Residential PV

U.S. solar produced $154 billion in economic activity for 2016

A new interactive map from The Solar Foundation allows visitors to see the impact of the solar industry at state, metropolitan area, county, and congressional district level for the United States in 2016 .

The pv magazine weekly news digest

Hanwha Q Cells, Enphase Energy, Solarwatt and EDF are among the big names grabbing the headlines in a week where new product launches and new GW-scale tender details were revealed.

Sri Lanka to extend loans for rooftop solar systems

The island nation’s Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy is set to leapfrog to the next stage of energy supply by expanding its loan scheme for rooftop solar.

New York City passes 100 MW of installed PV

The city is now 10% to its 2030 solar goal, but still lags well behind the rest of New York State in deployment.

Enphase introduces new ‘game-changing’ microinverters to U.S. market

The Enphase IQ microinverter is around 30% lighter than previous iterations and will serve to usher in Enphase Energized AC Modules to the U.S. residential solar sector.

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Sweden may launch probe into building permits for PV

The Swedish government has signalled plans to start discussions on implementing regulatory changes that could allow homeowners to install PV modules without first obtaining a special permit.

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The pv magazine weekly news digest

Gigawatts a-go-go this week as Turkey, Algeria and Vietnam all toy with those magical GWs, while in more mature markets German storage figures provided reasons for optimism and Blattner Energy took the top spot for U.S. EPCs.

Net metering 2.0 slows down California’s residential solar market

Solar industry commentary is echoing state data, which shows that the implementation of net metering 2.0 and time-of-use rates is having a significant negative effect on California’s distributed solar market.

Moixa, Hitachi collaborate on GBP 10.8m Smart Islands EV, solar+storage project on Isles of Scilly

The British archipelago of islands to become global testbed for Smart Islands project that aims to provide model for use of electric vehicles and home batteries in a smart energy system.

Sungevity files for bankruptcy amid rumors of IKEA buyout

Four days after laying off an estimated 400 employees, Sungevity has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Meanwhile former employees say that a potential acquisition of the company’s European business by IKEA is afoot.