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BREAKING: Puerto Rico Governor “soft vetoes” 100% renewable energy bill

Governor Rosselló is reported to have sent the bill back to a committee over the massive tax credit it would reward to renewable energy projects, but other 100% renewable energy legislation is in the works.
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#Solar100’s Ray Shem: Solar’s Cassandra

In this #Solar100 interview, Richard Matsui, Founder and CEO of kWh Analytics, speaks with Ray Shem, CFO at Pine Gate Renewables.
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Duke tries to sock it to rooftop solar in South Carolina with massive fixed charges

Duke’s proposed basic service charges of $28-29 for residential customers in South Carolina could stop rooftop solar dead in its tracks.
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Duke issues $1 billion in inaugural green bond offerings

In what it touts as one of the largest green bond transactions issued by a utility, Duke Energy Carolinas has issued bonds to further renewable energy development.
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North Carolina community seeks (more than) $250 million solar facility

Adani Solar USA is looking for 2,940 acres of land to build the second largest solar plant east of the Rocky Mountains. Local commissioners are moving prudently, initially stopping progress, but recent town meetings have shown support.
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Caterpillar, SunPower team up on CAT-branded solar

Caterpillar-branded SunPower modules will be available in Southeast Asia, Africa, South America, and the Middle East - but not yet the United States.
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Wind and solar projects pump investment grade portfolio returns

Ullico has purchased part of a 1.3 GW wind+solar portfolio, originally developed and sold by sPower. The transaction, and other optimizations surrounding the portfolio, have increased the return on investment to 13% for one of the investment groups invol...
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The James Bond of solar takes the reins at Advanced Energy Economy

Nat Kreamer is now head of one of the largest trade groups for clean energy.

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Town of Ashland and Ameresco celebrate completion of three municipal solar projects

Power Purchase Agreement is expected to provide the Town with over 2. 2 million kWh of annual energy savings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Ladera Ranch Park shines brighter with renewable energy system from revel

Revel Energy’s newly installed solar system will offer affordable energy to keep OC community playing long after the sun goes down.

Enphase Energy welcomes Treepublic to growing list of Enphase-exclusive solar contractors nationwide

Enphase Energy, Inc.  (NASDAQ:ENPH), a global energy technology company and the world’s leading supplier of solar microinverters, today announced that Treepublic Energy, Inc.

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Consensus emerging behind large-scale solar in Georgia

The largest solar project in Georgia and the 2nd-largest east of the Mississippi has broken ground, as part of the ongoing growth in solar markets in the U.S. South. And at the project's groundbreaking, the array of officials present shows widespread support for large-scale solar.

Sunrun puts 100 MW of residential solar online in one quarter

The nation’s largest residential solar company is getting bigger and taking market share from its rivals.

California regulators approve the world’s biggest battery projects

CPUC has signed off on four lithium-ion battery projects in California, one of which at 300 MW is the largest battery project to date known by pv magazine.

Entergy to get Mississippi’s largest solar project

Recurrent Energy will construct a massive solar project for the Deep South power giant under a build-transfer agreement.

NantEnergy acquires Sharp’s U.S. energy systems & services

Zinc battery specialist NantEnergy has acquired the U.S. energy systems and services business from Japanese electronics giant Sharp. The acquisition, according to NantEnergy will provide the company an important foothold in the U.S. market, and allow it to provide ‘energy as a service’ business models, using its Zinc-air battery, in multiple markets.

POWERHOUSE to turn on in December

RGS Energy says it expects to deliver its first POWERHOUSE solar shingles in December. The company did not accept deposits for its $127 million in written reservations, but now that UL approval is in they’re soliciting those groups for cash deposits.

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Enphase sold out into 2019, with improved margins

Enphase's 3rd quarter results saw revenues at $78 million with an estimated $10 million sales shortfall due to a component shortage, as the company shipped 204 MW of inverters. Future speculation saw an international play on the IQ8, the SunPower partnership, and energy storage driving growth.

Europeans buying colonies back one solar racking company at a time

Esdec has acquired EcoFasten Solar, which it says gives it access to a large ecosystem of installers and distributors. The European racking manufacturer launched its US offensive earlier this year.

Head of the class: SunPower gets an ‘A’ on $440 million solar portfolio

The Kroll Bond Rating Agency delivered an Investment Grade preliminary rating on a SunPower residential lease portfolio of 317 MW. The P50 and P90 ratings after 20 years were projected near 90%, and 73-80%, respectively.

SolarEdge readying home energy storage product, breaks 1 GW shipped

In a slow global solar market, SolarEdge grew total shipments 44% year-over-year, expanded its presence in the C&I market, and grew global sales. Margins did slip, and growth rates were slower.

SunPower still swinging in Q3 results

The high efficiency PV maker is still chasing elusive profitability, but had some major successes this quarter and is optimistic about new technologies and opportunities.

SMA, BYD charge into the US market

The German inverter maker has joined forces with the Chinese battery maker after losing U.S. market share to SolarEdge. This follows BYD linking up with Kostal to optimize communication interfaces between inverters and storage applications.

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Two CCAs sign up for 128 MW of solar plus storage

A deal with EDF Renewables is one of the largest power contracts ever penned involving community choice aggregators, with special focus on the potential of the project's battery storage component to help those CCAs deliver energy more efficiently.

Solar panels increase grasses for sheep and cows by 90%

Researchers have determined that an Oregon solar facility altered the microclimate variables of mean air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed, wind direction, and soil moisture beneath itself significantly – increasing water efficiency, allowing for much greater biomass growth.

Five new governors aim for 100% renewables

Governors-elect in Colorado and Connecticut want a 100% renewables mandate. Approaching 100% is the goal for governors-elect in Illinois, Nevada and Maine.

Lazard, Lazard, LCOE – what’s the cheapest energy?

Lazard’s newly released Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis 12.0, and Storage 4.0, finds that where utility scale wind works, it dominates – and that the unsubsidized cost to build new utility wind and solar facilities is equal to, and often less than running already-built fossil facilities.

Tesla announces Australian telecom executive to replace Musk as board chair

No, Rupert Murdoch’s son will not be running the world’s largest EV maker.

Illinois Democratic sweep may augur even better solar support

Upon ousting a Republican incumbent governor, winning all state-wide offices and increasing their majorities in the General Assembly, Illinois Democrats are expected to keep solar progress going.

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Dispatchable solar coming to Kaua’i

The cooperative utility on the Hawaiian island has signed a contract for design and engineering of a 25 MW pumped hydro project, plus an unspecified volume of solar, to provide “dispatchable" renewable energy and allow the island to integrate an unprecedented level of solar.

Demand-side flexibility: helping solve solar’s curtailment conundrum

This op-ed by WattTime takes a look at solutions to solar curtailment, including new software to enable greater demand-side flexibility.

Operating solar with reserve capacity enables more solar on the grid

A solar plant can increase its output by starting from a curtailment status and then reducing curtailment. If grid operators schedule in advance both solar curtailment and increased solar output, the cost-saving level of solar increases substantially.

PJM subsidiary to test blockchain for trading RECs

The platform will be designed to enable tracking and peer-to-peer trading of certificates at the kilowatt-hour scale, at low cost and with improved ease of use.

53 investments in the sun

The Department of Energy announced funding for 53 new through “advance early-stage” solar technologies. The projects in solar PV, CSP, finance and workforce training will receive up to $53 million in funding.

U.S. companies set to procure more than 5 GW of renewables by year’s end

RMI’s 2018 Corporate Renewable Energy Procurement Mid-year Market Update shows that corporations are buying more renewable energy than ever before and show no signs of slowing down.

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