Oregon governor says new homes must be solar ready by 2020

Commercial builders, don’t worry: Governor Kate Brown didn’t forget about you. All new-build commercial buildings will have to be solar ready by 2022.


Policies for energy storage continue to move forward during Q3

NCCETC’s latest report on grid modernization shows that policies supporting the deployment of energy storage are on the rise throughout the United States.

Portland General Electric plans to invest in 39 MW of energy storage

The utility’s investment may total between $50 million and $100 million, and will greatly exceed the state’s mandated amount.

Oregon adopts value of solar after two-year investigation

The state’s Public Utilities Commission approved the skeleton methodology to determine the resource value of solar based on a 25-year value for small-scale solar resources.


SolarWorld Americas to (re-)hire up to 200 workers

The Oregon-based cell and module maker says that last Friday’s injury finding has given it sufficient confidence to start hiring again, after devastating layoffs this summer.

Panasonic to close Oregon ingot factory and eliminate 92 jobs

In its announcement, the company cited “business conditions in [its] part of the solar industry” as the reason for the closure, making it the second Oregon solar company to announce a closure in the past month.

SolarWorld Americas is up for sale

As part of the insolvency process of the U.S. solar cell and panel maker’s parent company, the Oregon factory is now for sale.


SolarWorld supplier shutters Oregon factory

Ulbrich Solar Technologies, a longtime supplier for the struggling module supplier, closed the doors on its plant in Hillsboro, Ore., citing fierce foreign module competition as the reason.

No panic necessary: Eclipse won’t dramatically effect grid stability

Despite the significant amount of solar near the path of the solar eclipse, grid experts do not expect the 90-minute event to create reliability issues.

SolarWorld officially enters insolvency

Almost three months after announcing provisional insolvency proceedings, the German module maker has now entered the insolvency process. The company is currently negotiating with a potential investor for the takeover of its two German production sites.

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