New & Noteworthy

Industry Groups Join Forces To Launch ‘National Clean Energy Week’

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 18, 2017

Several renewable energy advocacy organizations have announced the first annual National Clean Energy Week (NCEW), which will take place Sept. 25-29. Participating groups include the Citizens For Responsible Energy Solutions Forum, the American Council on Renewable Energy, Advanced Energy Economy, [Read More]

The Home Depot Adding Rooftop Solar Across The U.S.

Posted by Joseph Bebon on August 17, 2017

The home improvement specialty retailer says it wants to change its large, unused rooftops into mini solar farms.

Lowe’s Canada Enters Partnership To Help Homeowners Go Solar

Posted by Joseph Bebon on August 16, 2017

Major retailers around the world are getting into the solar business. For example, home furnishings giant IKEA recently made headlines when it started selling solar energy storage batteries in the U.K. Now, home improvement company Lowe’s has announced a new [Read More]

Fitch: Solar Projects Outperform Energy Forecasts, But Wind Falls Short

Posted by Joseph Bebon on August 14, 2017

Fitch Ratings’ analysis of rated wind energy projects across EMEA, the U.S. and Latin America and solar photovoltaic (PV) energy projects across EMEA and the U.S. finds electricity production from solar projects has tended to exceed initial independent estimates, while [Read More]

Germany’s SolarWorld Starts Anew, U.S. Arm Provides Update

Posted by Joseph Bebon on August 11, 2017

After reaching an acquisition agreement earlier this week, Germany-based module manufacturer SolarWorld AG has received approval to hand over its German production facilities and its distribution companies in Europe, Asia and Africa to SolarWorld Industries GmbH, a newly formed entity [Read More]

Citing Asian Competition, Ulbrich Shutters Oregon Plant

Posted by Joseph Bebon on August 10, 2017

South Carolina-based Ulbrich Solar Technologies Inc., a PV interconnect ribbon manufacturer and longtime supply-chain partner of SolarWorld Americas, has closed its plant in Hillsboro, Ore., and laid off the facility’s 16 remaining employees. “The decision comes as the North American [Read More]

Utilities Work To Keep Up With An Ever-Changing Grid

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Written by K Kaufmann on August 07, 2017

“[W]e know the riskiest place to be is to take no risk at all,” said one utility exec at SEPA’s recent Grid Evolution Summit.

Global Energy Storage Market Poised For Strong Growth

Posted by Joseph Bebon on August 03, 2017

The global grid-connected energy storage market remains poised for growth, with the market outlook strengthening until 2025, when it will reach a total installed base of 52 GW, according to a new research note from IHS Markit. Authored by Julian [Read More]

SunPower Decides To Offload 8point3 Yieldco

Posted by Joseph Bebon on August 02, 2017

Citing “feedback from the market,” SunPower Corp. has decided to stop seeking a replacement partner in 8point3 Energy Partners, a yieldco established with First Solar Inc., and instead follow First Solar in attempting to sell off its stake in the [Read More]

Grid Operator PJM Says It’s Prepared For The Upcoming Solar Eclipse

Posted by Joseph Bebon on August 02, 2017

The operator of North America’s largest power grid says it is prepared to ensure reliable electricity supplies during a total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, when solar power resources will fall temporarily. Although the eclipse will reduce solar power generation, [Read More]