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Fed and state regulators are pressuring PURPA, responses are being filed

A group of organizations representing Southeastern rate payers are arguing against proposed changes to PURPA by FERC, noting - among other items - that long term contracts at fixed, publicly available pricing is necessary to fight against the monopoly power of local utilities.
Markets & Policy

Senators call for Huawei ban in letter to FERC

11 Senators have signed a letter sent to FERC chair Neil Chatterjee with grave words in reference to the threat posed to the nation's energy infrastructure by the use of equipment manufactured by Huawei.
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Sungrow hits 100 GW, moves at Standard Solar: pvMb 12/11/19

Hello and happy Hump Day to all of you wonderful readers. Today we have Solar FlexRack supplying a 105 MW project, Northwestern Energy simultaneously adding coal and promising to cut carbon and more!
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SunCast episode 204 – Tim Effio of Fluence on how storage is disrupting Caribbean thermal generation models

In this episode of SunCast, Nico talks with Tim Effio, head of Latam & Caribbean markets for Fluence on the macro and micro implications of Solar + Storage and its integration into emerging markets.
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New Jersey sets the RECord straight (for now)

State regulators have decided on rates to determine the compensation values for 15-year Transition Renewable Energy Certificates, which serve as the midpoint in the state's transition away from legacy Solar Renewable Energy Certificates.
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US research lab rewires solar cell increasing efficiency to 27.3%, sees path to greater than 32%

NREL has published a paper showing an experimental solar cell, with a unique technique for wiring two separate solar cells into one, that increased the cell's efficiency by 4%. As well the document offer a respectable review of other technologies being d...
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SunCast Episode 203: SPI’2019 marketing trends 2020

This episode of SunCast is a flashback to SPI 2019: a sit-down with Deborah Knuckey from Kiterocket, Mike Casey from Tigercomm, Keith Zakheim from Antenna Group, and Lauren Glickman from RenewComm with a hard focus on marketing.
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The Town of Simsbury Connecticut, Asante Energy and Greenskies Renewable Energy complete rooftop solar project

Announcing the completion of a 220kW solar project for the Town of Simsbury under the State of Connecticut ZREC program.

Energy Toolbase Ranks No. 1,011 on the 2019 Inc. 5000 List as One of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America

Energy Toolbase was recognized as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America, ranking number 1,011 on the 2019 Inc. 5000 List.

Standard Solar Releases eBook Offering Critical Insight On Executing Successful Community Solar Projects

Nationally known community solar expert Standard Solar has launched a new eBook Community Solar: What You Need to Know. This free, comprehensive guide to community solar, the fastest-growing segment of the burgeoning U.

NEWLY FORMED STRATEGIC SOLAR SOURCING EQUIPS SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZE COMPANIES TO COMPETE IN SOLAR

A group of seasoned wind and solar industry executives today launched a new company, Strategic Solar Sourcing, that is the first to offer small and medium-sized solar businesses supply chain management outsourcing services and products previously available only to large organizations, including low-cost equipment pricing on modules, inverters and racking with resulting significant bottom-line improvements.

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NV Energy has more solar coming than 37 states have installed

Nevada regulators have approved the utility's latest integrated resource plan, which includes a gargantuan trio of solar projects and accompanying storage set to come to Clark County.

The wide market of solar panels, Deep sea pumped storage: pvMB 12/9/19

Hello wonderful people, happy Monday and welcome to the pvMB!

BlackRock aims a $2.5 billion fund at commercial and industrial solar, wind, and battery storage

The good news is that the world’s largest fund manager, BlackRock, just closed $1 billion of a record $2.5 billion fund dedicated to solar, wind, and energy storage projects. The bad news is that the $2.5 billion fund is a tiny fraction of BlackRock’s $6.96 trillion balance sheet and small change compared to BlackRock’s $17.5 billion investment in coal.

Hardware brief: Solar panel walking shoes, poly modules dying?, Trina poly bifacial breaks record, more!

You’re busy, so we keep it simple – only the hardware here folks! Los Angeles simplified its installation requirements, solar+storage install in Vermont, solar walking shoes that spread the force to 1/10th allowable weight, Trina setting bifacial poly records, and polysilicon pricing at the floor!

Elon Musk calls for an ‘immediate’ and ‘significant increase’ in Tesla’s solar installs

Tesla was once the unquestioned leader in the residential rooftop market with a market share of around 33 percent, but today, the company is No. 3, and its market share during the first quarter was a little more than 6 percent.

RE100 experiences biggest year ever

Growing by a third and seeing already one in seven members at 100% renewable electricity, more and more companies are joining RE100 and leading the global switch to renewable energy.

Manufacturing

Alta Devices hopes outside investors will revive the Hanergy-owned thin-film GaAs solar firm

Alta's COO: "An agreement has been reached between Alta Devices and Hanergy to allow Alta to bring in outside investors to breathe new life into the company, and to get the thin film GaAs technology leader back on track."

Solar tariff talks on the menu – bifacial exemption extended and ITC argued

Federal regulators upheld the bifacial solar module import tariff as a public good, and potential protector of irreparable harm against solar developers. Concurrently, the trade courts reviewed the solar module import tariff as a whole, with some groups stating module manufacturing showed success, while solar cell manufacturing hasn’t been helped.

GM building $2 billion dollar electric vehicle battery factory in Ohio

LG Chem and GM have announced an agreement to build a 30 GWh EV battery factory in Lordstown, Ohio which will employ 1,100 people and come online in 2023.

Deeper analysis of bifacial solar panel data – including greater cooling and how DC to AC ratios affect clipping

Soltec single axis tracker research shows greater production in a two-in-portrait configuration versus a single module by just over 2%, driven mostly by lower module temperatures as well hardware design adjustments.

All I want for Christmas is a solar power plus Enphase Ensemble battery backup

Enphase has released training materials and a pre-order page for its home energy storage product – the Ensemble. Here we review the hardware specs and the installation directions.

Hardware Brief: Solar services, really fast module install, install of the week, module pricing flat, more!

Happy Thanksgiving y’all, hope you hugged someone this holiday. Friday – means solar hardware (and services!) – Solar Services advertising their inverter and engineering support, Gamechange installing modules really fast with a new clip, Sherin and Lodgen supported their first solar+storage and finance deal, Sungrow+Hanwha+NEXTracker in a Florida install, and a little bit more!

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MIT sees wind+solar going big, dreams of nuclear, forgets batteries exist

Researchers see wind and solar headed to over 40% of US electricity generation, even without major national policy. However, analysts project that beyond 40%, the intermittent nature of these sources will drive costs higher without nuclear power than with it.

Solar potential in most of the U.S. is greater than it appears

In this op-ed, journalist William Driscoll notes that land across the U.S. generally has at least 70% of the solar potential of land in the desert Southwest, according to data from a federal map. Yet that map needs a different color scheme to better reflect the data, he says.

Renewable tax incentives tagged as a winnable platform, new poll finds

As a campaign platform, extending renewable energy tax incentives is a vote winner in battleground Congressional districts, regardless of party affiliation, according to a new Global Strategy Group poll.

The dollar value of saving lives with solar

The Environmental Protection Agency has released data showing the cost per kWh benefit that solar brings to the areas where its health benefits are needed the most. These benefits are based on atmospheric particulate matter reduction benefit assumptions.

SunCast Episode 202: 202: Engineering a startup while in grad school, Mikhail Gofman of Green Think Energy

In this episode of SunCast, Nico sits down with Green Think Energy founder Mikhail Gofman to discuss the feat of starting a solar design firm while still in graduate school and the future of engineering automation.

Do Montanans dream of affordable electric buses, EDF and Shell sign a substantial contract: pvMB 12/5/19

Hello wonderful people and welcome to your Thursday pvMB. today we’ve got Savion’s 8 GW project pipeline, Mrs. Butterworth going solar, 3 MW coming to Virginia schools from Standard Solar and more!

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If solar and wind are so cheap, why are their haters making so much noise

A report from US research labs shows natural gas as the leading reason wholesale electricity pricing has fallen over the last decade across the country, however, looking at key markets it is clear there are larger downward effects where wind and solar have been most heavily deployed.

Tell the kids, that 50% solar powered future of ours, it’s going to work just fine – NREL says so!

National Renewable Energy Lab researchers hourly modeled the whole of the United States, and when more than half of all electricity is coming from solar power, there would be no technical deal killers, but many spring days with free electricity that we would have to learn to use, and a need to financially recognize the predictability and grid stabilizing attributes of solar and storage.

Solar capacity could soar with electrified transport and heating

With wide adoption of electric vehicles and heat pumps, Colorado’s least-cost grid would reach 21 GW of solar capacity, 12 GW of wind, and 7 GW of storage by 2040, while electric rates would decline. These modeling results apply to other states as well.

Federal grants aim to spark investment in U.S. solar manufacturing

Seven early-stage solar manufacturing firms have won U.S. Department of Energy grants to develop prototypes, which they could use to help attract private investment. DOE’s 21 PV research and development grants may hold more interest for established manufacturers.

Saving water with solar and wind

Scientists at Princeton have found solar and wind energy offer the added environmental benefit of reducing water usage, by comparison with hydroelectric dams. Their findings, say the researchers, could have a positive impact on groundwater sustainability in drought-prone regions such as California, where they conducted a case study.

Do you take this battery, through degradation and replacement, till death do you part?

DNV GL has released its 2019 Battery Scorecard, looking at various factors weighing on battery degradation, with a focus on the financeability of energy storage projects.

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