Monthly Archives: September 2015

Duke Energy begins rollout on 500MW of projects in Florida

Duke Energy Florida has commenced the rollout of a new portfolio of PV plants in “The Sunshine State.” …read more

End to Hanergy Thin Film’s stock trading halt remains uncertain

Embattled PV thin film equipment and module producer Hanergy Thin Film Power Group (Hanergy TF) continues to have its stocks suspended from trading on the Hong Kong exchange since they collapsed in May 2015. …read more

Microgrids With 50 Percent Solar Do Not Need Storage

ABB has raised the upper limit for microgrid renewable-energy penetration without storage. Research by the company suggests up to 50 percent intermittent generation could be admitted to microgrids without needing storage, provided that automation systems are in place to keep the grid stable. Traditionally, the upper limit for renewable energy penetration in microgrids without storage

Energy storage ‘Holy Grail’ will drive ‘tremendous growth’, says NextEra CEO

NextEra Energy’s CEO sees energy storage as one of three areas driving “tremendous growth” for the group and has said that discussions about renewables are “naturally” leading into dialogue on storage. …read more

JinkoSolar settles lawsuit with US$5.05 million agreement

Chinese manufacturer JinkoSolar Holding has agreed a US$5.05 million settlement of a previously disclosed class action lawsuit brought in 2011 on behalf of all purchasers of JinkoSolar’s American Depositary Shares between 13 May 2010 and 20 September 2011. …read more

Utilities Taking a More Proactive Approach to Community Solar

Community solar is transforming from an experimental offering supported by mandates to a powerful utility tool for retaining customers, says a leading community solar developer. With 115 megawatts of projects expected through the end of 2015, community solar is still a small fraction of the U.S. solar market. But the sector is defined not just

Yingli Green struggling to repay looming debt

Struggling Silicon Module Super League (SMSL) member Yingli Green has said it will have to restructure a repayment plan for US$157 million, due in October. …read more

Utility-Scale Solar Reaches Cost Parity With Natural Gas Throughout America

The cost of installing utility-scale solar has fallen considerably in recent years, from more than $6 per watt in 2009 to about $3 per watt in 2014. That has resulted in a boom in the sector, which is 31 times bigger than it was a decade ago. Power-purchase agreement (PPA) prices are also continuing their