California

SMA announces “major hiring push” in California, U.S. Northeast

The inverter giant’s expansion plans are a response to what it says are favorable market conditions. In addition, the company is introducing new products to the U.S. market, including solutions for battery storage.

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.

Intevac reports massive ion implant tool order

The company’s ENERGi systems will be used to enable a more than 1 GW expansion of high-efficiency n-type mono cell capacity for an un-named customer in China, a big boost for the technology.

200 MW Garland plant tracks the sun with Array Technologies

Signal Energy’s latest California generating facility stands up to desert’s brutal conditions with robust tracking system.

100% by 2045 renewable energy bill introduced in California

The leader of the California Senate has introduced a bill that would put the state tied with Hawaii for the most aggressive renewable energy mandate in the nation, and one of the most aggressive in the world.

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Siva Power Expands Santa Clara Facility

The U.S. thin film manufacturer has expanded its development center in Santa Clara, California, and acquired production equipment from First Solar and Bloo Solar.

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AES claims world’s largest battery storage system

The 30 MW lithium ion battery system is the third massive system to go online in Southern California this week, totaling 77.5 MW of capacity.

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Tesla inaugurates 20 MW / 80 MWh battery system in Southern California

The system is one of three that SCE has contracted to meet peak demand needs following its Aliso Canyon leak, as a new test for the abilities of energy storage.

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Enphase to shed 18% of workforce in latest restructuring drive

SEC filing outlines proposed changes, described by company CEO Paul Nahi as “necessary to create path to sustained profitability”. Restructuring will cost estimated $2 million and follows announcement last year of staff losses.

Berkeley Lab finds negligible potential rate impacts from distributed solar

The latest report from the respected national lab finds that even if – big if – behind-the-meter solar is raising the rates of other utility customers, the impacts are tiny, especially compared to other activities.

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