Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Efficiency Companies Raise $472 Million in VC Funding in Q1 2018

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Energy Efficiency sectors for the first quarter of 2018.

The production cost of renewables undercuts fossil fuel energy and nuclear power, for the first time

• According to internal analysis of Kaiserwetter (based on data from Bloomberg, Frankfurt School and IRENA), which groups 15,000 projects and calculates investor risks in 54 countries until 2030, fossil fuels presented costs of between $49 and $174 per MWh in 2017, while renewable energies were between $35 and $54 per MWh • Renewable energies are presented as the best alternative to the high cost of nuclear power to face decarbonization.

Enphase Energy and Solaria Corporation Announce High-Performance AC Modules

Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENPH), a global energy technology company and the world's leading supplier of solar microinverters, and Solaria Corporation, a global provider of high-performance solar module technologies, today announced the introduction of an Enphase Energized™ AC Module, the Solaria PowerXT®-AC. The Solaria PowerXT®-AC features the Enphase IQ 7+ Microinverter and delivers high performance and aesthetics through Solaria's proprietary module technology. The PowerXT®-AC will be available from Soligent at locations around the U.S. starting in June 2018.

Panasonic Launches Off-grid Solutions Project to Mark Its Centenary

Panasonic will donate its products such as solar generation and storage systems, provide education and technical training to cultivate human resources, and help develop local business models taking advantage of electricity.

INNOVATION: THAT'S THE NAME OF THE GAME AT ALL-ENERGY AND SMART URBAN MOBILITY SOLUTIONS!

Innovation is the lifeblood of business - and it is certainly true of the industries served by All-Energy and by the co-located Smart Urban Mobility Solutions (SUMS 2018) both being held at Glasgow's SEC on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 May.

Renewable Energy Company Solar Bankers Uses Blockchain for Solutions in Sustainable Development

Rural electrification has become a policy priority for governments in developing countries yet they often face high cost barriers to expanding the central electricity grid due to rough terrain and low population densities. Especially in Africa, population growth is outpacing the expansion of electricity supply.

Leading Lights: New Report Shows Local Authorities Light the Way on Solar

-Council solar farms & most council rooftop schemes no longer need to depend on national support -Councils urged to boost renewables on new homes & offices -Top 10 solar investor authorities combined investment tops £80 million -Councils developing 'subsidy-free' solar farms today

SEPA CEO JULIA HAMM: Blackouts underline fragility of Puerto Rican grid -- and urgent need to 'build back better'

Hamm will be presenting on the importance of having a transparent roadmap for transformation at the Puerto Rico Grid Revitalization and Investment Summit, May 8-9, in San Juan.

Sungevity Brand Returns One Year After Bankruptcy

In April 2018, the Sungevity rebrand was made official, and Solar Spectrum and Horizon Solar Power began working together under the Sungevity brand to enhance growth.

The Future of Organic Photovoltaics

At this time, OPVs are applicable only in limited markets that require lightweight, flexibility, and variable angle performance.

Best Practices: Installing PV on Tile Roof

The use of either hanger bolt assemblies or standoffs mean that you'll need to drill, grind or cut the tile when installing, which is not an ideal solution, and will make the time you spend on the roof more time consuming as well as more frustrating.

Conti Solar Sponsors Rutgers University School of Engineering Solar Car Team

Once the functioning battery-electric vehicle (BEV) is complete, the team will race its car in the American Solar Challenge.

Ares EIF to Acquire Majority Stake in Conti Solar

The investment from Ares EIF will make Conti Solar a more dynamic company and will enable the company to accelerate growth and pursue additional strategic initiatives.

Large Corporations Are Leading America's Surge in Solar Deployment

SEIA Releases Solar Means Business 2017 Report, Highlighting America's Leading Corporate Solar Installers

PVinsights: Solar market stumbles as buyers turn cautious

The Polysilicon held steady this Wednesday as more buyers halted to pile stocks in recent month in a week of tremendous downward swings felt in downstream market in China. With depressed wafer prices, buyer's efforts to reduce losses have restrained polysilicon price gains, signaling tighter margins and tougher operating conditions for solar wafer firms as polysilicon costs remained high. Although the mono-crystalline wafer makers kept procurement at a solid pace due to aggressive capacity expansion, expensive high-purity polysilicon prices have eroded their profit margin, reluctantly refusing to take further price hike. As for the conventional polysilicon that majorly used for multi-crystalline wafer production, the price pressure was even greater given that sliding multi-crystalline wafer prices and weaker-than-anticipated demand has deterred buyers' interest on procurement. In fact, more 2nd tier and 3rd tier polysilicon suppliers have increasing pressured by dimmed order visibility. Moreover, the recovery of polysilicon production also started to be a major concerns for polysilicon suppliers as the price might be unsustainable soon.

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