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.

Corporations covet clean-energy choices

A new report by the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) indicates businesses want to settle in states with good clean-energy infrastructures.

Community solar comes to coal country

Buckeye Power, an electricity transmission company, will break ground on its third installation as part of a project that will eventually bring 2.1 MW of community solar in traditionally coal-fueled southern Ohio.

Ohio governor temporarily saves solar from RPS freeze

In a decision that surprised some Ohio solar observers, Gov. John Kasich vetoed House Bill 554, passed on Dec. 7, which would have turned the RPS into a voluntary program without any compliance obligations through 2021. The legislature could override the veto in the next legislative session, which begins on Jan. 9.

AEP Ohio requests proposals for 100 MW solar despite RPS freeze

Two weeks after the legislature decided to slow-walk the state’s renewable energy progress in the state, AEP Ohio has requested proposals to build 100 MW of solar generation


At least five more cold winters for Ohio’s RES

State House voted today to make the the renewable energy standards (RES) voluntary for the next five years, continuing the deep freeze for the solar industry that started in 2014

IKEA to install 1.2 MW solar array on Columbus store

The Swedish retailer continues its march to energy independence using renewable sources, as it sets out plans to install its 46th solar array in the U.S., with a 1.21 MW PV system for the rooftop on its Columbus, Ohio, store that will be installed by REC Solar.

First Solar to ramp Series 6 production in 2018, lay off 1,600 workers

The thin-film maker has announced a shift in strategy which will eliminate its Series 5, reduce 2017 output to 2.2 GW, and in the process dismiss 27% of its global workforce.

SolarWorld ramps 72-cell module production in Oregon

The German-American PV maker has now reached 550 MW of annual module capacity at its facility near Portland, Oregon, and has additionally begun production of 5-busbar cells and monocrystalline silicon ingots.


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