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Tri-State dumps coal, eyes wind and solar as new fling

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association has announced it is creating an aggressive "Responsible Energy Plan," one which begins with the retiring of the 100 MW Nucla Coal Plant in early 2020.
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Hawaii sets draft rules for wind+solar+storage procurement

Hawaiian Electric Companies has released its draft request for proposals to procure just over 2 terawatt-hours of renewable electricity, and just over 200 MW of capacity services, between the summer of 2022 and the end of 2025.
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CleanCapital, CarVal gobble up KDC solar portfolio, ask for seconds

CarVal and the New York-based company have acquired a 75 MW portfolio of solar plants in New Jersey, and followed this by closing on $300 million in debt.
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Cuomo signs mega mandate for renewables, a Montana hollerin’ match, more! : pvMB 7/19/19

It's a scorcher out there - but at least its a Friday! Today we have the recommendation of a utility leader on how to make solar customers "go away", new hires at SunPin Solar and EQ Research, and more!
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Cryogenic energy storage firm teams with Tenaska to develop U.S. projects

England's Highview Power has contracted with U.S. energy developer Tenaska to pursue gigawatt-hour scale cryogenic energy projects in the U.S. Highview reports a storage cost of $140/MWh at industrial scale; the firm currently operates a 5 MW pilot faci...
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New Orleans decides to double state’s solar capacity

The New Orleans City Council has approved Entergy's plan to add 90 MW of solar power to the city via three projects. But announcements aren't everything: seeing is believing.
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Fifteen days to get paid for your home energy storage in Rhode Island and Massachusetts

National Grid's ConnectedSolutions program seeks to pay energy storage owners up to $400-kW during high grid demand events in Rhode Island, and $225 in Massachusetts.
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Sunrun gets a second contract to supply capacity from rooftop solar + batteries

A California Community Choice Aggregator has awarded Sunrun a contract to supply capacity from solar + storage on low-income housing. This follows on a similar deal in New England.
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International OpenADR Symposium: “The Protocol for Distributed Energy Resources and the Future Grid”

This symposium is a three day event, June 11-13 at the PG&E Pacific Energy Center in San Francisco California. The event is co-hosted by Southern California Edison and is open to OpenADR members and non-members.

IDEEMATEC strengthens financial position with ABN AMRO Energy Transition Funds as new investor

Today IDEEMATEC GmbH and ABN AMRO Energy Transition Fund announced the signing of an investment agreement. With this investment ABN AMRO ETF supports the rapid growth of the German specialist of Tracking Systems.

What is Angel Investing?

Angel Investing fills the gap between the necessary seed capital at the birth stage of a startup and the stage where the startup needs capital to grow and accelerate. At this latter stage, depending on the power of the business idea and the startup’s performance, the early stage growth or risk capital required may be less […]

Clean Energy Solutions joins affordable housing initiative in L.A. to alleviate housing crisis

Leading solar energy provider Clean Energy Solutions works with city officials to create cost-effective accessory dwelling units in effort to solve housing shortage.

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HB 6 sent back to House, Berkeley bans gas in new buildings: pvMB 7/18/19

Hello one and all and welcome to this morning's edition of the pvMB. Today we'll be tackling Renew Petra adding 100 MW to the U.S. annually, SimpliPhi adding capacity and lowering prices and more!

BlackRock goes behind the meter with GE

The startup formerly known as GE Solar has become a full fledged company, with GE and BlackRock announcing the creation of Distributed Solar Development, a behind-the-meter solar joint venture.

What is rooftop solar really worth?

A new report released by Environment Texas Research and Policy Center calls on state regulators to seriously consider the vast benefits provided by distributed generation and promote it as a leading option for our energy future.

PJM’s proposed 10-hour storage minimum debunked

Four-hour storage can provide up to 4,000 MW of capacity in the PJM grid region, providing reliability value equal to that of conventional generators.

Regulators order Georgia Power to double its solar

Georgia Power has been required to solicit 2.21 GW of solar and 80 MW of energy storage to come online over the next five years. This is the largest single acquisition of solar in Georgia’s history and will double the state’s installed capacity.

With one day left to pass, HB 6 looms in Ohio

The controversial nuclear bailout bill has been amended to remove a provision that would stifle wind development, but still looks to eliminate the state’s renewable energy standard.

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Schletter to restart its North Carolina presence, sans factory

The mounting systems maker is opening a new sales and distribution office in the Charlotte metro area, and has maintained manufacturing in Europe and Asia.

REC Silicon lays off 100 at Washington polysilicon plant

Polysilicon maker REC Silicon has announced that it will lay off another 100 workers at its Moses Lake facility in Washington State, as the factory heads into long term shutdown.

Waste heat is not cool, say scientists

Engineers at the University of Utah have developed a tiny device which they say could increase the performance of PV panels and other electronic devices by converting energy lost as heat back into electricity.

The United States is headed for a battery breakthrough

A new report released by the U.S. Department of Energy projects that installed battery storage will reach 2.5 GW by 2023. Florida and New York are set to pave the way, as massive projects in each of those states will account for nearly half of the coming volume.

Latest proposed steel tariffs could hit the solar industry

A finding that Mexico and China are subsidizing the structural steel products that they export to the United States could have impacts on racking and tracking systems makers.

ABB exits solar inverter business

This Swiss giant is following a trend as large multinational high-tech companies see their role as redesigning infrastructure rather than supplying inverters at ever lower margins. Schneider Electric has pulled out of large scale solar, Siemens’ Kaco acquisition and Junelight launch show increasing interest in the C&I and residential markets, and GE is likely to divest its power conversion business due to low profit margins in that sector.

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SEIA mobilizes the solar industry for another ITC extension

The trade organization has gotten nearly 1,000 companies to sign on to a letter calling for an extension of the ITC. But can it move Congress?

Solar power mood ring suggests steady as she goes

The LevelTen Energy Q2 PPA Price Index suggests solar contract pricing will stay flat over the next year, with a broad list of items having effects – up and down – on project pricing’s moderate increase in the first half of 2019.

Proposed RPS for New Orleans, Charlottesville renewable energy alliance formed: pvMB 7/17/19

Hello, hello and welcome back to the pvMB, halfway through a busy workweek. Today we’ll be looking at AEE’s EV fact sheet, Grasshoper Solar joining SEIA, Pegasus acquiring Plus Minus Power and more!

Floridians seeking energy freedom

Citizens for Energy Choices is pushing for a ballot amendment to create a competitive retail electricity market, the right to sell your own electricity, and to limit investor owned utilities to transmission and distribution.

20 MW coming to Rhode Island, Georgia residents demand abolishment of solar fee: pvMB 7/16/19

Hello and welcome to today’s pvMB. In this edition, we see We Energies trading a fee for utility scale solar, we’ll be looking at Sun Pacific’s solar powered bus shelters in Rhode Island, CPS’ “BundleFlex” plan, Cubico’s 100 MW purchase and more!

National Grid dives into renewable energy development

The Anglo-American company is the latest utility to enter the utility-scale solar and wind development space by closing on its acquisition of Geronimo Energy.

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A pocket chart to maximize solar power deployment

Researchers have built a matrix outlining how solar power in various deployment models generates benefits greater than just clean electricity. This will help policy makers maximize energy decisions with limited resources.

Toyota’s super-high efficiency solar car, Numbers for New York’s energy transition: pvMB 07/09/19

Happy Tuesday and welcome to this edition of the pvMB. On this fine, fine, Tuesday we’ll be looking at five states choosing solar, wind and storage over gas, the Glendale power plant replacement plan, POWERHOME Soalr’s CEO winning an award, and more!

‘Turbocharging’ silicon PV: MIT scientists scratch the surface of singlet exciton fission

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a device they say could “turbocharge” a single-junction silicon PV cell, pushing the technology beyond its theoretical limit to efficiencies of 35% and higher.

When the battery is a building

AES announced the groundbreaking of its Alamito Energy Center, a 100 MW / 400 MWh battery for electric utility SoCalEdison, which is being constructed as a full on building – much like a data center.

Battery scientists make a cracking observation

Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the U.S. used x-ray imaging to observe cracks forming in a solid state lithium battery, a discovery they say changes the understanding of performance of solid state batteries and which could lead to more durable systems.

Duke Energy hits 1 GW owned solar, 74.5 MW coming to Escambia: pvMB 7/3/19

Hello and welcome to your July 3rd pvMB! Today we’ll be tackling Bloom Energy going hydrogen, a jet fuel burning plant shutdown in Oakland, RPCS’ safe harbor strategy for ITC stepdown and more. Enjoy your holiday!

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