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TerraForm Power expects to break even in 2017
16 Dec 2016 at 5:16pm
In a conference call the yieldco says that sale of 376 MW of solar projects in the UK is at an advanced stage, and gave additional information on financial metrics.

Trina Solar shareholders approve deal to go private
16 Dec 2016 at 4:14pm
Chinese tier 1 solar manufacturer Trina Solar looks all set to become a private company, after its shareholders approved a merger with Fortune Solar and Red Vibumum, which will see it become Fortune’s subsidiary and, thus, a private company.

The pv magazine weekly news digest
16 Dec 2016 at 3:35pm
Spain extends an olive branch to solar PV, Germany tenders more low prices, Canadian Solar opens its 400 MW Brazil fab and the Donald Trump witch hunt continues.

Huawei and BayWa r.e. partner up on procurement contract
16 Dec 2016 at 3:13pm
German solar developer BayWa r.e. has signed a Global Procurement Framework Contract with Chinese technology company Huawei, for the supply of an initial target volume of 400 MW of Huawei's inverters, as Huawei continues its expansion into various international markets.

Interview: Younicos discusses latest 49 MW UK storage deal
16 Dec 2016 at 2:15pm
Following this week's announcement that Younicos will supply a 49 MW storage system in the U.K., pv magazine caught up with the company's president and CEO Stephen L. Prince to find out more about the project, and Younicos' wider objectives.

EDF's 77.5 MW Vulcan Solar project in Canada receives approval
16 Dec 2016 at 12:40pm
EDF EN Canada announced that it has received approval from the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) to construct a 77.5 MW solar PV plant in Vulcan County, Canada, which will become the largest solar plant in Western Canada, and will make up part of a hybrid renewable energy project.

Debates about future demand for silver in PV continue
16 Dec 2016 at 12:21pm
With silver use per cell falling as demand grows, two different consultancies have given different accounts of future demand for silver in PV applications.

Abengoa to restart work on 100 MW project in Chile
16 Dec 2016 at 11:24am
Spanish renewable energy company Abengoa announced that it will immediately restart construction on the exciting Atacama Desert solar project in Chile, where a 100 MW PV plant and a 110 MW solar thermal plant will look to take advantage of the world’s most concentrated solar radiation.

Australia solar farm announces new tender ….. for sheep
16 Dec 2016 at 10:40am
The owners of the Mugga Lane Solar Park in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) are looking for one more addition to their almost complete 13MW power station – and it's not battery storage.

10 Indian states account for 90% of country's large-scale solar, finds Mercom Capital
16 Dec 2016 at 9:48am
State-by-state analysis of India's installed ground-mount and large-scale solar pipeline finds that the country's solar strength is centered on just ten states.

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Solar in the States: Midwest Update
20 Mar 2017 at 6:57pm
by Rich Dana
Across the U.S., states governments are struggling to craft laws that are fair for solar owners. At the same time, they are feeling the pressure from powerful utility industry lobbyists. In the first of an ongoing series of articles on state solar legislation, Solar Tribune focuses on solar news from around the American heartland. —- […] The pos...

World’s Largest Lithium-Ion Storage Facility in San Diego County May Help Solar Power
13 Mar 2017 at 6:46pm
by David Baldwin
In Escondido, a city in San Diego County not far from San Diego itself, the utility SDG&E, in partnership with the Virginia-based company AES Energy Storage, recently unveiled a California milestone: the largest lithium-ion energy storage installation in the world. The 30 megawatt (MW) facility contains 400,000 AES Advancion® batteries, similar ...

California Is Becoming the Solar/Storage Test Bed
13 Mar 2017 at 12:41am
by Rich Dana
California utilities are working hard to discourage new indie rooftop solar projects, but their upcoming changes in rate structures will simply accelerate the adoption of new storage technology. San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E), Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and Southern California Edison (SCE) are all proposing new rate structures that will...

Rick Perry Confirmed as Secretary of Energy: Will He Stand Up for Solar?
6 Mar 2017 at 3:43pm
by Rich Dana
Former Texas governor and two-time republican presidential candidate Rick Perry was sworn in as chief of the Department of Energy (DOE) last week, and many in the solar industry are wondering what to expect from the new Energy Secretary when it comes to renewable energy policy. Perry suggested eliminating the DOE during his 2011 campaign […] The...

North Carolina Island Rolls Out Microgrid
26 Feb 2017 at 7:11pm
by Rich Dana
Ocracoke—a popular tourist destination in the Outer Banks of North Carolina— is addressing weather-related power outages with a state-of-the-art battery-based microgrid. According to the Ocracoke Observer,  a cooperative venture by the North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation (which owns the island’s 3-megawatt diesel generator) and Tidela...

California Solar + Storage Project Will Be A “Win-Win”
20 Feb 2017 at 8:00am
by Rich Dana
Enphase energy and GRID Alternatives have partnered in the past to bring clean, affordable solar energy to low-income homes in California. Now, with net-metering caps kicking in, they are adding storage to this successful program. Based in Oakland, California, GRID Alternatives is a non-profit organization that brings together community partners...

Jimmy Carter: The “Solar President”
13 Feb 2017 at 1:26am
by Rich Dana
In the late 1970s, the peanut farmer from Plains, Georgia became the first American president to promote solar as a path to American energy independence and freedom from foreign oil. Now, at 92, his family is turning 10 acres of the family peanut farm into a 1.3-megawatt solar farm. On February 8th, President Carter and […] The post Jimmy Carter...

The Numbers Are In: Solar Leads In Job Growth
8 Feb 2017 at 1:12pm
by Rich Dana
Solar jobs have tripled in seven years. Will growth continue? “Renewable energy use translates to bottom-line benefits such as lower and more stable energy costs for GM in the long term. With more than 67 megawatts of solar housed at 24 facilities across the globe, we see the power of sunshine as an integral part […] The post The Numbers Are In:...

San Francisco Solar Roof Law May Spread to All of California
6 Feb 2017 at 3:34am
by David Baldwin
The new state senator from California’s 11th District, Scott Wiener, has proposed a potentially historic bill, S.B. 71. This legislation would require, for new residential and commercial buildings of 10 stories or less within the state, that at least 15 percent of the roof area be fully equipped and installed for solar power. The source […] The ...

Why Utilities have already lost the “War on Net Metering”
30 Jan 2017 at 6:12pm
by Rich Dana
As state legislatures gavel in their 2017 sessions, a new crop of anti-net metering bills is being pressed forward by utility and fossil fuel lobbyists.  By alienating customers, they are only accelerating the decline of their own industry. The plethora of news concerning federal energy and environmental policy coming out of Washington is suckin...

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