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Suncast Episode 190: Jake Rozmaryn, Antenna Group VP & Forbes 30 Under 30

In this episode of Suncast, Nico Johnson sits down with Vice President of Antenna Group, Jake Rozmaryn to discuss the foundatiuon and sale of his marketing firm and what led him to Antenna Group.
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FPL redefines community solar

FPL has officially filed before state regulators a settlement to institute its gargantuan Solar Together program, one which looks to bring more community solar to the Sunshine state than has been installed in the entire country to date.
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The Midwest’s solar future will be unlike anything seen before

Fitch Solutions Marco Research has boldly predicted the region will be a main driver towards the 100 GW of solar power capacity expected to hit the U.S. over the next 10 years. The procurmeent will be led by city and utility commitments to renewable ener...
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Hoosiers shoot from deep for solar, storage and wind

Indiana utility NIPSCO has submitted a request for proposals seeking 2.3 GWac of solar+storage capacity (and a much greater DC nameplate) by 2023, which would increase solar in the state by way more than 700%, as it retires a majority of its coal power p...
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California is decarbonizing its grid. Now it needs to address cars.

A new report by Next10 shows the remarkable contributions of California’s solar fleet to decarbonization of electricity, and that the state is on track to meet renewable energy goals. Overall greenhouse gas reduction is another matter.
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Hardware brief: 48 hour PE stamps, 23% flexible cells, monoPERC pricing down, 73% less aluminum, more!

Don't forget to send your hardware press releases, spec page updates, and reminders of existence to usa-editors@pv-magazine.c...
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Loss of tax abatement could derail a massive solar project in Indiana

The Lone Oak Solar Energy Center's future is in jeopardy after the Madison County Council denied a tax abatement, which developer Invenergy has said is crucial.
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Decentralization is more than a dream

Advocates say that PG&E’s power shutoffs for 750,000 California residents could have been at least lessened with the implementation of distributed solar + storage, and note that communities can keep critical facilities online with microgrids.
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Energy Toolbase Ranks No. 1,011 on the 2019 Inc. 5000 List as One of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America

Energy Toolbase was recognized as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America, ranking number 1,011 on the 2019 Inc. 5000 List.

Standard Solar Releases eBook Offering Critical Insight On Executing Successful Community Solar Projects

Nationally known community solar expert Standard Solar has launched a new eBook Community Solar: What You Need to Know. This free, comprehensive guide to community solar, the fastest-growing segment of the burgeoning U.

NEWLY FORMED STRATEGIC SOLAR SOURCING EQUIPS SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZE COMPANIES TO COMPETE IN SOLAR

A group of seasoned wind and solar industry executives today launched a new company, Strategic Solar Sourcing, that is the first to offer small and medium-sized solar businesses supply chain management outsourcing services and products previously available only to large organizations, including low-cost equipment pricing on modules, inverters and racking with resulting significant bottom-line improvements.

Mona Dajani Named Co-Leader of Pillsbury’s Energy and Infrastructure Projects Practice

Pillsbury has appointed New York Project Finance partner Mona Dajani as co-leader of the firm’s preeminent Energy and Infrastructure Projects team. Dajani, one of the foremost energy and infrastructure lawyers in the world, joins partner Robert James in leading the practice.

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Energy storage and inverters to get you through power outages

In light of California grid shutdowns due to fire safety, pv magazine USA is reviewing solutions to keep the electricity on.

Orlando utility explores doubling PV capacity, groundbreaking hydrogen project

The Orlando Utility Commission will not only be adding 149 MW of solar projects to its generation portfolio, but is also developing a first-of-its-kind hydrogen storage project, with the hope it can be PV’s perfect partner in the future.

Former EPA officials call for halt on NC gas extensions, SEIA adds Kentucky affiliate: pvMB 10/9/19

Hello and welcome to the last morning brief of your workweek. After tomorrow, it’s the weekend, you can do it! Today, we have SunPower giving away a free solar system, Sungrow supplying inverters and energy storage for SMART, Energy Toolbase integrating with Chint Power and more!

Yo, California, first – you stanch the bleeding, then you work the wound

The Clean Power Alliance of California is arguing that in dealing with projected electricity shortfalls, regulators should allow for full state participation and clean energy developers to meet the demand, versus extending the operations of gas plants located in population centers.

To make room for more distributed PV, harmonize smart inverter settings

New opportunities for distributed PV could be accelerated by reaching early agreement on settings for smart inverters, which are expected to become widely available in the next two years. A consulting firm explains, and offers its recommendations.

ZAF supplies batteries to the Air Force, Standard Solar completes Virginia school projects: pvMB 10/9/19

Hello and welcome to your Hump Day MB. Today we also have new board members at Solaria, and sPower completing 20 MW in California.

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It’s official: The bifacial tariff exemption is over

The office of the U.S. Trade Representative has removed the exemption for bifacial products from Section 201 tariffs, effective October 28.

Roth: Trump admin could end bifacial tariff exemption

The U.S. Trade Representative has not responded to the claim that it will end the exemption from Section 201 duties. If accurate this could be a loss for Asian PV makers and a minor loss for the larger U.S. market, but a positive for First Solar.

REC Silicon prepared to power down the rest of its operation

The Norwegian polysilicon and silane gas producer has announced it will listen to offers for its production facility in Butte, Montana after mothballing its other manufacturing operation – at Moses Lake, Washington – in the summer.

The long view: an interview with Steven Zhu of Trina Solar

In this interview Trina Solar’s President of America Steven Zhu provides a longer perspective on the current U.S.-China trade war, and also speaks to the evolution of Trina’s offerings in the U.S. market.

SPI Day 3: solar tools, solar modules, electrical panel upgrades, future inverters, more!

Nineteen thousand people walked the floor at the United States’ largest *energy conference* – not just solar power conference – and it is a bit sad to end, but the education, handshakes, and hardware were great.

On the floor at SPI – touchless snow removal, perovskite tandem cells, gapless solar modules, more!

pv magazine USA is at Solar Power International in Salt Lake City, Utah this week and showing off some hardware from the floor. And most impressive is that innovation is still happening in solar modules, but also in many other complementary technologies.

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7X Energy preps for ITC end-of-days with massive inverter buy

The company has purchased enough inverters to ensure that more than 2 GW of projects will qualify for the full 30% Federal Investment Tax Credit, becoming at least the second company to make such a move in this week alone.

Solar stocks soar in 2019

The Invesco Solar ETF is up 50% year to date, driven by the successes of Solaredge, Enphase, Sunrun, First Solar and SunPower. These strong performances may look to increase the financial confidence of the industry as a whole.

The sun shines only at night

Engie has been selected to supply a solar power plant in Guam with 50 MWdc of generation capacity and approximately 300 MWh of storage – with the express purpose to deliver 100% of the electricity after sunset.

Only 2% of U.S. businesses have a 100% renewable goal

A survey conducted by Deloitte shows the healthcare industry surprisingly leading the way for near-term renewable goals, as well as a cross-industry focus on carbon reduction over renewable procurement.

Concord NH decides on maximum size of solar arrays, Titan Advanced Energy raises $10M: pvMB 10/8/19

Hello and welcome to the Tuesday pvMB, where we’re bringing you SEPA’s 2019 Utility Demand Response Market Snapshot, solar applications surging in New York and more!

Platte River Power wants to grow its PV capacity 500%

The utility has issued a request for proposals for 150 MW of solar, in addition to the 22 MW upgrade set for its lone 30 MW project.

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New England needs to floor it and increase solar deployments by over 1000%

The Brattle Group has released an analysis suggesting that New England should double its electricity output and deploy between 158 and 285 GW of zero-carbon resources if it is to meet its regional goal of an 80% reduction in greenhouse gasses by 2050.

Huawei faces three more Solaredge lawsuits

Inverter manufacturer Solaredge has filed three additional patent infringement lawsuits against its competitor, Huawei, in China. This comes after three similar legal actions against Huawei that had been undertaken by Solaredge in Germany last summer. While Huawei has decided not to comment on the matter, the Chinese manufacturer revealed that it had filed three patent litigation claims against Solaredge at a Chinese court this May.

Will DOE take the Crescent Dunes solar project into bankruptcy?

Amidst operational problems and a terminated power contract, a lawsuit by developer SolarReserve warns that a DOE takeover of the project could push it into bankruptcy.

100 MW could come to Dulles, SunPower safe harbors 200 MW of panels: pvMB 10/7/19

Welcome to your workweek and to this week’s Monday pvMN. Today we’re looking at 350 MW proposed for Buffalo, NY, Contra Costa County partnering with SunPower on solar carports, Alta Devices and Stanford’s solar car and more!

Current wireless technology may be adequate for communicating with distributed solar and storage

A study advised by seven electric utilities found that current “long-term evolution” (LTE) wireless broadband technology may be adequate for sending signals to control, or guide, the operations of distributed solar and storage resources.

A water-heater-based virtual power plant and Nissan EV rebates in Hawaii: pvMB 10/4/19

Hello wonderful people and welcome to a super-rare Friday edition of the pvMB. Today we’ll be checking out Ben & Jerry’s and Sierra Club’s renewable energy partnership, Virginia’s first EVgo station, CleanSpark’s feasibility study of off-grid power solution for cannabis growers and more!