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Some Key Tech And Material Trends Of Solar PV Modules

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Siddharth Anand Sainath on Jul 26, 2016

An analyst offers a brief overview of driving factors and challenges that may affect the future of photovoltaics.

Solar-Powered Plane Completes Historic Round-The-World Flight

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SI Staff on Jul 26, 2016

History was made on Tuesday when the Solar Impulse 2 aircraft completed the first round-the-world solar-powered flight. The plane landed at 04:05 a.m. local time in Abu Dhabi, where it first started its journey back in March 2015, after the [Read More]

SunEdison Mulls Sale Of Yieldcos; TerraForm Power Creates ‘Poison Pill’

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SI Staff on Jul 25, 2016

Bankrupt renewables company SunEdison has announced it is working with its two yieldcos, TerraForm Power and TerraForm Global, to explore selling SunEdison’s controlling Class B shares in both companies. According to a press release, this initiative will be conducted through [Read More]

SEPA And Utilities Provide ‘Snapshot’ Of 2015 U.S. Solar Market

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SI Staff on Jul 25, 2016

The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) has released its 2015 Solar Market Snapshot, which tracks key trends and market insights in the U.S. market for solar and other distributed energy resources. Based on SEPA’s annual Solar Market Survey of utilities [Read More]

The Top 10 Solar States Per Capita Of 2015 – And Why Policy Matters

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SI Staff on Jul 21, 2016

A new study reveals which states helped lead the way in last year’s U.S. solar boom and underscores the importance of pro-solar policies, which are often under attack.

Tesla/SolarCity Deal Is Part Of Elon Musk’s ‘Master Plan’

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SI Staff on Jul 21, 2016

As analysts, Wall Street and solar sector stakeholders continue to debate the merits of Tesla Motors’ recent bid to acquire SolarCity, Elon Musk has posted a blog titled “Master Plan, Part Deux” on Tesla’s website. As the billionaire, who is [Read More]

Sunrun Secures $33 Million SREC Term Loan Facility

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SI Staff on Jul 20, 2016

Sunrun Inc. has closed a $33 million non-recourse term loan facility to support the growth of its residential solar business in Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey. The company says it will use the five-year loan, provided by an undisclosed financial [Read More]

Total Completes Acquisition Of Battery Developer Saft

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SI Staff on Jul 19, 2016

Following a successful public tender offer, French oil giant Total has completed its friendly takeover of Saft Group, a France-based developer and manufacturer of batteries used in renewable energy storage, among other applications. In May, Total revealed its plans to [Read More]

Idaho Power Proposes Community Solar Pilot Program

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SI Staff on Jul 19, 2016

Idaho Power says its customers may soon be able to participate in a community solar pilot program if the utility’s proposal is approved by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission (IPUC). Under the proposal, Idaho Power would build a 500 kW [Read More]

Hawaiian Electric, NextEra Call Off Merger After PUC Rejection

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SI Staff on Jul 18, 2016

Following a deathblow from the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC), Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. (HEI) and Florida-based NextEra Energy Inc. have terminated their plans to merge. NextEra Energy initially announced its bid to take over HEI in December 2014 through [Read More]