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Joseph Bebon
Joseph Bebon
Joseph Bebon is editor of Solar Industry magazine. In addition, he contributes to sister publications North American Windpower magazine, Unmanned Aerial Online, and NGT News, an alternative fuel vehicle news site, and was previously editor of the latter. Joseph is also the former editor of smart grid publication Renew Grid. He graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a bachelor's degree in English and started his career at Zackin Publications, publisher of Solar Industry, as an editorial assistant in 2010.
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SolarWorld Americas Pushes Forward Despite Parent’s Insolvency

Posted by Joseph Bebon on May 15, 2017

The U.S.-based PV manufacturer has broken its silence and issued a statement after its German parent company entered court proceedings.

Southern Power Commissions 102 MW Solar Project In Texas

Posted by Joseph Bebon on May 15, 2017

Southern Co. subsidiary Southern Power has announced the commercial operation of the 102 MW Lamesa Solar Facility, located in Dawson County, Texas. The facility is Southern Power’s third large-scale solar project operating in the Lone Star State. Southern Power acquired [Read More]

JinkoSolar Modules Receive IEC61345 Certification

Posted by Joseph Bebon on May 15, 2017

China-based PV manufacturer JinkoSolar’s modules have received IEC61345 certification from TUV Rheinland. According to JinkoSolar, IEC61345 certification employs stricter testing criteria compared to IEC61215 certification, which currently serves as the industry standard UV test. It is mainly used to test [Read More]

AlsoEnergy Unveils PowerLogger 1000 For Commercial PV Monitoring

Posted by Joseph Bebon on May 15, 2017

Colorado-based AlsoEnergy has introduced a new standard gateway for its commercial PV monitoring solution: the PowerLogger 1000. The company says the interactive datalogger adds a rugged interactive touch-screen LCD display, which allows workers to commission, bus test, and troubleshoot without [Read More]

Washington Clean Energy Fund Backs Utility Microgrid Projects

Posted by Joseph Bebon on May 12, 2017

The Washington State Department of Commerce has finalized grants totaling $7 million with two Washington state utilities to further their work on microgrid projects. Spokane, Wash.-based private utility Avista and the Snohomish County Public Utility District (SnoPUD) each won $3.5 [Read More]

CPUC Touts Successful Relaunch Of Self-Generation Incentive Program

Posted by Joseph Bebon on May 12, 2017

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has announced that the state’s Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) successfully relaunched on May 1 amidst heavy customer demand, particularly for energy storage projects. In fact, the relaunch was so popular that the commission says [Read More]

Vivint Solar Expands Sales Tactics With New Retail Channel

Posted by Joseph Bebon on May 12, 2017

Residential solar provider Vivint Solar has announced the launch of a new retail sales channel. The company says it is starting with kiosks at retail locations in California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Utah by the end of June [Read More]

Canadian Solar Buys Stake In Transportation-Focused eNow

Posted by Joseph Bebon on May 12, 2017

Canadian Solar Inc. has acquired a minority equity interest in eNow, a Rhode Island-based company specializing in solar-based power management systems for the commercial transportation industry. Canadian Solar is now a 10% shareholder of eNow. Canadian Solar says its investment [Read More]

How Are Major Solar Players Holding Up Amid Market Challenges?

Joseph Bebon
Written by Joseph Bebon on May 11, 2017

They don’t call it a “solar coaster” for nothing: The industry has a long history of ups and downs, and unfortunately, a number of companies such as Sungevity, Suniva, SolarWorld AG and Ten K Solar have recently announced some major [Read More]

U.S. Manufacturer Ten K Solar ‘Discontinuing Current Operation’

Joseph Bebon
Written by Joseph Bebon on May 11, 2017

Citing “significant price pressures,” Ten K Solar, a Minnesota-based manufacturer of PV modules and integrated systems, has announced it is “discontinuing its current operation.” Founded as a promising start-up in 2008, the company has been making and providing solar hardware [Read More]