Monthly Archives: March 2016

BayWa, OneRoof agree to separate financing deals

BayWa r.e.is set to offer a new finance product for its US-based solar distribution customers, in which consumer financing from Spruce Finance will provide contractors and homeowners with a simple and affordable PV loan process. …read more

SunEdison under US Department of Justice investigation

Embattled renewables firm SunEdison has disclosed that it has received a subpoena from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding the failed acquisition of Vivint Solar and related actions associated with its two yieldco subsidiaries. …read more

The Utility Industry Is Rebranding Itself: PR Ploy or Serious Attempt to Connect With Customers?

Utilities are often criticized for not connecting deeply enough with their customers. In a world where choice is becoming more important — turning ratepayers into dynamic consumers — power companies need to offer a wider range of services and communications outlets. One way to better connect: use more consumer-friendly language. According to a report in

Navigant Consulting’s Report on Residential Solar Misconstrues Value of Tax Attributes

Navigant Consulting on February 19 submitted a report, Solar Project Return Analysis for Third Party Owned Solar Systems, to the Arizona Public Service. The thesis of the report is that residential solar developers are charging homeowners unnecessarily high rates given the extension of so-called bonus depreciation1 and Congress pushing out when the federal Investment Tax

Asian Super Grid gets support from China, Russia, S.Korea and Japan

State Grid Corporation of China, Korea’s main utility, one of Japan’s biggest renewables developers and Russia’s grid operator have formally indicated their interest in building a massive interconnected grid across Asia. …read more

Comtec warns of loss in 2015

Monocrystalline wafer producer Comtec Solar Systems Group said it expected to report a loss of over RMB400 million (US$62 million) for 2015, due to a series of write-downs, advance polysilicon payments and declining wafer ASPs. …read more

Product Review: Gantner Instruments monitoring solutions finds errors at string level

Gantner Instruments has launched a new solution for monitoring PV power plants at the string level. The ‘string.bloxx All-in-one’ system recognises design and production errors with high resolution down to the PV module level. …read more

Massachusetts solar industry frustrated by legislative inaction

Legislative inaction on raising net metering caps has halted construction on more than 500 solar projects valued at US$617 in Massachusetts. …read more