US Solar Companies ‘Plan for the Worst, Hope for the Best’ Following Key Trade Case Vote

A vote by the International Trade Commission shook the U.S. solar industry on Friday, as companies braced themselves for possible tariffs on imported solar equipment.  Federal trade officials unanimously sided with petitioners Suniva and SolarWorld, which argued that cheap imports from Asia and elsewhere had caused “serious injury” to domestic manufacturers. Reactions from the broader… Continue reading US Solar Companies ‘Plan for the Worst, Hope for the Best’ Following Key Trade Case Vote

Solar Tariff Case Advances as ITC Finds ‘Injury’

The threat of solar tariffs moved one step closer to reality on Friday when U.S. trade commissioners unanimously agreed that imported solar equipment has caused “serious injury” to domestic manufacturers.  The vote handed a small victory to Suniva and SolarWorld, which filed a rare petition under Section 201 of the 1974 Trade Act, arguing that cheap… Continue reading Solar Tariff Case Advances as ITC Finds ‘Injury’

Grid+ Raises $40 Million as Blockchain Fever Grows

Grid+, one of a growing number of energy-related blockchain ventures, has raised $40 million in pre-sales before even going public, CryptoCoinsNews reported. The startup, owned by New York blockchain development house ConsenSys, had to shut down the presale of its GRID tokens due to “overwhelming interest,” Grid+ said in a tweet. “Any new interest will officially be… Continue reading Grid+ Raises $40 Million as Blockchain Fever Grows

Energy Jobs: New CEO at Ecova, Plus AutoGrid, Powin Energy, Cypress Creek, Goldman Sachs and More

We start of this week's jobs digest in software. Energy management firm Ecova brought on Mathias Lelievre as its new president and CEO. The 20-year-old company is now a subsidiary of multinational utility Engie. Lelievre was most recently head of Engie’s “green mobility” program. Ecova is competing in the crowded C&I energy management sector, and… Continue reading Energy Jobs: New CEO at Ecova, Plus AutoGrid, Powin Energy, Cypress Creek, Goldman Sachs and More

Next Steps for Enphase: New CEO Aims to Bring Discipline, Global Growth

Enphase kicked off the microinverter trend, but its long-time struggle with profitability led to the ouster of CEO Paul Nahi in August. The search for his replacement wrapped up quickly, with the internal pick of Chief Operating Officer Badri Kothandaraman. He joined the team in April from a leadership role at Cyprus Semiconductor, a few months… Continue reading Next Steps for Enphase: New CEO Aims to Bring Discipline, Global Growth

Duke Energy’s $30 Million Investment in Battery Storage Is ‘a Harbinger of Things to Come’

Duke Energy is investing $30 million into the two biggest battery storage projects in North Carolina — a first for the regulated arm of the Charlotte-based utility.  “We feel the technology has improved, the price has come down, and we think there are some niche applications where battery use makes sense for the regulated utility,”… Continue reading Duke Energy’s $30 Million Investment in Battery Storage Is ‘a Harbinger of Things to Come’