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First Solar seeking sale of its share in yieldco 8point3 Energy

The Arizona-headquartered solar power company wants to strategically align its resources to support its new Series 6 module, and thus seeks sale of its stake in the joint SunPower yieldco. SunPower reaffirms belief that the yieldco can deliver long-term assets and growth.

Leading analysts forecast global solar growth in 2017

Figures published today by both IHS Markit and GTM research forecast annual growth in the global solar market in 2017, albeit at a slower rate than was seen in 2016. The analysts predict continued demand from the four largest markets, particularly China and India, as the key drivers behind this growth.

Sunnova prepares for its first securitization

The $255 million offering makes Sunnova the latest distributed solar provider to offer securities backed by residential solar assets.

Top solar cities struggle with policy changes

The latest report by Environment America shows San Diego moving to second-place in per-capita solar PV and first place in overall watts, just as Net Metering 2.0 slows down its residential solar market.

Missouri House votes to make solar customers separate-class citizens

HB 340 codifies the ability of utilities to treat solar customers differently from all other ratepayers, leaving them subject to arbitrary “recovery fees” not levied on any other electricity consumers.

Florida Power & Light plans 1.5 GW more solar by 2023

The new capacity would add to the 600 MW that the company expects to have online by early 2018 and the 335 MW already operational.

Global battery pipeline reaches 3.4 GW in Q1

Latest data from market analysts IHS Markit reveals a utility-scale global battery storage pipeline of 3.4 GW, but the U.S. market is expected to slow as completions outpace new announcements.

Solar represented 13% of California’s power in 2016

One in eight electrons generated at a facility in California came from a solar panel, according to data from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Can solar and wind take a page from oil and gas?

A new report from Columbia University suggests some oil and gas industry financing approaches could be applied to the solar and wind industries.

Sisyphus had nothing on Boulder/Xcel solar deal

For nearly 10 years, the city of Boulder, Colorado, has been pushing to free itself from Xcel Energy and create a municipal utility, and Xcel has pushed back. But an end to the dispute may finally be in sight.

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