New & Noteworthy

U.S. Solar Soars While Prices Fall: DOE Reports

Posted by Joseph Bebon on September 29, 2016

New reports from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) show that the costs of solar keep declining as the renewable energy becomes an increasingly bigger part of the country’s power landscape. A study from the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory [Read More]

New York’s Largest Residential Solar Market Hits Milestone

Posted by Joseph Bebon on September 29, 2016

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, D-N.Y., has announced the completion of Long Island’s 35,000th residential solar project, marking a 320% growth in solar in the region over the last four years. Long Island is New York’s largest residential solar market, nearly [Read More]

Nonprofit, Feds Partner To Provide Solar On U.S. Tribal Lands

Posted by Joseph Bebon on September 28, 2016

Nonprofit solar installer GRID Alternatives has begun work on 92 solar installations in six tribal communities in California, Montana and South Dakota using over $1 million in cost-shared grants from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to the tribes. The [Read More]

UL Acquires AWS Truepower To Boost Renewables Portfolio

Posted by Joseph Bebon on September 27, 2016

Safety science company UL has acquired energy engineering services and advisory firm AWS Truepower – a move UL says will expand its global renewable energy portfolio by strengthening full lifecycle solutions for wind and solar energy sectors. AWS Truepower is [Read More]

Bankrupt SunEdison Offloads Minnesota Solar Portfolio

Posted by Joseph Bebon on September 27, 2016

Bankrupt renewables company SunEdison has agreed to sell its equity interests in 22 community solar garden development projects in Minnesota to SoCore Energy, a subsidiary of utility holding company Edison International. According to SoCore, the acquisition was approved with an [Read More]

Communities Across The U.S. Designated ‘Open For Solar Business’

Posted by Joseph Bebon on September 26, 2016

A federally backed program has recognized cities and counties for encouraging solar market growth and tackling soft costs.

Enphase Energy Cutting Global Workforce By 11%

Posted by Joseph Bebon on September 23, 2016

Enphase Energy Inc., a California-based technology provider specializing in solar micro-inverters, has announced it is reducing its global workforce by about 11% in an effort to streamline its operations and remain competitive. Although the company did not disclose exactly how [Read More]

SolarWorld Laying Off 500 Temporary Employees In Germany

Posted by Joseph Bebon on September 22, 2016

Citing increased pricing pressures in the global solar market, module maker SolarWorld plans to lay off approximately 500 temporary employees in Germany and make a “moderate reduction” of its production volume during the fourth quarter. “Once again, we are facing [Read More]

Xcel Announces Minnesota Government REC Pilot Program

Posted by Joseph Bebon on September 21, 2016

Minnesota-based utility company Xcel Energy is partnering with the state of Minnesota in an effort to ensure 33% of the State Capitol Complex’s energy comes from renewables. The initiative, part of Xcel’s new Renewable*Connect Government Pilot Program, was announced Wednesday [Read More]

SunEdison’s TerraForm Yieldcos Seek Potential Buyers

Posted by Joseph Bebon on September 20, 2016

Both of bankrupt renewables company SunEdison’s yieldcos, TerraForm Power and TerraForm Global, are considering mergers or sales of their entire businesses. Although the yieldcos were not part of their sponsor’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, SunEdison’s financial woes have weighed heavily [Read More]