Low costs will keep Mexico at the vanguard of the Latin American solar market, a region that will account for 11 percent of global PV demand by 2022.

Latin America made up just 3 percent of global demand last year, but the region’s importance is set to soar, according to GTM Research's Global Solar Demand Monitor.

In the final quarter of 2017 alone, Latin America added a total of 3.4 gigawatts of capacity to country pipelines thanks to five auctions across Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico. 

The auction system has seen average power purchase agreement prices tumbling across the region. In

After 10 years running Sungevity, I recently completed a tour visiting solar companies in and around the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia. I am pleased to report the residential solar industry is thriving around the world -- everywhere except right here in the U.S.  

The reason for this is startlingly simple: American consumers are being charged over two times more for solar than is the average consumer overseas. That’s USD $10,000 more for a typical 5-kilowatt residential solar system. The panels are the same -- so what on earth is going on? 

The answer: red tape.

Here in the land of technology leadership and

Clean up and electricity restoration efforts in Puerto Rico are ongoing.

Thee Puerto Rico Energy Commission unveiled 29-pages of proposed regulations last week for future microgrid installations on the island.

The regulations, which are now open for 30 days of public comment, synthesized pages of responses received after a November 10 call for recommendations. Commission chair José Román Morales said it’s the most interest the not yet four-year old commission has received during a public rulemaking process.

The goal was to sketch a clearer outline for a tricky-to-define concept -- a microgrid can refer to many types of generation islanded from the central grid -- as more developers eye installations on the recovering island. 

What an Abandoned Power Plant Waste Rule Says About the Agenda to Dismantle EPA

What's it like inside the Environmental Protection Agency as the Trump administration dismantles it from the top down?

This week, ProPublica’s Talia Buford joins us on The Energy Gang to talk about how Scott Pruitt’s aggressive regulatory rollback agenda is changing the agency’s relationship to science, to industry, and to the staffers who've worked there for decades. An abandoned rule on effluent from power plants tells us a lot about Pruitt's approach to disassembling the EPA.

Then, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled his latest energy vision, which features big targets for offshore wind and energy storage. Is New York suddenly the country’s

Solar tariffs probably aren't Trump's top priority, but they could support his broader narrative on China and trade.

The U.S. International Trade Commission released a new report on the Section 201 trade case this week that the Trump administration could use to defend new solar tariffs, if challenged at the World Trade Organization. 

Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, head of the U.S. Office of the Trade Representative (USTR), requested the supplemental report in November “to assist the President in determining the appropriate and feasible action to take.”

Lighthizer specifically asked the ITC to identify any “unforeseen developments” that led to crystalline silicon photovoltaic (CSPV) cells and modules being imported in such high quantities as to harm U.S. domestic solar manufacturers.

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The embattled nuclear reactor manufacturer finds a new corporate home.

Brookfield Business Partners, part of Brookfield Asset Management, announced this week it would acquire the bankrupt Westinghouse Electric Company for $4.6 billion. 

The purchase comes just days after Brookfield Renewable Partners closed its deal to acquire SunEdison’s TerraForm Global Inc. for $750 million. Brookfield also agreed to a controlling stake in yieldco TerraForm Power. Along with those investments, the Westinghouse deal adds depth to Brookfield’s growing portfolio of power assets acquired at rock bottom prices

In a release on the Westinghouse agreement, Brookfield called Westinghouse an “iconic American company” and highlighted its “strong market position” and “attractive revenue and cash flow profile” as topline motivations behind the

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A citizen-sponsored ordinance requiring rooftop vegetation on large, newly constructed buildings in Denver took effect with the start of the new year, but a city task force already is in the works and is likely to make some changes in the months ahead.

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