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Cuomo’s Green New Deal starts with 1 GW of large-scale solar

New York has also awarded 614 MW of wind, and three of the 20 renewable energy projects awarded are paired with energy storage. NextEra, Invenergy and EDF are each set to build solar projects larger than 100 MW.
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Do these solar cells make me look fat?

NREL researchers explore power-to-weight ratios in thin film solar pv products, looking at premium price ($1.25-$100/W) gigawatt scale niches not directly competing with crystalline silicon solar modules.
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Demand aggregation comes to corporate solar

A new deal where five big-name companies have jointly signed up for the output of 42.5 MW from a North Carolina solar project may point to the future of corporate solar PPAs.
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pvMB 1/18/19: Tesla cuts 7% of workforce, a win for interconnection in Arizona, 57 MW plant in South Carolina goes online and more!

In today’s issue of the pv magazine USA morning brief, we also cover the commissioning of Wisconsin's largest solar roof, Bloomberg's Climate Finance council members, Maryland EVs, and the untimely end of three community solar gardens in Illinois.
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Brown goes green with a 50 MW solar project (w/ video)

Brown University is upping its effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions by announcing a pair of renewable projects, the larger of which is a 50 MW solar farm to be built in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. Upon completion it could be the largest solar projec...
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Damaged but not dead: proposed 500 MW farm in Spotsylvania takes a hit

After having two of the project's three special-use permit applications be recommended for denial, sPower's bid for the largest solar project East of the Rocky Mountains is in serious doubt.
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pvMB 1/17/19: SEIA splashes with new promotions, Vermont’s largest solar parking lot and more

In today's issue of the pvMB we take a look at NREL & CESA's report on designing community solar for low & moderate income customers, Stem Inc's BloomberNEF interview on solar+storage+AI, the first lithium-ion solar boat to be Coast Guard-certifi...
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World’s largest roofing company launches residential solar arm

Standard Industries has announced the launch of GAF Energy, a subsidiary which will interface with local roofing contractors to sell its DecoTech Solar roof system.

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Candidate slate for KIUC board election finalized

Three candidates have been chosen to run for three board seats in the 2019 Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative Board of Directors election. Incumbent directors Calvin Murashige, Jan TenBruggencate and Peter Yukimura were confirmed by the nominating committee in December.

Linton Crystal Technologies offers hardware retrofit to update legacy grower consoles

Linton Crystal Technologies (LCT) offers a hardware retrofit for older Czochralski (CZ) process crystal growers that rely on MS-DOS based control software. This comprises all growers manufactured by LCT prior to 2009.

Captona continues to grow its infrastructure portfolio and adds two more solar assets situated on landfills in Rhode Island

Captona, a North America-focused investment company specializing in power generation and energy infrastructure, announced today the continuing expansion of its portfolio of solar assets with the recent commercialization of two solar plants in Rhode Island. The plants are built on a private landfill that had been capped and closed for decades, thereby putting idle land to valuable […]

Three FirstEnergy Pennsylvania utilities launch request for proposal for solar photovoltaic alternative energy credits

FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) announced that a Request for Proposal (RFP) will be issued to purchase 120,500 Solar Photovoltaic Alternative Energy Credits (SPAECs) annually over a two-year period on behalf of three FirstEnergy Pennsylvania utilities – Pennsylvania Power Company (Penn Power), Pennsylvania Electric Company (Penelec), and Metropolitan Edison Company (Met-Ed).

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Florida Power and Light to install at least 10 GW of solar by 2030

The utility’s ’30 x 30’ plan centers on installing more than 30 million solar panels, as one of the most ambitious unveiled by utility any to date. The plan is projected to allow FPL to get more than 40% of its electricity from zero-emission solar and nuclear by 2030.

Google to build massive solar plants in Tennessee and Alabama

The two biggest plants each have a capacity of 150 MW, with smaller plants bringing the total capacity to 413 MW. These projects are a part of Google’s effort to match the company’s annual electricity consumption with renewables.

Scott Murtishaw on practical implications of PG&E’s bankruptcy for solar & storage

In this interview California Solar & Storage Association’s (CALSSA) senior advisor looks at what the pending bankruptcy of PG&E should mean for solar and energy storage, from rooftop solar to the future of the utility.

If San Diego goes for smaller solar, it could yield huge results

A recent solar siting survey conducted by The Clean Coalition and NREL found that San Diego has huge potential for solar development, and that the number grows sharply when smaller sites are considered.

pvMB 1/15/19: Solar tax suit in Maine, coalition calls on Congress to ditch fossil fuels and Appalachian Power is set to sell 100% renewable energy

In today’s edition of the pv magazine USA morning brief, we also take a look at Standard Solar’s addition of Dan Dobbs as EVP of Structured Finance, Tri-State Generation and juwi AG’s planned 100 MW solar plant in Colorado, AB 1070 taking effect in California and much more.

Solar+storage+sewage in Orlando resiliency plan

Duke Energy has presented a plan to the City of Orlando for a 1 to 3 MWac solar plant plus a 5 to 10 MW energy storage facility at a local sewage plant. The project is the first of potentially 14 solar+storage sites at strategic city locations.

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Powerhouse approved for California

The California Energy Commission has given its stamp of approval for Real Good Solar's Powerhouse PH-055 and PH-060 solar roof product.

Bifacial gets the big money

LONGi bifacial solar modules were included as part of a fully-financed 224 MWdc solar project in Georgia, with NEXTracker suggesting it’s a first for the technology in the United States on a large-scale financed project, with 750 MW already following in their book of business.

pvMB: REC sells 200 MW in December, $300 billion for EVs, solar worker death

Today’s pv magazine USA morning brief also features RGS Energy’s first solar shingle install, four New York municipalities teaming up for 100% renewables, new Vote Solar staff, and more!

pvMB: sPower’s 500 problems, local politics support solar, $5b more for batteries in Georgia, more!

In today’s pv magazine morning brief Brookfield Renewables announces its dividend at just above a quarter a share, the first community (sorta) solar project in Wyoming is complete, Duke Energy’s next round of solar rebates is already largely sold out, and more!

Tesla begins construction of Shanghai gigafactory

The EV and battery maker wants to start production of its Model 3 for the Chinese market by the end of the year. Next year, according to high-profile CEO Elon Musk, mass production of electric cars will start there, and this is expected to include their batteries as well.

pvMB: new Tesla & NextEra board members, 98% electricity from solar & more!

In the first edition of pv magazine USA’s morning brief, we bring you announcements of new faces on the boards of Tesla and NextEra Energy Partners, an analysis of the technical potential of floating solar, new price information and more.

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The Green New Deal in New York will double solar power

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing an increase of his administration's 3GW distributed solar by 2023 goal to 6GW by 2025 - while more than doubling large scale solar projects.

pvMB 1/16/19: Updates on Enphase’s microinverter swap-out, LONGi becomes a Sunnova-approved vendor, Shell installs a solar+storage microgrid, and more!

In today’s pv magazine USA morning brief we take a look at Con Edison choosing Sunverge’s platform for its Smart Home Rate project, California ISO’s reliability coordination services gaining 32 new utility members and other quick hitters.

As corporate renewable energy purchases expand, so do the risks

Rocky Mountain Institute offers insight into five corporate renewable energy procurement risks – price, shape, basis, volume, and operation – and follows with mitigation strategies and tools to widen the discussion within boardrooms.

What happens to a bankrupt PG&E’s solar contracts?

pv magazine USA offers a look into the possibilities regarding one of the biggest questions around PG&E’s bankruptcy announcement.

PG&E files for chapter 11 bankruptcy

PG&E is filing for bankruptcy, and it may get broken up by regulators. None of this is good news for solar project owners that hold contracts with the utility.

pvMB 1/14/19: Jolywood introduces a 420 watt module, hurdle cleared in Exxon climate lawsuit, rooftop solar so white

In today’s edition of pvMB: Tufts University and Cal Berkeley find that rooftop PV installations are overwhelmingly white and a TXP and IdeaSmiths report outlines the symbiotic relationship between Texas ranchers and wind and solar energy.

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As power grids change, language must as well

A new report calls for a change in the way that grid operators not only forecast behind-the-meter resources, but talk about the needs of electricity supply.

Portland utility proposes $1/kWh incentive for residential peak shaving

The utility aims for at least 66% participation in a residential demand response pilot. It also gives customers the option of moving to a lower rate structure by allowing the utility to automatically reduce their consumption during peak periods.

Six paths to 100% renewables for Los Angeles

Added transmission, varying levels of distributed generation, and increasing levels of “load modernization” are all under consideration in an NREL study. The results could illuminate paths for California and other states to reach 100% zero-carbon or renewable energy targets.

pvMB: Borrego Solar breaks 500 MW, Alabama gas+solar+storage microgrid, bill introduced for 100% renewables nationwide

Today’s pv magazine USA morning brief also features the EIA projecting 4.3 GWac of utility scale solar in 2019, SunPower tapping a new executive to lead its technology business unit, President Trump nominating former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to stay on as the head of the EPA, and more!

Ammonia in the mix for future storage technologies

Japan’s JGC Corporation reports an efficient method of converting hydrogen to ammonia, which can later be combusted to generate carbon-free electricity. Ammonia, according to JGC, has various advantages over hydrogen in terms of safety and cost effectiveness.

PVEL splits from DNV GL

The testing lab is on its own again after a management buyout, and Jenya Meydbray is returning as CEO. PVEL will still collaborate with DNV GL on its annual module scorecard.