North America

Back from the dead: HelioPower emerges from Chapter 11

Six days ago, a judge in Nevada approved the company’s reorganization, saying the company had met all its obligations. The approval gives HelioPower the green light to resume doing business.

First Solar sells another 280 MW-AC solar project

The thin film maker is unloading projects to third parties as it increasingly focuses on module manufacturing.

And the grid shrugged: North Carolina, Georgia see little effect from solar eclipse

Let’s hope Secretary Rick Perry was paying attention: Today’s eclipse across two of the country’s most solar states yielded almost no disruption – meaning solar does not inherently weaken the grid.

California’s grid passes eclipse test with flying colors

California ISO reports that it did not even have any minor challenges on its system as the eclipse passes over the state.

Battery maker Alevo files for bankruptcy, lays off 290 in N.C.

Russian-backed firm goes belly up, leaving an old Phillip Morris factory in Concord, N.C., empty and its entire workforce search for answers about why.

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Mississippi gives the go-ahead for another 53 MW of utility-scale solar

Silicon Ranch will build, own and operate the SR Meridian project, as part of a boom in large-scale solar in the Southern state.

International renewables firm buys 194 MW utility-scale portfolio

Heelstone Energy Holdings, which sold the portfolio to Sammons Renewable Energy, will continue to manage the portfolio, including operations and maintenance.

Technical challenges of the eclipse

In this interview with pv magazine, Energy Innovations Power Sector Transformation Expert Mike O’Boyle talks about what it will take for U.S. grids with large amounts of solar to deal with the eclipse – and how he thinks this will pan out.

Kaua’i proposes mandatory battery storage for new DG solar

Kaua’i has one of the highest penetrations of solar in the world, and this is reflected in electric co-op KIUC’s new proposal.

Can PV and EVs replace XL?

A campaign has launched in Nebraska to “blockade” proposed Keystone XL pipeline with solar installations. How realistic is substituting solar and electric vehicles for oil in the coming decade?

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