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Peaker envy, veto proof net metering, and utility scale solar growth in New Hampshire

Legislation calling for 15% of peak demand to be met by energy storage is moving through the House; a veto-proof increase in system sizes under net metering goes to the governor; and 215 MWac of large-scale solar projects are seeking various approvals.
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California prevents utility from paying EEI dues with ratepayer funds

The decision shows regulators pushing back against allowing utilities to force their ratepayers to fund lobbying including anti-solar efforts.
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Wyoming’s first solar trade association, EV chargers encroaching on gas stations: pvMB 5/21/19

We've got a jam-packed MB for you this morning. Today we'll be looking at the formation of the American Solar Grazing Association, a community solar bill in Maine, the winners of the 17th Solar Cup and much much more!
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Xcel to build 3 GW of MN solar by 2030 – if it gets to own 50% or more

The deal that Xcel has reached with environmentalists and labor includes caveats maximizing the utility’s ownership of the large-scale solar that it is promising.
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Little benefit to U.S. solar as Trump lifts tariffs on steel & aluminum from Canada

While the lifting of any tariffs is welcome news to the U.S. solar industry, manufacturers say that low prices on materials are unlikely to return as long as the global tariffs remain.
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Georgia solar groups call for a hosting capacity map

A hosting capacity map saves time and money for developers of distributed solar. Utilities in California, New York, and elsewhere have already posted these maps online, and now two Georgia solar groups have asked state regulators to require Georgia Powe...
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Warren wants a (mostly) net zero U.S. military by 2030

U.S. Senator and Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has introduced legislation requiring global fixed military assets to be net zero by 2030. She is also calling for research focused on microgrids, a 1% fee applied to non-net zero contractors...
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SunPower is selling the former SolarWorld factory in Oregon

The high-efficiency PV maker plans to lease a portion of the factory to continue production of its P-19 modules.
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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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Ohio approves two huge solar projects

Ohio Power Siting Board has approved 470 MWac of solar and 60 MWac of batteries in two separate projects, as another confirmation of the coming boom in the state and the Midwest.

Solar for All is open for business

Illinois has published key documents and is taking applications for the program, which incentivizes solar for low-income residents, areas that have suffered from pollution and non-profits.

A 7th grader’s prize-winning solar project, Canadian Solar secures $50 Million: pvMB 5/16/19

Hello one and all to the Thursday edition of the pvMB. Today we’ll be looking at Anheuser-Busch’s new 2.7 MW solar system at its New York brewery, Pivot’s awarding of 11 community solar projects in Illinois, Recurrent Energy selling its Mustang plant and more!

The view from above: Heliolytics on the evolution of solar site inspection

In this interview Heliolytics CEO Rob Andrews talks about the factors behind the emergence of piloted aerial inspection as the dominant form of site inspection, and also the unique challenges posed by wind damage.

San Francisco to bid on PG&E, the Colts go solar: pvMB 5/15/19

Hello and welcome to your hump day pvMB. Today we’ll be checking out EVGo breaking ground on a new Virginia fast-charging hub, Cool Earth Solar getting Sunpower’s Dealer of the Year award SPI’s new agriculture company and looming 5 MW project and much, much more. Buckle up!

Community solar pilot extended in Maryland

Governor Hogan has signed into law HB683, which removes subscriber caps on community solar projects in Maryland and raises their maximum capacity to 2 MW.

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The heterojunction “Alpha” solar module at 21.7% efficiency

REC Group has released the official specification page for its heterojunction Alphα series of solar modules, peaking at 380 watts with the standard module, and 375 watts for the all black unit.

Tesla acquires Maxwell Technologies

It’s unclear exactly what the interest is in the California super-capacitor maker, but it could be more about the process than the product.

LONGi launches new high-powered half-cut bifacial module

The Hi-MO 4 offers power ratings up to 430 watts, with module efficiencies as high as 19.2%, as the latest high-powered module to hit the floor at Intersolar Europe.

A billion-dollar silicon carbide complex is coming to North Carolina

Cree, which pioneered the innovative semiconductor material, is planning to increase silicon carbide production 30x through a massive investment in a fab and materials megafactory in Durham, North Carolina.

Aggreko’s 1 MW battery system, Conti Solar rebrands: pvMB 5/14/19

Hello and thank your for joining us yet again on the pvMB. Today we’ll be discussing Daymak’s Boomerbuggy X, Scout Boats going solar and everything else to get you through your morning.

SunPower could break into the black this quarter

The high efficiency PV maker may be hot on the tail of its golden goose, with demand outweighing supply for the company’s new A-Series and P-Series modules. And now that reetooling is over, it’s time to sell.

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From the editor: SEIA’s solar+ plan falls short on ambition

The organization’s “ambitious goal” of solar supplying 20% of the nation’s electricity in 2030 looks more like a forecast, and vision for rapid decarbonization is coming from the climate movement and the American Left, not SEIA.

The $9 trillion dollar man

Washington Governor and U.S. Presidential Candidate Jay Inslee (D) has unveiled the details of his “Evergreen Economy Plan”, which includes upgrading building efficiency, deploying renewables, increasing clean energy R&D and other measures.

Solar plus storage prices plunge, Spruce raises $50 million: pvMB 05/17/19

It’s a good time to be in solar power, especially with Friday’s brief as California has approved NeoVolta’s home battery, 16.5 MW of community solar moves forward in Minnesota, and pricing for polysilicon, cells and modules stayed relatively flat last week.

PVEL looks at the risky business of inverters

The testing company’s first inverter scorecard found widespread failures of basic tests in UL- and IEC-tested products.

Solar power tax credit “transferability” is on the table

Two members of the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced a new bill whose purpose is to facilitate greater utilization of the PTC and ITC.

The new House’s first budget proposal: spend green to go green

It’s that time of year again, when the House, Senate and president all go to war over the national budget. The first budget proposed by a House controlled by the Democratic Party includes a 10% increase in the DOE’s office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, as well as more money for ARPA-E.

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Designing for and monetizing curtailed solar power

Research by NREL and First Solar has produced highly accurate, real-time estimates of available aggregate peak power that a curtailed solar power plant can deliver to support the broader needs of the grid.

Sunrun aims to replace big power plants

By providing solar + storage, contracting to supply capacity in wholesale markets and even considering microgrid communities, Sunrun is taking on more and more of the space traditionally occupied by utilities and the large, centralized generators that they rely on.

Jay Inslee, defender of Earth, TEP joins the Energy Imbalance Market: pvMB 5/9/19

Welcome one and all to today’s edition of the pvMB. Before you tackle today, we’ve got renewables coming to Montana, Illinois’ City Water, Light and Power giving coal the boot, the one week countdown until Solar Cup 2019 and more!

New York utility gives free hardware to solar and EV buyers

ConEdison is supplying the ConnectDER solution—which accepts solar and EV wiring directly at the electric meter—when customers install solar and electric vehicles. Installation of the device avoids costly electric panel upgrades.

Colorado to go carbon-free

With the presumed signing of SB19-236 by Governor Polis, the state will begin the steps to becoming carbon free by 2030, which is likely followed closely by increased renewable development.

Fire at Tennessee polysilicon fab, NJ man scams the feds for $3 million in solar rebates: pvMB 05/06/19

It’s Monday, and it is pvMB time. Today in addition to the dark news in the headline, we also bring you three new directors at Rocky Mountain Institute, and record levels of solar curtailment in California this April.

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