Berkeley Lab finds negligible potential rate impacts from distributed solar

The latest report from the respected national lab finds that even if – big if – behind-the-meter solar is raising the rates of other utility customers, the impacts are tiny, especially compared to other activities.

Solar provides 4.3% of Japan’s electricity during 2016

The latest data show solar taking an increasing role in Japan’s energy mix, however several provinces are nearing caps on PV capacity eligible for reimbursement for curtailed power.

Mercom: US$736 million invested in India’s solar sector in Q4 2016

The nation saw substantial debt, public markets and project funding during the final quarter of 2016, including the first Indian solar developer to go public.

BNEF predicts “revolution” in the power sector due to low-cost renewable energy

In their 10 predictions for 2017, Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s chair and chief editor argue that we are entering a phase where low-cost renewable energy will come to define the power system, despite ideological and financial headwinds.

Japan to build its largest rooftop PV plant at 7.5 MW

The Redwood Group will install PV modules on a second roof at a distribution center in Osaka, adding another 4 MW to an existing plant.

EU ProSun casts doubt on Solar Power Europe manufacturing figures

The conflict between the two organizations goes beyond policy approaches, with EU ProSun stating that SolarWorld was never contacted for information.

UL to provide information on IEC 61730 updates

The international PV module standard IEC 61730 went through significant alterations this year, and on Thursday UL will host a webinar to explain the changes.

China claims 34.2 GW of PV installations in 2016

The estimated 34 GW is far more than analysts had predicted, and nearly doubled the nation’s installed solar capacity.

SPI threatened with de-listing over delinquent financials

The Chinese solar developer has yet to file financials for the second quarter of 2016, which has caused it to run afoul of NASDAQ requirements.

SolarWorld invests in diamond wire saws for German wafering

The German PV maker will introduce the diamond wire saws at Europe’s largest solar wafer plant in Freiburg.