Markets & Policy

SolarWorld reports shipment growth in first quarter

The German-American module maker shipped 382 MW in the first three months of this year. The company’s plan to focus on monocrystalline PERC products is being implemented according to schedule.

NRG continues moving into solar during Q1

Despite a challenging financial environment, NRG continues its solar expansion, including an increasing presence in community solar.

Solar largely survives Trump’s savage budget

Despite his bluster about huge cuts to renewable energy programs, the budget deal negotiated last week not only minimizes cuts to those programs, it actually increases money for research into the next critical technology for solar – battery storage.

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Dominion to add 990 MW of solar PV over the next five years

The utility cites the falling cost of utility-scale solar for the expanded role, and the large majority of solar plants will be located in North Carolina.

Report: Near-total renewable energy systems cheaper than gas in 2030 (w/ chart)

A report released last week by Climate Policy Initiative stresses flexibility and shows how energy storage and limited gas generation can support a power system dominated by renewables at a lower cost than conventional generation.

Spruce still hemorrhaging staff

More senior staff are leaving, and it remains unclear whether a sale of the solar and efficiency finance provider is on the table.

California reopens energy storage subsidies under SGIP (with chart)

The popular California Public Utilities Commission program will start receiving applications today for distributed energy projects that incorporate energy storage.

BREAKING: HelioPower files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

The case, filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nevada, shows the California installer has liabilities of up to $10 million, owed to up to 5,000 creditors.

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“Red state” utilities populate the top 10 lists for solar

SEPA’s annual utility list shows utilities in North Carolina, Iowa and Utah among the top 3 in its lists for solar installed on an absolute and per-customer basis. The organization also published new lists of the top utilities for storage deployment.

Out of Sungevity’s ashes, Solar Spectrum will rise using its assets and employees

The wind down of the former fifth-largest residential solar installer continues as its new owner purchases some of its contracts and promises to hire “a substantial majority” of the bankrupt company’s employees.

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