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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 Energy News, Analysis, Education

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, volunteers and job trainees to […] The post California Solar + Storage Project Will Be A “Win-Win” appeared first on Solar Tribune.

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 “Solar President” appeared first on Solar Tribune.

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: Solar Leads In Job Growth appeared first on Solar Tribune.

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 post San Francisco Solar Roof Law May Spread to All of California appeared first on Solar Tribune.

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 sucking all […] The post Why Utilities have already lost the “War on Net Metering” appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Has California Reached “Peak Solar?” Not Even Close.
22 Jan 2017 at 6:34pm
by Rich Dana
Solar detractors are pointing to the 2016 dip in California solar installations as the beginning of the end of the solar boom. Others see it for what it is; a sign of a maturing industry settling into a sustainable growth rate. On January 1st of this year, breitbart.com pronounced “Peak Solar Hits California.” The use […] The post Has California Reached “Peak Solar?” Not Even Close. appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Solar + Storage Update
16 Jan 2017 at 7:00am
by Rich Dana
Will 2017 be the “Year of  Solar Storage?” This week, Kaua’i Island Electric Cooperative announced that it will be purchasing 11% of its generation from a new solar plus storage facility, below the cost of its current fossil fuel-powered generation. This is huge news, even in spite of the fact that Kaua’i is one of […] The post Solar + Storage Update appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Clarifying Five Common Anti-Solar Talking Points
9 Jan 2017 at 3:42pm
by Rich Dana
Solar Subsidies, Environmental Impact and “True Cost”… Who is Right? The virtual world of social medial is a funny place. It’s not like science. There is no “Occam’s Razor.” A lot of questions are posed, but if the answer is not to the questioners liking, it is SO easy to find another answer that comfortably […] The post Clarifying Five Common Anti-Solar Talking Points appeared first on Solar Tribune.

San Francisco Startup Offers Solar-Powered Farm Out of a Box (Land Not Included)
8 Jan 2017 at 7:39pm
by David Baldwin
How can local agriculture be developed most effectively in rural areas, particular in places at which electricity and/or water are scarce? The San Francisco-based creators of a new benefit corporation offer an original solution that they call Farm from a Box. It consists of a 20-foot shipping container that includes literally everything one might need […] The post San Francisco Startup Offers Solar-Powered Farm Out of a Box (Land Not Included) appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Solar Trends to Watch in 2017: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
1 Jan 2017 at 3:35pm
by Rich Dana
Solar Tribune’s Annual predictions. Spoiler Alert: 2017 Will Rock!! Happy New Year, solar watchers! 2016 was a wild ride in both policy and market news, but despite the poo-pooing by solar naysayers, the solar industry is moving forward exponentially. As I predicted last January, 2016 marked the 10th straight year of growth in global demand […] The post Solar Trends to Watch in 2017: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly appeared first on Solar Tribune.

California Solar Farm Produces Power At Record Low Price
26 Dec 2016 at 6:06am
by Rich Dana
Claims that solar is now “cheaper than fossil fuels” are popping up all over social media. What does that really mean? Understanding the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) is key to understanding the future of energy economics. A relative newcomer in the development of utility-scale solar projects, 8 Minute Energy is claiming that it’s latest […] The post California Solar Farm Produces Power At Record Low Price appeared first on Solar Tribune.

PG&E Hits 5% Indie Solar– New Fees Kick In
18 Dec 2016 at 8:07pm
by Rich Dana
It’s a “good news, bad news” scenario for Northern California solar. Pacific Gas and Electric  provides service to more electric customers than any other utility in the country, so when they announce that they are now receiving 5% (approximately 2.4 Gigawatts) of their generation from independently owned rooftop solar, it is a BIG deal. Not […] The post PG&E Hits 5% Indie Solar– New Fees Kick In appeared first on Solar Tribune.


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