SolarCity creates new US$400 million solar fund

Sep 02, 2015

With this latest endeavor, the financial wizards at SolarCity have now initiated funds to finance over $9 billion in solar PV projects.

U.S. IRS allows community solar owner to access the ITC

Sep 02, 2015

A recent ruling by the tax authority could clear up an area of legal uncertainty as to whether or not owners in community solar arrays can access the 30% federal tax credit.

Brazil's largest PV module factory inaugurated

Sep 02, 2015

The 180 MW factory is located in the state of São Paulo, as the largest PV factory inaugurated in the nation to date.

U.S. energy storage markets continue to grow

Sep 02, 2015

GTM Research's latest numbers indicate a strong second quarter for all grid-tied energy storage market segments, with record deployment behind-the-meter. However, the best is yet to come.

Analysis: Growing domestic demand convincing solar companies to invest in India

Sep 02, 2015

GTM Research senior solar analyst Mohit Anand says that international suppliers such as JA Solar and Trina are gaining confidence in India's home solar market.

Hanwha Q Cells adds 45.2 MW to its UK solar footprint

Sep 02, 2015

South Korean solar firm secures two large-scale solar farms in the U.K.; agrees 15-year power purchase agreement with EDF Energy.

E.ON grows PV power plant development business

Sep 02, 2015

Germany’s E.ON has announced that it is continuing to expand its U.S. and German PV power plant business. E.ON will develop a 20 MW project in Kern Country, California, after having completed a 2.1 MW plant near Neubrandenburg, in Germany’s northeast, earlier this year.

Aqualis to acquire 49.9% stake in Adler Solar

Sep 02, 2015

Engineering consultancy group signs MoU to purchase large stake in German solar service provider for sum of around $3.4 million; has option for further 10% stake at future date.

United PV posts H1 revenue increase of 125%, profit decrease of 26%

Sep 02, 2015

Chinese solar firm reports revenue for first six months of the year of $44 million, but profits decrease 26% to $40 million compared to the same period in 2014.

Enel Green Power unveils $600m Brazil solar plan

Sep 02, 2015

Italian developer will invest $600 million in development of 553 MW of new solar PV capacity awarded under Brazil's latest solar tender.


Sanders on Solar

Sep 01, 2015

Bernie Sanders presidential campaign is catching fire. What is his plan for solar? This week, in our continuing coverage of the candidates vying for the presidency in the 2016 election and their record on solar issues, Solar Tribune look at Senator Bernie Sanders. The curmudgeonly Independent from Vermont may seem an unlikely front-runner for the […]

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Solar and the Stock Market

Aug 27, 2015

As of this writing, the global economy is on an insane roller coaster and US stocks have lost $2.1 Trillion in the last week. Do we have any idea what this means for solar? The recent problems began with news of a cooling Chinese economy, and this is important to solar watchers for a number […]

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Airports Are Going Solar

Aug 21, 2015

Airports need lots of flat, open, unobstructed land surrounding them. Why not fill that open space with solar panels? Several large airports have done just that. This week, Cochin International Airport Limited in Kochi, Kerala (India) inaugurated a 50 acre, 12 MW solar PV plant, making it the first airport in the world to offset […]

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Where Does Trump Stand on Solar?

Aug 10, 2015

What would a Trump presidency mean to the US solar industry? Since Solar Tribune published the “Solar Scorecard” of 2016 presidential contenders in January, The Republican field has grown even larger, while the field has narrowed on the Democrat’s side of the race. In fact, the Republican side is becoming so crowded that it takes […]

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Solar in Space: Powering Earth and Beyond

Aug 04, 2015

Ever since the United States launched the Vanguard 1 satellite into space on March 17, 1958, solar panels have been an integral part of nearly every satellite, orbiter and space station. Now, after decades of lackluster development, both technologies– solar and space flight– are “taking off.” For many of us who grew up in the […]

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Bay Area City to Add Free Solar to 130 Low-Income Homes

Aug 02, 2015

Over the next three years, the city of Richmond in the East Bay area will be adding solar to 130 low-income households there – without the city or homeowners paying a dime. At a city council meeting on July 21st, Richmond approved the new $550,000 contract with nonprofit GRID Alternatives. In June 2014, Richmond had […]

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Will Low PV Prices Kill Small Wind?

Jul 22, 2015

With solar photovoltaic (PV) panel prices going lower and lower, solar arrays are quickly taking the place of small wind power projects and residential turbines. Is this the beginning of the end for small wind? For many years, renewable energy enthusiasts in the northern areas of the United States favored small wind turbines, or a […]

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Warren Buffett Loves Solar…As Long As He Owns It

Jul 14, 2015

This week, NV Energy, owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to buy electricity from the 100 MW Playa Solar 2 power plant in Nevada at a jaw-droppingly low price of $0.0387 per kWh. Meanwhile, NV Energy’s lobbyists are doing all they can to make it more expensive for Nevada […]

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Obama Administration: Addressing “Energy Inequality” with Solar Goals

Jul 11, 2015

When President Obama comes out with a “visionary” executive plan to bring solar energy to America’s underclass, it is sure to elicit “vigorous” responses from supporters and detractors alike. The question is, does either side have an accurate view of what the President’s plan really MEANS? In general, the President isn’t getting much love from […]

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Why the Solar Impulse Matters

Jul 04, 2015

How can a huge, slow, single-seat plane change the world? One day before the United States pauses to celebrate the 239th anniversary of its Declaration of Independence, the Solar Impulse 2 solar airplane completed its record-breaking 4,000 mile flight from Japan to Hawaii, taking another small step in the world’s quest to declare independence from […]

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