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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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Was 2018 the Year of the Home Battery?
14 Jan 2019 at 4:33am
by Ryan Austin
2018 turned out to be a pretty good year for batteries. Prices continued to fall and a handful of states like New York, Colorado and Florida created new policies to drive adoption from storage mandates to new net metering and interconnection policies, as well as new incentives specifically for energy storage. With more homeowners installing […] ...

Strategies to Minimize the Oft-Overlooked Soft Costs of Solar Installations
7 Jan 2019 at 3:33pm
by Matthew Chester
Despite many people assuming that the bulk of upfront solar power costs come from the manufacture of solar PV panels, soft costs– such as planning and installation labor– actually account for well over half of the average solar system.  Minimizing these soft costs presents great opportunity to increase the access to residential solar and hasten ...

Answering the Internet’s Pressing Solar Questions Using The Open PV Project
3 Dec 2018 at 3:08pm
by Matthew Chester
While solar power continues its accelerated adoption in the U.S. market, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) tracks photovoltaic (PV) installations nationwide. As the sector evolves, this tool provides invaluable access to public data. The Open PV Project, run and operated by NREL, tracks and makes publicly available such solar data ...

Midterm Elections Reveal Mixed Results for Clean Energy
26 Nov 2018 at 3:40am
by Ryan Austin
On November ballots, voters across 3 states said no to 3 different bills designed to encourage the growth of clean and renewable energy. The success or failure of these high-stakes propositions led organizations on both sides to spend tens of millions of dollars on campaigns. Arizona Voters Say No to 50% RPS Goal At the […] The post Midterm Elec...

Utility of the Future: Insights from Colorado’s Energy Transition
13 Nov 2018 at 3:37pm
by Jeremy Bedline
Technocrats, sitting in their colorful offices in Silicon Valley and the hallowed halls of Cambridge institutions, would have us believe that to solve the biggest global energy challenges, we will need to journey down a path of massive, unprecedented disruption.  Ubiquitous presentations promise to digitize the world’s problems away, and assure ...

Ensuring Installation Costs Don’t Slow Down Solar Progress with Esdec
5 Nov 2018 at 4:30pm
by Matthew Chester
Most exciting innovations in solar energy relate to improved solar panel efficiencies or software solutions to improve the business case of adopting solar, but Esdec shows that saving time and money on installation of solar systems can provide a huge boon to the solar industry. Installation of rooftop solar panels can require one to three […] Th...

The Duck Curve: Utilities’ Growing Challenge to Solar Adoption
15 Oct 2018 at 11:07pm
by Ryan Austin
Since 2008, the U.S. has seen a veritable explosion of not just residential solar, but commercial and utility-scale installations as well, enjoying a ridiculously high annual growth rate of 54% over the last 10 years. As of September 2018, there is now 58.3 GW of solar installed in the U.S., with the vast majority –23GW […] The post The Duck Cur...

Off-Grid Solar and the Path to Universal Access
8 Oct 2018 at 8:28pm
by Jeremy Bedline
One in seven people around the world live without access to electricity, and that is leaving a devastating human toll. In Sub-Saharan Africa, where over 60% of these affected populations live, people are dying from basic ailments because vaccines cannot be refrigerated; lack of lighting for school-work leaves the region with the lowest literacy ...

The 5 States Making Solar Mainstream
4 Oct 2018 at 4:38pm
by Ryan Regan
Solar energy is more mainstream now than ever before thanks to rapid innovations in the industry that have slashed prices of solar panels over the past several years. The rapid maturation of the solar market in the U.S. has been fueled primarily by a handful of states who have made the sector’s growth a top […] The post The 5 States Making Solar...

Identifying Signs of the Solar Revolution Using Maps and Graphs
1 Oct 2018 at 6:50pm
by Matthew Chester
Utility-scale solar has experienced explosive growth in the U.S. in recent years, and the best years may yet still be on the horizon. While improvements to solar technologies have been among the most exciting renewable energy developments in recent years, solar energy is not without its naysayers who point out that “solar energy barely moves […]...

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