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Shell moves to acquire Sonnen

In May, oil giant Shell invested in battery maker sonnen. Now the 112-year-old company wants to fully acquire the business.
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The nuclear city goes 100% renewable

Chicago may be the largest city in the nation to commit to 100% renewable energy, with a 2035 target date. And the location says a lot about the future of clean energy.
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TVA announces future generation planning by cancelling solar program

The Tennessee Valley Authority is moving to the next stage of its 2019 Integrated Resource Plan, and concurrently announced the cancellation of the Green Power Providers program as of January 1, 2020.
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pvMB 2/15/19: Nexamp completes NY community solar, CALSSA supplier directory

Its Friday morning and today's pv magazine USA morning brief goes well with coffee. In this edition we bring you additions to Panasonic's premium installer list, a new drone dealership, insight into millennial employment goals and more.
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CCAs propose taking over PG&E’s retail business

Seven community choice aggregators have asked California regulators to take PG&E out of the business of supplying electricity to its customers, and allow them and/or other public entities to take over the retail business so PG&E can focus on safe...
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Illinois community solar block grants 10x over-subscribed

Illinois regulators have received applications for 1.8 GW of community solar projects, far more than state authorities were planning for when they designed the block grant program.
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Community solar software that pencils

Pivot Energy offers a community solar software platform whose price works even for small solar power projects which cannot sustain heavy startup and annual fees, and so far, it's the first solution to do so.
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pvMB 2/14/19: Lyft adds EV option, Kentucky legislation to kill net metering… and more!

Happy Valentines Day and welcome to your pv magazine USA morning brief! Today we'll be looking at a Tesla Powerwall owner who's system was so efficient in an outage, he didn't know there was one, the limbo of Illinois solar projects, a team of teenage gi...

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Sangre de Cristo Electric announces Trout Creek Solar Facility is operational

Sangre de Cristo Electric Association Inc. , announced the 2 MW (megawatt) Trout Creek Solar facility began commercial operation January 31.

Encore Renewable Energy announces completion of UVM Medical Center solar rooftop

New facility now generating clean electricity, on track for $124,000 in revenue and savings.

AVX’s corporate headquarters goes green with 908kW solar energy parking canopy installation

With 2,700 PV modules projected to produce an annual output of 1. 3GWh of power, the new solar energy parking canopy at AVX headquarters offers significant cost savings & environmental benefits.

ZAF Energy Systems Receives Strategic Investment from Wirtz Manufacturing

Funds and equipment to be used to expand ZAF’s nickel-zinc batteries globally and demonstrate the first ever prismatic high volume NiZn process

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SunPower has become the 2nd-largest U.S. residential solar company

The high-efficiency PV maker has made rapid gains in the residential sector and maintained leadership in the nation’s C&I solar market. And while it is also rolling out new technology, SunPower remains plagued by losses.

BNEF: U.S. solar installations grew in 2018 despite tariffs

The clean energy market analyst says that the United States installed 11.7 GWdc in 2018, 15% higher than earlier estimates, as well as 292 MW of batteries. Despite new solar and wind growth and coal closures, emissions still rose from 2017 levels on the back on increased gas use.

Wind+solar+storage for the first time in the US utility space

Portland General Electric and NextEra Energy Resources are developing the nation’s first major energy facility co-locating wind, solar and energy storage: 300 MW of wind, 50 MWac of solar, and 30 MW / 120 MWh of energy storage.

pvMB 2/13/19: Tigo’s SMART website, DeKalb solar projects return… and more!

Happy hump day to you and welcome to the pv magazine USA morning brief. Today we’ll be looking at an Australian company’s drone powered by solar wings, Southern Arkansas University Tech going solar and everything else fit to get you caught up on solar news.

What will power Los Angeles’ transition to 100% renewables?

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s move to phase out three gas-fired power plants by 2029 is expected to accelerate the transition to 100% renewable energy by the largest municipal utility in the nation. But there are big questions about the role that local solar + storage will play.

Arizona’s got a new RPS proposal and this one might be for real

Commissioner Sandra Kennedy of the ACC is calling for 50% renewable generation by 2028 and, in a first for the ACC, is calling on distributed solar to lead the way.

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REC Silicon to suspend production at Washington State polysilicon factory

REC Silicon has revealed plans to halt operations at its Moses Lake facility in 17 days’ time. The company says it has taken the decision to maintain liquidity for its semiconductor business with American workers set to pay the price for President Trump’s trade war with China.

pvmb 2/8/19: Aurora gets $20 million, U.S. lithium-ion factory planned, California makes interconnection easier, and more!

In today’s pv magazine USA morning brief we also see Hawaii regulators propose performance based incentives for utility HECO, hundreds of laws changed in 2018 regarding the grid, concerns aired before Congress about supply chains for lithium-ion batteries, and more!

SunPower officially producing P-Series at former SolarWorld factory in Oregon

The largest shingled solar cell production facility in the Western Hemisphere at 220 MW, marking the first of a group of massive factories expected to go on-line this year.

On the anniversary of the Section 201 tariffs, Trump talks trade

There are indications that the Trump Administration may be reaching a deal with Chinese authorities, but the trade war goes on.

On the floor in picture form at Solar Power Northeast

While the Super Bowl victory parade rolled by, solar energy professionals shook hands, shared stories, made deals and visited more than 80 industry exhibitions on the floor in Boston, Massachusetts.

pvMB 1/30/19: Michigan regulators OK halt to utility political spending, NY cooperative signs 16 MW PPA, and more…

Hello to you on this fine Wednesday morning and thanks for checking out the pv magazine morning brief. Today we’re taking a look at the violence caused by climate change, Kaco’s new monitoring portal and Recycle PV Solar, COSEIA and AriSEIA getting in on a pv module recycling promotion partnership and much much more.

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Ice Energy brings the deep freeze to U.S. energy storage

The company has completed the first phase of a massive project with utility SCE based on storing energy in ice for cooling, which it describes as the largest deployment of distributed thermal energy storage in the United States.

Solar jobs contract for the second year in a row

The United States lost approximately 8,000 jobs across the 50 states, with California alone losing more than 9,000 jobs and cancelling out growth in 29 states. Puerto Rico and solar + storage joined the party, but not the job count yet, by contributing 5,900 jobs.

Wood Mackenzie looks at the polar vortex and 100% renewable energy

The research and consultancy group’s study of the latest polar vortex shows the need for greater interconnection of grids and 18-40 hours of energy storage in the Upper Midwest under high renewable energy scenarios. It also shows a potential role for nuclear power; but other extreme weather events tell a different story.

pvMB 2/12/19: AceClamp’s response to patent infringement allegations, NEXTracker’s hiring spree… and more!

Welcome to today’s pv magazine USA morning brief and thanks for spending your morning with us. Today we’re looking at English researchers’ development of a solar flag, two community solar projects in Illinois under fire, University of Northern Iowa’s new group-buy program and everything else on our solar slate. Let’s ride!

Texas’ solar market is about to catch fire

With more than 5 GW of approved solar projects in the ERCOT grid, Texas is getting ready for a major boom in its utility-scale solar market.

Solar, wind and storage can provide seven key grid services

Solar, wind and storage can provide 7 essential grid services, which will help enable them to gain an ever-increasing share of electricity generation.

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Puerto Rico plans stop short of the grid of the future

PREPA’s draft IRP calls for rapid deployment of solar and batteries, including the installation of as much battery storage as is currently online in the entire United States over the next four years, in a system broken up into "minigrids". However, it stops short of utilizing behind-the-meter PV and storage.

Modeling the renewable energy modelers

NREL has begun an effort to improve its ability to model deployments of variable renewable energy sources across the U.S. power grid. This effort has begot two papers as of yet – one a broad analysis of how four specific models work and how to improve them, and the second a comparison of the varying outcomes of models under normalized conditions.

pvMB 2/1/2019: Tesla CFO replaced, LaFleur to resign at FERC, GameChange hits 4 GW in sales, and more…

In our first pv magazine USA morning brief in February, we also give an update on S5!’s patent infringement case, introduce a new director for GRID Alternatives’ Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund, and provide you with a pair of technical reports on DER integration/grid modernization to start your day.

pvMB 1/31/19: 50 States of Solar Q4 review, An alternative to carbon taxes… and more!

Hello and thanks for spending your last day of January reading the pv magazine morning brief. Today we’ll take a gander at Atlas Renewable Energy’s deployment of NEXTrackers TrueCapture Control System in Latin America, APA Solar Racking launching the TITAN Series Racking System, Delta complying with rapid shutdown requirements using Tigo and all else that came across our desks in the world of solar.

Texas rules in favor of wind and solar

Texas regulators have ruled that any renewable generation source connected to the state’s HVAC grid does not have to account for marginal losses, as the market turbulence it would cause isn’t worth the benefit, and it would go against the original spirit of the project.

Killing coal in Colorado with solar+wind+storage by 2025

Per an analysis by Vibrant Clean Energy, it’ll take approximately 2.8 GW of solar power, 8 GW of wind and 765 MW / 3 GWh of energy storage to allow Colorado to shut down its 4 GW of coal by 2025, while also lowering electric rates by 5%.

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