Tesla’s PV installs continue rapid decline to 87MW in Q4 2017

Tesla reported another major decline in its residential solar installations for the fourth quarter of 2017, while a supply shortage in its energy storage system ‘Powerwall’ has created a customer backlog of solar and storage installs of more than one year.

Your most-read solar stories of 2017

From technology trends breaking out at scale, China’s mind-blowing deployment, a certain trade case in the US and of course, one or two notable bankruptcies, 2017 was never short of drama. But which stories drew your attention in 2017?

Tesla’s solar sales crash

Tesla reported a 38% decline in solar system installations in the third quarter of 2017, compared to the previous quarter, its weakest installation figures since the acquisition of SolarCity in 2016.

RGS Energy to compete with Tesla with Dow Chemical’s solar shingles

US-based PV installer RGS Energy has struck an exclusive deal with Dow Chemical to exclusively sell its third generation (3.0) solar shingles under the ‘POWERHOUSE’ brand said to use conventional crystalline silicon solar cells rather than the original CIGS (Copper, Indium, Gallium, Selenide) thin-film substrates.

Murdoch heir is in and Peter Rive is out at Tesla

Australian media baron Rupert Murdoch’s son James is one of two new independent board directors at Tesla, while the EV, tech and energy storage maker confirmed that former SolarCity CTO Peter Rive is leaving the company.

Multiple Indian ‘Gigafactories’ expected by 2019

At least two global technology leaders could set up Gigafactories to manufacture lithium-ion cells in India in the next couple of years, according to the head of the India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA).