REC Silicon lays off 40% of US workforce, reduces production

The Norwegian polysilicon maker has announced that it will today lay off around 100 employees from its Washington plant and reduce production, as a “direct result” of the trade dispute between the United States and China.


Flow battery maker ViZn Energy goes under

ViZn has laid off all of its employees and ceased operations, as the latest in a series of closures and bankruptcies for makers of alternative battery technologies.


The U.S. residential solar market fell 16% in 2017

GTM Research and SEIA’s final report on the solar market in 2017 shows both the struggle of the residential solar market, as well as a larger than anticipated fall in utility-scale volumes, leading to a 30% contraction overall.

Montana utility seeks proposals for 45 MW of renewable energy generation

State law requires NorthWestern to procure energy from Community Renewable Energy Projects that meet certain criteria including cost-effectiveness for its customers.

Array of groups celebrate the death of DOE’s coal, nuclear bailout

The odd alliance of renewable energy, the oil and gas industry, environmentalists, energy experts and regulators who opposed the Grid Reliability and Resiliency Pricing rulemaking have congratulated FERC on declining to comply with Secretary Perry’s order.

Utility regulators call for changes to PURPA

The national organization representing state-level utility regulators is calling on FERC to make changes, including moving from administratively set prices to auctions.

Montana lawsuit hopes to halt cuts to the rates paid to IPPs

Montana’s small-scale solar community has filed a lawsuit in a state district court to stop the Montana Public Service Commission from slashing the rates, saying the decision was “arbitrary” and “unreasonable.”

REC Silicon sees 38% sales increase in Q3

Leading polysilicon producer REC Silicon posted revenue of $75.5 million in the third quarter – 23% above the previous quarter. REC saw a 38% increase in sales volume, despite polysilicon production for the quarter coming in slightly below guidance.

Montana brings PURPA contract lengths back to 15 years for small projects

State regulators have increased contract lengths for projects up to 3 MW, but most of the changes made when they gutted PURPA last summer remain.

ZAF starts nickel-zinc battery factory in Missouri

The 50 MWh factory shows that there is more going on in the battery space than lithium-ion.

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