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SMA adds TSR-4 MLPE solution for residential solar

SMA America has launched its new Power+ Solution, combining the Sunny Boy US inverter with the TS4-R Module Level Power Electronics (MLPE) platform, to optimize residential PV systems and ensure higher energy yields.

First Solar goes all in on Series 6

The company took a significant hit in its Q4 results due to restructuring and impairments, as it shuts down lines and orders tools for the transition to its Series 6 modules.

100% by 2045 renewable energy bill introduced in California

The leader of the California Senate has introduced a bill that would put the state tied with Hawaii for the most aggressive renewable energy mandate in the nation, and one of the most aggressive in the world.

Enphase finalizes $50m refinancing package

Extension of long-term loan facility with Tennenbaum Capital Partners used to pay-down Wells Fargo line of credit and support Enphase’s expansion efforts for its home energy solution.

Indiana solar industry blasts Senate committee on anti-net-metering bill

After the Indiana Senate passed SB 309 out of committee last Thursday, the Indiana Distributed Energy Alliance delivered a blistering letter to the Utilities Committee chair, saying the bill’s author misrepresented the intent of his bill to obscure his real goal – eliminating net-metering from the state.


Florida keeps solar momentum moving forward

Two initiatives concerning co-ops and PACE will expand solar’s reach in the Sunshine State.

South Carolina considers solar property-tax abatement

S. 44, a bill which would exempt residential renewable-energy installations from property tax assessments, passed the South Carolina Senate last week.

Guest column: Third-party energy resources are the future of the electric grid

The nature of electricity generation, distribution and consumption are changing rapidly to prevent power disruptions that occur from storms, flooding, cyber-attacks, and other threats. As a result, utilities are facing a new market landscape where distributed energy resources will play an increasing role.

240,000 more California homeowners now eligible for PACE

The HERO program, through which homeowners can finance PV systems and energy and water improvements, expanded to 28 more California communities this week.

Iowa not heaven for solar net metering

Under a new rule proposed by Interstate Power and Light and accepted by the Iowa Utilities Board, the amount of energy eligible for net metering will be capped at a percentage of the customer’s previous-year’s energy use.

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