North America

Solar in USA: Southern California Edison named No. 1 solar utility in the U.S. for second year in a row

Southern California Edison (SCE, Rosemead, CA, US) delivered more solar power to its customers in 2016 than any other utility in the United States, according to rankings compiled by the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA). SCE connected 1,648 MW of solar power generation capacity to the grid last year through new and expanded residential and commercial […]

Clean Power Lives On Even as Trump Ends Obama ‘Clean Power Plan’

Wind, solar forecast to boom even without Clean Power Plan Economics and tax credits are key drivers for renewables President Donald Trump’s long-expected executive order to roll back climate change regulations is drawing cheers from fossil-fuel producers and howls from environmentalists. The reaction from clean-energy companies? While repealing the Clean Power Plan is deeply symbolic, the move […]

Solar in USA: Rooftop Solar Facing U.S. Consolidation as “Weaker Hands” Fold

Demand for residential power systems is slowing in U.S. ‘Likely see more acquisitions or bankruptcies,’ BNEF says It’s not the best time to be a midsize U.S. rooftop solar company. Growth is slowing nationally, especially in California, the biggest solar market. Interest rates are creeping up. As larger rivals gain share and expand into new cities and states, […]

SolarPower Summit 2017: Solar President Donald Trump? Exclusive talk to the U.S. Solar Industry Pioneer – Thomas Thompson, VP Sales, LONGi Solar USA

SolarPV.TV,  the Official TV Partner of the SolarPower Summit 2017 organized by SolarPower Europe, speaks to Thomas Thompson, VP Sales, LONGi Solar USA, one of the U.S. Solar Industry Pioneers, who came to Brussels from Massachusetts to update European members of SolarPower Europe on the current situation on the solar market in the U.S. after the recent Presidential Elections. […]

1366 Technologies reports 19.9% efficiency using Direct Wafer and Hanwha Q CELLS solar PV cell technologies

Silicon wafer manufacturer 1366 Technologies (Bedford, Mass., US) on March 8th, 2017 announced a new performance record for its Direct Wafer technology with the achievement of 19.9% solar cell efficiency through 1366’s ongoing technical partnership with Hanwha Q CELLS.  The result, which was independently confirmed by the Fraunhofer ISE CalLab, clearly demonstrates the rapid efficiency gains that […]

Brookfield To Acquire Controlling Interest In TerraForm Power & Acquire TerraForm Global

The fate of SunEdison’s two yieldcos has finally been settled, as Canadian asset management firm Brookfield Asset Management has agreed to assume a controlling stake and assume sponsorship of TerraForm Power, and acquire TerraForm Global. Earlier this year we reported that Brookfield Asset Management had entered into exclusive talks with both of SunEdison’s yieldcos — TerraForm Power […]

Tesla Completes Hawaii Storage Project

Provides power that’s cheaper than utility’s cost for diesel Project has 13 megawatts of panels, 52 megawatt-hours storage Tesla Inc. has completed a solar project in Hawaii that incorporates batteries to sell power in the evening, part of a push by the electric car maker to provide more green power to the grid. The Kapaia installation includes […]

Clean Disruption News: U.S. power utility company AES Corp and AIMCo to buy solar developer FTP Power for $853 million

U.S. power utility company AES Corp (AES.N) said on Friday it would buy a privately held company that builds utility-scale solar projects, along with Canada’s investment fund manager Alberta Investment Management Corp, for $853 million in cash. The deal to buy FTP Power LLC, popularly known as sPower, from hedge fund Fir Tree Partners also […]

Solar in USA: New York sees almost 800 percent growth in solar power over five years

New York state-supported solar power increased by almost 800 percent from December 2011 to December 2016, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Tuesday, with almost $1.5 billion leveraged in private investment. The state saw 83.06 megawatts of solar installed through 2011, with the total installed through 2016 hitting 743.65 megawatts, an increase of 795 percent. […]

U.S. Solar Surged 95% to Become Largest Source of New Energy – Total Installed Capacity to Reach 105 GW by 2021

Solar installations surpassed gas and wind for first time Record 14.6 gigawatts of solar panels added in 2016, SEIA says Solar developers installed a record 14.6 gigawatts in the U.S. last year, almost double the total from 2015 and enough to make photovoltaic panels the largest source of new electric capacity for the first time. […]

Onyx Solar Receives Contract for World’s Largest PV Skylight

Onyx Solar won a contract to supply 60,000 square feet of semi-transparent photovoltaic glass for Somerset Development’s Bell Works Complex in Holmdel, New Jersey. The project is part of the complete revitalization of the two-million-square-foot former Bell Labs facility into a mixed-use “metroburb” community. Originally designed by Eero Saarinen, the building’s existing glass will be replaced […]

Solar Innovation: First Wattway solar road pilot in US pops up in rural Georgia

The first Wattway solar road pilot in America has popped up in rural west Georgia. The Ray C. Anderson Foundation, named for sustainable manufacturing pioneer Ray Anderson, is testing renewable technologies along an 18-mile stretch of road, and recently installed 538 square feet of Colas‘ Wattway solar road system near the border between Georgia and Alabama. Part of Georgia’s Interstate 85 was […]

Solar in USA: NRG’s Massive California Solar Plant Finally Making Enough Power

Ivanpah solar-thermal plant struggled to produce enough power One-year forbearance deal with PG&E expired Wednesday The world’s biggest solar-thermal power plant is finally producing enough electricity. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in Southern California initially failed to meet contractual obligations, and a yearlong forbearance deal with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. expired Wednesday. After fine-tuning the […]

CleanTech Disruption News: Tesla Opens World’s Largest Battery Plant in California

Tesla cut the ribbon on a massive battery storage facility in the Southern California desert, 60 miles east of Los Angeles on Monday. The Powerpack project, a joint venture with local electricity provider, Southern California Edison (SCE), will support grid operation during peak hours and improve the integration of renewable energy resources. “This project is exactly in line with […]

Trump infrastructure priority plan includes transmission, wind, energy storage

Dive Brief: A 50-item list of infrastructure priorities compiled by the Trump administration and released by McClatchy and the Kansas City Star includes provisions for transmission expansion, wind and energy storage, among other power sector projects. It is not clear if the $137 billion wish list is a draft or final version, the outlets reported, but is […]