The tracker maker will also supply a new type of racking for the roll out of First Solar’s large-format Series 6 modules.

California residential solar power headed toward $1/W and 2.5¢/kWh

ASU energy security researcher Dr. Wesley Herche and pv magazine author John Weaver describe the new math involved with requiring solar power to be installed at the time of construction for newly built homes.

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Schletter Inc. files for chapter 11 bankruptcy

The solar mounting systems maker’s U.S. division has filed for bankruptcy, one month after the German parent company filed for insolvency.

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Solar power electronics get $20 million from DOE

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced up to $20 million in funding for nine projects to advance early-stage solar power electronics technologies.

Tariffs, and rumors of tariffs

The second day of the Solar Finance and Investment conference has been overshadowed by the threat of new tariffs by the Trump Administration.

The U.S. solar power market, moving past Section 201

The Solar Power Finance and Investment conference provided a view into how the U.S. solar industry is adapting to the Section 201 tariffs, and what the road ahead looks like.

Trump exempts Canada, Mexico from steel and aluminum tariffs

President Trump has exempted the two nations from 25% import duties on steel and 10% duties on aluminum, and has further left the door open to any nations with which the United States has a “security relationship”.

Tariffs on steel, aluminum to hit racking, tracking & mounting systems makers

IHS Markit is already predicting a 1-3 cent per watt increase in PV system prices, with the greatest impact again on utility-scale solar.

Trump’s steel, aluminum tariffs to increase solar costs

The president has announced a 25% tariff on imported steel and 10% on aluminum. While the details remain unclear, this will inevitably raise prices for PV installations.

Enphase shows turnaround in Q4 2017 results

The struggling microinverter maker narrowed losses considerably in Q4, as it unveils new products and expands in new markets.

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