Solar “maker and braker” utilities across the South

A new web tool lets consumers in six Southern states see how their utility is embracing solar or blocking it; the tool could help consumers promote improved solar policy.

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PJM subsidiary to test blockchain for trading RECs

The platform will be designed to enable tracking and peer-to-peer trading of certificates at the kilowatt-hour scale, at low cost and with improved ease of use.

Solar powered single-axis trackers and the algorithms that love them

SmarTrack by Array Technologies, looks to optimize solar electricity production using machine learning algorithms in complex terrains.

Drones are accelerating solar energy’s cost advantage

In this op-ed for pv magazine, Mike Winn, CEO and co-founder of DroneDeploy explains the value of drone deployment in solar project development and maintenance.

Riding the French Express to higher capacity factors

California’s NEXTracker has acquired key IP from French company Optimum Tracker to “fortify” its current offerings, while opening opportunities for further platform growth.

Huawei and Locus to monitor residential solar power from Amazon’s cloud

The three companies are coming together to monitor Huawei’s competitor to SolarEdge and Enphase: the FusionHome Smart Energy Solution.

Blockchain for energy raises $150 million in January

GTM Research shows $300 million raised by 122 blockchain companies since the second quarter of 2017. 50 of those companies are less than a year old.

New systems could help HECO add more rooftop PV

The Hawaiian utility, which has at times struggled with the state’s increasingly overwhelming rooftop PV penetration, hopes the new voltage regulators and management software might alleviate some of the grid congestion.

RMI tool helps businesses pick the right spot for solar

Most experienced installers know where the best spots are to install solar arrays on a project, but sometimes business owners struggle to understand. The Rocky Mountain Institute has developed a tool to help them.

New technology streamlines residential solar+storage installation supply

Empower Micro Systems launched the next-generation Genesys 8K™ modular smart home energy platform, whose stripped-down MLPE architecture makes it fast to install, delivering power to homeowners more rapidly and at lower cost.

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