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Ups and downs: the pv magazine USA weekly news digest

This week saw bad news and good news in the U.S. Solar market, with layoffs at Enphase and a congressional investigation, but also some positive market momentum in Minnesota and several large projects announced in Western states.


The pv magazine weekly news digest

Dubai's desert.

Is the new record-low price for PV reported this week in Abu Dhabi a killer-watt for solar? Prices plunge in India too, while Tesla's acquisition of SolarCity stirs up a lawsuit or four.


Solar, efficiency can help mitigate energy use from marijuana cultivation

EQ Research has released a report looking at intense energy use in the booming U.S. marijuana industry, and means to control GHG emissions.


EU ProSun blames European solar job losses on Chinese companies

EU ProSun President Milan Nitzschke. Image from SolarWorld.

The SolarWorld-backed organization put out a strongly worded statement that accuses Chinese companies of "circumventing" EU anti-dumping measures with the new wave of solar module overproduction, resulting in European job losses,...


Apple puts secret 50 MW solar project online in Arizona

Apple had keep the Bonnybrooke plant a secret until yesterday. The project holds a contract to sell power to Salt River Project.


8point3 Energy Partners delivers strong & steady Q3 results

Sunpower and First Solar’s joint yieldco beat guidance this quarter, while announcing a significant acquisition and $250 million in additional credit.


Solar losing out as Indian DISCOMs flout purchasing rules, reports Mercom Capital

Renewable Energy India expo, 2016.

Financial struggles of some of India's distributed electricity companies tempting many to ignore country's 'must run' rules on purchasing solar power in favor of cheaper power on the exchanges, says Mercom Capital.


U.S. Congress launches investigation into use of solar grant and ITC funds

The investigation by a Senate and House committee is looking at whether or not U.S. companies were encouraged to sign leases regardless of the credit-worthiness of signatories, as well as potential inflation of costs to obtain...


Abu Dhabi: Three world record bids entered for Sweihan solar project

Masdar PV plant in Abu Dhabi. Image by Masdar.

Further information has arisen from the record breaking solar PV tender that took place in Abu Dhabi yesterday, which saw a bid as low as USD 0.0242 per kWh for a utility-scale project in Sweihan, however, this was not the only...


Lawsuits attempt to stop Tesla acquisition of SolarCity

SolarCity ZEP installation. Image by SolarCity.

An investor has filed for an injunction to stop the merger, in one of the four lawsuits challenging the deal


Solar Power International 2016: Five key takeaways

Photo: Nicole Hubbs

This year's SPI trade show comes at a time of dynamic growth for the solar industry and an increasing integration of solar into energy management. But not all the news is good.


NREL takes lead on $30m consortium to improve PV technology performance

The DOE SunShot Initiative will fund the consortium to the tune of $30m over the next five years.

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory will lead a consortium comprising Sandia National Laboratories and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on the development of new solar module materials.


Enphase surveys U.S. distributors for Q1 2017 AC battery deliveries

“The demand from both installers and homeowners for the Enphase AC Battery in the lead up to its debut in Australia and New Zealand has exceeded our expectations,” said Nathan Dunn, managing director of Enphase Asia-Pacific.

Enphase Energy announced at SPI 2016 that it has begun canvassing its U.S. distributor network to gauge interest for mass orders of its AC Battery system, which was test marketed in Australia over the past year, culminating in...


UK government gives go ahead to Hinkley Point nuclear plant

A protest at Hinkley Point C.

Theresa May's new government has finally made up its mind about the controversial new nuclear plant being financed by the French and the Chinese, which has faced sharp criticism for its escalating costs and for the implications...


SolarCity applauds accord to grandfather Nevada rooftop customers

SolarCity has reached a settlement with Nevada utility NV Energy to vote for the approval of grandfathering of solar customers in the state.

The rooftop PV installer confirms settlement between it and Nevada utility NV Energy to rollback rate increases for solar customers under a proposed grandfathering scheme. Nevada Public Utilities Commission scheduled to ratify...


NRG snatches up 2.1 GW of SunEdison projects

NRG Energy headquarters. Image by NRG Energy.

The energy giant has put forth the winning bid for SunEdison wind and solar projects at under $0.10 per watt.


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