US Democratic Party bars climate change debate

The campaign of Democratic presidential contender Jay Inslee says the Democratic Party has also told the governor of Washington state if he participates in anyone else’s climate change debate he will be barred from future hustings.

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Battle of the module reliability rankings

While PV module makers are attempting to get the best possible scores for their products on 3rd party tests, 3rd-party testing providers are also offering competing products to rank products. We look at what’s similar and what’s different in the tests.

Trump tariffs on Mexico could hit SunPower, Enphase

“Another week, another trade crisis.”

EDF signs for millions of modules from Canadian Solar

The 1.8 GW supply deal is the largest in Canadian Solar’s history and includes the company’s new BiHiKu high-efficiency bifacial modules.

US brings Turkish PV modules under Section 201 tariff regime

U.S. President Donald Trump has removed Turkey from the list of developing nations that are exempted from Section 201 tariffs on PV cells and modules.

California’s Solar Bill of Rights has been gutted by lawmakers

What was originally a landmark bill to establish rights for the owners of PV systems has made it to the floor of the California Senate in a dramatically reduced form.

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US energy storage market set to almost double this year

The solar-plus-storage combination is super-charging the deployment of batteries across the country and IHS Markit says the U.S. will become the largest market for grid-tied energy storage this year.

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Little benefit to US solar as Trump lifts Canadian steel and aluminum tariffs

While the lifting of any tariffs is welcome news to the U.S. solar industry, manufacturers say low materials prices are unlikely to return as long as protectionist measures elsewhere remain in place.

SEIA’s solar+ plan falls short on ambition

The Solar Energy Industries Association’s “ambitious goal” of solar supplying 20% of U.S. electricity in 2030 looks more like a forecast, and vision for rapid decarbonization is coming from the climate movement and the American Left, not SEIA.

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PVEL looks at the risky business of inverters

The testing company’s first inverter scorecard found widespread failures of basic tests in UL- and IEC-tested products.

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