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Roth: Huawei exits U.S. solar inverter market

Roth Capital Partners reports that the inverter maker ceased U.S. sales last Friday, laying off all of its U.S. citizen staff, amid rising tensions between the Trump Administration and China.
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Ripples in the sand: NV Energy to add 1.2 GW solar, 590 MW energy storage

NV Energy is making major plays in response to Nevada's recently-raised RPS, as the company announced today that it will be purchasing power from three massive projects, totaling 1.2 GW of solar and 590 MW of battery storage.
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Massachusetts solar growth a boulder strewn climb

The Massachusetts SMART program is deploying 1.6 GW. The challenges of growth include long interconnection queues in some areas, incentives tapped out in others, equipment requirements increasing system costs, and utilities circling back after approvals ...
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#Solar100’s Brian Cassutt: The Kawhi Leonard of Solar

In this #Solar100 Interview, Richard Matsui, Founder & CEO of kWh Analytics, speaks with Brian Cassutt, CFO of AES Distributed Energy.
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Hawaii’s new RFP comes with a side of storage

The plan calls for the deployment of nearly 260 MW of battery storage across the three islands of Oahu, Maui and Hawaii, in addition to renewable development. Could the fixation on storage within this proposal show the state's determination for peak shif...
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Can Florida solar power cook a better duck?

The North Florida Resiliency Connection, a $400 million electricity transmission line that Gulf Power and Florida Power and Light hope to build between themselves, could also be used to take advantage of the state's 40 minutes of extra daytime due to its...
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Duke drags its feet on the energy transition

Duke Energy Indiana plans to delay closing coal plants and to put more gas online with only modest deployment of solar and wind.
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Mexico reaches 4 GW milestone

Of the nation’s installed operational PV capacity, 3,364 MW is in the form of solar parks while distributed generation contributes around 693 MW.
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Pentair and SunTech Drive deliver simplified solar pumping solution

Global water treatment company Pentair is pleased to announce a strategic collaboration with SunTech Drive to deliver simplified solar pumping solutions. The first innovation resulting from this collaboration integrates SunTech Drive’s state-of-the-art solar control platform into Pentair’s Pentek variable speed drive technology.

Correction: Scatec Solar sells 50,904 shares to employees

Reason for correction: Total number of shares held by primary insider updated in attachment.

ChargeWheel secures $1 Million investment to build network of solar-powered mobile charging hubs for micromobility fleets and electric vehicles

ChargeWheel begins production of Energy Trailers equipped with renewable energy generation, energy storage and DC fast charging capabilities; funding will support the deployment of 100 Energy Trailers by the end of 2019.

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Vivint’s $100 million deal, Sunpower’s trade secrets suit: pvMB 6/24/19

Hello and welcome one and all to the start of the week and this Monday's pvMB. Today we'll be looking at the polling saying 42% of Dems prefer plans to decarbonize by 2030, the cost of energy storage in New Jersey, Duke's North Rosamond power plant going on-line and more!

The biggest money is on wind, solar and storage at NextEra

NextEra’s 2019 Investor Presentation is 235 slides of deep information showing the forward-looking business plans of multiple business units (FPL, NextEra Partners, Gulf Power and NextEra). These include large volumes of solar, wind, storage and transmission – as well as ideas and projections on how these technologies will evolve over the next five-plus years.

Customer acquisition challenges in community solar: An interview with Richard Keiser

In this interview, Common Energy CEO Richard Keiser talks about the challenges of customer acquisition for community solar developers, and how service providers like his company can fill the gaps.

New York state is going to need 23 GW more solar power

pv magazine USA did the math on the new wind and solar capacity that will be needed to supply power to 20 million people under New York’s new 70% by 2030 mandate. In addition to 6 GW of distributed solar and the 2 GW that has already been awarded in large scale bids, the state is going to need around 15 GW more utility scale solar.

Solar, storage and wind can keep us on track as far as 2030

This year’s New Energy Outlook report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicts renewables can keep us on track for less than two degrees of global heating for the next decade. But after that, other technologies will have to do their bit.

America’s favorite solar beers, CleanCapital refinances its largest portfolio: pvMB 6/19/19

Hello one and all and welcome to the Wednesday morning pvMB. Today we’ll be looking at Nautilus completing a NY community solar installation, SOMAH’s applicant acceptance process, Enphase donating inverters… and more!

Manufacturing

NY’s renewable mega mandate passes the House, Trump’s “Dirty Power Plan”: pvMB 6/20/19

Hello and welcome to the Thursday morning brief! Boy do we have a packed brief for you, where we'll be looking at NEXTracker reaching 20 GW of trackers, SEIA calling for an extension of the ITC, 1 GW of US clean energy projects auctioned at NYSE and more!

New York reaches deal on 70% by 2030 bill, Utilities want EVs, talking money in NYC: pvMB, 6/18/19

Spring showers as Bloomberg shows some love to LONGi, Ameresco builds a nice hospital carport, NREL trains executives, and more!

State Department issues strategy on diversifying clean energy, storage supply chains

The Trump Administration is acknowledging the global demand for clean energy and energy storage with the State Department’s new strategy.

Fate of Washington polysilicon plant hinges on Trump, Jinping meeting

REC Silicon has delayed full shutdown of its Moses Lake polysilicon operation until mid July as President Trump and his Chinese counterpart are scheduled to hold talks in Osaka in two weeks’ time.

Miami’s floating solar, 50X50, closing coal and more! pvMB: 6/14/19

SunPower has installed 2.2 MW of its Helix Carport & Storage system, solar power pricing shows some stability, Tesla shows images of its V3 modules, and more!

Roth: Bifacial tariff exemption to drive down U.S. module prices

The investment banking firm expects an increase of bifacial imports from Southeast Asia, and says that this could drop U.S. average selling prices below 40 cents per watt.

Markets & Policy

Inside GlidePath’s merchant battery in Texas

The 10 MW project is the largest battery that the company has installed in Texas, and will sell power and ancillary services into the spot market with no contract. It might not be the last.

Going 10% solar would save Pennsylvania $619 million per year

Community Energy’s analysis of the Pennsylvanian electricity market showed that 7.5 GWac of solar power would save $619 million a year in wholesale electricity costs while keeping the system’s stability at 100% commercial probability.

Saft breaks into microgrids with Go Electric acquisition

The Total-owned French battery maker has acquired Go Electric, a major player in military and C&I microgrids in North America.

New York Senate passes the biggest, baddest renewable energy mandate in the nation

The 70% by 2030 renewable energy provision in S6599 is second only to DC’s 100% by 2032 in ambition, and includes targets of 6 GW of distributed solar by 2025 and 3 GW of energy storage by 2030. It is expected to pass the Assembly today.

ITC for energy storage MIA in House committee’s tax extenders bill

ACORE argues that this year’s extenders bill should include an ITC for energy storage, which is not included in the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee’s mark.

Entergy’s secret solar solicitation

Tucked away in a press release, Entergy mentions a 200 MW RFP for Texas, a level of renewable solicitation unheard of for the utility giant.

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Coal and gas red-flagged on reliability; solar doing fine

In an annual report card on North America’s grid reliability, coal and gas are sent to the principal’s office, while solar gains operating guidance related to 2016 and 2017 wildfire-related outages. Texas is cautioned for its lower-than-desired reserve margin, although that was not a problem in 2018.

Ten American-Made Solar Prize ideas get $100,000, go to next round

NREL has announced finalists in its first round of seeking new solar technologies that have significant market potential.

MIT works to refine the flow of promising perovskites

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed an accelerated process for screening new perovskite compounds as they search for those with the potential to be used in high efficiency solar cells. According to MIT, the process speeds up the synthesis and analysis of new compounds by a factor of ten and has already highlighted two sets of materials worthy of further study.

Jinko and REC petition for review of Hanwha patent

The manufacturers are pushing back on the basis for the suit that their Korean/German rival has launched, arguing that there is evidence the innovations they refer to were either not new or were obvious steps forward.

Hannon Armstrong jumps into community solar, SRP gives emissions the boot: pvMB 6/6/19

Good morning and welcome to today’s edition of the pvMB. This morning, we’ll be looking at the Sunpower system at a “destination” Porsche dealership, PacificCorp installing a solar + storage sytem in lieu of wires for Rocky Mountain Power, Laura Olton’s appointment to head the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission and more!

Solar coming to Baltimore County govt., North Carolina utility Commission’s new chair: pvMB 6/5/19

Hello and welcome to your Hump Day MB, where we’ll be looking at the potential solving of LID, LevelTEn Energy raising $20.5 million in funding, the verification of CAISO as a reliability coordinator and much more!

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