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Solar News Roundup (NY Net Metering Cap Suspended, Priest Broke Law For Solar…)

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New York Net Metering Cap Suspended For Now

Adding to the distributed energy/net metering debate involving utilities and solar panel owners, New York State for now has lifted the cap on net metering.

SDG&E Utility Warns It Will Hit Net Metering Caps By Mid-2016

Last week San Diego Gas & Electric warned distributed energy enthusiasts it expects to reach caps on net metering in the summer of 2016.

SolarWorld Grows Sales & Revenue In Q3

Germany solar giant SolarWorld has reported increased shipments and revenue in its third quarter earnings report last week. Reporting to shareholders last Thursday, SolarWorld reported increased shipments of solar power modules and kits across the first three quarters of the year of 25%, reaching 755 MW, up from Q1-Q3’2014’s 602 MW.

The Priest Who Broke The Law (For Solar)

How one inspiring act of courage helped start an energy revolution. Chris Cooper writes from Germany’s Black Forest.

The Rise Of New Power + Why I’m Travelling The World

The Energy System is ripe for disruption, but will it serve the people? Join me as I explore the world to find out how it could play out.

Hit Back At The ‘Greedy And Selfish’ – Go Guerrilla Solar!

Don’t you just want to vomit every time a network CEO tells you you’re “greedy and selfish” for wanting to go off-grid?! Well, if you really want to be a pain in the side of your network CEO, read on…

Ontario Hydro Pulls Plug On Solar Plans

Henry Aukema saw his retirement plans crumble in the words of an e-mail from Hydro One. The 57-year-old Strathroy, farmer had been one of 25,000 Ontarians to apply to erect solar panels whose electricity could be sold to the grid at a guaranteed premium for 20 years.

World’s Most Efficient Silver Paste Exhibited By Heraeus

Reportedly, the most efficient silver paste in the world will be exhibited at the PV Taiwan 2015 conference in Taipei. This paste has been said to have the world record for PERC efficiency, rated at 21.7%. PERC means passivated emitter rear contact, which is part of a different kind of solar cell architecture.

137 MW Solar Power Plant To Be Developed North of LA

A 137 MW DC or 105 MW AC solar power plant will be developed at Springbok 1 Solar Farm in Kern County, CA, about 70 miles north of LA, by 8minuteenergy Renewables. A power purchase agreement was signed by Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) and 8minuteenergy Renewables, a leading American solar power developer.

100 MW Of Huawei Solar Inverters For Old Coal Mine Site

Huawei will provide 100 MW of solar inverters for the construction of a solar power plant in China’s Ningxia Province, which located in the northern central part of the country and has a population of about 6 million. The exact location is at or near an old coal mine.

Closure Of Thin Film Development Site Marks Last Stop For Bosch PV Play

German-based Bosch is now in the midst of a complete exit from its solar PV play, having announced it will close its thin-film PV development site, Bosch Solar CISTech GmbH, due to its inability to find a suitable investor.

IHS Warns Of Potential US Solar Wafer Supply Shortage In 2016

Information and analysis firm IHS has warned that, as a result of rapid solar installation growth in 2015, the US might encounter a potential solar wafer supply shortage in 2016.


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