Finance

PURPA so good it hurts, still needed though

An analysis by a utility backed group suggests that the competitive market for solar power is producing better rates than the legally required PURPA marketplace, suggesting revisions to the pricing mechanism. Market activity suggests the political lever of the tool is still needed though, and the report has some issues.

Hardware Brief: 26.5¢/W modules, new silicon carbide inverters, dual axis tracker 4 year ROI, drones!!

Modules and inverters and trackers, oh my! PV InfoLink sees as low as 21¢/W modules on the spot market, Kaco has released a series of 1000V and 1500V inverters between 87 and 150 kW, Mechatron’s dual axis tracker took the place of a carport, and Drone Magnetic Survey Company has figured out that there’s a niche finding old wells and metal under solar fields!

Corporate solar purchase agreements could yield a fixed rate of return

In this op-ed, journalist William Driscoll proposes that corporations could earn a fixed rate of return from a corporate solar purchase, at reduced risk, if a financial firm offered a new type of solar purchase agreement.

Institutional investors warm to residential solar securitizations

Solar Mosaic’s recent $208 million securitization of residential solar loans is the latest sign that institutional investors are getting more comfortable with this class of asset-backed securities.

PPAs for the lay people, the first-ever Solar Games: pvMB 11/13/19

Hello wonderful readers and welcome to the pvMB, where today we shall be looking at NeoVolta’s Iron Phosphate Energy Storage System, Vision Solar expanding to Orlando, DroneDeploy raising $35 million and more!

SunPower splits in two

The company’s transformation from a manufacturer to the 2nd-largest residential solar company in the United States is complete with it spinning off of its high-efficiency cell and module production into a new company, in partnership with Chinese wafer maker TZS.

Solar price declines slowing, energy storage in the money

Lazard has released its annual energy generation and storage levelized cost report, showing solar power down about 7% and energy storage rates of return ranging from 7-35% in key markets.

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$1 billion, 1.5 GWac, scaling manufacturing, and 73% growth in Q3 for SolarEdge

The inverter manufacturer met expectations of growth, slowed down 4th quarter projections, talked of ramping Vietnamese and Hungarian facilities, and generally sounded healthy.

Big gas to blow, powerline tax credit, Trump dumps Paris, and more: pvMB 11/6/19

This is your midweek pv magazine USA morning brief. A report in Colorado shows how adding electric vehicles and building electrification can clean the state, SEIA highlights an additional 70 groups supporting the ITC extension, and more!

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Sunnova is moving in on third-party solar

The residential solar financier’s second quarter as a public company saw improved financial metrics, growth, and greater market share.

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