Bifacial PV modules no longer exempt from US Section 201 import tariffs

The U.S. authorities are currently subjecting imported bifacial modules to a 20% penalty – the same tariff applied to almost all other crystalline silicon solar modules.

Investors bet $27.5 million on Nanotech Energy’s graphene battery breakthrough

Nanotech Energy plans to release a non-flammable, environmentally friendly lithium battery that can charge “18 times faster than anything that is currently available on the market.” And it aims to do it within the next year.


Form Energy secures $70 million for ‘aqueous air battery’

Form Energy plans to deploy a 1 MW/150 MWh system with a Minnesota utility by 2023.


Equipment auction sounds final note for Hanergy-owned Alta Devices

If you’re interested in some lightly used MOCVD and PVD thin-film solar cell production equipment, have we got a deal for you.


Biden’s upcoming energy secretary decision stirs speculation

“We need a ‘deployment’ energy secretary,” Generate Capital President Jigar Shah said several years ago. “One who understands how entrepreneurs move from research to revenue. One who understands the difference between venture capital and project finance.”


Gigawatt-scale tandem PV cell output by 2022?

Frank van Mierlo, the CEO of 1366 Technologies, is a betting man. And he’s betting your humble narrator that high-efficiency tandem solar cells are the near-term commercial future of solar.


SunPower raises guidance after solid Q3 driven by energy storage

It took a pandemic, but the U.S. residential solar and storage industry has finally figured out how to lower customer acquisition costs.


US startup wins $7.6 million in funding for ribbon silicon furnaces

Leading Edge Equipment Technologies falls in the kerfless solar wafer or direct solar wafer category. Its “drop-in” manufacturing tech cuts wafer costs by 50%, drives up commercial PV power by 7%, and reduces manufacturing emissions by 50%. It’s the emissions piece that may be winning over investors.


Tesla’s Musk: ‘Energy business will ultimately be as large as our vehicle business’

Tesla’s solar and battery businesses show signs of life in another profitable quarter for the EV manufacturer.


US solar racking companies are getting acquired in a consolidating market: Who’s next?

The U.S. solar racking market has quiet revenues of billions of dollars and continues to consolidate — driven by equity firms such as Esdec and Tenex. The market segment has become a small hotbed of M&A. Who’s next?


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