If solar developers price on a % basis, their fees would have declined drastically with module price drops, even though developer costs like labor and permitting haven't declined as rapidly.
Renewable Energy World
World's largest solar panel maker Suntech is cutting 2 of 3 production shifts and ~50 jobs at its Goodyear AZ plant, part of worldwide restructuring to reduce operating expenses by 20%.
Article examines economics of Canada's Point Lepreau reactor, finds higher than PV installed cost ($3.27/W) and operating costs, and lower than PV power contribution during peak periods.
The Windsor Star
Yingli expecting Q3 gross margins of negative 22-24% due to inventory write downs, lower capacity utilization and impact of recent duties; US sales in Q2 comprised only 9% of all sales.
GM and ABB turn 5 used Chevy Volt batteries into 25kW/50kWh battery storage system; capacity could provide backup power to 5 avg. U.S. homes for 2 hours and also balance intermittent PV.
Stanford's SLAC National Accelerator Lab wins $2.6M from the DoE for three research projects that explore cheaper materials and manufacturing techniques for solar panels.
Tier 1 module maker Canadian Solar posts Q3 loss of $43M; "we are not under the pressure to sell inventory regardless of profitability that we believe some of our competitors are facing"
With Baker's new referral program, 1st referral gets iPad Mini + $50, subsequent referrals get $400/installation; around 20% of Baker Electric's business comes from referrals.
With antidumping tariffs likely to price Chinese-made solar out of the market, manufacturing can be expected to move to Taiwan, helped by a shared culture and deep business connections.
PV manufacturer Lightway Solar America will supply 16.6MW of solar panels to integrated project developer Premier Power Renewable Energy Inc. of projects in the U.S and Europe.
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