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The amount of renewable energy from wind turbines, solar PV panels, and other technologies now equals roughly 10 percent of the US energy use, according to the report

New Report: U.S. renewable energy surges to historic levels; Solar power output doubled for the fourth year running


America's reliance on wind, solar and other renewable sources of energy has reached historic levels and is poised to make even greater gains in the near future, according to new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC, Washington DC). NRDC's third annual energy report, “A Tectonic Shift in America's Energy Landscape,” found that the energy sector in the United States emitted less dangerous carbon pollution last year than in 1996, with a full 10 percent reduction over the past decade. Read more...

Mercom Chart: Solar VC Funding Q3 2014–Q3 2015

Mercom Capital: Total corporate solar funding up slightly with USD 6.2 billion in Q3, 2015


Mercom Capital Group, llc (Austin, TX, U.S.) released its report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the solar sector in the third quarter of 2015. Total global corporate funding in the solar sector, including venture capital/private equity (VC), debt financing, and public market financing raised by public companies, came to USD 6.2 billion, compared to USD 5.9 billion in Q2, 2015. Read more...

Blymyer Engineers has already provided engineering for the 105 MW Springbok 1 project

Swinterton selects Blymyer Engineers as engineering firm of record for the 350 MW AC Springbok 2 Solar Farm


Blymyer Engineers (Alameda, California, U.S.), a design firm for utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, on October 6th, 2015 announced that the company has been chosen by Swinterton Builders as the engineering firm of record on the Springbok 2 Solar Farm in California. The full three phase project involves developing a 350 MW AC solar photovoltaic (PV) generating facility covering approximately 2,000 acres of formerly underdeveloped grazing and ag lands over multiple project sites in an unincorporated portion of eastern Kern county. Read more...

Kyocera has withdrawn its lawsuit against Hanwha Q CELLS Japan Co. Ltd

KYOCERA announces resolution of patent infringement lawsuit against Hanwha Q CELLS Japan Co., Ltd.


Kyocera Corporation (Kyoto, Japan; Neuss, Germany) on October 6th, 2015 announced that it has concluded a technology licensing agreement with Hanwha Q CELLS Japan Co., Ltd. (Tokyo). The agreement reportedly features a license for Kyocera’s Japanese patent related to a “three-bus-bar electrode structure” that increases energy conversion efficiency in solar modules and includes a mutual exchange of patent licenses between the two companies to be executed in the future. Read more...

BNEF’s report shows wind and solar PV power continuing to get cheaper in 2015, helped by cheaper technology but also by lower finance costs

BNEF: Wind and solar PV boost cost-competitiveness versus fossil fuels


2015 has brought a significant shift in the generating cost comparison between renewable energy and fossil fuels, according to detailed analysis by technology and region, published on October 6th, 2015 by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). The research company’s Levelised Cost of Electricity Update for the second half of 2015, based on thousands of data points related to individual deals and projects around the world, shows that onshore wind and crystalline silicon photovoltaics (PV) – the two most widespread renewable technologies – have both reduced costs this year, while costs have gone up for gas-fired and coal-fired generation. Read more...

Installation of PV panels by SolarCity

SolarCity announces the world’s most efficient rooftop PV panel, to be made in America


SolarCity Corp. (San Mateo, California, U.S.) on October 2nd, 2015 announced that the company has built the world’s most efficient rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) panel, with a module efficiency exceeding 22 percent. The new SolarCity panel generates more solar power per square foot and harvests more energy over a year than any other rooftop panel in production, and will be the highest volume solar panel manufactured in the Western Hemisphere, reads the press release. Read more...

SkyPower PV project Fort William First Nation Solar Park

SkyPower announces 2 GW of solar PV projects in Bangladesh


During the 70th United Nations General Assembly in New York, SkyPower Global (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), a developer and owner of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, made an announcement with Prime Minister Hasina, unveiling its plans to build 2 gigawatts (GW) of utility-scale PV plants over the next five years in Bangladesh, representing an investment of USD 4.3 billion. Read more...

Top U.S. residential solar PV installers, H1, 2015. Source: GTM Research “U.S. PV Leaderboard, Q3, 2015

SolarCity installed 34% of all U.S. residential solar PV in H1, 2015


According to GTM Research’s (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.) “U.S. PV Leaderboard, Q3, 2015”, SolarCity installed 34 percent of all U.S. residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in the first half of 2015. Vivint Solar ranked second, installing 12 percent, and Sunrun, NRG Home Solar and Sungevity rounded out the top five. Read more...

Solar policy enjoys enormous support among Republicans, with rooftop solar photovoltaics (82%) and net metering (86%) scoring highest among seven clean energy policy ideas tested

U.S. poll shows strong support for clean energy policies; Rooftop solar PV and net metering scoring highest


On September 29th, 2015, a trio of leading Grand old Party (GOP) pollsters discussed the results of a national survey conducted on behalf of ClearPath, a private foundation dedicated to building support for market-based clean energy solutions. “As we dug into this groundbreaking national survey of U.S. voters, it became clear that the big, myth-busting news was how wide and deep support for clean energy policy is among conservatives,” said Jay Faison, founder of ClearPath. Read more...

Solar PV PPA prices hit an all-time low, according to Berkeley Lab

New report: Price of solar power in the U.S. has fallen to 5¢/kWh on average; PV PPA prices declined by 70% since 2009


Solar energy pricing is at an all-time low, according to a new report released by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Driven by lower installed costs, improved project performance, and a race to build projects ahead of a reduction in a key federal incentive, utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) project developers have been negotiating power sales agreements with utilities at prices averaging just 5 cents/kWh. Read more...

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