Michigan

Evidence piles up: Michigan says solar users benefit state’s grid

The Wolverine State asked the Institute for Energy Innovation to complete an analysis of solar customer’s effects on non-solar customers ahead of a Public Service Commission study designed to shape the state’s solar policy in the future.

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New alloy could pave the way for new CPV designs

Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a new semiconductor alloy that can capture near-infrared light in the leading edge of the visible light spectrum. This could be a major step forward in the development of concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) technology.

Coal-fueled Michigan utility plans 6 GW of renewable energy by 2050

The Detroit-area utility has pledged to add 6 GW of renewable energy to its portfolio by 2050 as part of an effort to reduce its carbon emissions by more than 80%.

Study: Midwest houses significant solar potential (with a Top 10 list)

Data collected by a Department of Energy Sunshot Initiative funded startup joined forces with realty firm Redfin to identify the Top 10 Midwestern cities with the most untapped solar potential.

Suniva files for chapter 11 bankruptcy

Two weeks after laying off 131 employees without notice and closing its module plant in Michigan, one of the largest U.S. solar manufacturers has filed for bankruptcy.

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Suniva violated WARN Act provisions in layoffs, employees say

In the latest news for the troubled cell and module maker, former employees have filed a class-action suit alleging the company violated provisions of the federal WARN Act by laying off employees in Michigan and Georgia without notice.

Suniva lays off 131 workers in Georgia, closes Michigan plant

The state of Georgia says 131 workers were let go yesterday, and local officials in Michigan have confirmed that Suniva’s module plant in Saginaw Township is now closed.

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SEIA seeks Midwest expansion

The national solar association is setting up a committee to focus on solar expansion in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin in a move designed to refocus the association on state-level policy battles, which are where most observers believe the future of solar will now be decided.

Michigan revamps RPS, net-metering in last-minute bill

After marathon negotiations lasting more than 20 hours, the state’s legislature raised the renewable portfolio standard (RPS) and sets a deadline to create a “grid” charge for distributed-generation customers — but current customers are exempt.

Talking with the CEOs: New video interviews on pv magazine LIVE

As the final installment of videos from the SPI 2016 trade show, pv magazine LIVE brings you interviews with four CEOs from across the solar industry.

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