Monthly Archives: January 2015

One Chart That Explains Why SMA Is Shedding So Many Jobs

Earlier this week, the German inverter manufacturer SMA announced it will lay off 1,600 workers due to pricing pressures and a slowdown in European demand. We keep hearing stories about how yearly solar project investments are increasing, so why is SMA shedding one-third of its workforce? In 2014, the European market dropped by 23 percent

Cleantech Companies Attempt to Sell ‘Newfangled Ideas’ to the Masses

In between football plays on Super Bowl Sunday, Americans will watch a litany of commercials. Among them will be BMW’s ad promoting the new i3 electric vehicle (EV). Entitled “Newfangled Idea,” the commercial features a 1994 clip of The Today Show in which hosts Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric are on set trying to figure

UK Doubles Solar Capacity in 2014, Bringing PV System Count Past 650,000

Business Green: UK Solar Poised to Cruise Past 5GW Milestone The UK’s installed solar power capacity is set to break through the 5GW milestone this month, according to new government figures which show generation capacity almost doubled in 2014. According to figures released yesterday by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), solar power

SMA Solar details transformation plan as sales continue to decline

Major PV inverter manufacturer SMA Solar has said that its 2015 sales will continue to decline, guiding sales of between €730 million to €770 million. …read more

HECO and NextEra Energy file merger plan with regulator

An application has been put forward to Hawaii’s regulator to approve NextEra Energy’s proposed merger with the state’s main electric utility, Hawaii Electric Co (HECO), a move the two bodies have claimed will boost Hawaii’s clean energy ambitions. …read more

SunEdison completes First Wind deal to become world’s largest renewable energy developer

SunEdison and its TerraForm Power yield co have completed the US$2.4 billion acquisition of wind developer First Wind. The deal makes SunEdison the world’s largest renewable energy developer. …read more

Late spurt for US utility solar takes 2014 total to 3.13GW – FERC

Seventeen utility-scale PV plants totalling 618MW came online in the US in December 2014, taking the country’s annual total to 3,139MW across 277 projects, official figures show. …read more

Trina lab secures TUV power measurement cert

Trina Solar has claimed its State Key Laboratory Testing Center has become the first institute to attain TUV Rheinland’s Power Measurement Uncertainty Assessment Service (“UAS”) Certificate. …read more