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PetersenDean partners with LG, SolarEdge for solar plus storage

The residential installer will offer LG Chem’s RESU battery packs and SolarEdge’s StorEdge inverter, power optimizer and monitoring solution as part of its residential solar plus storage offering.
Markets & Policy

Contentious lawsuit over solar modules demonstrates market fragility

EPC DEPCOM Power wants the solar modules it says CSun owes it. CSun says DEPCOM didn’t pay its deposit and has caused cash-flow issues with the module manufacturer/distributor. Meanwhile, the panels remain in storage.

Markets & Policy

Bipartisan congressional solar caucus coalesces after tariff decision

Congressmen Raja Krishnamoorthi (D) and Ralph Norman (R) have founded what appears to be the first solar-specific caucus in Congress.

Markets & Policy

Solar to lead global renewables growth for next five years — KPMG

Solar is set to grow more in terms of capacity than any other clean-energy technology over the next half decade, according to a new report. Battery storage will play a crucial role in this as well.

Cost and prices

Report: Chinese module imports climbed sharply in Q4

1,200%. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, that’s how high imports of Chinese modules rose in the fourth quarter last year in a desperate attempt to stockpile sufficient numbers before tariffs choked off international supplies.

Markets & Policy

Michigan utility will phase out coal by 2040, CEO says

Consumers Energy says it wants to reduce its carbon emissions by 80% on the same time frame as it completely phases out coal and replacing it with renewable sources like wind and solar.

Markets & Policy

Connecticut proposes “40% by 2030” renewable energy mandate, replacing net metering

Connecticut’s governor has put forward a bill to extend the state’s Renewables Portfolio Standard, but also to replace net metering with a system where customers with solar are paid for energy and RECs under a 20-year contract.

Installations

Puerto Rican school benefits from sonnen microgrid

The rest of the U.S. citizenry appears to have forgotten about Puerto Rico and the suffering of its people (also U.S. citizens) – but companies like sonnen and Pura Energía are working to return electricity to critical infrastructure projects like schools.

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Press Releases

Sunpreme Partners with Blue Sky Utility and Passco Companies to Deploy 1.62MW Bifacial Solar Panels at Hanford – Becoming One of the Largest Rooftop Installations on a Shopping Mall in California

Blue Sky Utility, a California based renewable energy developer, and Sunpreme Inc. , a US-based solar photovoltaic company and Passco Companies, a national real estate investment firm, are pleased to announce the completion of a 1.

Dorn Homes Announces Innovative New Home Power Solution

Dorn Homes’ Eco Evolve service is the next leap forward in independent and environmentally friendly power. After your Eco Evolve installation your home will utilize a combination of solar panel energy collection and Sonnen Home Battery storage to provide reliable power independent of the grid.

EnSync Energy Announces Partnership with Lower Electric to Enter the Illinois Solar Market

EnSync, Inc. (NYSE American: ESNC), dba EnSync Energy Systems (“EnSync Energy”), a leading developer of innovative distributed energy resources (DERs), today announced a partnership with licensed agent, broker and consultant (ABC) Lower Electric to offer solar energy-based electricity solutions to its nearly 4,000 clients in Illinois.

Massachusetts’ SMART Program Awards Sunpin 20-Year Feed-In-Tariff Contract in Western Massachusetts

Sunpin, a leading California-based solar developer, has been selected as an awardee of a 20-year power purchase agreement  (PPA) issued by Massachusetts’ SMART (Solar Massachusetts’ Renewable Target) program.  A 20-year feed-in-tariff incentive contract has been awarded by WMECO (Western Massachusetts Electric) to Sunpin’s Blandford project.

Installations

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Michigan solar total remains low among renewable energy options

The total volume of PV in Michigan remains small for the size of the state, especially as a percentage of renewable energy, as reported by state regulator.

Global storage growth of 4.6% in 2017 reflects patchy state of sector

Despite hitting a record 1.17 GW of new grid-scale storage capacity in 2017, growth was a mere 4.6% on 2016 having surged 61% the year prior. Industry’s reliance on policy support means foundations for growth remain uneven, report finds. Average costs, however, fell by 24% last year.

Enel, NREL partner on three-year solar vegetation study

By doing the research, the partners hope to discover how solar and plant life interact and find effective ways for solar arrays and agricultural lands to co-exist.

NextEra Energy Resources adds to Minnesota community solar boom

Five new projects bring the developer’s community solar portfolio to 66 MW and continues the state’s position as a leader in the space.

GCL, Canadian Solar, First Solar show biggest solar pipelines

GCL, Canadian and First Solar are reporting the largest project pipelines in GTM Research’s ranking of global developers, however it is unclear how Section 201 duties will affect Canadian Solar as well as No. 4 developer SunPower.

Maryland opens energy-storage tax credit program

The program is now taking applications for $750,000 in tax credits to support energy storage systems added to existing renewable energy systems, with $225,000 reserved for residential solar customers and $525,000 reserved for commercial taxpayers.

Manufacturing

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SunPower continues to bleed red ink

Due largely to write-downs the high-efficiency PV maker lost a whopping $750 million during Q4 2017, as it sells off assets.

SunLink claims 150% growth in 2017 shipments

The mounting system and tracking maker has surpassed 2 GW of solutions installed and claims 5-fold growth in its tracker solution.

EU, China request consultation with US over solar tariffs

Following the introduction of 30% graduated tariffs on U.S. imports of solar cells and modules, the European Union and China have joined South Korea and Taiwan in filing a complaint with the World Trade Organization.

Kann, Shiao: No “manufacturing renaissance” due to solar tariffs

The latest analysis by current and former GTM Research executives argues that there is insufficient economic reason to manufacture solar in the United States.

Tesla solar deployments slide further in Q4

With only 87 MW deployed, Tesla/SolarCity may no longer be the largest distributed solar company in the United States, but its energy storage business is growing.

Solar jobs fall 4% in 2017 (w/ chart)

The hangover from the ITC-driven 2016 boom is the biggest factor in the relative decline, but a rebound is expected in 2019.

Markets & Policy

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Massachusetts bill to supercharge clean energy goals

A new version of a bill to set 2030 and 2040 greenhouse gas reduction targets will also increase the state’s renewable energy mandate, remove net metering caps and do a lot more.

FERC opens markets to energy storage, begins distributed energy proceeding

As the completion of the multi-year rule-making the federal agency will require grid operators to value the contributions of energy storage, and begins a process to look at how aggregated distributed energy resources can compete in wholesale markets.

Data reveals top 3 traits consumers want in a solar installer

According to SolarReviews.com’s examination of more than 2,800 actual customer reviews, smaller, family-owned companies with deep roots in communities receive the most positive reviews from the people they serve.

OPIC funds $253 million in overseas solar during 2017

The U.S. government’s lender for U.S. interests operating in developing markets increased clean energy financing in 2017, despite the arrival of the Trump Administration and an ongoing investigation.

Tesla Energy asks U.S. Supreme Court to let its lawsuit against Salt River Project continue

The Tesla unit formerly known as SolarCity has pursued an antitrust lawsuit against the Arizona utility since 2017, which SRP has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to dismiss immediately.

California regulators emphasize solar, batteries in utility planning framework

CPUC’s guidance calls for an additional 9 GW of solar and 2 GW of battery storage as the standard against which to compare utility and CCA Integrated Resource plans, and says that new fossil fuel plants must prove a need.

Technology

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Texas, California among regions pushing the boundaries of renewables integration

Latest report by IEEFA showcases nine case studies among the world’s leading states by wind and solar market share, which can help up as an example for other countries on their energy transition pathways.

U.S. researchers develop new redox flow compound

A team of scientists from the University of Rochester has developed a compound which it says could double the effectiveness of redox flow batteries, and ‘transform the energy storage landscape’.

Battery storage challenges: Materials, longevity and project management

An academic event held last week in the U.K. presenting the results of two major research projects on energy storage provided an update on the current and future directions of battery storage technology and development.

NREL scientists observe perovskite degradation at nano-scale

A team from the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has developed a novel microscopic technique, which enables them to observe degradation in perovskite materials at the nano-scale and pinpoint key areas to improve the stability and durability of the material.

California sets rules for multiple uses of energy storage

A ruling by CPUC opens the door for “stacking” the services that batteries and other forms of energy storage can provide.

SEIA attempts to get ahead of locational value

A new white paper by the solar trade group proposed principles to guide the compensation for locational value of energy.

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