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Overbuilding solar cheaper than seasonal storage and natural gas in Minnesota

An analysis by Clean Power Research, commissioned by the MN Solar Pathways Initiative, shows that 10% solar by 2025, and 70% wind+solar+storage in 2050 can be achieved at a comparable cost to natural gas-fired generation.
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Helping our fellow solar workers who lost everything

CALSSA has raised $17,900 - and counting - for solar workers who lost homes in the devastating Camp Fire in Northern California.
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AES commits to 2-3 GW of renewable energy annually through 2020 in climate scenario report

The utility giant is featuring new renewable energy generation and battery storage systems at the head of its new climate scenario report, with renewable energy being key to the company's goal of 70% carbon reductions.
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Distributed political power: Mayors for Solar Energy

Environment America's letter, "Mayors for Solar Energy", has gotten 216 signatures from from mayors across all 50 of the United States.
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The right technical assumptions: An interview with Davion Hill, DNV GL

In this interview DNV GL's Davion Hill gives a preview into the company's new Battery Performance Scorecard, discussing some of the findings and what they mean for both battery makers and consumers.
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Cash is king in residential solar, long live the lease!

A Wood Mackenzie Renewables & Power report shows that so far in 2018, direct ownership of residential solar - either out of pocket or via bank loan - now represents 64% of purchases.
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Four Members of Congress back movement calling for 100% renewables by 2030, Green New Deal

The 100% renewable energy movement is gaining steam, even in the U.S. Congress.
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Puerto Rico utility favors LNG over solar in Siemens plan

The Puerto Rico utility’s favored generation plan, in a report prepared by Siemens, involves an LNG terminal at San Juan and would achieve only 55% renewables by 2038. A scenario without LNG would reach 79% renewables by 2038 at comparable cost, based...
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Illinois electric utility publishes online map of potential solar capacity

ComEd, Illinois subsidiary of Exelon, posts a Hosting Capacity Map showing solar potential based on infrastructure capabilities on a local basis.

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Schneider Electric unveils two new EcoStruxure Microgrid offerings at innovation summit

Launches EcoStruxure Microgrid Operations, a complete microgrid controller that maximizes renewable energy penetration beyond 30 percent. Announces expansion of Energy Control Center to simplify optimization of power management at new amperages.

SolarDesignTool introduces software-generated solar permit packages

Web-based permit package generator dramatically reduces soft-costs for residential PV.

SolarEdge’s EV-charging PV inverter wins the 2018 BIG Awards for Business

SolarEdge is a winner of the 2018 BIG Awards for Business in the "New Product of the Year Award" for its EV-charging inverter in the Energy Category.

EDF Renewables North America and Shell Energy North America sign power purchase agreement for segment of Palen Solar Project

EDF Renewables North America and Shell Energy North America (US), L. P.

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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.

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.

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 involved.

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.

Manufacturing

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.

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.

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.

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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.

#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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.