Markets & Policy

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.

Arizona commissioner calls for doubling of state’s renewable energy mandate

ACC Chair Little has proposed requiring 30% renewable energy by 2030, scrapping the DG carve-out and potentially adding incentives for energy storage.

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.

El Paso Electric drops solar demand charge in settlement

While the solar-specific charge was dropped as part of a settlement, the utility will increase fixed charges on its Texas customers.

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.

Third-party solar moves forward with changes to Rhode Island’s net metering rules

National Grid has filed to change the net metering rules in line with an earlier legislation, making net metering in the state even better than before.

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.

Fronius opens new R&D center in U.S. with eye on Tesla partnership support

The Austrian inverter specialist opens sales, product management and R&D center in San Francisco to better serve U.S. markets and commitments. Partnership with Tesla expected to be strengthened.

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