United States

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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Solar Saves Lives: The U.S. solar industry launches major hurricane relief effort

The Solar Foundation and 20 solar companies and organizations have joined forces with the Clinton Foundation, Operation Blessing and others to help bring power and clean water to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

U.S. utilities step up attempts to increase fixed charges, minimum bills

The latest report by North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center shows that American utilities are trying the same tactics to gain more revenue from and/or stop their customers from going solar. But their success rate has not changed.

U.S. thin film PV maker Stion to discontinue operations

The Mississippi-based CIGS manufacturer cites “intense” competition from imports.

Solar rushes in to re-light hope in Puerto Rico

With more than 95% of Puerto Ricans without power, the U.S. solar industry is coming to the aid of the battered island.

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