Italian Microgrid Includes Concentrating Thermal Solar and Concentrating PV

Microgrid Knowledge: Hybrid Microgrid in Italy to Include Concentrating Solar Power Development is underway on the Italian island of Sardinia of a 1.2 MW hybrid microgrid that incorporates concentrating solar power (CSP), a diversion from the more common use of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels in microgrids. CSP condenses the sun’s rays into a small area, typically… Continue reading Italian Microgrid Includes Concentrating Thermal Solar and Concentrating PV

First Solar Posts Better Than Expected Q4, Raises 2017 Guidance, Preps New Module Production

The two big U.S.-based vertically-integrated solar manufacturers have been going through restructuring efforts in order to cope with this industry's weird, transitional year. SunPower, the high-efficiency silicon solar cell leader and First Solar, the thin-film solar leader have laid off staff, optimized manufacturing and rejiggered their product mix. Both companies lost big piles of money… Continue reading First Solar Posts Better Than Expected Q4, Raises 2017 Guidance, Preps New Module Production

Mitsui Acquires SunEdison’s Commercial Solar Team to Create a ‘Platform’ for Its C&I Energy Business

SunEdison's commercial and industrial solar development team has been reincarnated as ForeFront Power.  Earlier this month, the Japanese industrial and energy giant Mitsui & Co. acquired the remainder of SunEdison's commercial business for $15 million. The acquisition included 50 employees — down from 300 at SunEdison's peak — focused on building and financing projects. The… Continue reading Mitsui Acquires SunEdison’s Commercial Solar Team to Create a ‘Platform’ for Its C&I Energy Business

Here’s How Nearly 15 Gigawatts of Solar Gets Built in One Year

In 2010, the U.S. installed 852 megawatts-DC of solar photovoltaics from just over 53,000 individual projects. The non-residential (aka commercial) segment took the largest share (40 percent) of that capacity, and the largest state (California) accounted for 216 megawatts of new solar. How times have changed. In the record-breaking 2016, a year in which U.S.… Continue reading Here’s How Nearly 15 Gigawatts of Solar Gets Built in One Year

Lawmakers in California and Massachusetts Introduce Bills for 100% Renewable Energy

Desert Sun: California Senator's New Bill Calls for 100% Renewable Energy Kevin de León has promised to lead the resistance to President Trump. A new bill could make good on that promise. The California Senate leader has introduced legislation that would require the Golden State to get 100 percent of its electricity from climate-friendly energy… Continue reading Lawmakers in California and Massachusetts Introduce Bills for 100% Renewable Energy

Understanding America’s Record-Shattering Year for Solar—and Coming Slowdown

America's solar market nearly doubled in size last year. But in 2017, growth will slow way down. What gives? Welcome to the solar coaster. It never stops.  In this week's show, we're discussing GTM Research's 2016 solar installation numbers. We'll talk about why last year was so impressive, and why next year will be more… Continue reading Understanding America’s Record-Shattering Year for Solar—and Coming Slowdown