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Berkeley Lab: Solar contract prices fell below $50/MWh in 2015 (with charts)

The national lab’s latest report finds ongoing declines in PV system prices, with residential system prices falling to $4 per watt in 2015.

Duke executive takes over as REC Solar CEO

The move follows the U.S. utility leader’s acquisition of a majority stake in REC Solar last year.

Sungevity enters partnership with leading Belgian solar firm

The U.S. distributed solar installer has partnered with Belgium’s Electrabel to begin installing rooftop solar panels across the country.

Colorado installs the first low-income rooftop solar system using WAP funds

This is the first such system installed in Colorado since the Department of Energy expanded the $215 million Weatherization Assistance Program to include low-income solar.

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Canadian/Recurrent puts online 100 MW-AC solar project in California

Canadian Solar predicts that Recurrent will complete more than 1 GW of PV projects in the United States this year.

Solar in the Big Apple

New York City should be great for solar PV. But it isn’t. Despite policy leadership from the state, local installers are facing crippling bureaucratic challenges, and many have chosen to build rooftop solar elsewhere.

SolarWorld lodges an appeal against court judgment in Hemlock dispute

A revision request has now been received by the appropriate court in Michigan. SolarWorld has meanwhile filled further protective letters against Hemlock to various courts in Germany, as a precaution to prevent possible enforcement of any penalty in Germany. SolarWorld CEO Frank Asbeck is confident that the U.S. silicon manufacturer will not receive recognition of any judgements in German courts.

More troubles: the pv magazine USA weekly news digest

This was another difficult week in the U.S. solar industry, with layoffs at SolarCity and the carving up of SunEdison’s empire, but also saw progress in policy and technology.

NRG move to acquire SunEdison assets moves forward, expands to DG

A bankruptcy court has approved the expedited auction of SunEdison projects with NRG as the “stalking horse” bidder, and NRG has separately announced the purchase of 26 C&I solar projects.

NASDAQ warns TerraForm Power, TerraForm Global over delays in filing

The yieldcos have until the end of August to submit a plan as to how they are going to get their financial reports on track, while TerraForm Global struggles with multiple legal proceedings.

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