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Renewable energy brings California emissions below 1990 levels

The state’s latest report shows that it has beat its 2020 target for emissions reductions four years early, mostly thanks to more renewable energy.
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Bitcoin, crimper gun, and ping pong at Intersolar North America 2018

There were hundreds of booths, each one filled with experts who represent a deep understanding. The sciences of crimping, cleaning and connecting were all on show - and that's before Bitcoin!
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New York to get its largest rooftop solar power plant, battery

EnterSolar is building a 2.4 MW solar project on the roof of a building just north of New York City, while Key Capture Energy will build the state's largest lithium-ion battery - 20 MW - in Saratoga County.
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Nevada officials verify 50% by 2030 renewables initiative will be on the ballot

The Nevada Secretary of State has verified that a Tom Steyer-backed referendum on the nation’s third-most ambitious renewable energy mandate will be up for a vote on November 6.
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DTE seeks to increase fixed charges on solar customers in rate case

Media coverage to date has focused largely on DTE Energy’s electric vehicle programs. But in the 1108-page filing, the utility is also seeking to increase fixed charges, including imposing a per-kW charge on its customers who go solar.
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Getting (closer) to 100% renewable energy

New research revealed at the Intersolar North America conference suggests that the Eastern United States and other temperate regions can integrate more renewable energy than previously expected, with less gas backup. But the real key to the energy transi...
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Distributed solar saved California over $650 million from 2013-2015

A new study finds that from 2013 through 2015, distributed PV reduced peak solar hour mean wholesale electricity prices by 8–9%, avoiding costs of $650–730 million.

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McCarthy Building Companies breaks ground on new 20 MW Silicon Ranch project in Alabama

McCarthy Building Companies Inc. has begun construction on the 20 MW Cumberland Solar Project in Elmont, Ala.

City of Long Beach selects Envision Solar EV ARC™ solar charging stations for Fleet Services Bureau

Envision Solar International, Inc. , (OTCQB:EVSI) (“Envision Solar,” or the “Company”), the leading renewably energized EV charging, outdoor media and energy security products company, announced that the City of Long Beach, California will deploy its EV ARC™ products at the City’s Fleet Services Bureau to provide emissions-free EV charging and emergency power.

New websites launched to engage Florida solar and climate voters

SACE is happy to announce we have launched two websites to engage Florida voters who believe we need to prioritize solar energy and climate change policy. Hot off the presses are FloridaSolarVoter.

RGS Energy receives $9.8 million of cash since June 28, 2018, reports growth for Solar Division, and POWERHOUSE™ reservations exceed $50 million

RGS Energy (NASDAQ:RGSE), the exclusive worldwide manufacturer of the POWERHOUSE™ solar shingle system, since June 28, 2018, has received $9. 8 million in cash from its April 2018 convertible note offering.

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200 MW of solar power energized by 8minutenergy in California

The developer has energized Phase 1 and 2 of its Mount Signal 3 project which it expects to be fully commissioned and online by the end of 2018. The project is the second of three plants at one site which total almost 800 MW of solar power.

Solar loans overtake third-party as dominant residential solar model

While residential solar leases and PPAs peaked in 2016, GTM Research is now predicting that solar loans will represent nearly half the market this year.

Duke pushes solar at both distributed and utility-scale

The utility is opening an RFP for utility-scale projects, as well as offering a solar rebate program for rooftop systems.

Global solar investment drops due to low project costs, China policy change

While overall global investment in clean energy saw a decrease of just 1% year-over-year in the first half of 2018, solar’s share dropped 19% following changes to China’s PV policy and lower project costs, says Bloomberg New Energy Finance. It forecasts this trend to continue throughout the year.

Florida’s distributed solar market doubled in 2017

State regulators have released a report showing that 6,283 new distributed generation systems connected to the power grid in 2017, nearly double the volume deployed in 2016.

Powerhouse solar shingle seeks 17.1% panel efficiency

In an pre-UL Certification specification page of the Powerhouse 3.0 Solar Shingle, RGS Energy notes a 55W, 15.6% efficiency shingle and a 60W, 17.1% efficiency shingle.

Manufacturing

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Solar inverters and automatic shutdown on the floor at Intersolar North America 2018

Solar inverters are turning into the quarterback to the solar modules as wide receivers. And with the need to deliver energy services, talk with the broader power grid, protect first responders and more - the inverter playbook is expanding.

Solar racking on the floor at Intersolar North America 2018

For most people, solar power means solar panels – but that’s not all that goes into a solar installation. We bring you the beauty of trackers, ground screws, l-feet and all that finely machined metal.

Mixed impact of proposed Section 301 tariffs on inverter makers

GTM Research says the 10% tariffs that the Trump Administration is calling for are “significant”, and some companies and sectors will be affected more than others.

Trump Admin proposes 10% tariffs on inverters, AC modules, non-lithium batteries from China

As the trade war escalates, inverters may be the latest victims.

Solar modules on the floor at Intersolar North America 2018

Cruising the floor at a solar power conference is always full of ‘oohs and aahs’. New hardware – new software – and new techniques of getting solar into the world!

Riding the French Express to higher capacity factors

California’s NEXTracker has acquired key IP from French company Optimum Tracker to “fortify” its current offerings, while opening opportunities for further platform growth.

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Acting on racial injustice is our collective responsibility

In this op-ed for pv magazine, GRID Alternatives' Erica Mackie argues that a recent high-profile racial harassment suit is indicative of larger problems, and that the solar industry is not immune to the structural racism within American society.

Pennsylvania lays out a plan for 11 GW of solar by 2030

The state’s environmental department has participated in a study which calls for the state to increase installed solar 36-fold, to reach 10% of all generation by 2030.

Halfway into the year, Duke hits South Carolina net metering cap

New solar customers now have the option to sell power at a price far below retail to Duke Energy, in the state with the highest monthly electricity bills in the country.

BMW, Tesla open factories in China in spite of trade dispute

In the wake of the U.S.-China trade dispute, the Chinese government has loosened its policy on ownership caps for factory sites for foreign car brands. Previously, car companies could only retain 50% of the ownership of a factory and had to set up a joint venture with a Chinese partner. By setting up shop in China, Tesla can avoid import duties on its cars, to cater to a broader customer base.

Setting the stage for solar + storage

In this op-ed for pv magazine, Camron Barati explores the trend towards what increasing state-level renewable power and storage targets mean for the U.S. market. The company projects 73 GW of solar PV systems will be installed in the United States from 2018 to 2022.

Vintage hiring and training solutions for a better solar workforce

In this op-ed for pv magazine, The Solar Foundation’s Chris Walker explores issues of aligning solar training programs with workforce needs.

Technology

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EIA examines HVDC for renewables

HVDC's main challenge is the price, which can cost between $1.17-8.6 million per mile, along with scaling the technology in the United States.

Powerhouse pumps $36 million in “written reservations”

RGS Energy repeated its September goal for UL certification, while announcing an expansion of its manufacturing partnership with Revere Plastic Systems to support up to $138 million in Powerhouse annual sales.

California breakdown of electricity imports upholds states’s clean reputation

Data released by the California Energy Commission shows wind as the largest source of electricity imported in 2017, and that even with imports the state’s mix is getting cleaner.

With more solar and wind, North America’s grid is getting more reliable

In this op-ed for pv magazine, Will Driscoll examines the findings of a NERC report which show that the reliability factor known as frequency response—once seen as potentially challenged by added solar and wind power—is improving.

GT Advanced Technologies opens silicon carbide factory in New Hampshire

The upstream technology company plans to sell silicon carbide for applications including advanced inverters for solar and battery storage, as part of a new emphasis on materials supply.

Kaua’i to near 70% renewables with massive solar + storage project

The 70 MWh energy storage system accompanying a 19 MW solar project is one of the largest batteries to be deployed in the United States, and is coming in at under 11 cents per kilowatt-hour.

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