PVinsights: The demand weakness escalates

Both of multi-crystalline and mono-crystalline module prices decrease this week, due to the slowdown of global demand and the price competition lead by Chinese module makers. Some major markets, such as China, Europe, and Japan, are to step into the traditional slow season in March, therefore, solar panel prices are under pressure following the demand weakening. Moreover, the price competition which leads by Chinese module makers also pressurizes solar panel prices. As leveraging their capacities outside China, some Chinese module makers can import their products into the U.S. and Europe without paying the punitive tariff, and using the price competition to gain more market shares in these regions.

Clean Energy Industry Introduced to Promising New Credentialing Pathway Micro-Credentialing Case Study Published by Interstate Renewable Energy Council

What Is the Fuel Station of the Future?

Visionary 'future of mobility concept' Unveiled by Nissan Europe and Foster + Partners

Warren Buffett Downplays His Battle With Elon Musk in Nevada Over Solar Power

Joe Carmichael for Inverse:  Buffett, in an interview with CNBC on Monday, responded to viewer questions about this clash (a clash that Bloomberg Business intensified with a cover story): two viewers asked why Buffett’s companies are preventing and deterring net metering in Nevada. Buffett responded:

“We don’t have a problem with net meters, and we’re the leading in renewables in the country among regulated utilities. The [unintelligible] we do not want our million-plus customers that do not have solar to be buying solar at 10 and a half cents when we can turn it out for them at 4 and a half cents or buy it at 4 and a half cents. So, we do not want the non-solar customers, of whom there are over a million, to be subsidizing the 17,000 solar customers. Now, solar customers are subsidized through the Federal Government — as we are, with our wind and solar operations ourselves. …

“In Nevada, [Musk's company, SolarCity] had an arrangement for a very limited number of people — and the public utility commission decides this — they had an arrangement where the utility had to pay way above market for solar produced by these 17,000 homes, and that —“

The interviewer interrupted to clarify: “For instance, if I have solar electricity that I’m producing, that’s more than I need, I can sell it back to you…”  Cont'd...

Luxul Launches MATCH 2.0 iOT Lighting Control

MATCHTM 2.0 is an expansion of Luxul's current MATCHTM (Metered Smart Switch) line of IoT lighting control systems that offer building administrators, owners, and managers an easy entry point into the world of IoT control and efficiency.

Electric Car War Sends Lithium Prices Sky High

The lithium oligopoly is already a dinosaur, and new lithium projects on highly prospective land forwarded by companies with lower market caps and strong management are what investors will be looking for.

U.S. Department of Energy's Wave Energy Prize Announces Finalist Teams

Nine Teams to Continue in Quest to Win More Than $2 Million Prize Purse

"Solar Spring Break" Connects Students with Clean Power In Underserved Communities

GRID Alternatives hosts ten colleges around the nation to install solar for low-income families that need the savings most.

As European Solar Installations Slow, China, US and Japan Lead Global Installed PV Capacity in 2016, IHS Says

By the end of 2016, cumulative global installed photovoltaic (PV) installations will surpass 310 gigawatts (GW), compared to just 40 GW at the end of 2010.

Is the US undermining India's solar power programme?

Justin Rowlatt for BBC News:  Whatever happened to all the talk of international co-operation to tackle climate change that we heard during the climate conference in Paris just a few months ago?

That is what many environmentalists are asking after the United States delivered a damaging blow to India's ambitious solar power programme this week.

In response to a US complaint, a World Trade Organization (WTO) panel has ruled that India's National Solar Mission breaches trade rules.

It judged that India's policies on buying locally made solar power equipment discriminates against imports.

"The ink is barely dry on the UN Paris Climate Agreement, but clearly trade still trumps real action on climate change," Sam Cossar-Gilbert of Friends of the Earth International said in a statement.

But is the decision really as damaging as many commentators seem to think?

Let's start at the beginning.  Cont'd...

WINAICO launches typhoon-resistant solar modules and achieves 315 W in 60 cell PERC modules at PV EXPO

WINAICO combines HeatCap with WSP frame design to launch a typhoon-resistant solar module at PV EXPO. Also on display at the exhibition is WINAICO's world-leading 60-cell, 315 W, monocrystalline PERC module that reaches 18.9% in efficiency. WINAICO's booth is numbered E23-46 at East Hall 3 of Tokyo Big Sight.

Eskom Senior General Manager of Renewables Unit to Attend New Energy Update South Africa 2016

Eskom, South Africa's state-owned energy utility, has confirmed participation at the New Energy Update South Africa conference series 2016.

Here's How Electric Cars Will Cause the Next Oil Crisis

Tom Randal for Bloomberg Business:  With all good technologies, there comes a time when buying the alternative no longer makes sense. Think smartphones in the past decade, color TVs in the 1970s, or even gasoline cars in the early 20th century. Predicting the timing of these shifts is difficult, but when it happens, the whole world changes.

It’s looking like the 2020s will be the decade of the electric car.

Battery prices fell 35 percent last year and are on a trajectory to make unsubsidized electric vehicles as affordable as their gasoline counterparts in the next six years, according to a new analysis of the electric-vehicle market by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). That will be the start of a real mass-market liftoff for electric cars.

By 2040, long-range electric cars will cost less than $22,000 (in today’s dollars), according to the projections. Thirty-five percent of new cars worldwide will have a plug.  Cont'd...

Generating Energy with Graphene

Everyday researchers discover new applications for the properties of graphene. The future of graphene holds limitless possibilities from generating energy to literally every corner of industry and manufacturing. As the years pass it will likely become as commonplace as plastic.

SolarCity Launches Smart Energy Home in Hawaii

Customer Self Supply program offers a customized combination of solar, battery storage, smart electric water heater and Nest Learning Thermostat™

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