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GameChange awarded monster tracker deals across the United States

In what has been an explosive start to the year for the company, GameChange Solar has announced deals that could potentially position the company among the top five global tracker suppliers.
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A loan for your PV system & your new roof too

Mosaic has unveiled a more versatile loan product with a variety of innovations, including allowing households to qualify on the basis of total income, as well as an option for full amortization at the inception of the loan.
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Nearly half of utilities globally exploring distributed energy management systems

A "virtual power plant" can aggregate distributed solar and storage to help balance supply and demand, and provide grid services. Nearly half of the utility executives interviewed by Deloitte said their firm is considering such a solution, also known by...
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Big solar coming (back) to Montana, banks feeling the heat over alleged DC Solar ponzi scheme: pvMB 4/18/19

Welcome to pv magazine USA's morning brief. Today we bring you SunGrow's new energy storage system, potential changes to the prime farmland rule in North Dakota, and PosiGen raising $20 million to deploy low- and middle-income solar.
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Solar homes sell for more

A new report published by Zillow found that homes with residential solar systems sell for 4.1% more than their non-solar counterparts.
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Clean energy mandate passes Nevada Senate

SB 358 would require the state to generate enough electricity with zero-carbon sources to meet its own demand by 2050, and includes a target of 50% renewable energy by 2030.
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Duke is going to get a lot more solar

In the largest single-day announcement to date, Duke Energy has announced 14 projects to be built across the Carolinas, totaling 602 MW in capacity.
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It’s all about the efficiency

An analysis by mono PV maker LONGi shows the math on how increases in module efficiencies drive down balance of system costs.

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Pentair and SunTech Drive deliver simplified solar pumping solution

Global water treatment company Pentair is pleased to announce a strategic collaboration with SunTech Drive to deliver simplified solar pumping solutions. The first innovation resulting from this collaboration integrates SunTech Drive’s state-of-the-art solar control platform into Pentair’s Pentek variable speed drive technology.

Correction: Scatec Solar sells 50,904 shares to employees

Reason for correction: Total number of shares held by primary insider updated in attachment.

ChargeWheel secures $1 Million investment to build network of solar-powered mobile charging hubs for micromobility fleets and electric vehicles

ChargeWheel begins production of Energy Trailers equipped with renewable energy generation, energy storage and DC fast charging capabilities; funding will support the deployment of 100 Energy Trailers by the end of 2019.

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Sunrun’s fancy new HQ, Hawaii’s precious GEM$: pvMB 4/17/19

Welcome, welcome, welcome to today's edition of the pvMB. Today we'll be looking at Lumidyne's new DER integration tool, Carrie Zalewski's Illinois Commerce Commission chair appointment and more!

Elizabeth Warren calls for 10x increase of renewable generation on public lands, waters

The U.S. senator and presidential candidate announced the plans for a targeted expansion of renewable energy development on public lands along with a moratorium on new fossil fuel leases and other measures.

Florida closing in on Southeast solar supremacy

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy’s second annual Solar in the Southeast report shows that while North Carolina is still top dog in the region, a strong 2018 pushed Florida past Georgia and poised the state to take the top spot.

Spotsylvania solar fully approved, Cypress Creek teams up with Starbucks: pvMB 4/16/19

Good morning! In today’s pvMB we also bring you Enphase’s upgrade program hitting 2,500 users, the mayor of South Miami going off-grid, and more!

Idaho Power tries to shut down net metering (again)

The utility is dredging up the trope of the cost shift as it plans for 100% “clean” electricity – on its terms.

California’s solar power record setting season is here

California’s grid operator reported breaking 11 GW of instantaneous power from large-scale solar power on Saturday at 1:50 PM. Twenty minutes beforehand, the CAISO grid was exporting a record 1.5 GW of electricity, and last Wednesday it hit 93% clean electricity for a moment.

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Tesla, GAF, RGS and now Hanergy: will solar roofs (finally) heat up this year?

Hanergy displayed the newest rendition of its 18.7% Thin Film Flat SOLARtile in Australia last week as it gears up for the U.S. and global product launch later in 2019.

NEXTracker maintains dominance of global tracker market

The global market for solar trackers expanded by 20% in 2018, with total international shipments spiking 36% year-on-year to surpass the 20 GW mark, according to a new report by Wood Mackenzie. NEXTracker and Array Technologies maintained their industry dominance, but a number of smaller competitors claimed a greater share of the global market in the 12 months to the end of December than ever before.

pvMB 3/29: Ameresco wins eight projects through SMART, University of Minnesota to go solar

The eagle flies on Friday, and in today’s pvMB we bring your Fluence’s new CTO, ET Solar making a comeback, Pason & Chint’s integrated energy storage solution, and more…

Big batteries are coming to Southern California

Macquarie has closed on funding for a third portion of a 340 MWh project in Southern California, and LADWP is planning 1.8 GW of batteries.

High efficiency solar module upgrades from REC and Trina

REC Group has begun production of its residential N-Peak Black series, reaching up to 325 watts. Concurrently, Trina Solar has released four new modules within its Tallmax, Duomax, Duomax Twin, and Honey series – some of which reach up to 415 watts.

The clawFR gets first UL certification, broader launch underway

PanelClaw announced the launch of its flat rooftop 10° clawFR solar module racking platform. The company reports an installation manual, autoCAD blocks, and that the racking solution is approved by UL to work with its first tranche of solar modules.

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London IPO raises $200 million to invest in solar in the Americas

US Solar Fund has completed its initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange, raising $200 million with a goal to investing in $4.8 billion in utility-scale projects across the Americas.

#Solar100’s Dan Siegel: The Marie Kondo of Solar Tax Equity

In this #Solar100 Interview, Jason Kaminsky, COO of kWh Analytics, speaks with Dan Siegel, vice president of Renewable Energy Business Development at U.S. Bank.

Green Mountain Power on 100% clean energy: hold my beer

The Vermont utility has set a plan to decarbonize more aggressively than even Washington DC, as the second utility known to pv magazine to set a 100% clean electricity target.

Washington 100% renewable bill passes both Houses

Washington is looking to become the fourth state to make the move to 100% renewable electricity, with only a Senate review and the hand of Governor Inslee left in the way of SB 5116.

Solar sandbagged in draft TVA resource plan

By using high projected costs for solar, low costs for natural gas, and capping solar installations at 500 MW per year, the Tennessee Valley Authority “did not optimize for what is best for Tennessee Valley residents,” says a citizens group.

SEIA’s soliloquy for solar+storage, stability and transmission in California

In response to updates of California’s proposed 12 GW Integrated Resource Plan, SEIA has suggested deeper evaluation of the grid value of solar+storage vs. solar alone, more consideration to transmission of solar generation, and a consistent procurement model to support business continuity.

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AES’ rainy day insurance, the crushing power of batteries on demand peaks, and more: pvMB 4/11/19

Happy Thursday and thank you for joining us by reading the pvMB. Today we'll also be looking at Russelectric's new distributed energy controller and Hammond Power Solutions's TruWave Active Harmonic Filter!

Hawaii utilities seek more renewables, storage and now grid services too

Hawaiian Electric Companies has laid out plans to source the equivalent of 135 MW of solar and 1,378 MWh of energy storage – as well as load shifting and frequency response from distributed energy resources through aggregators.

Harry Atwater to receive IEEE award, Nautilus acquires 21 MW in Minnesota: pvMB 4/8/19

Hello and thank you for starting your workweek with the pvMB. Today we’ll be looking at SEIA’s response to the ongoing Hanwha ITC investigation, a potential vote on the 500 MW Spotsylvania project, a free utility planning model from Arizona State and everything else you need to know in the onset of this week in the solar industry.

Massachusetts goes duck hunting

The state has unveiled a straw proposal of its new Clean Peak Standard, which appears to focus on mitigating future “duck curve” effects, as well as meeting winter peak energy demand. And this is good news for solar + battery storage.

Solar power situational awareness, future research get $166 million

The Department of Energy announced a new tranche of $130 million to fund research in up to 80 new solar power-related research and development projects. As well, ten projects were announced as winners of $36 million in awards to increase solar situational awareness during power grid disruptions.

Solar+storage sited at C&I locations can be the backbone of the grid

An analysis by Station A shows a potential for siting 48 GW of solar plus 22 GW / 42 GWh of energy storage in California commercial and industrial locations, meeting 19% of the state grid operator’s legally binding “Resource Adequacy” requirements.