Washington

Strata Solar to build largest solar power plant in Washington

The 28 MW-DC plant is part of an upcoming commercial and industrial solar program – Solar Solect – being offered by local power company Avista Utilities. The state expects to triple total solar capacity by the end of 2020.

ITEK Energy limits single-use plastic with reusable solar panel packaging

The U.S.-based PV module maker has partnered with EckPack to use its ‘Trio’ packaging technology.

TransAlta plans massive solar project on former coal mine in Washington

The Canadian power company is planning its first solar project, which will be up to 180 MW in capacity, on the former strip mine.

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.

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.

Module manufacturer Itek bucks trend, opens new factory

As the solar industry debates the long-term viability of U.S. module manufacturing rage in Washington, the company opened a new 48,000 square foot facility, positioning itself for potential marketshare gains if new sanctions on module imports are imposed.

Report: Residential, C&I solar permits surge in Florida, Nevada

South Carolina and Pennsylvania also saw significant increases in solar permits granted, but California and Colorado both dropped by nearly 30%, according to the latest OhmHome report.

REC Silicon’s sales rise 18% in Q2, net loss increases

The Norwegian-American polysilicon producer saw its revenue drop slightly Y-o-Y to $61 million in the latest quarter, as its Washington polysilicon facility runs at only 50% utilization due to restricted access to the Chinese market.

Microsoft defects from utility to purchase renewable energy

With purchases planned to exceed Washington State’s RPS levels, Microsoft joins the trend of large technology companies buying clean energy on the open market.

Microsoft to bypass PSE, buy renewables on the wholesale market in Washington

The tech giant has agreed to pay $24 million to the utility for the pleasure of circumventing its role.

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