SunSpark named as top performer by DNV-GL PV module reliability scorecard testing.

DNV GL’s PV Module Reliability Scorecard gathers reliability test data from its lab on a large group of panel manufacturers. The lab has been testing solar modules for more than six years and has reams of historical data to compare performance among vendors.

Here are the top performers for 2017, according to the report.

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SunSpark Intersolar 2017, July 11th~13th

Welcome to SunSpark PV Solar Exhibition  at Moscone West Convention Center In San Francisco , Booth No. 8633A

SunSpark Technology also can provide the capacity of 200 MW each year.

Silicon Ranch to build 200 MW-AC of solar in the United States

The portfolio of four solar projects will provide low-cost electricity for 38 co-ops in Georgia, and builds on existing projects developed by the two companies.

Georgia is a late comer to the solar game, but the U.S. state has arrived in a big way. After being forced to engage by pro-solar Republicans on the state’s utility commission, Georgia Power began commissioning hundreds of megawatts of solar, which brought the state into the top 10 of solar markets as early as 2013, and Georgia was the third-largest market last year with over 1 GW installed.

However, Georgia’s rural electric cooperatives are also getting in on the game. As early as 2001 a group of cooperatives got together to form Green Power EMC, a company to buy power from renewable energy facilities, which back them was largely biomass and hydro.

Today Green Power EMC announced that it has struck a deal with Silicon Ranch for the developer to build four PV plants totaling 200 MW-AC to supply cheap power to 38 of its member cooperatives. Silicon Ranch will develop, fund, build own and operate the projects, and Green Power EMC will buy all the power they generate.

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Trump keeps digging coal, but wants solar on the wall with Mexico

President Trump suggested paying for the construction of his border wall with Mexico through the sale of power from solar installations.

Donald Trump was heard to suggest the use of solar panels to repay the cost of building an anti-immigrant wall with Mexico in a conversation with congressional leaders, according to CNN citing sources familiar with the matter.

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California Senate mandates for 100% renewable energy

California is mandated to receive all its power from renewable sources by 2045 under legislation that passed in the Senate yesterday.

SB 100 outlines the most ambitious target for the Golden State yet, upping its current renewable portfolio standard of 50% by 2030. Under the bill, which staggers targets, California would now be required to reach 50% by 2026 and 60% by 2030.

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Solar, wind meet more than 10% of U.S. electric demand in March

This is the first time that U.S. wind and solar have met more than 10% of demand in a single month; however individual states led by California and Iowa have reached much higher penetrations.

EIA’s Electric Power Monthly shows that during March wind and solar together met 10.1% of U.S. electricity demand. This the first time that these two sources combined have ever met more than 10% of power, a fact which was first reported in the TerraJoule newsletter.

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BREAKING: SolarWorld Americas joins Suniva’s trade petition

After originally being cool to Suniva’s petition to the U.S. International Trade Commission for protection from its Chinese competitors, SolarWorld Americas has reversed its stance and joined the complaint as a co-petitioner.

Bankrupt module manufacturer Suniva’s petition before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) just got an enormous shot in the arm, as SolarWorld Americas has joined the complaint as a co-petitioner.

The news comes two days after the ITC agreed to launch an investigation to “determine whether crystalline silicon photovoltaic (“CSPV”) cells (whether or not partially or fully assembled into other products) are being imported into the United States in such increased quantities as to be a substantial cause of serious injury, or the threat thereof, to the domestic industry producing an article like or directly competitive with the imported articles.”

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BREAKING: U.S. ITC moves ahead with Suniva investigation

The U.S. International Trade Commission decided late tonight to move forward under Section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974 to investigate whether the bankrupt module maker deserves protection from its Chinese competitors.

One day after one of bankrupt module manufacturer Suniva‘s largest creditors was exposed for trying to blackmail the Chinese Chamber of Commerce into paying $55 million to make its trade complaint go away, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is moving forward with an investigation of Suniva’s complaint.

Investigation No. TA-201-75, the official number the ITC has assigned Suniva’s filing, will “determine whether crystalline silicon photovoltaic (“CSPV”) cells (whether or not partially or fully assembled into other products) are being imported into the United States in such increased quantities as to be a substantial cause of serious injury, or the threat thereof, to the domestic industry producing an article like or directly competitive with the imported articles.”

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Vistra to build Texas’ largest solar plant

The power company has bought the 180 MW Upton County Solar 2 project in West Texas, and signed a contract to have the project built.

The announcements regarding large solar projects in West Texas have been rapid this week. Just two days after Southern Company announced that it had put online the 130 MW-DC Lamesa project, Texas power company Vistra Energy announced that it has purchased the 180 MW Upton County Solar 2 project.

Vistra has further signed a contract with an un-named engineering, procurement and construction contractor to build the plant, which it expects to go online in the summer of 2018. Vistra’s independent power producer (IPP) subsidiary Luminant will own the project, and the electricity generated by the project will be provided to both residential and commercial and industrial (C&I) customers of Vistra’s utility subisidiary TXU Energy.

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California transmission fee overhaul could set a new deal for distributed solar

Home and business owners who install solar on their roofs often don’t think a lot about large power lines that connect distant power plants to their homes. However, like all electricity customers, owners of grid-tied PV systems help to pay for these lines.

Yesterday a bill passed the California Senate which solar advocates say will help to more equitably distribute charges for long-distance transmission, by exempting the electricity produced by rooftop solar from these charges. Clean Coalition, which backed SB 692, says that the current system which places these charges on both electricity produced on-site and by distant power plants is unfair and distorts the market.

“It’s akin to levying the Golden Gate Bridge toll every time Bay Area residents pull into their driveways, as opposed to charging the toll only when crossing the bridge,” states Clean Coalition in a post on its website.

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