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US Trade Commission Finds That Imports Of Cheap Solar PV Panels Have Hurt “Domestic” Firms — Will Trump Impose Tariffs To Protect US Solar Manufacturers?

The import of cheap solar photovoltaic (PV) panels has harmed two solar energy firms, a US International Trade Commission investigation into the matter has found. The vote was unanimous apparently, with all four voting commissioners backing the ruling. That said, there is a lot more context that puts the case into broader context … and […]

September 23rd

Panasonic Hits 2 Decade Milestone For Solar HIT Modules

Originally published on CleanTechnica by James Ayre Panasonic’s solar photovoltaic HIT module production tech will pass the 20-year milestone this year, according to an email Panasonic sent to CleanTechnica. The company first debuted its patented, high-efficiency photovoltaic module back in 1997 and has since produced more than 18 million HIT modules. These solar photovoltaic modules make […]

February 14th

Tesla & SolarCity Shareholders Get Green Light From Top Independent Evaluator

Originally published on EV Obsession. The prominent advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services has given its recommendation to support Tesla’s $2.3 billion SolarCity acquisition/merger, telling shareholders that Tesla would be able to bridge the funding gap with SolarCity, and also that the acquisition was an important step in the firm’s path to becoming an integrated sustainable […]

November 7th

2,834 MW Of Solar Energy Bids Submitted For Argentina’s Renewable Energy Tender

Argentina’s first renewable energy tender under the new RenovAr program has attracted more than 2,834 megawatts (MW) worth of solar energy project capacity bids, according to a recent public announcement from the country’s Ministry of Energy. This is despite the fact that the solar energy quota for the tender is just 300 MW. (To be […]

October 31st

Siva Power Brings On Bruce Sohn (Former First Solar Exec) As Vice Chairman Of The Board

The thin-film solar energy technology firm Siva Power has brought former First Solar executive Bruce Sohn on as its new Vice Chairman of the Board, according to recent reports. The hire is notable since Sohn has been credited as being one of the main driving forces behind First Solar’s impressive growth over recent times. Previously, Sohn […]

October 31st

Sonnen Announces Partnership With SolarWorld & PetersenDean

The European energy storage company Sonnen is partnering with the US companies SolarWorld and PetersenDean as part of its push into the American market, according to recent reports. In addition to the partnership with the US-based solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturer, and with the residential roofing company, Sonnen will also be working with the residential solar […]

February 6th

Microgrids Can Integrate 50% Renewables Without Storage

Microgrids with up to 50% intermittent generation (solar photovoltaics, wind energy, etc) don’t need energy storage systems, so long as automation systems are utilized to help with grid stability, according to new research from ABB. The new work suggests that the old “upper limit” of 40% intermittent generation to a microgrid without energy storage systems […]

September 30th