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First Solar Has Sold Out Of PV Module Capacity Through Most Of 2016
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First Solar Has Sold Out Of PV Module Capacity Through Most Of 2016

First Solar has already sold out of solar photovoltaic (PV) module capacity for 2015, and for most of 2016, according to the most recent figures. Overall, the company beat analyst predictions pretty handily — coming in with net sales of $896 million for the second quarter, accompanied by a 1:1 book-to-bill ratio. This amounts to a rise from the first quarter of nearly $427 million in net sales, mostly due to “increased revenue recognition on the Silver State South project and the sale of majority interests in the North Star and Lost Hills-Blackwell projects.” Read the rest of the story at…
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Hip Hop duo Atmosphere’s “Sunshine” music video
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Hip Hop duo Atmosphere’s “Sunshine” music video

The latest music video from the hip-hop duo Atmosphere, of Minneapolis, MN, was made completely with solar energy, thanks to the unique new SunPort gadget and its simple process of buying solar power on demand. The group’s music video for its popular song from 20017, Sunshine, was created entirely with 100% solar energy, with the film and production crew plugging in to SunPort beta devices to power their equipment. The electricity used through the devices in the video-making process was offset entirely through the SunPort’s solar renewable energy certificate (SREC) system, which allows SunPort users to choose solar, no matter where they plug…
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The Solar Industry Needs Standards for System Production Estimates
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The Solar Industry Needs Standards for System Production Estimates

We need to end the arm-wrestling match over solar production estimates, argues Soltage’s Steve Goodbody. America’s solar industry is wringing all possible efficiencies out of the project development process ahead of the 2016 federal Investment Tax Credit expiration. But are we missing an obvious hurdle? Reliable project production estimates -- predicting how much electricity photovoltaic systems will produce annually -- are critical because they determine developer, seller and customer value. But what should be a simple process of estimating and agreeing upon production often turns into a frustrating and time-consuming “production estimate arm-wrestle” conflict during transactions. Read the rest of the article at Green…
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Is Baker’s bill good for solar?
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Is Baker’s bill good for solar?

Last Friday, the Baker administration filed a solar bill aimed at addressing the net metering caps that have stalled solar projects across the Commonwealth. This move comes shortly after the Senate voted unanimously to advance legislation that would raise and then eliminate net metering caps. If the Baker administration is to be believed, this bill is great for solar and will keep the industry growing for a long time.  Is this true?  Is the Baker bill good for solar?  Before you can answer that, you need to understand the essential ingredients for a good solar bill.  In MassSolar’s view, a good solar bill must do at least…
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Bill Gates investing $1 billion in clean energy research
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Bill Gates investing $1 billion in clean energy research

By Bill Gates Last month, during a trip to Europe, I mentioned that I plan to invest $1 billion in clean energy technology over the next five years. This will be a fairly big increase over the investments I am already making, and I am doing it because I believe that the next half-decade will bring many breakthroughs that will help solve climate change. As I argued in this 2010 TED talk, we need to be able to power all sectors of the economy with sources that do not emit any carbon dioxide. But when it comes to preventing the worst effects of…
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How big is solar going to get? BIG, says Apricum.
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How big is solar going to get? BIG, says Apricum.

A new report from Apricum predicts the power generated from global solar installations to grow from 42 GW in 2014 to over 92 GW by 2020. Apricum, the Berlin-based cleantech consulting firm said most of the 50 GW in annual increases from 2014 until 2020 will come from China, the US, and India, with 36 GW combined. Read the rest of the article at Solar Love.org.
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Money talks: Utilities may be forced to go green to keep customers
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Money talks: Utilities may be forced to go green to keep customers

The central lesson for utilities in the talk of a death spiral is if they don’t give their customers what they want, they go elsewhere. To date, that talk is mostly about rooftop solar taking their revenues, but some utilities have begun to notice some of their biggest key accounts looking for greener pastures. Well, greener energy. “This is a new environment. You don’t just build it and shove it in the rate base. There is a more open dialogue. Renewable energy is at the center of that,” explained Altenex Managing Director Duncan McIntyre. Read the full Story
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