New & Noteworthy

Gestamp Solar Changes Name To X-ELIO Following Acquisition

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SI Staff on Feb 11, 2016

Gestamp Solar, a developer and operator of solar photovoltaic plants, has changed its name to X-ELIO following the successful completion of KKR’s acquisition of an 80% stake in the business. Investment firm KKR finished the purchase, which was announced in [Read More]

U.S. Solar Job Creation Is ‘Booming,’ California Ranks No. 1

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SI Staff on Feb 10, 2016

The Solar Foundation, an independent nonprofit research and education organization, has released state-by-state data from its annual National Solar Jobs Census series via the State Solar Jobs Census Map. The new numbers show that California not only maintained its No. [Read More]

Global Solar PV Pipeline Exceeds 200 GW: IHS Report

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SI Staff on Feb 10, 2016

With the U.S. in the lead, due in large part to the recent extension in the country’s federal investment tax credit (ITC) late last year, the global solar photovoltaic pipeline now surpasses 200 GW, according to a report from IHS [Read More]

NREL Helps Create New Quality Standards For PV Manufacturers

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SI Staff on Feb 09, 2016

Working with partners around the world, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have completed five years of work toward helping establish an international quality standard for manufacturing photovoltaic (PV) modules. According to NREL, PV [Read More]

Energy Dept. Unveils $21 Million To Tackle Deployment Barriers And Soft Costs Of Solar

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SI Staff on Feb 08, 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $21 million in new funding to help lower solar energy deployment barriers and expand access to solar energy in the country. The department says it is making $13 million available to help [Read More]

SMA Solar Technology AG Establishes New Subsidiary In Brazil

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SI Staff on Feb 08, 2016

SMA Solar Technology AG, a Germany-headquartered solar inverter manufacturer, says it is furthering its support of the Latin American market with a new subsidiary in Brazil. SMA Brazil will conduct sales, project planning, service and technical training in the country, [Read More]

UGE International Closes Acquisition Of Endura Energy

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SI Staff on Feb 08, 2016

New York-based UGE International Ltd. has closed the previously announced acquisition of all the issued and outstanding shares of Endura Energy Project Corp., a Toronto-based renewable energy development company. “Endura’s engineering and project management experience will markedly enhance UGE’s existing [Read More]

Hawaiian Co-Op Hits 90% Renewable Energy Milestone

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SI Staff on Feb 05, 2016

Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) used a combination of renewable resources, including a lot of solar and some biomass and hydropower, to generate 90% of the island’s electricity during brief periods on four separate days in January. Furthermore, the co-op [Read More]

CAISO Plans Upgrades To Boost Renewable Energy Management

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SI Staff on Feb 05, 2016

With a continued goal of operating a cleaner energy grid, the California Independent System Operator Corp.’s (CAISO) board of governors has approved several proposals that CAISO says will support improved integration of energy storage and demand response resources in the [Read More]

Solar Will Help Power The Super Bowl

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SI Staff on Feb 04, 2016

As sports enthusiasts around the U.S. get ready for Super Bowl 50, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), has highlighted the role solar power will play during the big game on Sunday. “The solar [Read More]