United States

Tesla solar deployments slide further in Q4

With only 87 MW deployed, Tesla/SolarCity may no longer be the largest distributed solar company in the United States, but its energy storage business is growing.

US solar jobs fell 3.8% in 2017

The hangover from the ITC-driven boom in 2016 in the U.S. is the biggest factor in the relative decline, and a rebound is expected in 2019.

The unexpected benefits of replacing tobacco plantations with solar farms

Although tobacco consumption is the key cause of avoidable deaths worldwide, its cultivation remains the main source of income for many farmers. Now, two researchers from the Michigan Technological University claim that converting tobacco fields to solar farms could be beneficial for two purposes: reducing deaths and helping solar energy fight climate change.

US installs nearly 4 GW of solar in Q4 2017

GTM Research has given its preliminary estimate for installations over the full year 2017 at 11.8 GW, a 22% decline from 2016 levels.

Mission Solar to double US solar module manufacturing

The expansion to 400 MW will make Mission the fourth-largest PV module maker in the U.S.

Researchers develop approach to identify best organic solar cell mixtures

The new temperature-dependent parameter can say “it’s a match“ even before manufacturing organic solar cells, saving time and resources, find scientists at the North Carolina State University and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Enphase share sale raises $20 million

The California-headquartered microinverter specialist announces private equity offering of 9,523,809 shares that have been sold to Chilean entrepreneur Isidoro Quiroga.

US: Trump proposes 72% cut to DOE’s clean energy research

U.S. President Donald J. Trump has asked Congress to take a machete to the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) renewable energy and energy efficiency programs to even lower levels than he proposed last year – cuts likely avoided because of Congressional incompetence.

NREL hits new milestone in reducing perovskite degradation

Scientists from the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory have a created a perovskite solar cell, which retained 94% of its initial efficiency after 1,000 hours of constant operation under ambient air conditions.

Section 201 solar tariffs to be felt across market segments (w/chart)

GTM Research has issued new details, which show that distributed solar installations will also see a more than 10% decline from the base case through 2022.