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In Focus: Solar PV in China

In Focus: Solar PV in China

In 2013 approximately 1/3 of the global solar PV installations were realized in China. The nation installed between 13-14 GW (2012: 5.04 GW), i.e. more than any other country in a single year ever before. Solar Server’s partner Asia Europe Clean Energy (Solar) Advisory Co. Ltd. (AECEA), notes several reasons why the official national target


LADWP Reduces REC Purchase Price by 87%

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) has approved an 87% reduction in the amount of money it pays for Renewable Energy Credits to customers in their Solar Incentive Program (SIP), from $0.40/watt to $0.05/watt.  Since the beginning of the SIP program, LADWP has offered participants the option of keeping the RECs for themself,


In Focus: Renewable Energy Credits

Sometimes it pays to be bad; Bonnie and Clyde, Jesse James, and Al Capone wouldn’t have been famous otherwise. However, when it comes to stealing from the environment, that’s not always the case. In fact, thanks to renewable energy credits, it is just the opposite. Renewable energy credits, or REC, are an energy market innovation


The Kings of Residential Solar

In 2010, the market value of all residential solar installed in the U.S. was just shy of $1.8 billion. Once tallied, the 2011 dollar amount will be substantially larger. According to data collected by GTM Research, there are well over 2,000 experienced residential installers fighting for a piece of this $2-billion-plus pie. This highlights the


Bad News for California REC Generators

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted today on the Portfolio Content Category (aka ‘bucket status’) issue, and the result was not good for in-state generators of unbundled Renewable Energy Credits (RECs).  In a 5-to-0 vote the CPUC approved the Proposed Decision in its current form, which classifies in-state unbundled RECs into ‘bucket 3’.  As


GE Partners with REC Solar on PV+EV $GE

Yes, the American solar industry is really starting to wake up to the potential of solar PV to power EVs and the potential of EVs to power PV growth. Take, for example, REC Solar, the solar company that installed our 5.59 kW residential system here in Colorado about year and a half ago. It’s joining


REC Eligibility Ruling: Coming Soon

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has scheduled a workshop for this Friday, October 7th to discuss proposed changes to their Renewables Portfolio Standard Eligibility guidebook. A key item to be discussed is the eligibility status of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) produced from Distributed Generation (DG) facilities. In their Summary of Revisions, the CEC has included


1 Year Payback Solar Panels from REC

It hasn’t been talked about much lately, but one thing that has plagued the silicon photovoltaic (PV) industry is the energy-payback time. That’s the time it takes for a module to produce as much energy as was used to make it. REC (Renewable Energy Co.) has developed a new method of producing silicon for photovoltaics


California TREC Decision Side-steps Energy Infrastructure of the Future

Most of the discussions of tradable renewable energy credits (TRECs)in California revolve around the extent to which the State’s largeutilities can use TRECs for compliance with the California renewablesportfolio standard (RPS) program.  The utilities would like a free handto use as many RECs as possible, derived from sources both in-State andout-of-State – presumably RECs will


REC Solar to Install Largest Solar Carport for Arizona Veterans Facility

When the bidding was all said and done, it was REC Solar that wasleft standing as the winner of the opportunity to design and install the largest carport-mounted photovoltaic (PV) solar electric system in theUnited States. The San Luis Obispo, California-based solar installerannounced the news yesterday and is almost ready to begin the project.The system will stretch across seven separate carports at

REC Introduces Peak Energy Solar Module

Sandvika, Norway-based REC has released thePeak Energy Module, the company’s first commercial product to beproduced at its new manufacturing facility in Singapore. According to REC, this module provides more power per square meter than othermodules, with an efficient cell and glass design that allows an averageincrease of nine watts per module. The introduction of three