Citigroup to go 100% renewable by 2020

The commitment by the 4th-largest bank in the United States follows on an earlier sustainable economy financing commitment.

NREL: U.S. fixed-tilt solar plant costs fall to $1.03/watt-DC (with charts)

The U.S. government’s premier renewable energy lab has found a 30% fall in utility-scale solar costs year-over-year, leading to levelized costs of electricity competitive with combined cycle gas generation.

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A new vision for the US DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE): An interview with Daniel Simmons

pv magazine is pleased to bring you an exclusive interview with the Acting Assistant Secretary in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Daniel Simmons, who was appointed by President Trump five months ago.

Sunpreme bags deal to supply 150 MW of heterojunction solar modules to TGCM

The deal with the asset management firm is one of the largest supply agreements for heterojunction modules reported to date, and the Section 201 case may play a role.

Solar booms: 2.4 GW installed during Q2 in the United States (w/ charts)

The United States saw another strong quarter of solar market growth during Q2. However, the residential market declined year-over year, and the Section 201 trade case does not bode well for the future.

Tesla begins production of solar cells at Buffalo gigafactory

Tesla described the test production as an “interim milestone” and told AP that it expects to begin ramping production by the end of the year.

Renewables generate (almost) as much U.S. power as nuclear during H1 2017

The DOE’s latest numbers show renewables rising to 20.05% of U.S. electricity generation during the first half of the year, just behind nuclear’s 20.07%. Solar provided 2% of electricity, and wind 7%.

Appeals court upholds SolarWorld’s $800 million debt to Hemlock

The ruling comes as the German solar manufacturer is restarting following an insolvency process, and Hemlock may have a hard time collecting.

Uncertainty in 2018

As revealed in testimony against proposed trade action yesterday, the U.S. International Trade Commission’s Section 201 investigation is already having effects.

SunPower announces pilot line for new back-contact technology

The new 5 MW line in Silicon Valley will produce cells and modules under a new IBC technology from the company that makes the most powerful commercially available silicon solar products.