City of Wilmington, Illinois to Explore Hosting Community Virtual Solar Garden

Community Green Energy signs agreement with the City of Wilmington, Illinois to develop a Community Solar Garden for the benefit of the City, its residents and small businesses.

Vivint Solar Statement On Nevada Public Utilities Commission Proposed Decision

Vivint Solar (NYSE: VSLR) CEO, Greg Butterfield, released the following statement regarding the upcoming rooftop solar decision by the Nevada Public Utilities Commission:

GE Signs Its Largest French Onshore Wind Deal to Date

120 megawatts (MW) to be installed at two new wind farms in Franche-Comt© region Contract with Velocita Energies includes 43 wind turbines plus full services agreement Deal calls for GE's largest installation of 2.75-120 technology anywhere in Europe

SolarTown Solar Rooftop Systems Provide Critical Support for Chennai Communities during Floods as Electric Grids Shutdown

Unique Solar Microinverters Ensured Power Supply During Grid Failure

sonnen starts volume production in the US ahead of Tesla's Powerwall

sonnen ships 1st production units of smart battery storage system, sonnenBatterie, in the United States. One of the world's top-selling battery storage systems is now available in the USA. In response to high demand, sonnenBatterie volume production is operating at strong capacity and is being expanded even further.

Japanese Towns Bank on Renewable Energy

By MAYUMI NEGISHI for the WallStreet Journal:  Japanese cities are entering the renewable-energy business, the latest phase in a shake-up of the nation’s power sector in the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis.

So far, about 14 cities have formed companies to generate clean energy from local resources and sell it to area businesses and homes. With full deregulation of the nation’s electricity markets set to begin next year, the government aims to have 1,000 such city-operated companies up and running by 2021 in a direct challenge to regional power monopolies.

The move is part of Japan’s strategy for creating energy self-sufficiency, while helping revitalize communities with infrastructure investment.  Cont'd...

AEE STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF EXTENDERS FOR SOLAR, WIND, ENERGY EFFICIENCY TAX CREDITS BY U.S. CONGRESS

Introducing IREC's Updated Solar Career Map

A new resource for training providers

San Diego to be the largest American city fully powered by clean energy

City Council unanimously approves ambitious Climate Action Plan

SEIA Celebrates Extension of the ITC

Following is a statement from Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on passage of the omnibus appropriations bill, which included a 5-year solar investment tax credit (ITC) extension.

Spending and Tax Deal Brings ITC and PTC Extensions

Sahir Surmeli for National Law Review:  Early Wednesday morning Congressional leaders reached agreement on a year-end spending and massive tax deal that would prevent a government shutdown and extend a series of tax breaks that benefit businesses and individuals. The agreement has major implications for the future of the energy industry and is being hailed by many as a dramatic victory for those in the renewable energy community. 

The Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which was slated to drop to 10 percent from 30 percent for solar systems on commercial properties after 2016, would now remain at 30 percent for projects that start construction by December 31, 2019. Projects that start construction in 2020 would qualify for a 26 percent credit and that level would drop to 22 percent for facilities started in 2021. From 2022 on it would remain at 10 percent.  Cont'd...

SEPA REPORT PROVIDES NEW DETAIL ON STATE-LEVEL SOLAR PRICE QUOTES

Prices cluster around $3-$4 per watt for residential, $2-$3 for nonresidential and utility-scale

SOLAR PROMOTION GMBH BOLSTERS MANAGEMENT TEAM WITH THE ADDITION OF DR. FLORIAN WESSENDORF

New management structure promotes the internationalization of Intersolar exhibitions and strengthens the Conference Program worldwide

Big commercial solar roofs and solar farms officially cut out of Renewables Obligation support scheme

Renewables Obligation support will close to all solar as of next April ---- Concerns remain over removal of critical 'grandfathering' guarantee

Government heeds national backing for solar and improves on Feed-in Tariff proposal

Industry consolidation likely but solar can still be a reasonable investment --- Serious concerns remain about whether cost-control mechanism will work for market --- Following Paris agreement, Government must introduce other measures to boost solar power

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