North America

Canada’s utility Alectra expands solar-plus-storage business

The power provider has entered into a partnership with AMP Solar, a Canada-based solar developer, to offer storage solutions for its Ontario customers.

Hawaii regulators approve HECO’s 100% renewable energy plan

After years of trying to get utilities fully on board, HECO has issued a five-year plan to double solar and renewables on the road to achieve 100% renewable electricity by 2040.

Canada’s Nunavut territory goes solar

Canada’s largest and northernmost province is set to launch net metering for residential customers.

Leaked DOE study draft: U.S. grids are getting more reliable, not less

A leaked draft of the study ordered by Energy Secretary Perry appears to show what we already knew: That grids are getting more reliable, not less, as wind and solar are added. But the political tampering with the facts may already be happening.

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NRG does (another) u-turn on renewables

The U.S. power giant is embracing a business plan that includes selling 50-100% of its renewables business and yieldco NRG Yield as part of a massive unloading of assets and investments.

EDF acquires 179 MW Nevada solar station from First Solar

The renewables arm of the French energy giant bought in late June Switch Station 1 and Switch Station 2 Solar Projects from U.S. clean energy developer First Solar.

US Department of Energy backs solar with further $46.2m for SunShot Initiative

The funding is for 48 identified solar projects spanning two SunShot programs designed to advance solar power technologies in the U.S.

SolarWorld Americas receives $6m cash lifeline

The U.S. arm of the troubled solar power company can expect to receive a $6 million infusion of cash from its lenders, which have also permitted the sale of non-operational assets.

Siemens and AES Corporation create new energy storage company Fluence

Fluence is the name of the collaboration between the German technology firm and global power company AES Corporation. New company will roll out Advancion and Siestorage energy platforms globally.

SolarEdge unveils inverter-integrated EV charger

The Israeli power electronics specialist introduces electric vehicle charger at Intersolar North America that can be integrated using a single inverter and dashboard.