Sep 252017
 
On Friday September 22, the International Trade Commission (ITC) in a unanimous decision found injury to the domestic crystalline silicon solar cell industry based on a petition brought by Suniva and SolarWorld.  The verdict came as no surprise. At Solar Power International, most in the industry assumed that the case would move to the remedy phase. “Anyone closely involved with watching how this trade petition wended its way through the US International Trade Commission process...
Sep 222017
 
Today, the International Trade Commission (ITC) found injury to the domestic crystalline silicon solar cell industry based on a petition brought by Suniva and SolarWorld. Following is a statement from Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA): “The ITC’s decision is disappointing for nearly 9,000 US solar companies and the 260,000 Americans they employ. Foreign-owned companies that brought business failures on themselves are attempting...
Sep 222017
 
The 6th September 2017 will remain as a notable day that all the people of Antigua and Barbuda will remember. Irma, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Caribbean, exceeding category 5, has then hit the twin island state with its devastating power. The island of Barbuda suffered from the highest impact, with 90% of constructions wiped away by the strong wind blowing at consistently 300 km/h and way above in gusts. Antigua at only 50 km distance from the eye of the storm and well...
Sep 222017
 
As part of its continued commitment to building a smarter energy future, Duke Energy plans to install North Carolina's two largest battery energy storage systems – a $30 million investment as part of the company's Western Carolinas Modernization Plan. For many months, Duke Energy has been working on future energy needs in the region with stakeholders, including members of the Energy Innovation Task Force (EITF). The EITF is an ongoing collaborative effort with...
Sep 202017
 
In recent years, the MENA region has experienced a boom in solar projects and significant improvement in the investment climate for solar energy. Commercial banks are increasingly comfortable investing in this sector and recent years have seen the growth of innovative financing deals designed to further reduce the risk profile for commercial lenders. To what extent have the improvements in financing have been key in driving the uptake of solar energy in MENA and, equally importantly, is this...
Sep 202017
 
SolarMax Technology introduced a new model of its FLEX Energy Storage System that more than doubles the amount of power homeowners can access when the grid goes down. The 10kWh FLEX Energy Storage System, which combines two batteries with an inverter, targets the US residential housing market. Unlike many battery back-up systems, the FLEX requires no additional components or labor assembly by the customer. The fully integrated, all-in-one design saves consumers thousands compared to...
Sep 202017
 
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) filed a letter with the US International Trade Commission (ITC), highlighting the fact that the petitioners in the high-profile Section 201 trade case on imported crystalline silicon photovoltaic (CSPV) cells and modules failed to develop and submit a plan to function as viable solar cell and panel manufacturers if granted trade relief. This raises questions as to whether the petitioners, Suniva and SolarWorld, plan to resume or restart...
Sep 202017
 
SMA announced that it is now taking orders for its class-leading Sunny Central 2750-EV-US inverter. With 10 percent more power than previous models, the Sunny Central 2750-EV-US is SMA’s solution for maximum power density and integration. Following closely behind the Sunny Central 2500-EV-US, which was the first utility-scale inverter to be listed to the UL 62109 standard, the Sunny Central 2750-EV-US has also achieved UL 62109 listing — assuring customers that it meets the...
Sep 202017
 
Energy Toolbase, a software platform for modeling the economics of solar and energy storage projects, recently launched a major software update that revolutionizes the platform's energy storage modeling capabilities. The new release enables users to transparently quantify the dollar savings for any type of behind-the-meter (BTM) energy storage project. This empowers developers in both the residential and commercial market to identify the best storage use cases more efficiently, focus their...