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Texas utility proposes bizarre fixed charges for solar customers

Under Oncor’s proposal, its customers who have PV installed would pay a fixed charge every month based on their historical demand – unless their residential bill would be higher under standard rates.

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Markets & Policy

GCL Energy recieves $59.8 million to 84.5 MW solar portfolio in North Carolina

With the help of CIT Group, the China-based company hopes to kickstart its U.S. solar portfolio with this first infusion of cash.

Markets & Policy

Oregon solar industry calls for 10% power from solar in 10 years (With charts and graphs)

In a joint plan released by OSEIA and the Lewis and Clark School’s Green Energy Institute, the state could produce 10% of its power by 2027, as well as double its solar workforce.

Markets & Policy

Flow battery maker Primus Power raises $32 million

The most recent funding influx means the California battery maker has secured $114 million to date, and the company has hinted at trying to break into the Chinese market.

Markets & Policy

New York invests $11 million to fund community microgrids

Winners in State 2 of the NY Prize Community Microgrid competiition will receive $1 million through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to engineer and develop plans for microgrids to bring local clean energy generation and backup power to their communities.

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Guest Post: Nation’s Largest City-Owned Utility Uses Equity Metrics to Ensure All Residents Have Clean Energy

This post originally appeared on the Environmental Defense Fund’s Energy Exchange blog. It is reprinted here with permission.

Markets & Policy

“We are at war”

Among the many changes that solar markets are experiencing in the United States, moves by the Trump Administration cast a long shadow at the Intersolar USA East trade show, which opened today.

Installations

Massachusetts finalizes successful SREC 2 program extension

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has officially finalized the extension of its Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC-2), completing a process that started in September.

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Press Releases

EnergeiaWorks Appoints Andrea Zancha to Manage Solar Recruiting In California

EnergeiaWorks, North America’s foremost executive search firm dedicated to renewable energy, is pleased to announce its recent hire of Andrea Zancha. As a Renewable Energy Account Manager based in San Diego, Andrea will develop and manage California- based solar business.

IU chemists create molecular leaf that collects and stores solar power without solar panels

An international team of scientists led by Liang-shi Li at Indiana University (IU) has achieved a new milestone in the quest to recycle carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere into carbon-neutral fuels and others materials. The chemists have engineered a molecule that uses light or electricity to convert the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into carbon […]

U.S. Solar Asset Managers Must Account for Extreme Weather Impacts – Vaisala

Frequency of "nat cat" events in 2016 underlines growing requirement for reliable on-site weather data to inform operational decision-making.

Pfister Energy Installs Rooftop and Ground Mounted Solar For First “Net Zero” Energy School in Maryland (With Video)

Rooftop & Ground-mount Solar part of overall renewable energy package for Wilde Lake Middle School.

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Swinerton’s SOLV adopts QOS O&M analytics software

O&M service provider SOLV will utilize QOS Energy’s Qantum analytics software to monitor and support over 1 GW of solar PV plants in the United States.

New York City passes 100 MW of installed PV

The city is now 10% to its 2030 solar goal, but still lags well behind the rest of the state in deployment.

Partnership aims to save money low-income families in New York

GRID Alternatives and the Association for Energy Affordability announced a partnership that combines solar-energy installations with energy-efficiency programs to lower electricity costs for the state’s most vulnerable citizens.

Enphase introduces redesigned microinverters to U.S. market

The Enphase IQ microinverter is around 30% lighter than previous iterations and will serve to usher in Enphase Energized AC Modules to the U.S. residential solar sector.

Manufacturing

SMA announces “major hiring push” in California, Northeast

The inverter giant’s expansion plans are a response to what it says are favorable market conditions. In addition, the company is introducing new products to the U.S. market, including solutions for battery storage.

SunPower signs supply deal for 125 MW of P-Series modules

The supply deal with NextEra Energy Resources signals a radical shift in strategy for the struggling manufacturer and is the first major test of its novel module design.

Solaria targets specialized solar distributors

Solaria has announced it second regional solar distributor, Fortune Energy, a wholesale supplier of renewable energy products based in Sacramento, with additional offices in Southern California, Massachusetts and Hawaii.

Trina Solar goes private

The Chinese PV maker has completed its merger transaction and will now become a private company. Trading of Trina’s shares on the NYSE have been suspended pending de-listing.

Markets & Policy

Stanford advocates ending China solar tariffs

The report led by a former Wall Street Journal editor gives national advice that mimics policies under President Obama’s energy department, but is unlikely to go anywhere under Trump.

BREAKING: Minnesota governor vetoes bill to exempt co-ops from regulation

Faced with the prospect of giving unregulated utilities the right to charge solar customers any fees they wanted, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton took a stand and vetoed a bill that would have done just that.

Maine solar advocates push for reconsideration of net metering

A coalition of 24 groups has asked state regulators to reconsider scrapping net metering in 2018, as advocates gear up for a push in the state legislature.

SEIA goes to bat over C&I rates in California

In a case that may have impacts for both residential rates and storage, the industry group is taking exception to PG&E proposals regarding peak hours, demand charges and other items.

Technology

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Intevac reports massive ion implant tool order

The company’s ENERGi systems will be used to enable more than 1 GW expansion of high-efficiency n-type mono cell capacity for an un-named customer in China, a big boost for the technology.

EV growth gives lithium-ion batteries cost edge in storage

The growing demand for affordable electric vehicle batteries is driving cost reductions in lithium-ion battery technology, which is beneficial for affordable stationary storage, according to a new Lux Research report.

Kaua’i to meet 1/4 of power needs with solar thanks to Tesla system (with video)

The island is a view into what a future with high penetrations of renewable energy will look like.

1366 reaches 19.9% cell efficiency with PERC

The company has simultaneously announced its the first deployment of cells made from its Direct Wafer products in a 500 kW commercial solar array in Japan.

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