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Schletter to restart its North Carolina presence, sans factory

The mounting systems maker is opening a new sales and distribution office in the Charlotte metro area, and has maintained manufacturing in Europe and Asia.

Capital Dynamics brings the big money to C&I solar

The asset manager’s new joint venture with Sol Systems seeks to develop up to 100 MW of solar annually to supply businesses, municipalities and universities.

ABB exits solar inverter business

This Swiss giant is following a trend as large multinational high-tech companies see their role as redesigning infrastructure rather than supplying inverters at ever lower margins. Schneider Electric has pulled out of large scale solar, Siemens’ Kaco acquisition and Junelight launch show increasing interest in the C&I and residential markets, and GE is likely to divest its power conversion business due to low profit margins in that sector.

Akasol to build new battery factory near Detroit

The German battery maker will produce batteries for electric trucks and buses at the new facility, which is expected to employ 200 workers and produce 400 megawatt-hours of batteries annually.

Saft breaks into microgrids with Go Electric acquisition

The Total-owned French battery maker has acquired Go Electric, a major player in military and C&I microgrids in North America.

The Pope, big oil and bankers are talking carbon taxes

Pope Francis held a closed door meeting at the Academy of Sciences with the CEOs of oil firms and investment firms to address climate change, with a group committing to support an “economically meaningful” carbon price.

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Jinko and REC petition for review of Hanwha patent

The manufacturers are pushing back on the basis for the suit that their Korean/German rival has launched, arguing that there is evidence the innovations they refer to were either not new or were obvious steps forward.

Solar coming to Baltimore County govt., North Carolina utility Commission’s new chair: pvMB 6/5/19

Hello and welcome to your Hump Day MB, where we’ll be looking at the potential solving of LID, LevelTEn Energy raising $20.5 million in funding, the verification of CAISO as a reliability coordinator and much more!

Panasonic leaves U.S. solar development with Coronal sale

Danish offshore wind giant Ørsted has acquired Coronal Energy’s solar development business, in a move that strengthens one company’s presence in the U.S. utility-scale solar and storage market, and all but eliminates the other’s.

Enphase can’t keep up with demand

The microinverter maker reported its second consecutive quarter of profit and is sold out into the second half of the year, as it continues to battle tariffs and component shortages.

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