Monthly Archives: July 2015

A Primer on the Building Blocks That Make Up EPA’s Clean Power Plan

The U.S. EPA is expected to release the highly anticipated Clean Power Plan next week. According to reports, the rule could be released as early as Monday, August 3. The regulation will require the U.S. power sector to achieve deep emissions cuts, a pursuit that has received strong praise from environmentalists and stakeholders in the

The Solar Industry Needs Standards for System Production Estimates

America’s solar industry is wringing all possible efficiencies out of the project development process ahead of the 2016 federal Investment Tax Credit expiration. But are we missing an obvious hurdle? Reliable project production estimates — predicting how much electricity photovoltaic systems will produce annually — are critical because they determine developer, seller and customer value.

A New Record: Renewables Make Up 78% of Germany’s Power Consumption in an Afternoon

For a few hours last weekend, on July 25, renewables accounted for 78 percent of Germany’s power consumption — surpassing the old record of 74 percent. The new generation record was enabled by a combination of strong winds in the north, where most of Germany’s wind turbines are installed, and sunny conditions in the south,

Panasonic’s PV sales decline in Q1 on weaker domestic demand

Electronics firm Panasonic reported a small sales decline within its Eco Solutions business unit for the first quarter of its 2016 financial year. …read more

ET Solar releases AC PV module with integrated ultra-thin microinverter

PV manufacturer ET Solar is launching a new multicrystalline AC module with a new ultra-thin integrated microinverter from Northern Electric and Power (NEP). …read more

Saudi Electric Company project dips under five cents per kWh

The Saudi Electric Company (SEC) has agreed a deal to build a 50MW solar power plant with a power purchase agreement in place at a rate of 0.1875 Riyals (US$0.049). …read more

Solar Media launches ‘Building a British Solar Future’ campaign to counter UK solar cuts

Solar Media, the publisher of PV Tech, is launching a campaign to give the UK solar industry a platform to have its voice heard in the wake of dramatic Government proposals to cut support for the technology. …read more

Industry stalwart ‘ignores own advice’ to buy Sungevity Australia – report

The Australian solar industry veteran whose company has bought out Sungevity Australia said he has “ignored his own oft-quoted advice” to go into the rooftop solar business. …read more