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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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Wacker says market environment for polysilicon is difficult

The German chemical company has said in its preliminary results for the first quarter of this year that polysilicon prices dropped significantly over the past weeks. Overall, the company expects to see its profits grow in 2017.

More evidence of California home solar decline under net metering 2.0 (with a chart)

Data released by OhmHome shows solar permits falling sharply, not only in San Diego but also in San Jose – an indicaction that Net Metering 2.0 has had a similarly negative effect in utility PG&E’s service area to what it did in SDG&E’s.

Batteries, solar and the grid: An interview with Jenny Chase of BNEF

In this interview from the Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) Future of Energy Summit in New York City, pv magazine talked with BNEF’s Head of Solar Analysis Jenny Chase about the issues that she sees on the horizon for solar, including the integration of increasingly high levels of renewable energy on the grid.

New data helps developers see accurate insolation data

Vaisala recently completed the world’s largest solar dataset validation study, which compares observational data from nearly 200 ground stations across six continents with satellite derived irradiance records.

Nevada Senate passes daily double of pro-solar bills unanimously

With the passage of SB 65 and SB 204, the Silver State is set to revive a solar industry that has been in flux for the past two years.

Trump tax cuts could hit solar project finance

A proposed cut in the corporate tax rate to 15% could sharply reduce the flow of tax equity into solar projects.

Potential disaster: Jigar Shah on Suniva’s Section 201 petition

Yesterday Suniva filed for “relief” under a little-known legal provision that would allow the president to take action normally not permitted to protect a domestic industry from imports. pv magazine sought Jigar Shah’s perspective on this case and possible outcomes, and it frankly doesn’t look good.

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BREAKING: Suniva petition could start new global solar trade war

Today Suniva filed for relief under a little-known act that could exempt the United States from global trade agreements and allow President Trump to take trade action against solar imports from multiple nations. Suniva is asking for a minimum import price of $0.78 per watt for modules and $0.40 for cells.

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EIA: Trackers make up more than 1/2 of installed solar

U.S. Department of Energy data shows single- and dual-axis trackers already comprising 53% of installed utility-scale solar capacity by the end of 2015.

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