Sunrun Denies Allegations That It Delayed Canceling Contracts to Inflate Solar Booking Numbers

A series of reports from the The Wall Street Journal is raising questions about Sunrun's handling of solar contract cancellations. Sunrun is pushing back against the accusations.

On Monday, the Journal reported that two former employees admitted to delaying the cancellation of hundreds of rooftop solar contracts in Hawaii over a five-month period in 2015. The story suggested that sales managers were purposefully inflating their customer numbers in the months leading up to Sunrun's IPO in August 2015.

"Around the time of the IPO, Sunrun’s cancellation data influenced at least two of the company’s key financial metrics: its number

Chinese Turbine Manufacturer Goldwind Wants to Hire Out-of-Work Coal Miners

A new jobs training initiative in Wyoming seeks to bridge the gap between diminishing coal employment and booming wind technician jobs.

Goldwind Americas, the local branch of the major Chinese turbine manufacturer, is launching a free jobs training program for what the Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks as the fastest-growing job in the U.S. Wind turbine service technician employment is slated to grow 108 percent in the 10 years starting from 2014, with median wages of $52,260 in 2016.

The Goldwind Works program will tackle the demand for skilled turbine repairs alongside another national challenge: the declining fortunes of America's coal miners. The

The Bonneville Power Administration is taking its first step into “non-wires alternatives” for power grid investments -- not necessarily by choice, but certainly with a lot of preparation in advance. 

Last week, the federal agency that manages the Columbia River hydropower complex and power grid across the Pacific Northwest announced it has given up its nearly decade-long effort to build a new transmission line along the I-5 corridor. The project, which faced public opposition from the start, has also ballooned in cost from an initial estimate of $346 million to more than $1 billion. 

Instead, BPA will turn to non-wires alternatives -- demand-side resources like

Siva Power Lands $25M to Chase Giga-Scale Domestic Thin-Film Solar Production

It's extremely difficult to raise venture capital funding for solar hardware companies, but somehow Siva Power just raised $25 million for its thin-film solar manufacturing think-tank/retirement project for thin film technologists.

Siva closed this $25 million round to focus on building a pilot line and developing a solar module business -- with funding led by Jim Simons and Mark Heising, along with Jonathan Sheets.

Mark Heising is the managing director of Medley Partners. Jim Simons, a renowned mathematician, started the Medallion Fund, a wildly successful hedge fund. He's appeared on the Forbes top 100 richest people list and, until this investment at least, was called “the

The Trump administration presented a $4.1 trillion budget for fiscal year 2018 today, which includes $3.6 trillion in spending cuts over the next 10 years in an attempt to balance the budget by 2027. In addition to deep cuts for health care, student loans and food stamps, the White House has proposed to slash budgets for climate and clean energy programs -- despite the bipartisan support many of these initiatives enjoy. 

If approved, the Environmental Protection Agency would see the steepest cuts of any agency, with a 31.4 percent budget trim that would shutter 50 agency programs and do away with 3,200 of the agency’s

After FERC Order 745 was issued in 2011, demand response procurement increased steadily from 26 gigawatts in 2012 to 33 gigawatts at the start of 2016.

However, the effects of looming uncertainty over jurisdiction and compensation for demand response (DR) began manifesting in 2016. As a result, the total estimated DR availability in ISO/RTO territories dropped from 33 gigawatts to 31 gigawatts between Q1 2016 to Q1 2017, according to GTM Research’s latest U.S. Wholesale DER Aggregation report.

Source: FERC, GTM Research

The decline comes at a time when state- and federal-level regulation is impacting the requirements for participation in wholesale services,

It’s Official: The Government Is Moving Forward With Suniva’s Solar Trade Case

Federal trade officials are moving ahead with Suniva's controversial trade complaint, which could double the price of solar modules imported into the U.S.

In April, the bankrupt solar manufacturer filed a rare petition under Section 201 of the 1974 Trade Act, claiming that imported cells and modules had caused "significant harm" to America's solar manufacturing base. 

Suniva requested a four-year tariff schedule on crystalline-silicon solar products imported from anywhere in the world: "Thus, petitioner seeks a recommendation to the President of four years of relief of an initial duty rate on cells of $0.40/watt, along with an initial floor price on modules of $0.78/watt." Those prices

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