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Sunrun’s securitizations pay 99.1% of the time

The Kroll Bond Rating Agency has issued a preliminary rating of "A-" on 88 MWdc of residential solar PPAs and leases being offered for purchase by Sunrun. The 14,377-unit portfolio has a current delinquency rate of 0.09%.
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Oregon further limits use of prime farmland for solar development

The new rules by state land use authorities make it harder to put mid-to-large-scale solar on an estimated 6% of the state’s land, and raise the question of whether the state is engaging in land conservation or indulging NIMBYism.
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Cali’s largest floating solar, OpenSolar.com goes live, Ohio shuts wind+solar out of coal bailout, more!: pvMB 5/24/19

The sun is out, the stories are out! Sunworks is installing solar +storage for schools, pricing in the solar module supply chain is stable, EIA is offering up new data formats, more!
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FPL opens the floodgates on a tidal wave of solar

Florida Power and Light is ramping up construction on its "30 by 30" plan, announcing today the beginning of 10 projects across the Sunshine State, each one clocking in at 74.5 MW, for a grand total of 745 MW of solar.
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The tricky tide of renewables in Maryland

Maryland's 50% by 2030 renewable energy mandate is set to become law, as Governor Larry Hogan has stated that he will not veto the measure. However, rumblings are arising that the popular GOP everyman will have a clean energy mandate of his own coming in...
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BEST bill seeks $300 million for long-term energy storage projects

Starting with $60 million in 2020 and with contracts to be signed by the end of 2023, the "BEST Act" seeks five grid-tied energy storage projects with 6-100 hours of duration, which can run for twenty years.
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No more tariff-free modules from Turkey

U.S. President Donald Trump has removed Turkey from the list of developing nations not subject to Section 201 tariffs on PV cells and modules.
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sonnenCommunity comes to the Midwest

The new net energy positive development in Marengo, Illinois maximizes energy efficiency and meets Passivhaus standards, as well as offering power in the event of a blackout.
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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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Panasonic’s new premium installers, 100 MW coming to Illinois: pvMB 5/23/19

Hello all and welcome to your Thursday pvMB, today we'll be checking out OpenSolar's new solar software design and sales app, Azelio's thermal energy storage becoming PV compatible and more!

The Solar Bill of Rights has been gutted

What was once a landmark bill to establish rights for owners of PV systems has made it to the floor of the California Senate in a dramatically reduced version.

Nearly 200 MW coming to Indiana at under $1/watt

This unprecedented development in the Hoosier State is just the beginning of a much, much bigger tidal wave of development, all of which is planned before Halloween of 2023.

Peaker envy, veto proof net metering, and utility scale solar growth in New Hampshire

Legislation calling for 15% of peak demand to be met by energy storage is moving through the House; a veto-proof increase in system sizes under net metering goes to the governor; and 215 MWac of large-scale solar projects are seeking various approvals.

Wyoming’s first solar trade association, EV chargers encroaching on gas stations: pvMB 5/21/19

We’ve got a jam-packed MB for you this morning. Today we’ll be looking at the formation of the American Solar Grazing Association, a community solar bill in Maine, the winners of the 17th Solar Cup and much much more!

Xcel to build 3 GW of MN solar by 2030 – if it gets to own 50% or more

The deal that Xcel has reached with environmentalists and labor includes caveats maximizing the utility’s ownership of the large-scale solar that it is promising.

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Little benefit to U.S. solar as Trump lifts tariffs on steel & aluminum from Canada

While the lifting of any tariffs is welcome news to the U.S. solar industry, manufacturers say that low prices on materials are unlikely to return as long as the global tariffs remain.

SunPower is selling the former SolarWorld factory in Oregon

The high-efficiency PV maker plans to lease a portion of the factory to continue production of its P-19 modules.

The heterojunction “Alpha” solar module at 21.7% efficiency

REC Group has released the official specification page for its heterojunction Alphα series of solar modules, peaking at 380 watts with the standard module, and 375 watts for the all black unit.

Tesla acquires Maxwell Technologies

It’s unclear exactly what the interest is in the California super-capacitor maker, but it could be more about the process than the product.

LONGi launches new high-powered half-cut bifacial module

The Hi-MO 4 offers power ratings up to 430 watts, with module efficiencies as high as 19.2%, as the latest high-powered module to hit the floor at Intersolar Europe.

A billion-dollar silicon carbide complex is coming to North Carolina

Cree, which pioneered the innovative semiconductor material, is planning to increase silicon carbide production 30x through a massive investment in a fab and materials megafactory in Durham, North Carolina.

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State regulators: The next lobbying front in the solar revolution

In this op-ed for pv magazine Tony Clifford explains the key role that state public service commissions have in shaping policy for solar, and why it is necessary for the solar industry to have an effective presence there.

Rapid shutdown gets its first Sunspec certification in Fronius

The Fronius Symo Advanced product line, which had already been NEC 2017 compliant when coupled with a Tigo TS-4, is now also certified for rapid shutdown by the SunSpec Alliance.

Energy Freedom act signed in South Carolina, NC approves Duke microgrid: pvMB 5/22/19

Happy hump day and welcome to the pvMB. Today we bring you Texas and Illinois municipal utilities procuring solar, the DOE announcing Solar in Your Community Challenge winners, and more.

The U.S. energy storage market will nearly double this year

The combination of solar plus storage is super-charging the deployment of batteries across the country, and IHS Markit says that the United States will become the largest market for grid-tied energy storage this year.

California prevents utility from paying EEI dues with ratepayer funds

The decision shows regulators pushing back against allowing utilities to force their ratepayers to fund lobbying including anti-solar efforts.

Warren wants a (mostly) net zero U.S. military by 2030

U.S. Senator and Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has introduced legislation requiring global fixed military assets to be net zero by 2030. She is also calling for research focused on microgrids, a 1% fee applied to non-net zero contractors, and a general increase in institutional climate consciousness via reporting, planning, budgeting and procurement.

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From the editor: SEIA’s solar+ plan falls short on ambition

The organization’s “ambitious goal” of solar supplying 20% of the nation’s electricity in 2030 looks more like a forecast, and vision for rapid decarbonization is coming from the climate movement and the American Left, not SEIA.

A 7th grader’s prize-winning solar project, Canadian Solar secures $50 Million: pvMB 5/16/19

Hello one and all to the Thursday edition of the pvMB. Today we’ll be looking at Anheuser-Busch’s new 2.7 MW solar system at its New York brewery, Pivot’s awarding of 11 community solar projects in Illinois, Recurrent Energy selling its Mustang plant and more!

The view from above: Heliolytics on the evolution of solar site inspection

In this interview Heliolytics CEO Rob Andrews talks about the factors behind the emergence of piloted aerial inspection as the dominant form of site inspection, and also the unique challenges posed by wind damage.

Designing for and monetizing curtailed solar power

Research by NREL and First Solar has produced highly accurate, real-time estimates of available aggregate peak power that a curtailed solar power plant can deliver to support the broader needs of the grid.

Sunrun aims to replace big power plants

By providing solar + storage, contracting to supply capacity in wholesale markets and even considering microgrid communities, Sunrun is taking on more and more of the space traditionally occupied by utilities and the large, centralized generators that they rely on.

Jay Inslee, defender of Earth, TEP joins the Energy Imbalance Market: pvMB 5/9/19

Welcome one and all to today’s edition of the pvMB. Before you tackle today, we’ve got renewables coming to Montana, Illinois’ City Water, Light and Power giving coal the boot, the one week countdown until Solar Cup 2019 and more!

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