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Will Chinese tariffs on Australia's coal exports trigger tit-for-tat action that impacts solar?

China coal tariffs could impact Australia solar industry

China coal tariffs could impact Australia solar industry

The surprise decision by China to impose tariffs on coal imports from Australia has raised the prospect of tit-for-tat action that could impact on the multi-billion solar industry in Australia. The decision to impose – at least temporarily – a tariff of up to 6% on imports into China is yet another blow on Australian


SolarCity Giving Loans For Solar Ownership

Outfitting your home with cheap solar power just got a lot easier. Elon Musk-chaired Solar City, the biggest name in residential solar power, is now offering loans to allow their customers to own their solar panels for cheaper than their current lease offerings. The loan option, called MyPower, ends up cheaper it is paid back by


Solar Installations to Rise 20 Percent in 2014

Global photovoltaic (PV) solar installations will rise to 45.4 gigawatts (GW) in 2014, with 32 percent of this total, or 14.4 GW, coming in the fourth quarter, according to IHS Technology. Although IHS has trimmed its forecast for 2014 by 1.5 GW due to weaker-than-predicted performance in several key markets, a 20 percent increase is

Dartmouth, MA landfill photo by Greg M. Cooper / Borrego Solar

Solar Landfills: One Person’s Trash Is Another’s Treasure

Green Mountain Power just broke ground on a 2 MW photovoltaic plant in Rutland, Vermont. While some other large PV systems planned for the area have met with strong opposition(some residents worry large, ground-mount solar arrays will be an eyesore on the state’s pastoral landscape), this project seems to be welcomed with open arms. Why? It’s

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Panasonic announces launch of lithium-ion battery unit at Tesla Gigafactory

Panasonic Corporation has said it will establish a new manufacturing company of lithium-ion batteries at the soon to be built Tesla Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada. The group will build the new company, Panasonic Energy Corporation of North America, on 555,000 square meters at Tesla Motor’s planned Gigafactory, a large-scale battery manufacturing plant that has been


Mercom Capital: Downstream dominates as solar investment levels rebound in Q3 2014

While VC funding is up and a third yeildco IPO was held, Mercom’s Q3 report shows that the biggest sources of available capital in the solar industry are still Chinese banks. Mercom Capital has released its third quarter 2014 report on funding and mergers and acquisitions in the solar sector, which finds rising levels of


1 State Exposes Solar Power’s Biggest Weakness

In Hawaii, electricity costs $0.38 per kilowatt hour, almost three times the national average. Solar power, which costs as much as $0.30 per kilowatt hour is a bargain in comparison. However, in Ohio where power costs around $0.14 per kilowatt hour, roughly the U.S. average, solar doesn’t compete nearly as well. So it’s no wonder


Small rooftop solar power plants to create 3.25 lakh jobs in 10 years

NEW DELHI: Small rooftop solar power plants alone are likely to create 3.25 lakh jobs cumulatively in the next ten years in India, says a report. “The small rooftop scenario (sector) would contribute the most to job creation, with around 3,25,000 cumulative new jobs in next ten years,” a report by Bridge to India, a


Vivint Solar CEO Greg Butterfield Glows Over Company’s Future

Vivint Solar Holdings Inc (NYSE: VSLR) priced its 20.6 million-share IPO at the high end of a $14 to $16 range this past Tuesday. On Wednesday, it opened for trading at $17.01 and has since drifted steadily lower to $13.75, where it closed on Friday. Chief Executive Officer Greg Butterfield isn’t concerned about the day-to-day minutiae of


New 3-phase microinverter for large scale applications

Microinverter expert APS is now shipping its new 3-phase YC1000 inverter, which can handle 277/480 grid voltages and up to four PV modules per unit. Up to eleven units can then be linked in a single 15 A circuit. The maximum output of one YC1000 lies at 900 W and additionally it has integrated ground


Why Are Institutional Investors Still Hesitating on Solar?

Improving access to solar data could help convince financiers to invest. Financiers from Google to Berkshire Hathaway are reporting 15 percent returns on solid solar project investments. First movers in solar finance have been reaping the benefits of solar’s reliable recurring revenue, low and predictable maintenance needs, and attractive lifetime payback periods. So why are the vast

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Fossil Free Investment Resources

There are now a number of firms who are helping investors to move away from fossil fuels. While investing in fossil fuels and associated industries was once the bedrock of a sound investment strategy, there is a growing awareness that these investments are approaching the end of their life cycle. Investors cannot ignore the overwhelming


In Focus: The Future of Solar Technology

The solar PV industry rose up over the past seven-plus years largely due to massive capacity expansions, but scale alone won’t pave the way for solar PV in the coming years. What’s also needed are new technologies and methods to improve the energy performance of devices, and the efficiency of the systems around them, all