North America

Tesla will rent you a solar array for $50/month
Elon Musk is trying just about everything to reimagine the solar business. But will this one work?
Aug 21, 2019 // Solar, USA, TESLA, Sunrun, Elon Musk, SolarCity, vivint, Sungevity, North America
Invenergy plots 127MW solar project for southwest Colorado
US renewables giant Invenergy discussed its plans to develop an 127MW solar project in southwest Colorado at a county meeting in early August.
Aug 20, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, USA, Colorado, Invenergy, Beth Conley, Don Haley, Tri-State, North America
17TeraWatts launches Bodhi software for continued customer engagement
17TeraWatts announced the launch of Bodhi, a digital assistant for solar homeowners. Bodhi helps solar companies engage their homeowners to generate more referrals and follow-on sales.
Aug 17, 2019 // Residential, Software, USA, Salt Lake City, 17TeraWatts, Bodhi, Scott Nguyen, Greg Jacobson, Solar Power International’s Startup Showcase, North America
Canadian Solar taking module capacity to over 12GW in 2019
Solar Module Super League’ (SMSL) member, Canadian Solar plans to increase module assembly capacity to 12,220MW in 2019, an increase of 1,000MW on strong demand.
Aug 16, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Markets & Finance News, Canada, Canadian Solar, PV plants, pv modules, c-si manufacturing, North America
Pattern Energy ‘Draws Interest’ From Potential Buyers
Brookfield Asset Management is reported to be considering merging its own TerraForm Power business with the U.S. wind operator.
Aug 14, 2019 // Markets & Finance News, USA, New York, SunPower, pattern energy, terraform power, SunEdison, American Wind Energy Association, North America
US ROUND-UP: Gap diversifies; 125MW PPA in MI; Military-funded space solar; Solar bees
Global retail brand Gap moved one step closer to its goal of fully renewably-powered operations by 2030 after signing a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Enel Green Power North America. It has purchased 90MW of energy from the renewables giant's North Dakota wind project for a period of 12 years.
Aug 13, 2019 // Technology, Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Solar, USA, SunPower, plants, Michigan, cleanchoice energy, solar bees, Antonio Cammisecra, air force, university of toledo, solar space, upper peninsula power company, power purchase agreement, orion renewable energy group, map energy, gap, North Dakota, enel green power, the chandler solar project, North America
A close look at nature could lead to cheaper hydrogen
Scientists at the Australia National University have observed a key stage in the process of photosynthesis which could be copied to greatly increase the efficiency of sunlight-powered water splitting processes used to produce hydrogen.
Aug 12, 2019 // Technology, Solar to Fuel, USA, Germany, Australia, Europe, hydrogen, Switzerland, Oceania, Australia National University, sunlight-powered water, Max Planck Institute, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Maria Chrysina, North America, Solar to Fuel, Solar to Hydrogen, Producing Hydrogen, Hydrogen from renewable, Renewable fuels
UMass Amherst Researchers Develop New Method To Estimate Solar Rooftop Potential
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) have developed a method for automatically assessing rooftops for solar potential.
Aug 9, 2019 // Technology, Software, USA, Massachusetts, CICS, Prashant Shenoy, Subhransu Maji, ACM SIGKDD, Stephen Lee, DeepRoof, North America, Alaska
UAMPS Members Sign Up For Solar From Navajo Nation Project
Sixteen members of Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) are further decarbonizing their energy portfolios by adding solar electricity from a new project in southeastern Utah.
Aug 9, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, USA, UAMPS, Utah, Red Mesa Tapaha Solar Resource, NTUA, North America, Idaho
Apex Clean Energy Taps Power Factors For Asset Management
Apex Clean Energy Inc. has selected Power Factors LLC, an independent software and services provider for renewable energy, to provide a technical asset management platform.
Aug 9, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Software, USA, Apex Clean Energy Inc., Power Factors LLC, Neil James, North America
Solar-plus-storage to cover 25% of electricity demand of Saint Kitts and Nevis
The Swiss battery maker Leclanché will build a 35.6 MW / 44.2 MWh solar-plus-storage power plant, which will provide with clean power state-owned St.Kitts electric utility Skelec over a 20-year period. The new facility will be able to cover around a fourth of the archipelago’s total electricity demand.
Aug 8, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, storage, Germany, Europe, solar-plus-storage, Leclanché, Skelec, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Basseterre, Anil Srivastava, Solrid, Switzerland, North America
Hanergy sets new efficiency record for heterojunction module
Chinese thin film producer Hanergy has set a new record of 24.85% module efficiency for silicon heterojunction technology. The record was achieved at the company’s research & development center in Chengdu, China, and has been confirmed by the Institute for Solar Energy Research in Hamelin, Germany.
Aug 8, 2019 // Technology, Manufacturing News, USA, Germany, China, Europe, Asia, Hanergy, heterojunction module, silicon, Institute for Solar Energy Research, Kaneka, Zhang Bin, Miasolé, CIGS thin film, North America
Vivint Solar secures US$325m debt refinancing deal
US residential solar installer Vivint has secured a US$325 million revolving warehouse facility to refinance existing debt.
Aug 7, 2019 // Residential, Markets & Finance News, USA, ssfusa, vivint, installer, residential solar, vivint solar, David Bywater, North America
ET Solar is back in the US market
Six months after settling claims in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of its U.S. distribution subsidiary, the Chinese PV maker says it has signed more than 500 MW of U.S. module supply contracts.
Aug 7, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, California, USA, bifacial, ET Solar, Yuanfar and Wuxi Bardon Company, Alex Chen, mono-PERC, North America
SolarEdge posts strong revenue increase, slight drop in net profit
The Israeli inverter manufacturer saw its net profit decline 4% year-on-year to $33.1 million in the second quarter, despite shipping 1.3 GW and seeing a 43% increase in turnover. Gross margins were affected by the increase in U.S. tariffs on China made products.
Aug 7, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Inverters, USA, Inverters, Asia, SolarEdge, Israel, Gamatronic, Kokam, SMRE, North America