U.S. International Trade Commission takes up Suniva case

The United States International Trade Commission decided yesterday to move forward with Suniva’s Section 201 filing, now called Investigation No. TA-201-75. The goal of the investigation will be “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

Q&A: Solar, software and storage with Greensmith Energy

Since 2008, Greensmith Energy has provided energy storage software and integration services to utilities and power providers. Greensmith is responsible for deploying about a third of total U.S. energy storage capacity in 2016. It was recently acquired by Wärtsilä, a 183-year-old Finnish company which supplies flexible power plants to the U.S. market. We caught up with John

SEIA responds to Trump budget proposal slashing renewable energy funding

Trump’s budget proposal was released today, and fears of cuts to renewable energy have been confirmed. Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of SEIA, issued the following statement: “We were disappointed to see the administration’s proposal to slash programs that promote American-made clean energy. Clean energy research programs have been priorities of both Republican and Democratic administrations and

From Tron to tsunamis: SimpliPhi Power, problem solving with storage since 2002

You might know SimpliPhi Power for its lithium ferrous phosphate (LFP) batteries used to back up residential and commercial solar arrays. But you might not be aware of the diverse applications the batteries are used in or its inspiring CTO and founder who developed a battery architecture based initially on the lithium cobalt oxide and

Contractors Corner: California contractor inspired by ‘Habitat for Humanity’ model

  Habitat for Humanity has been “bring[ing] people together to build homes, communities and hope” for over 40 years. Volunteer laborers build affordable housing while also building a sense of community.  SunWork Renewable Energy Projects in Milpitas, California, introduced a similar concept to solar. Although, instead of focusing on low income home owners, it targets homes

Choose carefully when selecting a deep-cycle solar battery

There are several factors to consider when selecting a deep-cycle battery including battery chemistry type, cycle life, maintenance, application and price point. It’s important to select the right battery technology for your application in terms of battery maintenance. If a site is easily accessible, then deep-cycle flooded batteries are a good choice due to their

Webinar: Behind NEC 2014 & 2017: What solar installers need to know – June 21st

Join us for a live webinar with CivicSolar & Yaskawa – Solectria Solar on June 21st, offered at 11:30am, 2pm and 5pm EST.     This webinar will serve as a code compliance lesson with the updates on article 690. We will review the different solutions available for rapid shutdown compliance to keep solar to

Guest column: Elon Musk is creating a vacuum. Is this an opportunity or a problem?

This is Part 4 of a four-part article series from Shawn Sinclair Smith, president and founding director of Siviniti. Read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.   This is the last in my series regarding Elon Musk and his methods of building and growing a solar company. My overarching advice has been to not

Webinar: Navigating Rapid Shutdown Requirements when PV and Storage are Present – June 20th

Join us for a free, live webinar on June 20th at 2pm EST.     With battery storage technologies becoming more affordable, many homeowners are adding storage capabilities to their grid-tie PV systems. In this webinar, Alan Santos-Buch and Ryan Stankevitz, will discuss the unique considerations to navigate rapid shutdown when both PV and Storage

SEIA pledges to take the lead on opposing Suniva trade petition

SEIA’s president and CEO Abigail Ross Hopper assured reporters the organization will take the lead on opposing Suniva’s Section 201 petition to the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) during a conference call with reporters on Monday. Suniva’s petition calls for trade tariffs on foreign solar cells. Hopper called the petition an “existential threat” to the