North America

Can Solar Offer Better Returns than the Stock Market?
While the cost of installing solar panels has fallen dramatically (more than 70% since 2010, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association ) and continues to decline, cost is still—understandably—a major consideration for customers.
Sep 23, 2019 // Solar, USA, North America, Stock Market
Open PV Project goes offline
The US Department of Energy has shut down the site for its Open PV Project, which supplied cost and installation data. Is this the winding down of a project whose time had come, or is the administration of President Donald Trump closing off another data source on renewable energy?
Sep 20, 2019 // Markets & Finance News, Policy, USA, SEIA, Donald Trump, North America, Open PV Project, Dr. Christopher Clack, Vibrant Clean Energy
Amazon pledges zero emissions by 2040
Amazon unveiled a number of new climate initiatives this week, including 80% renewables by 2024, zero emissions by 2040, a fleet of 100,000 electric vans and a $100 million investment in reforestation measures.
Sep 20, 2019 // Solar, USA, Amazon, North America, Jeff Bezos, Sally Jewell, The Nature Conservancy
Google bets on cheap solar via ‘biggest’ clean energy buy to date
Tumbling solar costs have spurred Google on to a dramatic boost of its exposure to the technology, acting to line up supply from projects worldwide as part of a major clean energy push.
Sep 20, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, USA, Amazon, Chile, solar pv, South america, Europe, North America, Facebook, Google, Denmark, corporate ppa, Sundar Pichai
A common language for bifacial PV
This week pv magazine was in Amsterdam for the sixth edition of the BifiPV workshop, where the discussion focused on the impressive achievements made by bifacial solar modules and the challenges the technology faces as it moves toward mainstream adoption.
Sep 19, 2019 // Technology, USA, Canadian Solar, Europe, Netherlands, Amsterdam, LONGi, PERC, North America, BifiPV, Jolywood, Jenya Meydbray, Joshua Stein, Netherlands Energy Center, U.K. National Physics Laboratory
The blackest black for more efficient solar cells
MIT scientists claim to have created a material 10 times more black than anything witnessed to date. It is said to be able to absorb more than 99.96% of incoming light and reflect 10 times less light than other superblack materials. The invention may be interesting for the development of black silicon PV technology and carbon nanotube-based solar cells.
Sep 19, 2019 // Technology, USA, Canadian Solar, Massachusetts, solar cells, MIT, North America, Brian Wardle
Safety is paramount
When Sony first commercially introduced lithium-ion batteries in 1991, the industry recognized their potential to revolutionize portable electronics. Ever since, there have been countless efforts to improve the technology, with many researchers focusing on energy density and longevity, in line with demand from emerging applications such as electric vehicles (EVs) and on-grid energy storage. Julian Jansen and Youmin Rong of IHS Markit discuss the effect of safety concerns on this rapidly growing global market.
Sep 19, 2019 // Storage, Opinions, USA, China, Li-ion batteries, Asia, North America, Sony, Julian Jansen, Youmin Rong
NextEra Energy Partners offering US$500 million of senior unsecured notes
NextEra Energy Partners has announced a private offering of US$500 million in senior unsecured notes due 2026 by its subsidiary company NextEra Energy Operating Partners (NEP OpCo).
Sep 19, 2019 // Markets & Finance News, USA, North America, NextEra, senior notes
Constellation secures three customers for 175MW of solar power in Virginia
Baltimore-based power provider Constellation has inked a deal to sell power from a 175MW solar facility in Virginia to Johns Hopkins University, spice and seasoning mix company McCormick & Company and department store corporation TJX Companies.
Sep 19, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, USA, Virginia, North America, constellation, exelon, johns hopkins university, mccormick & company, tjx companies, renewable energy certificates, baltimore
Minister: Mexico’s postponed auction will come when time is right
Mexico’s state-run utility and fossil fuel infrastructure need more time before the country can re-arrange the renewable auction it cancelled this year, a top official has said.
Sep 19, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Grids, solar pv, Latin america, auctions, Mexico, North America, AMLO, esslatam, tenders, cfe, Marco Nieto-Vázquez
Commercial and residential PV installer SIRC acquires Montross
Solar Integrated Roofing Corporation (SIRC) has completed the acquisition of The Montross Companies, an establishing roofing company in San Diego.
Sep 19, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Residential, California, USA, North America, sirc, montross, roofing, David Massey
Solar Frontier Americas acquires 50MW PV project from Samsung Solar Energy
Solar Frontier Americas has acquired a 50.5MW PV project purchased from CS Solar, a JV company of Samsung Solar Energy. The installation is located in Stanislaus County, California, just a few hours southeast of San Jose.
Sep 19, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, California, USA, North America, solar frontier americas, Charles Pimentel, samsung, Seung-gul Lee
Financiers get behind 296MWdc merchant bifacial project in Mexico
Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) has lined up finance for a major bifacial solar project it will develop in Mexico’s centre without the help of subsidies.
Sep 19, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, bifacial, Latin america, ifc, Mexico, North America, frv, fotowatio
Virginia calls on wind and solar to achieve 100% carbon-free power by 2050
Virginia’s state governor has issued an executive order that reiterates the need to have “at least” 3GW of solar and offshore wind projects in development by 2022 in order to reach a string of ambitious new renewable energy production targets.
Sep 18, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, Grids, USA, Virginia, Dominion Energy, North America, Appalachian Power, renewable energy targets, renewables targets, Ralph Northam, David Murray, Sean Gallagher
Avangrid sells stake in 20MW Arizona PV project to Axium
Avangrid Renewables has signed off on an agreement with Axium Infrastructure to transfer 50% ownership of both the Copper Crossing Solar Project and Dry Lake II Wind Farm in the coming months.
Sep 18, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, USA, Arizona, North America, axium, avangrid, Laura Beane