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European solar fears power price plunge may dampen subsidy-free prospects
9 Apr 2020 at 4:21pm
Price drops seen amid lockdowns in Spain and Italy could curtail zero-subsidy enthusiasm of investors, webinar hears.



COVID-19: Manz to restart manufacturing operations in Germany
9 Apr 2020 at 4:12pm
Manz AG is planning to resume manufacturing operations at its German sites after the Easter break.



India postpones roll-out of approved manufacturer list for state-backed solar
9 Apr 2020 at 1:32pm
Obligation to source PV cells and modules from authorised providers delayed for six months to help with COVID-19.



Global solar project M&A activity immune to pandemic impacts in Q1 – Mercom
9 Apr 2020 at 12:46pm
Consultancy's update shows 12GW of solar projects were acquired in Q1 2020.



Wood Mackenzie lowers global solar demand forecast on COVID-19 impact
9 Apr 2020 at 11:20am
Consultancy cites project delays as it trims prior global solar addition forecasts from 129.5GW to 106.4GW.



SNEC 2020 rearranged for mid-October
9 Apr 2020 at 10:27am
World's largest solar trade show changes dates and venue amidst COVID-19 pandemic



EIA: Economic headwinds may stunt US utility-scale solar growth by 10%
8 Apr 2020 at 1:50pm
Agency expects RES will remain fastest growing power source but predicts lower growth for PV and wind.



GCL-Poly cuts polysilicon, boosts wafer production in 2019 to reduce losses
8 Apr 2020 at 1:48pm
The record low ASPs led GCL-Poly to make product impairment charges on its Solar Material business.



NESF to resume UK subsidy-free work ‘shortly’ as pandemic effects are downplayed
8 Apr 2020 at 1:43pm
Investor will restart developments as spare part supplies, ongoing O&M remain unscathed by pandemic.



ADB may back non-Chinese solar manufacturing to strengthen Asia’s ecosystem
8 Apr 2020 at 12:32pm
Countries should nurture domestic sector to curb the reliance exposed by the COVID-19 crisis, bank says.



PODCAST: Solar’s COVID-19 fightback, surging upstream commitments and the rise of flexibility
8 Apr 2020 at 10:55am
The April 2020 episode of the podcast details how the solar industry is persevering in spite of the COVID pandemic.



Sunrun posts Q1 2020 installs of 97.4MW amid reports of layoffs
7 Apr 2020 at 3:47pm
US residential player pulls 2020 guidance as media reports claim around 100 staff are being let go.




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New Jersey Solar Panel Installation Costs 2019
19 Sep 2019 at 4:54pm
by Staff Writer
When you start researching costs, it gets overwhelming very quickly. Costs vary from company to company, and when you start throwing in incentives, rebates, and tax credits, your simple Google search turns into a complex, algebraic equation. Before you know it, you’re knee-deep in solar policy on some government website, calculator in hand, ready to […]The post New Jersey Solar Panel Installation Costs 2019 appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

How to Choose a Solar Installer
8 Sep 2019 at 1:05am
by Staff Writer
So, you have done your research on the benefits of solar energy and decided to install a solar photovoltaic (PV) system to power your property, what now? The next important step is choosing a solar installer to set up the system for you. Picking the right installer is vital since poorly-done work can lead to […]The post How to Choose a Solar Installer appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Massachusetts Solar Incentives and Solar Rebates 2019
26 Aug 2019 at 6:58pm
by Staff Writer
Do you own a property in Massachusetts and want to get solar panels installed on it, but are worried about huge expenses? If so, you should know that there are several financial incentives available in the state currently, making 2019 the right year for you to go solar. Like most other states today, Massachusetts encourages its […]The post Massachusetts Solar Incentives and Solar Rebates 2019 appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Solar panel waste: Could leasing be the answer?
4 Aug 2019 at 6:26pm
by Guest Writer
Following the first wave of popularity in solar power technology in the late 1990s and early 2000s, we are now faced with the daunting prospect of disposing of these early solar panels in a way that does not harm the environment. Given that the usable life expectancy of these early solar panels was 25 years, […]The post Solar panel waste: Could leasing be the answer? appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

US Universities Lead Solar Innovation and Academics
30 Jul 2019 at 6:08pm
by Guest Writer
Universities in the United States are leading the way in developing, teaching and utilizing solar technology. Colleges and universities around the world are hubs of progression. It is on the campuses of the country that you can catch a glimpse into the future of businesses and communities. This is especially true when it comes to […]The post US Universities Lead Solar Innovation and Academics appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Solar Energy and Agriculture: A Match Made in Heaven
29 Jul 2019 at 4:10pm
by Guest Writer
It’s well-known that solar energy is an innovative and accessible sustainable energy option. Solar energy checks all the boxes a consumer looks at when determining his or her options for energy and its popularity is only growing. However, solar energy isn’t just available to the homeowner, or other smaller-scale consumers. Solar energy can be used […]The post Solar Energy and Agriculture: A Match Made in Heaven appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Are solar shingles worth it 2019
20 Jul 2019 at 5:05pm
by Guest Writer
With the rise in popularity of solar power, people have continuously expressed desire in having more options in terms of solar products. Some of the more popular ones nowadays are solar shingles. Simply put, solar singles — sometimes known as photovoltaic shingles — are essentially just solar panels that are designed to look like and […]The post Are solar shingles worth it 2019 appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Top 10 Colleges with Solar and Renewable Energy Programs
16 Jul 2019 at 1:15pm
by Staff Writer
Research on utilization of renewable energy including solar, wind, and biofuel has been booming across the United States over the past few years. In 2017 alone, over half a million jobs were created globally in the renewable energy sector. Educational institutions have also been quick to pick up on this need for qualified people to […]The post Top 10 Colleges with Solar and Renewable Energy Programs appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Must Have Solar Products for Your Home
17 Jun 2019 at 7:12pm
by Staff Writer
Over the past few years, the popularity of solar energy has been increasing all over the world. The Science Magazine estimates that by 2022–2023, an additional PV capacity of 500 GW will be installed globally.  Going solar has become cheaper too. In fact, the average price of solar electrical systems have reduced by half from […]The post Must Have Solar Products for Your Home appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

How Is the US Military Using Solar Power?
23 May 2019 at 1:31pm
by Staff Writer
Climate change poses serious threats to national and global security. The U.S. military recognized the global and national security implications of climate change as far back as 1990 when it produced its first report on the impacts of climate change. Another report followed in 2003. But every year since 2007, the Department of Defense (DoD), […]The post How Is the US Military Using Solar Power? appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.


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Kansas Supreme Court strikes down extra fees for solar customers
9 Apr 2020 at 5:59pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
The Kansas Supreme Court ruled that utilities cannot charge customers who generate their own power more than customers who do not. The Court ruled in favor of Earthjustice, the Sierra Club and Vote Solar after the groups challenged a 2018 Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) decision approving extra fees (sometimes called “demand charges”) on residential solar… The post Kansas Supreme Court strikes down extra fees for solar customers appeared first on Solar Power World.

Lightsource BP to build 132-MW solar project for Arkansas utility
9 Apr 2020 at 4:22pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
The Conway Corp Board of Directors approved a 20-year purchase power agreement with Lightsource BP, a global solar developer, at its April 3, 2020 meeting. The agreement is for the development of a 132-MWDC solar energy project in White County, Arkansas. Lightsource BP will finance, build, own and operate the facility and will deliver the… The post Lightsource BP to build 132-MW solar project for Arkansas utility appeared first on Solar Power World.

Terra Pave sealant creates high-albedo ground cover for solar systems
8 Apr 2020 at 6:00pm
by Billy Ludt
Beckett Solar Energy signed on to be the official marketer of Terra Pave products in the solar industry. Terra Pave Top-Seal White Albedo (TSW), patented by the University of Texas, Austin, is an “eco-friendly” permanent soil binder that covers the ground with a concrete-like structure and provides a permanent white color. “I am inspired to… The post Terra Pave sealant creates high-albedo ground cover for solar systems appeared first on Solar Power World.

SolarEdge plans virtual “solar show” in June 2020
8 Apr 2020 at 3:23pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
SolarEdge announced it is planning an interactive, virtual solar show the week of June 15, 2020. During the two-day online solar show, SolarEdge will present its newest commercial and residential smart energy solutions in its virtual booth, offer personal meetings with its team of experts and management, give online lab tours from its headquarters, and… The post SolarEdge plans virtual “solar show” in June 2020 appeared first on Solar Power World.

SunLogix acquires Virginia warehouse to store equipment for delayed solar projects
7 Apr 2020 at 7:33pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
SunLogix, a provider of logistics services exclusively to the solar energy industry, announced it has acquired 500,000 square feet of warehousing space in Danville, Virginia. The warehouse provides additional space on the East Coast for Safe Harbor storage, long-term storage and short-term space to store solar power equipment in the event of project delays or… The post SunLogix acquires Virginia warehouse to store equipment for delayed solar projects appeared first on Solar Power World.

Swinerton breaks ground on 215-MW California solar portfolio
7 Apr 2020 at 3:10pm
by Billy Ludt
Longroad Energy, a renewable energy developer, owner and operator, announced the financial close and start of construction by Swinerton on Little Bear Solar, comprising four separate projects totaling 215 MW in Fresno County, California. Little Bear will sell energy and RECs to Marin Clean Energy (MCE) under 20-year busbar PPAs. The projects are expected to… The post Swinerton breaks ground on 215-MW California solar portfolio appeared first on Solar Power World.

Sunrun cuts staff, implements “contact-free” installation services during COVID-19 pandemic
7 Apr 2020 at 2:19pm
by Kelly Pickerel
The nation’s leading residential solar installation company has announced layoffs and other cost-cutting measures amidst economic concerns related to coronavirus. Sunrun has cut $30 million in “labor-related cost actions” as other media outlets have reported nearly 100 layoffs at the company. This comes after Sunrun expected a 15% increase in installations this year over 2019.… The post Sunrun cuts staff, implements “contact-free” installation services during COVID-19 pandemic appeared first on Solar Power World.

New Jersey’s SREC program officially closes April 30, 2020
7 Apr 2020 at 1:57pm
by Kelly Pickerel
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) this week declared that 5.1% of the retail electricity sold in the state is generated from solar power and therefore directed its staff to close the state’s Solar Renewable Energy Certificate (SREC) Registration Program effective April 30, 2020. “While today marks the end of one chapter, it also… The post New Jersey’s SREC program officially closes April 30, 2020 appeared first on Solar Power World.

Amped Solutions secures financing for 1.8-MW solar, 1.2-MWh storage portfolio
7 Apr 2020 at 1:49pm
by Kelly Pickerel
U.S. solar + storage project developer Amped Solution announced today the closing of a financing facility with Customers Commercial Finance, a subsidiary of Customers Bank. Amped’s portfolio covers 1.8 MWDC of solar PV plus 1.2 MWh of storage across a portfolio of six privately owned hotels in northern California and San Diego County. “We see… The post Amped Solutions secures financing for 1.8-MW solar, 1.2-MWh storage portfolio appeared first on Solar Power World.

IEA starts construction on 25-MW Georgia solar project
6 Apr 2020 at 11:01pm
by Billy Ludt
Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives, an infrastructure construction company with specialized energy and heavy civil expertise, announced that it has begun construction on the 25-MWac Appling Solar Farm, located near the Baxley, Georgia. Nashville-based Silicon Ranch, one of the nation’s largest independent solar power producers, selected IEA’s subsidiary, IEA Constructors, as the EPC contractor for the… The post IEA starts construction on 25-MW Georgia solar project appeared first on Solar Power World.

Inovateus Solar completes three solar projects for Indiana electric utility
6 Apr 2020 at 9:58pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Inovateus Solar has completed three solar projects for Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO). The projects, which are the utility’s first solar installations, include a ground-mount solar array at NIPSCO’s Merrillville, Indiana, headquarters. Consistent with NIPSCO’s steps toward a more sustainable energy future, Inovateus Solar achieved zero-waste construction by recycling equipment packaging and avoiding any… The post Inovateus Solar completes three solar projects for Indiana electric utility appeared first on Solar Power World.

DOE announces $4.5 million in funding for distributed energy training programs
6 Apr 2020 at 7:15pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $4.5 million in funding for training programs that target professionals who interact with distributed energy resources, including solar energy systems, storage systems, “smart” building technologies, and alternative-fuel vehicles. These professionals include those that lead the nation’s emergency response and resilience planning, like firefighters, first responders and safety officials.… The post DOE announces $4.5 million in funding for distributed energy training programs appeared first on Solar Power World.


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