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SunPower to lay off 150-250 workers, blames Section 201

The company’s latest restructuring will involve losing roughly 3% of its global workforce, all in “non-manufacuring” positions.

New York sanctions larger community solar projects

The Empire State’s Public Service Commission will now allow projects up to 5 MW to participate in the program, from 2 MW previously.

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First Solar sold out well into 2020

The thin film PV maker expects its new Series 6 PV module to begin mass production in Ohio in Q2 – with 1 GW expected to be manufactured globally in 2018. The company also increased its 2018 guidance.

Solar tracker market could reach 20 GW this year

GTM Research says last year’s record levels of global solar tracker shipments will be surpassed in 2018, as Latin America displaces the United States as the largest market and NEXTracker holds on to the top spot.

New Jersey solar RPS increase weds nuclear bailout bill in committee hearing

There WERE two bills pending in the New Jersey legislature. Now there is one – and it increases the state’s renewable portfolio standard and solar carve-out while also offering subsidies for nuclear plants.

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Omaha, Nebraska, plans for community solar

The public utility in Nebraska’s largest city has presented the structure of a community solar program for its 352,000 customers in Omaha and surrounding counties.

Maine to dismantle net metering six weeks earlier than expected

Solar installers and advocates are stunned that they now only have three weeks to install systems for homeowners before their customers are hit with new, less generous net metering rules.

U.S. trade authorities provide details on exemptions to solar import tariffs

PV makers seeking exemptions to Section 201 duties must make them by March 16, but there is no guarantee that any will be granted.

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Installers more confident in the solar industry than ever, survey says

In a survey conducted by EnergySage in conjunction with NABCEP, 30% of installers also say interest in solar+storage has increased among their customers.

Solar advocate Lauren “Bubba” McDonald appointed GPSC chair

The outspoken proponent of solar will now chair a board with a pro-solar majority, as Georgia becomes one of the top U.S. markets for large-scale solar.

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