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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.
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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 reser...
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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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Is the U.S. solar market slipping towards merchant?

As contract lengths shorten, U.S. solar developers and investors are relying more and more on sales of power in the spot market as the future.
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Renewables would displace 86 GW of gas projects in Beyond Carbon campaign

Solar, wind and storage would take the place of 150 proposed gas-fired generators in a Beyond Carbon campaign launched by Michael Bloomberg and the Sierra Club. Building on the success of the Beyond Coal campaign, Beyond Carbon aims to stop new gas-fired...
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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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Maine calls for 400 MW of distributed solar

The Maine House and Senate have both passed LD 1711, capping off a trio of pro-renewable bills this month. The bill calls for the development of 400 MW of distributed solar, and the state is making up for lost time.

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!

The Sunshine State finally delivers on its name

WoodMac has upped its forecast for 2019 with Florida and Texas starting to deliver on their potential, as the U.S. solar market returns to its growth path.

NC recycling bill: savior or slayer of utility solar?

Rapid action is being taken on Senate Bill 568 in North Carolina. The bill calls for the establishment of a decommission fund for all new utility-scale renewable projects and would require the recycling of all pv modules and battery components after their operation. However is the bill as pro-renewables as it sounds?

Solar carports go national: photo essay

Even if your car is baking in the hot summer sun, you can imagine it staying cool under one of these solar carports recently built all across the country. Technologies include prefabricated framing, double cantilever canopies, and water management systems.

Florida Supreme Court rules in favor of utility solar development

Judges have unanimously ruled that Florida Power and Light is allowed to rate base $863 million for eight solar projects built in 2017 and 2018, as in 2016 state regulators had already approved it.

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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.

REC Silicon scraps stock placement as WA plant teeters on edge of shutdown

Stock in the polysilicon manufacturer appeared to be recovering in early trading on the Oslo exchange this morning after it cancelled plans for a private placement of as many as 50 million shares.

Bifacial beats Trump’s tariffs

Federal trade authorities have ruled that bifacial solar modules are no longer subject to the Section 201 ruling, which currently apply a 25% tariff to most solar modules imported to the United States.

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The Pope, big oil and bankers are talking carbon taxes

Pope Francis held a closed door meeting at the Academy of Sciences with the CEOs of oil firms and investment firms to address climate change, with a group committing to support an "economically meaningful" carbon price.

ACORE: Greater investment in wind, but more interest in solar + storage

The renewable energy trade association’s latest report shows increasing investor interest in renewable energy, and finds that investments are more than halfway to the annual level needed to reach its $1 trillion investment target.

Another Presidential climate plan, PG&E’s PPA decision appealed: pvMB 6/17/19

Happy Monday and welcome to the pvMB. Today, we’ll be looking at KBRA rating Sunnova’s solar loan notes, Prudential funding Soltage, CellCube’s $6 million flow battery deal and more!

New Orleans City Council must re-consider gas plant

A judge’s ruling that the city’s Open Meetings Law was violated means that the gas plant which Entergy hired actors to fake support for must now be reconsidered.

Six Flags Great Adventure unveils New Jersey’s largest net-metered solar array (w/ video)

The 23.5 MW project, comprised of carports and a nearby ground-mount installation, has officially been completed and will offset more than 98% of the park’s electricity needs.

Nevada goes buckwild with renewable legislation, 340 MW solar powered data center: pvMB 6/13/19

Welcome one and all to the Thursday edition of the pvMB. Today we’ll be looking at NEXTracker’s new president, REC joining SEIA’s board of directors, more staffing changes at Cypress Creek, and more. Let’s jump right in!

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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!

Scientists see global PV rocketing to 10 terawatts by 2030, for starters

A Science journal article describes how to reach “a future with ~10 terawatts of PV by 2030 and 30 to 70 terawatts by 2050, providing a majority of global energy.”

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