New & Noteworthy

Vivint Solar Expands Into Florida, Creating Jobs

SI Staff
SI Staff on Aug 25, 2016

Residential solar provider Vivint Solar has announced its expansion into Florida, with availability beginning in the Tampa Bay area. The company has hired approximately 40 employees in the state and plans to continue hiring as it extends into to new [Read More]

Report: Utility-Scale Solar Has ‘Fighting Chance’ To Reach 100 GW This Year

SI Staff
SI Staff on Aug 22, 2016

Global utility-scale solar capacity grew 10 GW in mid-2016, reaching a total of 75 GW, and it might be capable of hitting 100 GW by year-end, according to a new report by Wiki-Solar. The report says Asia is continuing to [Read More]

Utility And Solar Stakeholders Unite Under Massive Settlement Agreement In Colorado

SI Staff
SI Staff on Aug 16, 2016

While power providers and solar representatives continue to battle each other across the U.S., this compromise “signals cooperation rather than confrontation.”

Consumer Education Is Key For Success Of Community Solar Market

SI Staff
SI Staff on Aug 16, 2016

Community solar projects could give millions of U.S. households access to clean energy, according to a new report from the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) and Shelton Group. The potential market for these projects – which allow consumers to buy [Read More]

NV Energy Seeks Approval For Solar Project, Earlier Retirement Of Coal Unit

SI Staff
SI Staff on Aug 16, 2016

Nevada-based utility NV Energy wants to add more utility-scale solar to its portfolio and speed up the process to retire a coal generation unit. In a new filing, NV Energy has requested that the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada approve [Read More]

SMA Consolidation Means Closure Of Two Manufacturing Plants

SI Staff
SI Staff on Aug 12, 2016

The solar inverter manufacturer is moving its U.S. production to the company’s German and Chinese plants.

PG&E Officially Files Proposal To Shut Down Nuclear Plant

SI Staff
SI Staff on Aug 12, 2016

California is one step closer to becoming nuclear free, as utility Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E), along with labor and leading environmental groups, has officially filed a joint proposal to phase out the Diablo Canyon Power Plant (DCPP) with [Read More]

Silicor Secures Project Management Contract For Solar Silicon Plant

SI Staff
SI Staff on Aug 11, 2016

San Jose, Calif.-based Silicor Materials Inc. has signed an $8.9 million contract with AM Technical Solutions (AMTS) for the project management of Silicor’s first commercial-scale manufacturing plant, to be located in Grundartangi, Iceland. Silicor expects the project to break ground [Read More]

SunPower To Shutter Plant, Cut Jobs Under Streamline Strategy

Joseph Bebon on Aug 10, 2016

The vertically integrated solar company cites last year’s investment tax credit extension as one of several industry challenges that led to the decision to restructure operations.

Scorecard Ranks Top Solar PV Module Suppliers

SI Staff
SI Staff on Aug 10, 2016

In a new scorecard reviewing the global solar photovoltaic module sector, Trina Solar, SunPower, First Solar, Hanwha Q CELLS and JinkoSolar were all identified as this year’s industry leaders. Each of these companies garnered above-average scores for both market presence [Read More]