North America

PVEL adding new solar module testing regimes including backsheet durability and LeTID sensitivity
PV Evolution Labs (PVEL) is including a number of key module reliability tests to its PV Module Product Qualification Program (PQP) that is more responsive to downstream market needs.
Aug 29, 2019 // Manufacturing News, USA, PV Tech, pv modules, c-si manufacturing, North America, pvel, top performer, pv module reliability scorecard, letid, backsheet, microcracks, DNV GL
Canada’s self-styled largest PV project gets provincial approval
A solar project likely to become Canada's largest to date has received provincial approval, paving the way for construction of the 400MW operation to start next year.
Aug 29, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Canada, North America, greengate power, calgary, alberta, Dan Balaban
Industry: Seizing LatAm solar potential requires busting myths
Fully tapping into Latin America’s bullish solar market will require challenging preconceptions around a region that is more stable than is sometimes assumed, local operators have told PV Tech.
Aug 29, 2019 // Markets & Finance News, Policy, Amazon, South america, Latin america, Brazil, jair bolsonaro, Mexico, North America, Absolar, latam, bolsonaro, Rodrigo Sauaia, AMLO
Standard Solar, Pivot Energy co-develop 8.9MW community solar portfolio in Colorado
Standard Solar and Pivot Energy have expanded their partnership to co-develop five more community solar projects across Colorado.
Aug 29, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, USA, Colorado, North America, Standard Solar, pivot energy
Canada extends trade measures against Chinese metal silicon
With the anti-dumping and countervailing duties imposed in November 2013 set to expire nine months ago, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal has extended them for another five years, ruling their expiry would harm the nation’s only domestic manufacturer.
Aug 27, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Canada, China, polysilicon, Asia, North America, metal silicon, Quebec Silicon Limited Partnership, Canadian International Trade Tribunal, QSIP Canada ULC, Wacker Chemie AG, Pedro Larrea
Amazon fire claims add to Tesla’s troubles with PV installs
Reports of fires at Amazon facilities look set to pile fresh controversy on Tesla’s US solar installs, with new claims emerging only days after Walmart took Elon Musk’s firm to court over blaze incidents.
Aug 27, 2019 // Plants, USA, TESLA, Elon Musk, Amazon, Walmart, North America
Hawaii launches mega 900MW renewables tender
Hawaiian Electric Co (HEC) has kickstarted a colossal clean energy tender, seeking providers of 900MW worth of renewables and energy storage projects.
Aug 27, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, USA, storage, tender, solar-plus-storage, Hawaii, North America, Hawaiian Electric Co, maui, o'ahu
Johnson Controls partners with Capital Dynamics to increase funding for solar or battery storage projects
Johnson Controls announced a partnership with Capital Dynamics to increase the amount of capital available for customers in North America working on solar or battery storage projects. The agreement will grant easier access to funding for Johnson Controls customers using a Power Purchase Agreement for projects of varying sizes, starting at $1 million, by aggregating them into a larger portfolio of projects.
Aug 26, 2019 // Storage, Capital Dynamics, storage, North America, Johnson Controls, Brandie Williams, Benoit Allehaut
Standard Solar installs nearly 1 MW of solar for Flushing Community School District
Standard Solar has completed a seven-site solar project for Flushing Community School District in Flushing, Michigan. In a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership, Standard Solar designed, built, financed and will operate and maintain solar arrays at all seven schools within the Flushing Community School District. The renewable energy generated by the 956.8 kilowatts of combined arrays is estimated to save the school district $45,000 annually and $900,000 over the course of the contract.
Aug 26, 2019 // Rooftop PV, USA, Michigan, North America, Standard Solar, Tim Stein, Roof-mounted, Daryl Pilon
Azimuth Energy completes 1-MW community solar project at St. Louis International Airport
Azimuth Energy recently completed a 1-MW community solar project at St. Louis Lambert International Airport for Ameren Missouri. The project was first announced in 2017.
Aug 26, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, USA, North America, Azimuth Energy, St. Louis Lambert International Airport, Ameren Missouri, Marc Lopata, Michael Moehn
NABCEP continuing education credits will be offered at Intersolar 2020
Next year’s first major solar-plus-storage trade show on the calendar announced a new partnership with NABCEP to increase attendee numbers. Eligible PV professionals will be able to attend the Intersolar North America expo hall for free at the San Diego Convention Center from February 4-6, 2020, and can register for NABCEP-approved continuing education classes to receive up to nine Continuing Education Units (CEUs) they can use toward Board Certification and recertification requirements.
Aug 26, 2019 // Solar, USA, North America, Intersolar North America, NABCEP, San Diego, Wes Doane, Maine
Legal firm asks Sunnova investors burnt by IPO to get in touch
First-half losses that ballooned to $85.3 million saw the share price of the Texan third-party solar company fall 8% according to San Diego law firm Robbins Arroyo LLP. The legal business says it is investigating ‘potential violations of federal securities laws’ in connection with last month’s IPO.
Aug 26, 2019 // Markets & Finance News, USA, Sunnova, North America, Robbins Arroyo LLP
There are –data missing– solar power fires per year
International data suggests that fires caused by rooftop solar power systems are rare; however, the United States doesn’t centrally track this information – with the National Fire Data Center classifying them in the “other” category.
Aug 23, 2019 // Solar, USA, Fraunhofer ISE, North America, National Fire Data Center, Japanese Consumer Safety Investigation Commission, National Renewable Energy Lab
US electricity retailers are ditching fossil fuels
Three different retail electricity providers in the United States have announced new programs to provide customers the option to buy 100% renewably sourced electricity, with one of the three even coming at no additional cost.
Aug 23, 2019 // Markets & Finance News, USA, North America, Portland General Electric, Appalachian Power, Gexa Energy out of Houston, Appalachian Power’s Wind Water & Sunlight
The Chinese solar market is changing shape
Two reports have described how the world’s largest renewable energy market is moving towards maturity. According to the Brookings Institution, the Chinese clean energy market could become more open to Western investors and tech. A report by Fitch claims projects are moving back to inland provinces from coastal regions.
Aug 22, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, USA, China, Trump, Asia, North America, Jeffrey Ball, China-U.S. trade war