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Maine proposes doubled interconnection fees for solar customers

The Pine Tree State's Public Service Utilities Commission will hold a public hearing on December 12 to discuss the proposed changes to the fee schedule for Central Maine Power.
Technology

NREL/First Solar/CAISO project honored for supply of ancillary services

California ISO says that the project shows that renewable energy plants with smart inverter technology can provide grid services similar to, or in some cases better than conventional generation.

Markets & Policy

California low-income multifamily solar program moves forward

After two years of delays, the process to implement the $1 billion SOMAH program is moving forward.

Installations

Could Michigan be the next PURPA boom state?

The Wolverine State’s Public Service Commission has spent 2017 quietly setting up a framework under the 1978 law that could position the state’s solar industry for significant growth.

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Buffalo-Niagara region wants to lead – again – on renewable energy

Nearly two centuries ago, Buffalo, New York, was the epicenter of the renewable energy revolution with its falls-powered might. Now the city wants to reclaim its heritage with solar power.

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Lazard shows ongoing cost declines in solar (w/ charts)

The consultancy’s 2017 study finds that the global cost of utility-scale solar has reached an unsubsidized LCOE of under $50 per megawatt-hour, making new solar cost-competitive with running existing coal or nuclear plants.

Markets & Policy

On to round 5: Solar trade report filing sparks new round of lobbying

The U.S. International Trade Commission delivered their formal recommendations to President Trump on the solar tariff case last week. Let the next round of intense lobbying of the U.S. trade representative begin.

Manufacturing

Global storage market to grow sixfold by 2030, BNEF reports

Global cumulative storage deployment will double six times between 2017 and 2030 to reach 125 GW/305 GWh, with as much as $103 billion pouring into the sector, finds new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

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Press Releases

FTC Solar releases SunDAT V3 Design Automation Software with enhanced UI and topography analysis

FTC Solar, Inc. announced the availability of the next generation release of its proprietary SunDAT Solar Design Automation software solution.

Sungrow Named Top 25 Global Renewable Energy Honoree by Thomson Reuters

Sungrow, the global leading inverter solution supplier for renewables, announced recently that Thomson Reuters, a leading source for news and industry reports for professionals across the globe, has named Sungrow as a Top 25 Global Renewable Energy Honoree in its Top 100 Global Energy Leaders rankings. The rankings represent the industry’s first holistic assessment of […]

Navigant Research’s Energy Storage Tracker Identifies More Than 1,700 Projects in Latest Update

A new report from Navigant Research tracks global energy storage projects, providing data on the country, region, market segment, capacity, status, technology vendor, systems integrator, applications, funding, investment, and key milestones of each effort. Energy storage, once considered a complementary addition to renewable energy projects, has now shifted to a standalone solution that provides customers […]

Indoor Farms of America Brings World’s First Solar Powered Vertical Aeroponic Farm, Announces More International Sales

Indoor Farms of America announces the first fully operating, 100% solar powered vertical aeroponic indoor farm in the world. “This farm represents a major milestone for indoor farming.

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South Dakota to get its first utility-scale solar project

The SD Sun project will expand the installed capacity of one of the last states to deploy large-scale solar by more than 100x.

Unintentional snafu could confuse Arizona solar customers

In a landmark deal earlier this year, Arizona Public Service agreed to grandfather solar customers for 20 years. But a recent glitch in the billing system could leave solar customers flummoxed about what their bills will look like next year.

Sunrun, Empowered by Light bring electricity to fire stations in Puerto Rico

The organizations will provide PV and storage to a total of eight more power stations stations, as half of the island remains without electricity.

Renovate America launches online solar, home improvement marketplace

The financing provider is joining at least two other online solar marketplaces, in a new way to sell residential solar

Rocky Mountain Institute issues guide for greener cities

The RMI handbook provides a template to reduce and eliminate cities’ carbon footprints, including solar implementation strategies and examples.

510 MW of solar contracts awarded in Georgia

The three projects that won through Georgia Power’s large-scale renewable energy program came in at an average of $36 per megawatt-hour.

Manufacturing

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JA Solar to go private

JA Solar has signed an agreement to cancel its listing on the NASDAQ stock exchange and go private in an all-cash transaction.

Array Technologies: There is no substitute for a strong domestic industry

In our ongoing series of articles in which solar industry participants discuss the Section 201 trade case, we reached out to Array Technologies, a member of a coalition of racking, mounting and tracking manufacturers that opposed the petition.

Record quarter for SolarEdge: 22% growth in Q3

Revenue for the power electronics company rises 22% sequentially in third quarter to reach $167 million, with more than 676 MW of inverters shipped

SMA warns of lower annual sales in light of component shortage

Third quarter financial update sees strong growth in Asia but weak U.S. large-scale project demand drags on overall sales. Order backlog increases 25% to $407 million.

Enphase narrows Q3 loss, records revenue increase

The microinverter specialist posted losses of $7 million in the third quarter but did manage to increase its revenue sequentially by 3% to $77 million.

Tesla solar deployments plummet while energy storage rises

The nation’s largest residential PV installer deployed only 109 MW of solar during Q3, its lowest level in many years, but it did install 110 MWh of battery storage.

Markets & Policy

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Report: Illinois leads on clean energy but could make it better

The Environmental Law & Policy Center says Illinois is well on its way to building a strong clean-energy infrastructure and offers its suggestions on how to enhance it's region-leading work.

Renewable energy drives California emissions reductions (w/ chart)

The state’s 5% reduction in greenhouse gases in 2016 is almost entirely due to the replacement of fossil fuel generation with renewable energy.

Solar remains largely unscathed as House tax bill passes

Though there are modifications to the hard-won investment tax credit step-down provisions, it appears the bill leaves the solar industry largely alone.

Utilities still have a long way to go to construct coherent solar strategies

A new study suggests that utilities recognize they don’t have coherent policies for solar programs but are having difficulties creating them.

SunEdison to sell up to $417 million in TerraForm stock

The company stands to make a pretty penny by getting out of TerraForm Power.

NARUC expresses concern over dangers of strong trade action

The body has expressed that high tariffs or other strong trade action could harm energy consumers as well as making it harder to reach state-level renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals, as the Trump Administration gives indications that it will act.

Technology

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Broadening clean energy deployment: Jigar Shah on Generate Capital

In this interview Jigar Shah talks about his firm Generate Capital and its mission to bring funding to previously overlooked but promising clean energy technologies.

Rhode Island moves forward with Power Sector Transformation

The phase one report on the grid modernization initiative in the Ocean State looks a lot like New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) process.

Solar Saves Lives: The solar industry launches major hurricane relief effort

The Solar Foundation and 20 solar companies and organizations have joined forces with the Clinton Foundation, Operation Blessing and others to help bring power and clean water to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

ESA charts a path to 35 GW of energy storage

The Energy Storage Association has issued a white paper calling for 35 gigawatts of installations by 2025 to upgrade an increasingly antiquated power grid to be outage proof and efficiently handle new power systems and demand products entering the marketplace.

NREL hits new efficiency record for quantum dot cell

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have created a solar cell using colloidal quantum dots, which achieved 13.4% conversion efficiency – a new world record for this emerging technology.

Policies for energy storage continue to move forward during Q3

NCCETC’s latest report on grid modernization shows that policies supporting the deployment of energy storage are on the rise throughout the United States.

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