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National Grid dives into renewable energy development

The Anglo-American company is the latest utility to enter the utility-scale solar and wind development space by closing on its acquisition of Geronimo Energy.
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Duke wants to tax the sun

Duke Energy is seeking an "Integration Services Charge" on solar projects in North Carolina of 0.11¢/kWh to 0.24¢/kWh, with future pricing increases of almost 300%. The utility offers an out, if developers integrate energy storage.
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#Solar100’s Amy Harder: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the (Energy) Galaxy

In this #Solar100 Interview, Richard Matsui, Founder & CEO of kWh Analytics, speaks with Amy Harder, energy and climate change reporter for Axios.
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Sunnova launches $300-350 million IPO

Sunnova has put some numbers on how much it expects to raise as it goes public.
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REC Silicon lays off 100 at Washington polysilicon plant

Polysilicon maker REC Silicon has announced that it will lay off another 100 workers at its Moses Lake facility in Washington State, as the factory heads into long term shutdown.
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New Republic & Gizmodo to hold presidential climate forum, solar co-op for Florida beach towns: pvMB 7/15/19

Welcome back from your weekend and into the pvMB. Today we'll be looking at Solar Star's negative Fitch rating, Athol, Massachusetts' moratorium on solar, JinkoSolar winning a leadership award... and more!
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Cypress Creek to quit EPC business, diversify development

The developer’s new “Go Forward” strategy focuses on development in wholesale markets, diversification beyond PURPA contracts and a wider national reach.
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A pocket chart to maximize solar power deployment

Researchers have built a matrix outlining how solar power in various deployment models generates benefits greater than just clean electricity. This will help policy makers maximize energy decisions with limited resources.
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International OpenADR Symposium: “The Protocol for Distributed Energy Resources and the Future Grid”

This symposium is a three day event, June 11-13 at the PG&E Pacific Energy Center in San Francisco California. The event is co-hosted by Southern California Edison and is open to OpenADR members and non-members.

IDEEMATEC strengthens financial position with ABN AMRO Energy Transition Funds as new investor

Today IDEEMATEC GmbH and ABN AMRO Energy Transition Fund announced the signing of an investment agreement. With this investment ABN AMRO ETF supports the rapid growth of the German specialist of Tracking Systems.

What is Angel Investing?

Angel Investing fills the gap between the necessary seed capital at the birth stage of a startup and the stage where the startup needs capital to grow and accelerate. At this latter stage, depending on the power of the business idea and the startup’s performance, the early stage growth or risk capital required may be less […]

Clean Energy Solutions joins affordable housing initiative in L.A. to alleviate housing crisis

Leading solar energy provider Clean Energy Solutions works with city officials to create cost-effective accessory dwelling units in effort to solve housing shortage.

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A dream of distributed generation powering New Jersey

Gridworks, GridLab and the Center for Renewables Integration have authored a paper which outlines the benefits of and necessary steps to most effectively power the state's 100% clean energy target with distributed energy resources.

Summit Ridge to build 75 MW of Illinois community solar, Spruce acquires residential assets: pvMB 07/12/19

In today’s pvMB we also bring you Tri-State seeking federal oversight, TEP’s long-term plan, SMA’s new North America service center and more…

The United States is headed for a battery breakthrough

A new report released by the U.S. Department of Energy projects installed battery storage capacity to reach 2.5 GW by 2023. Florida and New York are set to pave the way, as massive projects in each of those states will account for nearly half of the coming capacity.

Solar + storage for massive grid savings in North Carolina

In recent testimony North Carolina heard how energy storage could offer massive customer savings in many formats, but that Duke and other utilities are holding back that growth.

Xcel plays the waiting game

The utility’s long-term plan for Minnesota shows that it plans to delay building any large-scale solar for six years, and to kill the state’s distributed solar market in the interim.

Catholic Church going solar, Solar+storage+Stem in Massachusetts, GameChange gets Citibank money; pvMB 07/11/19

Amaresco building 2.1 MW for schools in California, a report on solar+storage aiming for gas, Summit Ridge and Pivot Energy building in Illinois and more!

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Waste heat is not cool, say scientists

Engineers at the University of Utah have developed a tiny device which they say could increase the performance of PV panels and other electronic devices by converting energy lost as heat back into electricity.

Latest proposed steel tariffs could hit the solar industry

A finding that Mexico and China are subsidizing the structural steel products that they export to the United States could have impacts on racking and tracking systems makers.

ABB exits solar inverter business

This Swiss giant is following a trend as large multinational high-tech companies see their role as redesigning infrastructure rather than supplying inverters at ever lower margins. Schneider Electric has pulled out of large scale solar, Siemens’ Kaco acquisition and Junelight launch show increasing interest in the C&I and residential markets, and GE is likely to divest its power conversion business due to low profit margins in that sector.

EDF to bring 350 MW to NY, New Hampshire’s new RPS, maybe: pvMB 7/8/19

Hello everybody and welcome back from your long 4th of July weekend, if you had one. Today we’re back with the pvMB and we’ll be looking at $55 million for Long Island energy storage, storage replacing peakers in New York, Direct Solar getting in the Texas football booster game and more!

Duke Energy hits 1 GW owned solar, 74.5 MW coming to Escambia: pvMB 7/3/19

Hello and welcome to your July 3rd pvMB! Today we’ll be tackling Bloom Energy going hydrogen, a jet fuel burning plant shutdown in Oakland, RPCS’ safe harbor strategy for ITC stepdown and more. Enjoy your holiday!

Enphase begins tariff-free shipments from Mexico, TVA caps solar in final plan: pvMB 07/01/19

In today’s brief we also feature conditions on Dominion’s future IRPs and some tax benefits recognized from Georgia solar.

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Florida approves 194 MWac of solar power for $250 million

Duke Energy Florida has received regulatory approval to rate base three solar power plants located in the Tampa, Florida area. The facilities will come online at the end of 2019 and early in 2020.

Capital Dynamics brings the big money to C&I solar

The asset manager’s new joint venture with Sol Systems seeks to develop up to 100 MW of solar annually to supply businesses, municipalities and universities.

NV Energy faces a fine, MiaSolé’s world record solar efficiency: pvMB 7/10/19

Welcome one and all to your Hump Day pvMB, where today we’ll be looking at a solar on a really cool low income housing project for veterans, California Senators calling for solar + storage inclusion in wildfire bills, a data center builder breaking into solar and more!

The (solar) power of the people

Vote Solar and Solar United Neighbors have launched the “I love My Solar” postcard campaign to celebrate two million solar installations nationally. This campaign could be a step towards a larger role that solar consumers could play in American politics.

Jekyll and Hyde utility seeks solar retribution

Florida’s largest electricity utility sought to exclude those who were politically active for consumer-owned solar from an upcoming community solar program. It’s not a good look for the state’s largest utility, or parent company NextEra, the nation’s largest wind and solar developer.

EnergySage educates with solar buyer’s guide

EnergySage has released an all-new solar buyers guide which provides data and assessments of thousands of different solar modules and inverters, as well as scores of residential batteries.

Technology

Toyota’s super-high efficiency solar car, Numbers for New York’s energy transition: pvMB 07/09/19

Happy Tuesday and welcome to this edition of the pvMB. On this fine, fine, Tuesday we'll be looking at five states choosing solar, wind and storage over gas, the Glendale power plant replacement plan, POWERHOME Soalr's CEO winning an award, and more!

‘Turbocharging’ silicon PV: MIT scientists scratch the surface of singlet exciton fission

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a device they say could “turbocharge” a single-junction silicon PV cell, pushing the technology beyond its theoretical limit to efficiencies of 35% and higher.

When the battery is a building

AES announced the groundbreaking of its Alamito Energy Center, a 100 MW / 400 MWh battery for electric utility SoCalEdison, which is being constructed as a full on building – much like a data center.

Battery scientists make a cracking observation

Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the U.S. used x-ray imaging to observe cracks forming in a solid state lithium battery, a discovery they say changes the understanding of performance of solid state batteries and which could lead to more durable systems.

PV interconnection requirements may change with new reliability guidance

Interconnection requirements for mid-sized and large inverter-based systems directly connected to the transmission grid may change based on new guidance issued in draft form by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation. The guidance does not apply to distributed PV.

Solar plus storage virtuous cycle seeks 728 GWh gas replacement opportunity

NREL research projects that as solar power breaks 10% and 25% penetration levels across the United States, energy storage has an up to ~144 GW / 728 GWh opportunity to replace 261 GW of gas peakers.

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