United States

The clock ticks: ITC turns Section 201 over to President Trump

With the receipt of the final report by the ITC, the Trump Administration now has 60 days to take action on the Section 201 case. The probability of restrictive tariffs is high.

Sunrun within striking distance of Tesla’s solar market share

Sunrun installed only 17% less solar than Tesla/SolarCity during Q3, as the only of the big three residential solar companies that is still growing.

Enphase Energy narrows Q3 losses to $7m, records sequential revenue increase

The U.S. microinverter specialist posted losses of $6.9 million in the third quarter but did manage to increase its revenue sequentially by 3% to $77 million.

“Smart” greenhouses can grow plants while generating electricity

A new type of greenhouse with special PV modules installed, which absorbs some light, while allowing some to pass through to allow photosynthesis has been tested by researchers at the university of California with very positive results.

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NREL hits new efficiency record for quantum dot cell

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have created a solar cell using colloidal quantum dots, which achieved 13.4% conversion efficiency – a new world record for this emerging technology.

AEP to invest $1.8 billion in renewables over the next three years

One of the United States’ largest power companies is looking to increase its renewable energy portfolio five-fold in value and has identified a 1.37 GW solar pipeline.

Solar appears mostly spared in House tax reform bill

The tax reform bill introduced in the House of Representatives will make only minor changes to the Investment Tax Credit, however changes to corporate taxes remain a wild card.

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SunPower vows “sustainable profitability” by second half of 2018

The company also announced its next-generation NGT solar cells have entered the certification process, with planned production to begin in the third quarter of next year.

Tesla solar deployments plummet while energy storage rises

The nation’s largest residential PV installer deployed only 109 MW of solar during Q3, its lowest level in many years, but it did install 110 MWh of battery storage.

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Quebec-based pension fund La Caisse keeps investing in solar

After providing Canadian rooftop solar specialist Potentia Renewables with $83 million in May, Canada’s second-largest public pension fund has now agreed to finance U.S. solar installer Sunrun with $40 million.