SolarWorld Americas secures $5 million loan

Creditors will allow SolarWorld Americas to borrow more than $5 million, which SolarWorld says should bring operations up to full capacity in the coming months. The company has now seen offers from five investors.

Vietnam files WTO complaint over US solar tariffs

Vietnamese authorities have submitted a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) to request formal consultations with Washington over its recently announced 30% tariff on crystalline silicon PV imports.

Maine Senate fights back with bill to fix solar policies

A bill which would return an essential feature of the state’s net metering policy has passed the Maine Senate, but has a long road ahead of it.


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.

HECO seeks 300MW of renewable energy in new RFP

Utilities on three Hawaiian islands have put out a request for proposals to build wind and solar projects, with an option of energy storage. The goal is to maximize ITC value before it drops down in 2022.

A soft path to residential PV cost reduction

The biggest opportunities to reduce the cost of residential PV installations are in the “soft”, non-material sectors, according to an NREL study.

SEIA plays defense with new strategic vision

SEIA has publicly outlined its strategy, which focuses on defending existing policies, and offers goals for solar adoption which represent a slow-down from current growth rates.

Solar rises to nearly 2% of U.S. generation in 2017

Generation from U.S. solar increased 41% last year to 1.9% of all electricity, with solar making up more than 10% of generation in California, Nevada, Hawaii and Vermont.

The Carolinas lead as solar booms in the Southeast

The inaugural Solar in the Southeast report by Southern Alliance for Clean Energy finds a large disparity between progress in the Carolinas and Georgia versus the rest of the region.

Battle of competing clean energy mandates in Arizona

While Commissioner Andy Tobin pushes his 80% “clean energy” by 2050 goal, an Arizona Public Service front group is attacking a Tom Steyer-backed ballot initiative for the state to push for 50% renewables by 2030.

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