Interview: Mary Powell, CEO at Vermont utility Green Mountain Power speaks with pv magazine about her unique strategy to bring clean energy and 21st century innovation by focusing on customer needs.
The DC-AC ratio of U.S. solar plants has been increasing since it measured at just over 1.1 in 2001-2009, however, the average seems to have flattened at just above 1.25 in recent years.
The company is noting its substantial investment in U.S. research and development as well as tools, has further hinted that it may establish U.S. manufacturing for its P-Series modules.
Utility Scale proposed projects have begun piling up at the federal agency as the 30% Investment Tax Credit ending starts appearing on the horizon.
A proposed drastic change by the Michigan regulatory agency to end net metering later this year has hundreds registering opposition comments.
The semi-public power authority is not even trying to hide its attempt to slow down deployment of customer-owned solar and other forms of distributed generation.
As an historic first, the Arizona Corporation Commission has voted not to acknowledge the gas-heavy energy resource plans of utilities, and is pushing instead an aggressive clean energy plan by one if its members.
Bills to reform the state’s renewable energy mandate, increase its solar target and enable a community solar program have been re-introduced in the New Jersey House and Senate.
GTM Research and SEIA’s final report on the solar market in 2017 shows both the struggle of the residential solar market, as well as a larger than anticipated fall in utility-scale volumes, leading to a 30% contraction overall.
The utility has reached 970 MW of installed solar power capacity. With four new projects totalling 649 MW, this which will bring Georgia Power to 1,619 MW by the end of 2019.
Under the state’s program operational community solar capacity in Xcel’s Service area has grown more than four-fold over the last 12 months, with another 381 MW in design or construction.
Xcel Energy’s December 2017 solicitation results contain bids for energy storage projects at least as large as the current world’s largest under construction, and far larger than the world’s biggest running batteries.
Tennessee safety authorities have submitted their report on the hydrogen explosion at the polysilicon plant of the German manufacturer in Charleston. They demand $25,400 in fines from Wacker Chemie for violations of various regulations, and the company continues its efforts to resume production.
President Trump has exempted the two nations from 25% import duties on steel and 10% duties on aluminum, and has further left the door open to any nations with which the United States has a “security relationship”.
The Chinese PV giant is now planning to employ only 1/4 the number of workers previously planned in one PV module factory, which will be online by the end of next year.
IHS Markit is already predicting a 1-3 cent per watt increase in PV system prices, with the greatest impact again on utility-scale solar.
Vectren has chosen the PV maker and developer to build the largest solar plant to date in Indiana, as the second large project announced for First Solar’s large-format Series 6.
Utility Hawaiian Electric has announced the start of operations of a pilot project featuring flywheel energy storage technology provided by Amber Kinetics. The project will test the technology’s capability of supporting the grid and allowing further integration of renewable generation.
The power company, which recently placed bids to build the largest battery energy storage projects in the world, has connected the largest solar (74.5MW)+storage (10MW/40MWh) project in the United States to the grid.
The developer has sold off three large, operational solar plants to the Korea Electric Power Corporation, as parent company Canadian Solar moves into O&M.
The 14-state grid operator is calling for a reform to compensation mechanisms to reflect resilience attributes, in language familiar to anyone who has followed Secretary Perry’s proposed coal and nuke bailout.
The state is expecting nearly 400 MW of additional utility-scale solar by this summer, as the most significant source of new generation to help it meet summer peak capacity needs.
The innovative wafer maker will be building its first commercial-scale factory overseas.
GTM Research shows $300 million raised by 122 blockchain companies since the second quarter of 2017. 50 of those companies are less than a year old.
The company is suing Genesem, a South Korean equipment manufacturing partner, for using Solaria’s technology outside of agreements.
The utility has brought four 74.5MW solar plants online. FPL now owns 930MW of solar generation resources.
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