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Bankruptcy court approves GCL purchase of SunEdison FBR polysilicon tech

The acquisition narrows the number of companies that are developing FBR, and further consolidates the transfer of this technology to Chinese companies.

Shipments up, revenue down in preliminary SolarWorld Q3 results as module price slump bites

Having warned it will miss its 2016 forecast, German solar firm SolarWorld publishes flat preliminary third quarter results that reveal slight fall in revenue. Shipments did grow Y-O-Y by 5%.

New York regulators propose to slowly transition C&I, community solar off of net metering

Under the recommendations by New York PSC staff for valuation of DER, residential solar would remain on net metering while commercial and community solar would slowly transfer to a new methodology.

Sun Action Trackers Finalizes UL 3703 Certification

Sun Action Trackers (SAT), based in San Antonio, Texas has finalized UL 3703 certification for its PST-1AX6 single axis tracker, including the tracker’s self-healing MAC Steel (magnesium alloy coated steel) coating.

From the editor: Price collapse

I have focused in recent weeks on political issues at the state and national level for my editorials. However, not all of the solar industry’s concerns have to do with politics. At least not directly.

SolarCity signs 300,000 customer, but profitability questions remain

The milestone, representing a major step forward for a company in the midst of its complicated acquisition by Tesla, highlights the challenges of public companies that depend on long-term planning.

Solar provides 2% of electricity in the Western United States (with charts)

The latest figures by the U.S. Department of Energy show the wide disparity in renewable energy deployment between the eastern and western grids.

iDES3 Launches Residential, C&I Storage Units

San Diego-based iDemand Energy Storage (iDES3) already has sold $15 million worth of its lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4)-based energy storage systems since the company was launched in August.

Tesla breaks into the black in Q3 results

The EV and battery maker maintains that its battery gigafactory will be ready to support Model 3 rollout in H2 2017, three weeks before a shareholder vote on the acquisition of SolarCity.

Trump lies (again) about renewables

As Donald J. Trump’s ill-fated presidential candidate spirals downward in spectacular flame, he took another shot at discrediting wind and solar energy — and, as usual, failed miserably.

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