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ABB exits solar inverter business

This Swiss giant is following a trend as large multinational high-tech companies see their role as redesigning infrastructure rather than supplying inverters at ever lower margins. Schneider Electric has pulled out of large scale solar, Siemens’ Kaco acquisition and Junelight launch show increasing interest in the C&I and residential markets, and GE is likely to divest its power conversion business due to low profit margins in that sector.

pvMB 1/31/19: 50 States of Solar Q4 review, An alternative to carbon taxes… and more!

Hello and thanks for spending your last day of January reading the pv magazine morning brief. Today we’ll take a gander at Atlas Renewable Energy’s deployment of NEXTrackers TrueCapture Control System in Latin America, APA Solar Racking launching the TITAN Series Racking System, Delta complying with rapid shutdown requirements using Tigo and all else that came across our desks in the world of solar.

Terraform Global refinancing suggests yieldco health

The yieldco has refinanced a 9.75% debt package due in 2022 into a 6.125% debt package due in 2026. The financing covers various portions of just over 1GW of solar, wind and hydro projects.

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.

Battery storage challenges: Materials, longevity and project management

An academic event held last week in the U.K. presenting the results of two major research projects on energy storage provided an update on the current and future directions of battery storage technology and development.

Trump opens the door for specific products to be excluded from tariffs

The President’s proclamation provides a path for specific products to apply for exemption from tariffs, which had been sought by both SunPower and the government of Korea. Additionally, imports from a number of developing nations are exempt as long as import levels remain small.

IEA explores paths to PV and wind integration

The International Energy Agency has released a manual for policy makers on the issues involved in the large scale integration of solar and wind power into power grids.

Shareholder vote puts Brookfield closer to TerraForm Global acquisition

Settlement of securities lawsuits is the final step before the Canadian asset manager can consummate the acquisition of the second of SunEdison’s former yieldcos.

Soltec grows U.S. presence

The tracker maker has deployed 299 MW of its systems in the United States this year, as part of a global gain in market share.

TerraForm Global Q4 results one more step towards Brookfield acquisition

The second of SunEdison’s two yieldcos is putting all of its ducks in a row as both companies prepare to be bought by the Canadian asset manager.

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