2018

Chinese Solar Manufacturers Increased Production, Export in 2018 While Domestic Installations Fell
In 2018, 43 GW of new PV installation capacity was added to the grid in China, a decline of 18 percent from the prior year. Accumulated PV installed capacity surpassed 170 GW. Of the total, 20 GW were distributed PV, up 5 percent. Some 23 GW were centralized PV, down 31 percent. The country’s PV sector showed dramatic growth in electricity production last year. The curtailment rate of PV power systems declined from a double-digit number to around 3 percent. [...]
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Global Clean Energy Spending Dips in 2018 But Installations Rise on Lower Prices
Global funding for clean-energy projects sagged in 2018 after China’s decision to curb subsidies dragged down installations in the world’s biggest solar market. [...]
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Trump’s Solar Tariffs Blamed for 15 Percent Decline in Large-Scale Solar Installations in Q3 2018
On Thursday, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) reported results of their analysis of U.S. solar installations in the third quarter of 2018. While large-scale solar installations fell, the residential market continued to stabilize after falling in 2017, said the analysts. Overall, they said they expect 2018 growth to be flat. [...]
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US Production, Consumption  of  Non-Hydro Renewables Hit Record High in 1H 2018
Non-hydro renewable energy sources (i.e., biofuels, biomass, geothermal, solar, wind) set new U.S. records for both production and consumption in the first half of 2018, according to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of data just released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). [...]
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Vivint Plans Solar Plus Storage Offering for US Customers in 2018
Vivint yesterday said it plans to offer LG Chem RESU batteries to its solar customers across the U.S. this year. The company launched the energy storage offering this week for its customers in California. [...]
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Report: Solar Downstream Companies Grab a Large Portion of VC Funding in Q2 2018
Total corporate funding (including venture capital funding, public market, and debt financing) into the solar sector in Q2 2018 rose 12.5 percent quarter-over-quarter to $2.8 billion from the $2.5 billion raised in Q1 2018, according to a report by Mercom Capital. [...]
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Why the 2018 Solar Tariffs and Tax Cuts Didn’t Kill Solar PPAs
Solar in the United States is still going strong despite headwinds put forth by the current administration. Why is that? [...]
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SEIA Solar Market Insights Report for Q1 2018
A new report from SEIA  found that the U.S. installed 2.5 gigawatts (GW) of solar PV capacity in Q1 2018 to reach 55.9 gigawatts (GW) of total installed capacity, enough to power 10.7 million American homes. This represents a 13% increase year-over-year. Total installed U.S. PV capacity is expected to more than double over the next five years, and by 2023, over 14 GW of PV capacity will be installed annually. Click here for the Executive Summary of the report. Key findings on solar’s perfor [...]
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Solar Companies Prep for Intersolar 2018
New solar products and solutions, plus training and education, on deck for solar industry participants at solar tradeshows in Europe and California. [...]
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Solar PV Market Outlook 2018: Cheaper and Bigger — Continuing to Break Records
Top industry experts say that in 2018, high efficiency mono c-Si modules and high-voltage inverters will take more market share, and distributed generation will start to pick up. [...]
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