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Puerto Rico to officially go 100% renewable

Senate Bill 1121 has been given final approval by the Puerto Rico legislature and is headed to the desk of Governor Ricardo Rosselló. When passed, it will make the island the fifth state-level jurisdiction to establish a 100% zero-carbon and/or renewable energy mandate.
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Solar+storage sited at C&I locations can be the backbone of the grid

An analysis by Station A shows a potential for siting 48 GW of solar plus 22 GW / 42 GWh of energy storage in California commercial and industrial locations, meeting 19% of the state grid operator's legally binding "Resource Adequacy" requirements.
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pvMB 3/26/19: SunPower repeats as commercial champs, Arkansas’ solar strides… and more!

Good morning! In today's brief we also bring you 195 MW of solar plants underway in Florida, a new report by Sunrun and Wilmington, Delaware's first solar brewery.
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Rooftop solar and batteries make their mark at BNEF Future of Energy

Sunrun made a splash at the BNEF Summit in New York City at a time when utilities are increasingly struggling to adapt to new realities. But distributed energy resources have a long way to go to play a major role, and we will still need additional energy...
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Solar grew 48x over the last 11 years. What will the next 11 bring?

Whether or not solar leads the decarbonization of the world's electricity supply depends on how long it can continue on a path of exponential growth.
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#Solar100’s Emily Rogers, Zadie Oleksiw, and Jamie Nolan: solar’s communications experts

In this special edition #Solar100, kWh Analytics’ Sarah Matsui speaks with three solar communications experts, Vote Solar’s Zadie Oleksiw, Norton Rose Fulbright’s Emily Rogers, and Nolan Strategic Communications’ Jamie Nolan.
Markets & Policy

A renewable energy mandate in… New Orleans?

The New Orleans City Council has opened a rulemaking to investigate a Renewable Portfolio Standard for the city. But it remains to be seen whether this is a serious move to decarbonize, or to improve optics.
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Trade your coal for locally sourced solar power by 2025!

An analysis by Energy Innovation shows that 74% of US coal could be replaced by wind and solar power located within 35 miles of the plant, while also saving consumers money. The analysis shows that this increased to greater than 86% by 2025.

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CellCube announces appointment of Stefan Schauss as CEO and provides business update

CellCube Energy Storage Systems Inc. (the “Company” or “CellCube”) (CSE: CUBE) (OTCQB: CECBF) (Frankfurt: 01X) (WKN: A2JMGP) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr.

Sunworks receives Nasdaq listing extension to September 16, 2019

Sunworks, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), a provider of solar power solutions for agriculture, commercial and industrial (ACI), public works and residential markets, today announced that it has received a listing extension from the Nasdaq Hearings Panel.

Chint Power Systems introduces energy storage solution for C&I customers, integrates Pason Power’s energy intelligence software

Complete storage offering allows solar developers to install intelligent storage with predictable results.

Keystone Power Holdings completes solar project for Penns Grove Sewerage Authority

Company plans to serve more sewer plants in New Jersey and other states.

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pvMB 3/25/19: New Mexico’s clean electricity bill signed, a new solar charging pilot program in Hawaii… and more!

Hello and thank you for starting your work week with the pvMB. Today we'll be looking at the last hurdle facing South Carolina's solar freedom bill, proposed regulations for large-scale solar in Upstate New York, GenRenew becoming a SunPower Master Dealer and expanding to Illinois and everything else you need to start your week!

Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to… split?

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a type of electrode which is highly resistant to salt corrosion, therefore allowing them to produce hydrogen using seawater. Applied at a larger scale, this development could potentially cut the cost of power-to-gas applications by greatly increasing the amount of water available.

Ultimate five-year plan: 24 hour solar+storage power plants, in design pipeline now

In an interview with pv magazine USA 8minutenergy President & CEO Tom Buttgenbach talked of radio telescopes and aliens, but also the USA solar market, a 14 GW solar power pipeline and energy storage being a fundamental – not an add-on – feature.

Herding cats: Controversy over the solar siting bill in Rhode Island

The beginning of large-scale solar development has brought out the NIMBYism in the nation’s smallest state.

pvMB 3/22/19: The largest U.S. bifacial plant breaks ground, SunPower & SEIA soft on Green New Deal, and more!

It’s Friday, so enjoy this pvMB before you check out for the weekend. In this edition the New Hampshire House has approved a 5 MW system size for net metering, an innovative green roof plus solar is coming to New York City and BP is considering power *all* U.S. operations with solar power.

Recurrent Energy to build at least 1.2 GW of U.S. solar by the end of 2021

The company has six large projects underway in California and Texas and one more pending in Mississippi, but nothing big coming online in 2019.

Manufacturing

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High efficiency solar module upgrades from REC and Trina

REC Group has begun production of its residential N-Peak Black series, reaching up to 325 watts. Concurrently, Trina Solar has released four new modules within its Tallmax, Duomax, Duomax Twin, and Honey series - some of which reach up to 415 watts.

The clawFR gets first UL certification, broader launch underway

PanelClaw announced the launch of its flat rooftop 10° clawFR solar module racking platform. The company reports an installation manual, autoCAD blocks, and that the racking solution is approved by UL to work with its first tranche of solar modules.

Solar + storage for the first time in Arkansas

A 100 MW project featuring the state’s first large-scale battery storage system has been announced in Arkansas. The project will be developed by a subsidiary of NextEra, and the power bought by Entergy Arkansas.

Rise of bifacial lifts profits for the world’s tracker companies

Things are hotting up in the tracker world as the desire to squeeze down the price per Watt of solar power intensifies. And the rise of the trackers is attracting some well-known businesses to buy their way into the field.

pvMB 3/18/19: Musk dubs 2019 the “Year of the Solar Roof,” Vote Solar’s 2019 Equinox party… and more!

Happy Monday to you and welcome to the pvMB. Today we’ll be looking at TEP using sheep for brush control, Hawaiian energy leaders calling on Washington to go 100% solar, a 149 MW project planned in Michigan and everything else you need to start you week in solar.

Energy storage, EV jobs boom in the United States

A new report by Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) shows energy storage jobs growing 14% and EV jobs growing 16%, despite China’s dominance in lithium-ion battery technology.

Markets & Policy

Iowa Senate approves new solar fees

Deeming solar owners to be leeching off of existing utility infrastructure, the Iowa Senate has passed a bill which would allow utilities to establish a monthly charge on PV system owners.

pvMB 3/21/19: The first commercial-scale installation for cannabis, Ulster establishes per-MW permit fees… and more!

Hello, hello, hello and welcome to today’s edition of the pvMB. Today we’ll be looking at Antarctica’s Casey Research Station going solar, Ubiquitous Energy’s record setting new transparent solar cell, the anti-solar commercial stirring the pot in Iowa and everything else to educate you on this fine morning.

Maryland Senate passes solar-powered renewable energy mandate

The 50% by 2030 mandate would include a provision that utilities source at least 14.5% of their power from solar, the highest portion of any policy to date. But to do that it has to get through both the Maryland House and Governor Hogan.

Solar jobs grow in the Midwest, Florida (w/ charts)

The release of state and local solar jobs information from the Solar Foundation shows that while California is still in the lead, growth is happening elsewhere.

$200 million fund seeks C&I and small scale utility solar projects

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners has invested $200 million in a new distributed solar company – Madison Energy Investments – focused on ground-mount, rooftop and carport projects ranging from 500 kw – 20 MW.

Only months after Question 6, Nevada has a new renewable energy bill

In a legislative case of “I want it and I want it now,” Nevada Senator Chris Brooks has introduced a bill which would raise the state’s renewable energy mandate to 50% by 2030.

Technology

Young engineers powering the renewables transition

Enthusiasm for solar, wind, and storage is common among electrical engineering students, according to two industry experts, while “advanced” utilities look to hire graduates to integrate renewables and storage.

Reducing the risk of fire with rooftop solar, batteries and microgrids

A new white paper by Sunrun delves into the risks that overloaded power lines pose, and posits solutions to both fire mitigation and reliability with distributed generation.

pvMB 2/20/19: Community solar coming to Kewanee, Dalian Linton produces a 4-meter mono ingot… and more!

Hello and welcome to your Hump Day pvMB. Today we’ll be looking at the solar “Squid Boat” taking Key West by storm, Badger State Solar Park getting a power contract, Hanwha Q CELLS LA Dodgers partnership and everything else you need to stay informed.

California sets a new solar output record – and it isn’t even spring yet (w/ charts)

On Saturday afternoon utility-scale solar output on California’s grid peaked at 10,745 MW – its highest level since last summer. More importantly, California is wringing greater flexibility out of its imports, meaning more renewables with less curtailment.

After a tough 2018, solar is getting ready for a major boom

Definitive solar market data by Wood Mackenzie and SEIA show tariffs taking a bite out of the U.S. market, but also a near-record number of new projects under contract.

pvMB 3/12/19: Rhode Island’s solar siting bill, POWERHOME expands to Indiana… and more!

Hello and welcome to this Tuesday pvMB. Today we’ll be checking out NREL’s city-level siting data, a solar canopy protecting a car dealership from hail, Sierra Club and SunPower’s rebate program and everything else to prep you for your day.