Seasonal patterns show a need for more solar in the U.S. electricity mix

An abundance of hydroelectric power and wind is pushing up renewable energy in the spring months, but there is a need for more power during the summer peak, as well as issues with the geographic location of resources.

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Shell to acquire 44% stake in US solar developer Silicon Ranch

The pioneering US solar developer will now be backed by Europe’s largest oil and gas company.

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Coronal Energy closes on $235 million in financing for Florida solar

Panasonic’s development subsidiary has closed on a combination of tax equity and debt to provide financing for 120 MW-AC of solar plants that came online last August.

Hemlock calls on Trump to restore access to the Chinese polysilicon market

The last round of the trade war decimated U.S. polysilicon, and Hemlock Semiconductor is calling on Trump to address this in the Section 201 remedy.

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Solaria raises $23 million, will triple manufacturing capacities

The high-efficiency PV maker plans to expand its annual production capacity to 300 MW by the end of 2018, with expansions in both the United States and South Korea.

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Nearly 500 MW of large batteries installed on the US grid in three years (w/ chart)

The latest report from the U.S. Department of Energy finds an acceleration in the deployment of batteries, dominated by lithium-ion technology.

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Tesla begins production of Solar Roof tiles at New York gigafactory

The company also says that it has begun installation of the Solar Roof on the homes of non-employee homeowners.

BREAKING: US regulators terminate coal, nuke bailout proceeding

Federal regulators have rejected orders from Energy Secretary Perry to design open-ended subsidization of coal and nuclear power plants, and are initiating a new proceeding to look into reliability matters.

Solar corporate funding rebounds in 2017 (w/ charts)

Venture capital, debt, securitization and project finance were all winners in 2017, as were solar stocks. However Mercom Capital warns that the pending Section 201 ruling could cause significant damage to the sector in 2018.

Jackonsville, Florida, courts global solar manufacturer

An un-named PV maker is seeking $54 million in state and local incentives to build its U.S. headquarters in the state, along with investing $410 million to build two factories employing 800 workers.