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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.

Spruce raises US$445 million investment for 2017 projects

Spruce Finance, which provides consumer financing for residential solar and energy efficiency projects, has raised a total of US$445 million dollars in tax equity and project debt transactions to support its activities in 2017.

PVMA figures show 75 GW of solar PV was installed in 2016

The PV Market Alliance has released its official solar installation figures for 2016, which, with a total of 75 GW installed, show a 50% growth from 2015, mainly driven by a mammoth year of installations in China, although the future would seem less auspicious as the two biggest markets show signs of retraction.

CleanCapital and Generate Capital enter USD 300 million partnership to focus on distributed solar

The two U.S.-based companies have announced a major partnership for the acquisition of USD 300 million in operating clean energy assets, with a focus on distributed solar projects in the near-term.

Silicon Ranch raises $55 million in equity financing

The latest round of financing brings the total raised in 2016 to $165 million, which allows the company to pursue an aggressive growth strategy moving forward.

Newcomer Longroad Energy Acquires 3 GW Solar Portfolio

The Boston-based solar developer, founded in 2016, purchased the significant project pipeline to establish itself as a national player in the U.S. solar market.

SPI threatened with de-listing over delinquent financials

The Chinese solar developer has yet to file financials for the second quarter of 2016, which has caused it to run afoul of NASDAQ requirements.

Enel acquires U.S. storage company Demand Energy

Through its subsidiary Enel Green Power North America, Italian multinational the Enel Group has announced the acquisition of a 100% stake in Demand Energy, a U.S. company specializing in intelligent software and storage systems.

EDF awarded PPA for 111.2 MW U.S. solar plant

The Valentine Solar Project, located in Kern County’s Mojave Desert, is expected to start selling electricity to Southern California Edison in 2019.

Tesla to power Nevada gigafactory entirely with solar

The 70 MW system is just one aspect of the plant’s commitment to 100% sustainability – but the company says it will be seven-times larger than the largest rooftop solar system currently installed.