PVinsights: Slumping solar prices extends amid intense price competition

Polysilicon extends gains this week amid tight supply situation in China. The domestic demand in China improves as the downstream wafer manufacturers are planning aggressive capacity expansion. Meanwhile, the supply level is relatively tight in China as the trade war bars the U.S. polysilicon imports from Chinese market. Hence, the short-term supply tightening situation has lead major polysilicon manufacturers to successfully increase their price quote this week. As for the polysilicon in overseas market, although the rally continues, the price improvement is not as notable as China, due to the ample supply in the market.

SPECGRADE LED TO PREMIER GROUNDBREAKING SPORTS LIGHTING TECHNOLOGY AT LIGHT FAIR INTERNATIONAL 2016

SpecGrade LED announces its newest high-output LED luminaire for the sports lighting industry; the Next Generation Sportslighter. This groundbreaking new innovation offers a patented passive thermal management system so advanced that the SportsLighter comes in wattages of up to 2000-watts and offers over 200,000 lumens of light output from a single instrument, a feat never before achieved in the LED lighting industry.

Interior Department Approves 287-Megawatt Soda Mountain Solar Project in Southern California

Revised Project Design Preserves Scenic Vistas, Reduces Potential Impacts to Wildlife, Protects Groundwater

Valentin Software Presents a New Version of T*SOL

T*SOL 2016 - The Next Generation of Solar Thermal Design

GCUBE BOLSTERS WEST COAST OPERATION

Specialist renewable energy insurer strengthens Newport Beach team as it supports California's ambitious renewable energy growth plans

Report: Clean Energy Economy Employs More than 2.5 Million Americans, Poised for More Growth

While the U.S. Supreme Court in February 2016 decided to stay the Clean Power Plan, temporarily halting its implementation, many states, confident in the rule's legal merits, are continuing to make progress toward implementing it.

The far-reaching consequences of REACH

As the EU REACH legislation enters its final phase, the financial, administrative, occupational health and safety, and R&D challenges for companies in the electrical manufacturing industry are greater than ever before.

Energy Acuity Expands Electric Power Intelligence to Include Policy Information

Energy Acuity has added policy information to their online renewable energy and grid infrastructure databases, broadening their scope of electric power intelligence and adding value for subscribers looking to follow public utility commission proceedings focused on clean energy and grid modernization.

NREL Reveals Potential for Capturing Waste Heat via Nanotubes

A finely tuned carbon nanotube thin film has the potential to act as a thermoelectric power generator that captures and uses waste heat, according to researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Study: wind, solar and other clean energy sources could supply all of our power

Wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources now make up just about 10 percent of the nation's electricity supply, but transitioning to 100 percent clean energy is both necessary and feasible.

Global Solar Council Announces Founding Corporate Members

"Leading corporations from around the world have joined hands to help the Global Solar Council (GSC) accelerate the deployment of clean, reliable, emissions-free solar energy," said John Smirnow, GSC Secretary General. "This diverse group of companies will provide advice and counsel to the GSC on opening markets and building solar capacity."

New "Be Solar Smart" Consumer Tools Promote Safe Installation and Fair Deal

Residential rooftop solar grew 66 percent in the U.S. last year. That means more consumer marketers and salespeople in the marketplace. More meetings with contractors and solar salespeople. More information to understand and more confusion.

Solar Power's Promise Infuses a New Film

Emily J. Gertz for TakePart:  Filmmaker Shalini Kantayya set out to show that climate change isn’t all gloom and doom. The result, Catching the Sun, ably makes that case but may still leave you inspired and infuriated in equal parts.

This fast-paced and compelling new documentary, which premieres Friday in New York City and in cities nationwide during April, follows a diverse group of job seekers, activists, politicians, and entrepreneurs as they tap into the world’s growing solar powereconomy.

Kantayya jumps between nations that have unequivocally adopted policies to speed up adoption of renewables and more fitful efforts here in the United States to expand solar energy—from a program in Richmond, Virginia, training unemployed men and women to become solar panel installers to a “Green Tea Party” member and energy independence advocate working both sides of the halls of power in Georgia.  Cont'd...

The World's Largest Renewable Energy Developer Could Go Broke

Ben Walsh for The Huffington Post:  There is a “substantial risk” that SunEdison may file for bankruptcy, the world’s largest renewable energy developer said in a regulatory filing on Tuesday. The company’s fall isn’t a referendum on the solar industry as a whole, as much as it is on SunEdison’s aggressive growth strategy fueled by excessive debt and financial engineering, analysts say.

SunEdison “just thought they were smarter than everyone else,” said David Levine, the founder and CEO of Geostellar,  a solar energy marketplace that has done deals with the company.

The company’s shares have fallen steeply since they hit a high of $30 in July. They were at just $1.26 before the filing. The stock immediately dropped another 40 percent when the market opened after the filing, and the company was trading at just $0.59 by Tuesday lunchtime.

“What happened from late-2014 to the middle of 2015, the company began embarking on a hyper-growth strategy,” S&P analyst Angelo Zino told The Huffington Post.  Cont'd...

AWEA CEO statement on U.S. and China decision to sign climate accord

"This historic announcement shows the U.S. is in the market for climate solutions that work. Wind power is one of the biggest, fastest, cheapest ways the U.S. can reduce carbon pollution. Through deploying more wind energy, we can cut out a tenth of the nation's entire carbon footprint by the year 2030 and keep more money in the pockets of American consumers while doing so.

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