Monthly Archives: October 2016

The Skeptic’s Guide to Tesla’s Solar Roof

Back in August, Elon Musk broke into SolarCity’s earnings call to make a surprise announcement: Tesla and SolarCity were designing a building-integrated solar product. “It’s a solar roof as opposed to a module on a roof,” said Musk. Just a few weeks earlier, Tesla went public with its intentions to acquire SolarCity. The solar roof

LONGi Silicon’s sales dive 54.8% in Q3

Leading integrated monocrystalline PV manufacturer Xi’an LONGi Silicon Materials has reported a 54.8% decline in third quarter 2016 revenue as the impact of a major demand slump in China after June’s feed-in tariff changes seriously curtailed PV power plant construction in China. …read more

Making Stuff Is Hard: Lessons From Cleantech Hardware Startups

This week’s podcast is all about the difficulties in making hardware. Dreaming, designing, building and deploying new kinds of hardware is tough in any business. But in the energy business, where change comes particularly slow, developing new tech is an especially hellacious undertaking. All of our segments tie into this theme. We’ll start off by

Tesla solar roof gets pulses racing but it’s what’s inside that counts

There can be no dispute, Tesla’s solar rooftop system looks great, but if it doesn’t produce cheap power, what’s the point? …read more

Australia’s CEFC slightly decreases investment in large-scale renewables over 2015/16

Australia’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), responsible for driving investment in the clean energy sector, has invested a record AU$837 million (US$637 million) in 2015/16, up 73% from the prior year, but renewables project investment decreased. …read more

All China’s largest solar giants have now left the MIP

GCL-SI’s exit means all Chinese members of the Silicon Module Super League (SMSL) are now outwith the EU-China trade agreement. …read more

France awards 80MW of small-scale solar

France has awarded projects to 353 winners in the third tranche of its small-scale (100-250kWh) solar tender, according to French minister of environment, energy and the sea Ségolène Royal. …read more

Kyocera bemoans solar panel price erosion and slump in sales

Japanese electronics firm Kyocera Corporation reported continued pressure on its solar sector sales as solar panel price erosion and weaker demand continued to impact financials of its Applied Ceramic Products Group Sales. …read more