Who Wins When Bifacial, Thin-Film CdTe and Crystalline Silicon PV Face Off in the Field?

Solar module manufacturers one-up each other on a regular basis in the quest for the world’s most efficient panel. The results usually come out of laboratories, where the modules undergo precise testing in a controlled environment at standard test conditions (STC).   In the real world, however, the picture is more nuanced. Field conditions are… Continue reading Who Wins When Bifacial, Thin-Film CdTe and Crystalline Silicon PV Face Off in the Field?

Can the World Bank Group’s Scaling Solar Program Unlock Utility-Scale Projects in Emerging Markets?

A solar program from the World Bank Group will lead to over 1.2 gigawatts of competitively-priced utility-scale solar PV in Zambia, Senegal, Ethiopia and Madagascar in the coming years, according to new research. Despite criticism from local developers, the program is a breakthrough risk mitigation and advisory mechanism that offers global solar developers a chance… Continue reading Can the World Bank Group’s Scaling Solar Program Unlock Utility-Scale Projects in Emerging Markets?

Suniva, SolarWorld Make Their Case for Import Relief: ‘We’re Not Out to Kill the Industry’

Federal trade officials asked representatives for Suniva and SolarWorld to justify their request for tariffs on imported solar equipment on Tuesday, marking the latest step in a case that threatens to upend the U.S. solar industry. The 10-hour hearing at the International Trade Commission (ITC) in Washington, D.C., drew dozens of solar industry leaders, foreign… Continue reading Suniva, SolarWorld Make Their Case for Import Relief: ‘We’re Not Out to Kill the Industry’

Are Court Victories for Nuclear Credits a Win for Renewables? Maybe Not

On July 31, 2017, Greentech Media published an article entitled “Court Victories for New York, Illinois Nuclear Subsidies Are a Big Win for Renewables,” and declared that “It’s a significant win for the nation’s largest nuclear fleet owner Exelon.” While recent developments are certainly good for Exelon shareholders, they are bad for consumers and the environment. … Continue reading Are Court Victories for Nuclear Credits a Win for Renewables? Maybe Not

Rural Co-Ops and Public Utilities Have Voluntarily Built Nearly 100MW of Community Solar. Here’s Why

In 2015, a farmer walked into the office of a customer-owned electric cooperative in Wisconsin. He pulled out his checkbook and wrote a check to the cooperative for $60,000. That day, two other cooperative members followed suit, and the three of them bought up 10 percent of the brand new community solar garden on the first… Continue reading Rural Co-Ops and Public Utilities Have Voluntarily Built Nearly 100MW of Community Solar. Here’s Why

Energy Jobs: National Labs Shed Hundreds of Workers. Plus, Enphase, GE, FERC and Grid4C

Here's an accounting of some top personnel moves from around the energy industry. As many as 525 people could lose their jobs at the Oak Ridge and Brookhaven National Laboratories. Officials say the cuts are not due to the Trump administration's proposed budget; rather, they are part of normal cost-cutting measures.  Scientists and other career… Continue reading Energy Jobs: National Labs Shed Hundreds of Workers. Plus, Enphase, GE, FERC and Grid4C