Monthly Archives: November 2016

Cannabis and Cleantech: Legal Marijuana Is Opening Up a New Market for Renewable Microgrids

It’s often said that electric vehicles are the key to bringing back load growth for utilities in the U.S. But maybe there’s another way: Marijuana. After the November election, seven states and the district of Columbia have now legalized marijuana for recreational use. In the early states that legalized, energy use is already growing. In

Report: How Much Does a Solar PV System Cost in 2016?

Imagine you worked in a high-growth technology market where the pricing of the end product is almost always decreasing, and sometimes falls by 17 percent every six months. No imagination is required for this scenario if you work in the solar industry — it’s an everyday reality. Where are these reductions coming from — and

AEP Seeks $52 Million to Build Up to 10 Ohio Microgrids

American Electric Power (AEP) is asking regulators for $52 million to build eight to 10 micorgrids in Columbus, Ohio. Microgrid Knowledge reports the proposal was filed this week as part of an update to the utility’s Electric Security Plan. The Columbus microgrids are to be installed at critical facilities, such as hospitals, shelters, water plants,

They’re Taking Over Residential Solar, but Enphase and SolarEdge Still Face the Fight of Their Lives

When a company introduces a new product that enjoys rapid uptake and changes the way an industry works, that generally coincides with a positive business outlook. But these are strange times in the clean energy world, when the nation’s biggest solar installers are performing, well, unenergetically in the stock market. Unprecedented deployments coincide with a

Boost for solar as European Commission reveals energy reforms

The European Commission has unveiled a package of policy proposals that would transform the continent’s energy market. …read more

HIUV completes PV encapsulant expansion to 10GW

PV module encapsulant producer Shanghai HIUV New Materials Co (HIUV) said it had completed the expansion of capacity to 130 million m2 or 10GW. …read more

ABB’s TRIO-50 inverter incorporates sophisticated engineering and power flow design

ABB’s new TRIO-50 three-phase string inverter can be installed in virtually any location or in any orientation and enables shorter time to market for large commercial or small utility scale projects, according to the company. It has a landscape modular design to guarantee maximum flexibility, improve ease of installation and lower maintenance costs and can

Open fund of US$100 million for solar and storage in emerging markets launched by Sonnedix founder

An open fund for solar energy and energy storage in various emerging markets has been launched by Franck Constant, the co-founder of Sonnedix Group and director of Sithe Pacific, PV Tech can reveal. …read more