North America

8 former FERC members come out against coal, nuclear bailout

The former commissioners say the plan is contrary to years of progress in fostering competitive markets, as critics of the proposal line up.

Are solar panels worth it?

In this op-ed for pv magazine, Solar Reviews CEO Andrew Sendy looks at return on investment for residential solar in various cities with very different levels of electricity costs.

FPL is halfway to installing 2.5 million solar modules

The Sunshine State’s largest utility has installed 1.25 million panels so far on eight utility-scale solar plants it currently has under construction and expects to meet its goal by early 2018

Hemlock Semiconductor to lay off 100 workers

The Michigan-based polysilicon maker has been in trouble since the imposition of Chinese trade duties on imported polysilicon in 2013.

Iowa lights way to a solar future as largest solar garden comes online

Known more for its wind than its solar resources, Alliant Energy Iowa has brought a 6.2 MW solar project online.

Jacksonville utility dismantles net metering while pursuing utility-scale solar

Florida’s largest electric utility has sprung an overhaul of its net metering policy on consumers while launching a program to procure an additional 250 MW of utility-scale solar and provide subsidies for customers to install batteries.

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AEP requests 400 MW of Ohio solar amid attempts to gut RPS

One of the state’s largest utilities has called for proposals for 400 MW of solar projects, on the same day the Ohio Senate heard testimony on turning the state’s miniscule renewable portofolio standard into a voluntary program.

‘Return on visibility’: Spotlight Solar on bringing solar into the public view

In this interview with Spotlight Solar CEO Craig Merrigan, pv magazine delves into the business and the business model of making solar visible.

Utilities step up attempts to increase fixed charges, minimum bills

The latest report by North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center shows that utilities are trying the same tactics to gain more revenue from and/or stop their customers from going solar. But their success rate has not changed.

Brookfield closes on TerraForm acquisition

The Canadian asset manager has officially taken over one of SunEdison’s yieldcos, as TerraForm Global sets a date for a shareholder vote on its acquisition.

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