Industry At Large: Grid Interconnection Policies
New Interconnection Policies Free The Grid While Providing For Stability
By Michael Puttré
Aggressive adoption of distributed generation solar power is forcing regulators, utilities and manufacturers to address grid stability.
By Michael Puttre
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
By James Mokri & Joseph Cunningham
Determining and evaluating system performance is critical to developing solar power plants as an asset class.
New & Noteworthy
DOE Examines Solar Motivations
U.S. Looks To Germany On Solar Grid Integration
Products & Technology
3TIER Teams Up With Google On Solar Maps
Projects & Contracts
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
By Michael Puttré
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
By SI Staff
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