Power to the people: Solar panel sales to soon surpass leasing

Lucas Mearian for ComputerWorld:  Direct ownership of solar power panels will overtake third-party ownership next year as more consumers are choosing to buy, rather than lease, their panels. According to GTM Research's latest report, U.S. Residential Solar Financing 2016-2021, 55% of all U.S. residential solar capacity installed in 2017 will be purchased by customers paying either in cash, or through a solar loan financing arrangement; that number is expected to grow to 73% of all solar systems installed in 2021.  Cont'd...

Want to boost wind and solar power? Bring them together

Ben Jervey for GreenBiz:  What’s keeping solar and wind power from fully taking over the electric grid? For starters, the sun only shines during the day. Wind blows intermittently, is seasonally variable, and is not always blowing when the energy is needed. But what if solar and wind work together?  "Wind resource tends to complement solar resource," said Sarah Kurtz of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. "Here in Colorado, for instance, the windiest time is during the winter and spring months. In winter, we don’t have as much sunshine, but we tend to get more wind and stronger wind." A handful of enterprising renewable energy developers are exploring how solar and wind might better work together, developing hybrid solar-wind projects to take advantage of the power-generating strengths of each — with the two technologies in tandem serving as a better replacement for climate-warming fossil fuels than either could be alone.   Cont'd...

Solar Certification Fund: 8th call launched

Fosters quality assurance for tomorrow's Solar Thermal technology!

Solar reverses amid strong dollar and demand concern

Due to the recent turmoil on foreign exchange market, strong dollar has dragged down overall solar panel prices to decline this week. In China, although the demand seems solid, the attempts to raise the price quotes only have limited success. Such demand improvement is not strong enough for PV developers to accept the price hike that have many solar module makers to suffer with eroded margins. Moreover, due to the RMB depreciation, the slight price improvement in RMB term has been hindered in USD terms. Meanwhile, the strengthened greenback has also suppressed solar panel prices in Japan as Yen weakens. Solar panel prices in EU have plateaued in euro, but reflect a price drop in USD term. On the other hand, the persistent pressure continues to build on the solar panel prices in the US, following the rising speculation of stagnate US demand and the uncertain atmosphere around the Presidential Election. Consequently, overall solar panel prices perform a drop this week.

Solar Industry Applauds Baker Administration's Commitment to Solar in the Commonwealth

BREAKING: Tesla, SolarCity merger approved with 85% shareholder support

Utility Dive:  More than 85% of Tesla's unaffiliated shareholders voted in favor of the $2.6 billion deal with SolarCity, which will allow the companies to move forward with an integrated solar roof and battery storage offering.   Cont'd...  

Solar FlexRack Completes Independent Technical Assessment of TDP Turnkey Tracker to Underpin Its Bankability

Bankability report covers the solar tracker's design, reliability, durability, installation, operations and maintenance.

Baker Electric Solar Steps Up Support of San Diego Food Bank's Need to Feed

Baker Electric Solar is a proud sponsor and on-going supporter of the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and their sister organization North County Food Bank

Economics Trumps Policy: Even President Trump Cannot Stop the Renewable Energy Juggernaut

The renewable and energy efficiency industries have created over 2.5 million jobs in the United States. Solar now employs more Americans than than oil, natural gas and coal combined. The nation's fastest growing occupation is, believe it or not, the wind turbine technician; which is still projected to grow 108% in the next 7 years.

Renewed Interest from Traditional Investors in Renewable Energy

Renewables have now reached such a critical mass, utilities can no longer ignore them as a way to augment their capabilities in producing power cheaper, smarter, better. At this point, the tide has turned for utilities and there is no going back.

CfA Asks California Attorney General to Investigate Solar Companies

Today, Campaign for Accountability (CfA) asked the California Attorney General to open an investigation into companies that offer residential solar panels. A review of consumer complaints filed with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) - which lacks jurisdiction to resolve these complaints - reveals many of these companies have engaged in false and misleading acts in the marketing and sale or lease of solar panels, in apparent violation of California law.

Power Factors, LLC Acquires Ekhosoft - Leading Software Developer with 15GW Global Clean Energy Portfolio

Power Factors, LLC, an industry-leading software provider for monitoring, managing and optimizing renewable energy assets, announced today that it has acquired Ekhosoft Inc., a leader in intelligent operational management software solutions, from Bay4 Energy Services, a leading solar and energy storage asset management company.

Soltage and Basalt Announce $140 Million Partnership for Capital Investment in Solar Generation Assets

Investment will fund over 100 MW of new C&I and utility-scale solar deployment, starting with three landfill-sited projects in Massachusetts totaling 15 MW generation capacity.

Mosaic Adds Boviet Solar USA to Approved Solar Vendor List

Adding Boviet PV Panels to Leading U.S. Solar Lender's Approved Vendor List Gives Installers and Homeowners Added Confidence in Lasting Solar Module Performance

Huge Boost in Grid-Connected Energy Storage Leads to 4.5 Gigawatt Opportunity for inverter suppliers, IHS Markit Says

10-99 kW inverter shipments to grow the fastest driven by the surge in commercial and industrial systems

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