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

CGE Energy Commends Congress' Bipartisan Solar and Wind Investment Tax Credit Extensions

CGE Energy has made energy projects possible for commercial and non-profit facilities, without having to rely on government stimulus.

Solar Frontier Selected for O2 emc's 4 MW Solar Project In North Carolina

The Tolson solar project will be one of the first tracking installations with CIS thin-film solar modules in the state.

Infocast's Wind Power Finance & Investment Summit 2016 Blows into San Diego February 2016

The Leading Networking and Dealmaking Event of the Year for the Wind Industry

First Renewable Energy Projects Installed by Onyx Renewable Partners on U.S. Military Bases as Part of Strategic Alliance with Corvias Solutions

Financing for Projects Secured from RBC Capital Markets

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