North America

Italian wind specialist Falck renewables re-enters solar energy business

The Italian renewable energy company has acquired a 92 MW PV project in North Carolina from Canadian Solar for $42.8 million.

US scientists develop new process to make stacks of semiconductors just a few atoms thick

R&D departments at the University of Chicago and Cornell University have pieced together a new atomic scale semi-conductor manufacturing procedure that can provide “the foundation for modern integrated circuitry”.

USITC find serious injury in Section 201 trade case

In the most anticipated decision for the U.S. solar industry since the Investment Tax Credit vote in 2015, the industry now braces to see what sanctions the USITC will recommend to President Trump on November 13.

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REC Silicon lays off 30 employees at US plant

Norway’s REC Silicon has announced that it will lay off around 30 employees at its polysilicon factory in Butte, in the U.S. state of Montana.

Citigroup to go 100% renewable by 2020

The commitment by the 4th-largest bank in the United States follows on an earlier sustainable economy financing commitment.

Future PV video: “the year of most innovation”

Last week at North America’s largest solar and storage trade show, Solar Power International, pv magazine hosted its third Future PV Roundtable. The event saw an engaging discussion of PV manufacturing and project development approaches, each with a unique approach to reducing solar’s LCOE.

Ontario offers 150 MW of small-scale renewables under FIT round

Solar had the largest share in the final procurement round, with PV developers securing 382 of the 390 assigned feed-in tariff (FIT) contracts. Around 35% of the offered contracts are projects in indigenous communities.

Colombia announces renewable projects to provide power to 60,000 people

The Government of Colombia has dedicated COP 200 billion ($69 million) to renewable projects, as part of the country’s sustainable development objectives. The projects funded will supply up to 60,000 Colombian’s with electricity, according to the Ministry of Mines and Energy.

Green Bank Network unleashes over $29 billion of clean energy capital

In an announcement at ClimateWeek NYC, the Green Bank Network said that it had closed transactions that are expected to mobilize more than $29 billion in public and private capital for clean energy projects around the globe.

NREL: U.S. fixed-tilt solar plant costs fall to $1.03/watt-DC (with charts)

The U.S. government’s premier renewable energy lab has found a 30% fall in utility-scale solar costs year-over-year, leading to levelized costs of electricity competitive with combined cycle gas generation.

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