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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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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 […]...

SolFilm Technology from Sol Voltaics: An Interview with CEO Erik Smith About this Disruptive Solar Panel Technology
24 Sep 2018 at 10:06pm
by Matthew Chester
Sol Voltaics is looking to apply their breakthrough nanotechnology to improve the efficiency of solar panels across the world. Boasting a 50% efficiency improvement when the lightweight nanowire SolFilm is applied to panels, this Sweden-based company is positioned to revolutionize the potential of solar installations everywhere. This interview w...

Solar Head of State: An Interview with Director and Co-Founder James Ellsmoor
10 Sep 2018 at 8:54pm
by Matthew Chester
Seeking to harness the untapped resources in communities that could most benefit from rooftop solar installations, James Ellsmoor co-founded and serves as Director of Solar Head of State (SHOS), a nonprofit working to promote renewable energy worldwide through iconic and high-profile rooftop solar installations and coordinated public education p...

Small Modular Reactors: Launching in 2018
14 Aug 2018 at 8:13pm
by Drea Burbank
Small modular reactors (SMRs) are an innovation on nuclear plant design that could replace coal-fired steam turbines with zero or near-zero carbon emissions.  While there are approximately 50 SMR designs around the world, only NuScale, an SMR-startup based in Portland, Oregon, has sought US licensing.   NuScale cleared stage one of the US Nuclea...

Political Climate Change and the Path to Clean Energy
30 Jul 2018 at 1:18pm
by Jeremy Bedline
Could a change in the US political climate spark rapid growth in renewable energy? A group of progressive Democratic candidates believe that it can and voters are listening. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old New York Bartender turned Bernie Sanders campaign organizer, achieved a stunning political upset last month when she beat incumbent 1...


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