Marketplace: Utility-Scale PV Plant Design
Power Blocks Enable Solar EPCs To Piece Together Big Utility Plant Wins
By Michael Puttré
BOS standardization reduces custom engineering, saving millions of dollars in development costs.
Industry At Large: PV Development In Mexico
Why Solar Will Outshine Fossil Fuels In Mexico
By Camilo Patrignani
Three factors will drive solar development while three challenges will force developers to take care.
Industry At Large: Residential Solar Financing
Here’s Hoping For A Dull Future In Residential Solar Finance
By Sara Ross
Interesting capital options have no appeal to homeowners who just want to get the solar up and get on with their lives.
Marketplace: PV Manufacturing Equipment
Solar Manufacturing Makes A Comeback
By Michael Puttré
Key indicators are showing an upswing in demand for PV manufacturing - but a home run might take awhile.
Industry At Large: IRS Tax Rules
IRS Public Letter Rulings Conflicted On Solar Tax Credits
By David Burton
Provisions state that some aspects of a solar power system must be allocated to structural functions under Section 48.
New & Noteworthy
Residential Storage Market To Surge
Larger Developers Wary Of Mass. Solar Volatility
Products & Technology
Hanwha Launches Residential Storage
Projects & Contracts
Drone Emerges As Quality Control Tool For Solar Developer
Marketplace: Solar Tracking Systems
Engineering Turns Trackless Deserts Into Tracking PV Powerhouses
Large-scale solar projects find trackers a productive and hardy complement to desert arrays.
Industry At Large: End-Of-Life PV Recovery
German PV Recycling Law Likely To Set A Global Standard
By Oliver Friedrichs
Requirements aimed at recovering end-of-life PV products are intended to make a green industry even greener.
Industry At Large: ITC And Intellectual Property
U.S. Anti-Dumping Actions Open Solar Sector To Patent Lawsuits
By Teague I. Donahey
A little-known provision empowers authorities to bar the importation of products found to infringe on U.S. intellectual property rights.
Industry At Large: Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan
U.S. Species Plan Could ‘Zone Out’ Half Of California’s Desert Solar
By Andrew C. Bell & Zachary A. Kearns
As proposed, the draft plan substantially reduces the amount of land available for utility-scale solar development in Southern California.
Market Report: Commercial-Scale Solar Thermal
Low-Income Housing A Rich Market For Commercial-Scale Solar
By Mike Healy
Policymakers and community-based incentives are extending solar thermal benefits to new customers.
TVA Preparing New Resource Plan
Post-Patrick: What’s Next For Mass. Solar?
SolarCity’s Zep Strikes An East-West Pose
Standard Solar Completes 1.8 MW Project For New Mexico Co-op
Marketplace: High-Efficiency Modules
Future Solar Cost Reductions Hinge On Raising Solar Cell Efficiencies
With panel prices about as low as they can go, the industry turns to new R&D and production techniques.
Industry At Large: Installation Safety
Solar Safety By The Book: Spelling Out Expectations
By Mark Del Franco
Given the dangers of working with electrical equipment, everyone on a solar job site must work from one set of safety protocols.
Industry At Large: Reit Rules
Can REITs Do A Good Turn For Renewables Investments?
By Conor McKenna
New rules supposedly make REITs more attractive, but they mostly signal capital interest.
Marketplace: Solar Thermal Systems
For Solar Thermal Installs, Project Management Trumps Technology
L.A.’s ReGreen handles multiple large projects by letting the clients set the agendas.
Industry At Large: California RPS
California’s Flirtation With 50% RPS Could Jilt Solar Generators
By Henry Scott
Renewables penetration could result in curtailment in the interest of grid management.
Industry At Large: Grid Interconnection
Hawaiian Electric’s Solar Plans Put New Focus On DG Interconnection
The island utility struggles to reconcile PV demand with sharp grid quality constraints.
Duke Acquiring New Solar Capacity
State Energy Policies Help Meet EPA Rules
AE Releases Inverter Mounting Aid
REC Solar Completes Solar Projects For Two Hawaii Landmarks
Marketplace: Delivering O&M Services
O&M Service Providers Have The Health Of The PV Industry In Their Hands
After the ribbons are cut, solar plant owners need specialists to care for their assets over the long haul.
Industry At Large: Solar Demand In Turkey
Solar Power In Turkey Takes Its First Steps On The World Stage
By Ozan Karaduman
Recent laws and revised policies have improved the standing of developers in one of the world’s most promising solar markets.
Marketplace: 1,000 V PV Connectors
Installers Looking To Connect On The 1,000 V Rooftop
Lack of demand had held back specific PV connector products, but that could be changing.
Industry At Large: Superfund Solar Development
Superfund Site Latest Conquest In Solar’s Brownfields Campaign
By Mark Del Franco & Michael Puttré
Fallow industrial zones and toxic waste sites offer fertile fields for solar development - even the scary ones.
Global PV Outlook: Up-And-Comers On The Move
Minnesota PUC Pauses On Value Of Solar
Yingli Demos Revamped Ingot Manufacture
Nexamp And Boy Scouts Partner On 6 MW Solar Project In Massachusetts
Industry At Large: Municipal Utility Solar
Municipal Utilities Ride To The Rescue Of Beleaguered Solar Projects
By Dino Barajas
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
By Bruce Beaupre
New lamination processes and materials offer module makers more options to deliver more reliable and cost-effective products.
PV Industry Leaders See Second Solar Gold Rush
Court Puts EPA On Notice Over CO2
REC Group Offers 72-Cell Solar Panel
D.C. Academia Turns On With Duke PV Boom
Marketplace: Monitoring Solar Assets
Solar Asset Management Keeps Owners From Getting Hosed
As the solar sector matures, stakeholder needs for information on plant operations become more complex.
Industry At Large: California Solar Policy
California’s Wild Solar Ride Nears A Crossroads
By Dario Frommer & Daniel Sinaiko
Policy direction and bipartisan support are needed as the solar sector approaches a critical juncture in 2016.
Industry At Large: Solar Intellectual Property Liability
Developers Must Consider Intellectual Property Liabilities In Solar Projects
By Andrew D. Morris & Elizabeth A. Lester
Patent litigation in the solar sector is likely to increase as more financially successful players emerge as potential targets.
Industry At Large: PV Performance Testing
Corrections Needed For PV Performance Blind Spots During Commissioning
By James Mokri & Joseph Cunningham
Current codes and standards say nothing about performance testing.
Market Report: PV Manufacturing Outlook
Meyer Burger’s CEO Peter Pauli Looks To A PV Manufacturing Upswing
By SI Staff
An easing of the two-year crisis in the solar sector heralds new expansion and cost-reduction technologies.
Sungevity Sees Grid Parity Gains In Europe
Solar Grid Parity Likely With EPA Carbon Rules
SunEdison Launches New PERC Modules
6.5 MW Solar Array In Brimfield, Mass., Repurposes Tornado-Damaged Land
Market Report: Inverters
Solar Inverters Face The Demands Of A New Day With More Functionality
Cost competition and performance requirements are forcing inverter suppliers to get smart.
Industry At Large: 1,000 V Rooftop PV
Keep Calm And Carry On With 1,000 V Rooftop PV
By Sean Kenny
Good processes can help developers answer authorities' concerns.
Marketplace: Energy Storage & Charge Controllers
Solar Electrification Points The Way For On-Grid Deployment
By Matt James
Solar panels, battery storage and charge controllers make a powerful combination for communities all over the world.
Industry At Large: Solar Site Opposition
Dispel NIMBY Opposition To Solar Projects With A Public Affairs Campaign
By Al Maiorino
Opponents will speak out against almost any project, so developers need to help solar supporters take charge of the discussion.
N.Y. Commits $1 Billion To Solar Development
Obama Touts Solar Strides And New Commitments
Natcore Tests Black Silicon Process
Borrego And Greenwood Partner On Landfill Solar Project In Vermont
Marketplace: PV Capital Investment
Manufacturers Invest In Production Capacity And New Technologies
By Jon-Frederick L. Campos
Capital spending in the PV supply chain is poised to rebound to meet robust global demand.
Industry At Large: Residential PACE Financing
California Keeps PACE With Residential Solar Demand
By Brad Copithorne & Scott Hofmeister
New fund to cover potential losses aims to answer federal objections.
Marketplace: Large-Scale Energy Storage
Mandates Unleash Power Of Large Battery Storage
Different battery technologies feature in pilot programs and full-scale grid stabilization systems.
Market Report: Utility-Scale Solar Power
Private Equity In Utility-Scale Solar Puts Emphasis On Cost Control
Return on investment often vies with grid stability issues in large solar projects.
IEA Says World Has Over 134 GW Of PV
Minnesota Approves ‘Value Of Solar’ Metric
Innovation In Optics Offers Solar Simulator
Solar EPC Firms Turn To Skid-Based Inverters To Lower Project Labor Costs
Industry At Large: Grid Interconnection Policies
New Interconnection Policies Free The Grid While Providing For Stability
Aggressive adoption of distributed generation solar power is forcing regulators, utilities and manufacturers to address grid stability.
Industry At Large: California’s Storage Mandate
Get Ready For California’s Energy-Storage Boom
By Allison C. Smith
California utilities have 1,325 MW of energy-storage procurement on the table. Here’s how solar developers can take advantage.
Marketplace: PV Mounting
Ease Of Installation Drives North American PV Mounting Systems Market
By Wolfgang Schlichting & Joseph Goodman
A growing market, more competition and falling prices are pushing vendors to develop innovative product features and business models.
Industry At Large: PV Plant Assessment
Improved Performance Assessment Leads To Greater PV Plant Bankability
Determining and evaluating system performance is critical to developing solar power plants as an asset class.
DOE Examines Solar Motivations
U.S. Looks To Germany On Solar Grid Integration
3TIER Teams Up With Google On Solar Maps
ReGreen Completes Major Solar Thermal System For Los Angeles Housing Complex
Industry At Large: Solar Development In Mexico
Mexico: North America’s New Frontier For Solar Power
By Jesse Tippett
The government wants 6 GW of solar installed by 2020; at present, less than 1% of that is in place, leaving plenty of opportunity.
Marketplace: China PV Trade
PV Trade War On China Threatens U.S. Solar Sector
By William E. Perry
Retroactive duties could bankrupt U.S. importers of solar products.
Industry At Large: Solar Sector Viability
The U.S. Solar Sector Prepares To Stand On Its Own After ITC Sunset
Developers and investors say the impending end of the investment tax credit will not diminish solar power’s growth potential.
Marketplace: PV Simulation & Testing
Extreme Environments Call For A New Approach To PV Testing
Solar power in harsh environments calls for demanding testing, certification and - increasingly - computer modeling techniques.
Mosaic Launches Crowd Funding Of Residential PV
SEIA Issues Call To Arms Over SolarWorld Suit
Schneider Electric Offers Solar Irradiance Forecasts
New Directions In Solar Cogeneration Put Heat To Work
Market Report: Residential-Scale Solar Power
Policies And Economics Are Boosting Residential PV System Sizes
By Mark Durrenberger
Homeowners are finding many reasons to go big on solar, including government policies and personal finances.
Industry At Large: Project Risk Management
A Solid PPA Takes The Risk Out Of Solar Projects
A creditworthy off-taker is a developer’s best asset.
Micro-Inverters Are Moving Up To The Big Leagues
Opinions differ on the future of AC modules in large PV installations, although most agree that micro-inverters will have a large role.
Some Utilities Embrace DG Solar
Massachusetts Tweaks SREC Program
Harvard Works On Cheap Solar Storage
Weather Stations Help Imperial Valley Solar 1 Optimize Output
Industry At Large: Commercial Solar
Financing Options Open Up For Commercial Solar
Private capital and state programs enable property owners to buy or lease their way into renewable energy.
Industry At Large: Inverter Lifecycle Management
A Lifecycle Approach To Inverter Management
By Thomas Enzendorfer
Proper care of inverters should be the centerpiece of a PV plant O&M strategy.
Industry At Large: Solar Business Specialization
Now Is The Time To Define Your Place In The Solar PV World
By Curtis Whittaker, Paul Burkett & Eric Macaux
Many solar sector firms are finding that specialization is the answer to rising administrative and development costs.
Market Report: High-Efficiency Crystalline PV
High-Efficiency Crystalline PV Modules Push Into The Mainstream
Improving module performance is driven by a focus on lifetime yields and requirements of space-constrained sites.
Marketplace: Utility-Scale Central Inverters
A Survey Of Utility-Scale Central Inverters For North American Grids
Although string inverters are making a play for the utility-scale solar space, central inverters still dominate the equipment lists.
Look For M&A Activity In Renewable Energy
Obama Commits Feds To Renewable Energy
Solar Operator Fields Snow-Removal System
GE Energy Financial Services Completes Investment In Catalina Solar