North America

US FERC counts 48 GW-AC of large solar projects planned by 2021

Proposed utility-scale projects have begun piling up at the U.S. federal agency, as the end of the 30% Investment Tax Credit (ITC) draws closer.

Natcore develops new processes for patented foil cell

U.S. based technology company, Natcore has announced two new processes, which it says could dramatically reduce the production costs of its foil cell, which it has been working to commercialize for the past couple of years.

The US residential solar market fell 16% in 2017

GTM Research and SEIA’s final report on the U.S. solar market in 2017 shows both the struggle of the residential sector, as well as a larger than anticipated fall in utility-scale volumes, leading to a 30% contraction overall.

Pilot project for flywheel storage underway in Hawaii

Utility, Hawaiian Electric has announced the start of operations of a pilot project featuring flywheel energy storage technology provided by Amber Kinetics. The project will test the technology’s capability of supporting the grid and allowing further integration of renewable generation.

NextEra builds largest solar+storage plant in USA

The power company, which recently placed bids to build the largest battery energy storage project in the world, has connected a 74.5 MW PV project with a 10 MW/40 MWh storage facility, in the United States.


US: Recurrent Energy sells 235 MW-AC of solar power assets to Korean utility

The developer has sold off three large, operational solar plants to the Korea Electric Power Corporation, as parent company Canadian Solar moves into O&M.

US: New York awards 647 MW of solar in 22 projects

With another 734 MW of wind and 3 MW of hydro, the results of the latest New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) solicitation has been described as the largest state-level award of clean energy to date.

Wacker reveals details on explosion at its US facility

Tennessee’s relevant safety authorities have submitted their report on the hydrogen explosion at the polysilicon plant of the German manufacturer in Charleston. They demand US$25,400 in fines from Wacker Chemie for violations of various regulations. The manufacturer continues its efforts to resume production.


Trump imposes ‘flexible’ steel and aluminum tariffs

U.S. President Trump has exempt Canada and Mexico from 25% import duties on steel and 10% duties on aluminum, and has further left the door open to exempting any nations with which the United States has a “security relationship”.

JinkoSolar downsizes plans for US factory

The Chinese PV giant is now planning to employ only a quarter of the number of workers previously planned in one PV module factory, which will be online by the end of next year.