N.Y. Property Tax Exemption For Renewables Bill Ready For Signature

In a move that is expected to boost renewable energy in the state, the New York legislature has sent Gov. Andrew Cuomo a bill that would extend property tax exemptions for certain solar, wind and biomass projects to Jan. 1, 2025.

Are Solar Shingles Coming To A Rooftop Near You?

Despite the initial hype, the new technology has been slow to make inroads against conventional rooftop solar.

Solar Cell Production Line Upgrades Driving Higher PV Performance

Manufacturers of multicrystalline solar cells are seeking to improve performance by implementing new technologies on existing lines.

Own Or Lease? Think Of Rooftop Solar As A Car That Makes Money

While upfront cost is often the first issue on the prospective solar customer's mind, it should not be the only one.

Minnesota PUC Passes On Value Of Solar, But Likely Not For Long

On Aug. 7, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) accepted Xcel's proposal to put off a value of solar tariff for its community solar garden program for now. But experts expect a rapid return.



Georgia-based Suniva Inc. and Technology Credit Corp. (TCC) are partnering to offer financing for commercial solar projects using Suniva's modules. TCC's financing programs combine elements of a lease with power purchase agreements, resulting [Read More]

California-based power conversion company Transphorm Inc. has partnered with India-based electronics manufacturer Tata Power Solar to produce a solar inverter for the Indian market. Under the partnership, Transphorm will supply its gallium nitride [Read More]


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August 2014 - Volume 7, Number 8

Industry At Large: Municipal Utility Solar

Municipal Utilities Ride To The Rescue Of Beleaguered Solar Projects

After investor-owned utilities meet state requirements, local authorities can take the reins.


Marketplace: PV Materials

New Demands And Technologies Move PV Silicon Supplies

After delays, production is ramping up, and new partnerships are forming.

Marketplace: Residential Inverters

Inverter Makers Must Prepare For Residential Solar-Plus-Storage Systems

Grid operators will require discharge control over interconnected residential solar storage.

Marketplace: Module Lamination

Evaluating PV Module Lamination Materials To Reduce Costs

New lamination processes and materials offer module makers more options to deliver more reliable and cost-effective products.

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Homeowners who wish to install solar on their rooftops need money, so they should be able to borrow those funds from their local banks. That's the general [Read More]

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Wouldn't it be nice to have a map of all the backyards people don't want your proposed solar project in? Working under a $2.8 million grant from [Read More]


Many governments around the world use some variation of the "20-20-20" framework for setting renewable energy and efficiency targets. Such a framework, pioneered by the European Union, [Read More]


Recently, some photovoltaic manufacturers announced plans to produce cells, panels and silicon wafers in the U.S. The solar companies point to various reasons for adding domestic manufacturing [Read More]