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US energy storage begins to take off

Despite a lackluster Q4, GTM Research predicts that the U.S. energy storage market is going to boom in 2018, driven by both policy support and falling prices.

Enphase shows turnaround in Q4 results

The struggling microinverter maker narrowed its losses considerably in Q4, as it unveils new products and expands in new markets.

US researchers get the lead out of perovskites

Scientists led by Brown University have developed perovskite solar cells, which replace the toxic lead common to many of these material structures with titanium. The researchers say that with further optimization, the material could eventually be ideal for use as a tandem cell layer.

US imports of Chinese solar climbed sharply in Q4

1,200%. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, that’s how high imports of Chinese modules rose in the fourth quarter last year, in a desperate attempt to stockpile sufficient numbers before tariffs choked off international supplies.

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JinkoSolar confirms plans to invest $410 million in the US

The Chinese manufacturer confirms that it has authorized its U.S. subsidiary to finalize plans for the investment.

Trump levies graduated tariffs starting at 30%, exempts 2.5 GW in cells

The decision, released on U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s website, could keep current U.S. module manufacturers in business by keeping their cell lifelines open.

Tesla begins production of Solar Roof tiles at New York gigafactory

The company also says that it has begun installation of the Solar Roof on the homes of non-employee homeowners.

Trump team argues strongly for tariffs

Reports say an unreleased memo circulating within the White House lays out arguments for the strongest of trade sanctions against Chinese solar module makers in what is likely a bad sign for U.S. solar markets.

US Senate approves tax bill with provision to hobble solar, wind tax credits

The bill will now be reconciled with the House version, which does not contain the BEAT provision. The Solar Energy Industry Association says that it has four Senators who support “fixes”, but was not able to get a modification to the Senate bill.

Californian project recognised for demonstrating solar’s supply of grid services

California’s grid operator (ISO) says that a joint National Renewable Energy Lab, First Solar and the California Independent System Operator project shows that renewable energy plants with smart inverter technology can provide grid services similar to, or in some cases better than conventional generation.

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