North America

Physicists shine light on properties of potential solar cell material
Research led by University of Texas at Dallas physicists has altered the understanding of the fundamental properties of perovskite crystals, a class of materials with great potential as solar cells and light emitters.
Oct 7, 2019 // Technology, USA, North America, University of Texas, Dallas, Anton Malko, Riya Bose
From the Rooftops, Big Box Stores Are Embracing Solar
Target and Walmart are trying to out-green each other in proving to customers they are environmentally responsible businesses.
Oct 7, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Rooftop PV, USA, Solar Energy, Apple, Amazon, rooftop PV, Walmart, North America, Target, Facebook, Google, Gregory Wetstone, The NPD Group
Bifacial loses US tariff workaround as Section 201 exemption is axed
The US government has extended its solar import tariffs to bifacial modules, in a policy u-turn set to partially redraw the global trade flows of the fast maturing technology.
Oct 7, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Markets & Finance News, Tariffs, USA, Jinko Solar, SunPower, First Solar, Bifacial PV, Donald Trump, North America, Jenny Chase, section 201, trade war, Hanwha Q-Cells, Mark Osborne
REC Silicon May Sell Montana Facility
The polysilicon company draws another bad hand in the trade war.
Oct 4, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Markets & Finance News, USA, China, Trump, Asia, North America, REC Silicon, Montana facility, James A. May
NextEra and Southern Company Rank as Largest Solar Owners Outside China
The global solar market is growing rapidly but remains highly fragmented, Wood Mackenzie says.
Oct 4, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, USA, SOUTHERN COMPANY, Italy, Wood Mackenzie, China, Duke Energy, Europe, Asia, enel green power, North America, NextEra Energy, Dominion Resources, Rishab Shrestha, Tom Heggarty
Roth: Trump administration could end bifacial tariff exemption
The U.S. Trade Representative has not responded to claims it will end the exemption from Section 201 duties. If true, the development could be a big hit for Asian PV manufacturers and an annoyance for the U.S. market – but a positive for First Solar.
Oct 4, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Markets & Finance News, Tariffs, USA, First Solar, Trump, North America, Philip Shen
Solar delivers cheapest power in Jamaica
Neoen has completed the 51 MW Paradise Park solar plant in the Caribbean. The facility will generate electricity for the Jamaica Public Service Company Limited for US$85/MWh over 20 years.
Oct 4, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, MPC Capital, neoen, North America, Jamaica, Rekamniar Frontier Ventures, WRB Energy
Hopes rise that proposed solar farm will transform former Sunnyside landfill site
A proposal to turn the site of a former landfill near Houston’s Sunnyside community into the largest urban solar farm in Texas has local officials and residents hopeful that change may finally be coming to a site that has been an eyesore for decades.
Oct 4, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Residential, USA, TESLA, Texas, North America, Sunnyside, Houston, Nathanael Greene, Tracy Stephens, Efrem Jernigan
Maxar selects Deployable Space Systems to build solar arrays for Gateway’s Power and Propulsion Element
Maxar Technologies awarded a contract to Deployable Space Systems to manufacture flexible solar arrays for the Power and Propulsion Element of the Gateway, a key element of NASA’s Artemis campaign to return humans to the moon.
Oct 4, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, California, USA, NASA, North America, Maxar Technologies, flexible solar, Brian Spence, DSS
PacifiCorp’s draft resource plan adds significant new solar+storage generation
PacifiCorp released a draft of its long-term energy plan that continues investments in new wind generation and transmission, while adding significant new solar and storage resources. The plan, which is the result of a comprehensive data analysis and stakeholder input process, demonstrates the company’s adoption of additional lower-cost renewable resources to meet customer needs and support for its phased coal transition.
Oct 4, 2019 // Markets & Finance News, Storage, USA, storage, North America, PacifiCorp, Rick Link, Chad Teply, Wyoming
Sunnova Donates Solar Panels to Nonprofits in Puerto Rico
Sunnova Energy Corporation is collaborating, through the Solar Foundation’s “Solar Saves Lives” program, with non-profit organizations in Puerto Rico to support critical energy projects on the island.
Oct 4, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Residential, Solar, USA, storage, Solar Panels, North America, Sunnova Energy Corporation, Puerto Rico, Karla Zambrana-Melendez
SunPower awarded solar-plus-storage carports in California
US solar firm SunPower is to deploy 3.7MW of solar carports across 10 locations in Contra Costa County, California, with some of the sites using energy storage.
Oct 4, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, California, USA, SunPower, solar-plus-storage, North America, contra costa, carport, helix roof system, Frank Di Massa
REC Silicon prepared to power down the rest of its operation
The Norwegian polysilicon and silane gas producer has announced it will listen to offers for its production facility in Butte Montana after mothballing its other manufacturing operation – at Moses Lake, Washington – in the summer.
Oct 4, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Tariffs, USA, China, Trump, Asia, North America, Silicon ASA, REC Silicon, Barack Obama
CleanSpark-ing up to ensure the grass is always greener
A U.S. microgrid specialist will draw up proposals for an independent solar-plus-storage system to ensure a remotely-situated cannabis farm in California can get the energy it needs to power cultivation.
Oct 4, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, Software, USA, storage, North America, microgrid, CleanSpark, Zach Bradford, Good Energy Solar
US corporate clean energy procurement platform opens in Europe
LevelTen claims its online platform offers small companies the chance to band together to buy green energy and connects renewable energy producers and consumers in such an effective manner it has already driven $1 billion of green energy supply in its homeland.
Oct 3, 2019 // Markets & Finance News, USA, North America, LevelTen Energy, Bryce Smith