Olivier Jacques to lead APsystems Europe, Middle East and Africa operations

Olivier Jacques has joined APsystems as Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa. He is based in the APsystems branch in Lyon, France. The company also maintains a European office in the Netherlands. Jacques brings more than 20 years of experience in construction, industrial and high-tech industries. Prior to joining APsystems, he served as Managing Director EMEA for Enphase Energy. There, he developed the microinverter market in Europe from scratch, achieving leading share positions in key European solar regions.

China is Ranked a Booming Market for Wind Capacity Growth, According to Navigant Research

With global variation in policies, wind energy industry manufacturers and developers must be flexible in order to thrive, report finds

Global Revenue from Solar PV Installations is Expected to Total More Than $1.2 Trillion from 2015 to 2024, According to Navigant Research

New business models are reducing barriers surrounding customer adoption of solar PV systems, report finds

The PV Production, Quality, and Innovation Forum 2016 will take place on the occasion of EU PVSEC in Munich, Germany

• Joint event of SOLARUNITED and EU PVSEC on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 • EU PVSEC 2016 Co-location with Intersolar Europe

Castoro Cellars Set to Power Winery 100% With Solar Energy

Latest Solar Installation Adds To The Paso Robles Winery's Quest For Sustainability

Solar Industry Urges Massachusetts to Lift the Net Energy Metering Cap

Following is a statement from Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), following this evening's remarks by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker in his 2016 State of the Commonwealth address:

Government statistics show increase in solar installs ahead of cut - but not huge rush

Solar can still be a reasonable investment for customers under lower tariffs

Scottish Turbines to Japan: More than 100 by End 2016

World class small-wind turbine manufacturer Gaia-Wind has sold its first turbines to Japan just weeks after establishing own local subsidiary. With an initial two turbines already in country, the local team at Gaia-Wind KK, in Tokyo, has just won a contract for a further eight machines. YBM Japan Inc. located in Ishikawa prefecture, will sell and distribute them in a value added resale operation across the country. Gaia-Wind expect to export more than 100 turbines to Japan over the next year.

The Two Things To Note In The DOE's Solar + Storage Initiative

Michael Kanellos  for Forbes:  The Department of Energy doled out $18 million in grants this week as part of an effort to drive down the cost of solar plus storage down to less than 14 cents a kilowatt hour. The DOE, under its SunShot program, has long had a goal of driving down the cost of solar alone to 6 cents per kWh by 2020.  So far, the program has hit its milestones.

Grants recipients include Austin Energy, Carnegie Mellon University, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Aquion Energy, among others.

The DOE regularly gives out grants, but the latest program is somewhat interesting because:

First, that’s a really low price for storage. Utility-scale solar, generally cheaper than residential solar, without storage delivered power for 14 cents a kilowatt hour in 2014. The cost of batteries, however, has been declining rapidly. Ten years ago, batteries progressed slowly compared to other electronic devices: Tesla Motors TSLA +0.50% co-founder and CTO J.B. Straubel was famous for noting that the performance of batteries doubled every decade, versus the roughly two year cycle for semiconductor.   Cont'd...

Judges' Decision to Allow Clean Power Plans to Move Forward is the Right Approach

Following is a statement from Dan Whitten, vice president of communications for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on federal judges' rejection of efforts to block states from developing plans under EPA's carbon rule for existing power plants.

SEIA Applauds the Governors' Coalition's Move to Include Solar Energy

Following is a statement from Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on the unanimous decision by the Governors' Wind Energy Coalition to add solar energy to their policy portfolio and change their name to the "Governors' Wind & Solar Energy Coalition":

Stats show need for Government solar thermal push

STA data shows market rising

SoloPower Systems achieves key milestone with First Commercial Deployment in South Africa

SoloPower Systems ultra-light eight and flexible modules installed in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Governors' Coalition to Advocate for Wind and Solar Energy

The renamed "Governors' Wind & Solar Energy Coalition" will now work to advance solar as well as wind energy

Grown locally: SEI solar panels as cash crop for Ontario dairy and goat farm

Ontario manufacturer SEI provides high-yielding panels for 150 kW system which adds solar energy to farm's portfolio of crops; system installed by SEI sister company Strathcona Solar

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