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pv magazine’s Quality Roundtable makes U.S. debut

pv magazine has expanded its global quality roundtable series with a new roundtable for the U.S. market.

Apple puts secret 50 MW solar project online in Arizona

Apple had keep the Bonnybrooke plant a secret until yesterday. The project holds a contract to sell power to Salt River Project.

SEPA suggests path for utility-solar collaboration

The recently released “Blueprints For Electricity Market Reform” outlines concrete steps state to bring solar advocates and utilities closer to finding resolutions to their conflicts.

8point3 Energy Partners delivers strong & steady Q3 results

Sunpower and First Solar’s joint yieldco beat guidance this quarter, while announcing a significant acquisition and $250 million in additional credit.

Community solar is (finally) moving forward in Minnesota

Mortenson Construction’s groundbreaking on the first in 11 MW of projects is part of a boom in community solar construction in the state, despite big delays in Xcel Energy’s interconnection process.

Ideal Power, EnerDel Outfit Mobile Air Force Unit

Ideal Power and EnerDel are initiating a year-long program to test a mobile 8 kW solar plus battery energy storage system for the U.S. Air Force.

Congress launches investigation into use of solar grant and ITC funds

The investigation by a Senate and House committee is looking at whether or not U.S. companies were encouraged to sign leases regardless of the credit-worthiness of signatories, as well as potential inflation of costs to obtain more funding.

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Rayton Solar tries to revolutionize wafer production

Rayton Solar is trying to revolutionize the way solar panel manufacturers produce their products, claiming its silicon ingot/wafer creation process will shave 60% off the per-watt prices of this crucial component of solar systems.

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SunPower to buy AUO’s stake in cell JV

U.S. solar producer SunPower will acquire Taiwan’s AU Optronic’s stake in a cell production facility joint venture the companies entered into in 2010. Under the deal, SunPower will pay $170 million over four years and take complete control of what is describes as “our highest performing solar cell fab.”

Vote Solar, Earthjustice take Montana PURPA fight to federal regulators

The petition to FERC comes after Montana regulators suspended implementation of PURPA, impacting an estimated 135 MW of late-stage solar projects.

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