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FERC, states consider changes to PURPA

In this article EQ Research's Ben Inskeep looks at some of the key trends and themes underlying the battles around PURPA at both the state and federal level.
Installations

Vivint Solar securitization gets A- bond rating

Kroll has assigned a portfolio of 37,792 leases, worth $494 million in various revenue streams, a preliminary rating pending a sale to the marketplace.

Markets & Policy

US solar power generation up 33% year-over-year in Q1

The 33% increase in Q1 2018 generation is more than the 25% year-over-year increase in capacity, suggesting that solar projects are generating more electricity per watt of installed capacity.

Markets & Policy

Southern Company backs Pridemore in Georgia PSC race

In the 5th district, Southern Company, Georgia Power and their contractors have thrown their financial support behind candidate Tricia Pridemore.

Markets & Policy

Sunpower secures a $300 million bridge to pay off loan certificates

The financially troubled PV maker has secured a last-minute line of credit to repay Total and other lenders, as it burns through cash.

Markets & Policy

PJM capacity auction results show solar boom

The results of a 2021/2022 auction saw an additional 964 MW of utility-scale solar projects bidding in to supply capacity, suggesting a boom in solar.

Markets & Policy

Oregon utility seeks hundreds of megawatts of renewable energy

PGE is seeking the equivalent of 500-620 MW of utility-scale solar, with a minimum project capacity of 10 MW.

Manufacturing

Panasonic and Pika up the pace

Pika Energy has increased its home battery capacity to 17.1 kWh – about half an average home’s daily usage. The units are powered by Panasonic lithium-ion cells.

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Renovate America completes 13th PACE securitization and 2nd Benji loan sale

Separate transactions involve $206. 1 million in asset-backed HERO bonds and $34.

O2 EMC partners with United Renewable Energy™ to construct a 3.3 MW solar project to serve the town of Bedford, VA.

O2 EMC and United Renewable Energy™ LLC (URE™) have completed the construction of the Bedford Solar Farm, a 3MW AC (3. 3MW DC) solar power system located on approximately 16 acres of land in Bedford, Virginia.

WGL Energy and Sol Systems celebrate completion of 6 MW solar system in Virginia’s Danville Utilities territory

Today, Kentuck Solar Project stakeholders, led by WGL Energy Systems (WGL Energy), a WGL company, and Sol Systems, a Washington, D. C.

IGS Solar turns on solar array for St. James Parish and schools

IGS Solar and St. James Parish, Red Bank have announced that one of the largest solar projects for the Diocese of Trenton is now fully operational.

Installations

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The path to 1.5¢/kWh solar power, and lower

GTM Research projects 24¢/w solar panels and utility scale fixed-tilt systems at $0.70/W by 2022, which opens up new possibilities for ultra-cheap power from solar.

Distributed energy, with fewer wires

A SEIA white paper describes the concept of non-wire solutions and how this innovation can boost solar PV and other distributed energy resources.

GameChange Solar to provide 350 MW of racking, tracking for Florida projects

The mounting systems maker expects to deliver these systems over the next few months, as Florida’s solar market continues to boom.

Solar and wind can safely replace coal in Southern Illinois

A study sponsored by NRDC and Sierra Club finds that old coal plants can be retired and safely replaced by solar and other resources, which will reduce pollution and save money for utility customers

Vivint Solar to use LG’s RESU residential energy storage system

The nation’s third-largest residential solar company is rolling out the batteries first in California, with plans to offer them nationwide by the end of 2018.

Huawei and Locus to monitor residential solar power from Amazon’s cloud

The three companies are coming together to monitor Huawei’s competitor to SolarEdge and Enphase: the FusionHome Smart Energy Solution.

Manufacturing

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Hurricane Maria moves Solartech Universal’s expansion to South Florida

Solartech Universal plans to expand its current 80 MW/year capacity by 180 MW/year. The company is seeking a facility in South Florida.

Tesla and Panasonic to hire 80 workers at Buffalo gigafactory

The Tesla/Panasonic gigafactory is taking on more workers, as a sign of health. However many details remain unclear.

NEXTracker to supply trackers for 634 MW of First Solar projects

The tracker maker will also supply a new type of racking for the roll out of First Solar’s large-format Series 6 modules.

Tesla Powerwall adds time-based control

A software update for the Powerwall 2 home energy storage system adds controls to allow owners to take advantage of time of use electricity rates in California and other states

Republicans request utility-scale solar panel tariff exemption

A group of eight Republican senators has sent a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative and other federal agencies calling for utility-scale solar panels to be exempt from the Section 201 tariffs.

California residential solar power headed toward $1/W and 2.5¢/kWh

ASU energy security researcher Dr. Wesley Herche and pv magazine author John Weaver describe the new math involved with requiring solar power to be installed at the time of construction for newly built homes.

Markets & Policy

New Jersey joins the 50% by 2030 renewable energy club

Governor Phil Murphy has signed landmark legislation that will enable the state to tie with California and New York for the nation’s third-most ambitious renewable energy mandate, as well as replacing the SREC system, boosting community solar, and more.

Barriers to non-utility ownership of DER stripped from California bill

SB 1088, which would have effectively barred customer or third-party owned solar or batteries from providing reliability services for the distribution system has been altered before leaving the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Sonnen secures $70 million from Shell for US, Aus expansion

The battery integrator has already began to draw on the funds as it continues to expand its market presence in the United States and in Australia. Shell Ventures is now a major sonnen investor and and the companies have agreed to future cooperation.

Southern Company sells off 1/3 stake in solar portfolio to Global Atlantic

The retirement and insurance provider will pay $1.2 billion for a share of the power giant’s 1.7 GW solar portfolio. Southern will still operate the projects.

Missouri bill removes regulatory oversight while mandating solar

A new bill, which has passed both houses of Missouri’s legislature, would give utilities the ability to implement rate increases while mandating power companies invest in utility-owned solar.

CDPQ takes majority stake in Invenergy Renewables

Invenergy plans to maintain day-to-day management of its renewable energy business, with the Québecois fund manager increasing its economic stake to 52%.

Technology

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House committee calls for cuts in renewable energy R&D, more money for fossil fuels

The House Committee on Appropriations has moved forward legislation to cut the department of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office by $243 million, while increasing funding for fossil fuel programs and nuclear energy.

Stion R&D tools go to auction

Heritage Global Partners will auction off the thin film PV maker’s tools from its research & development facility in Silicon Valley on May 30-31.

The duck curve comes to New England

In late April, daytime net demand fell below overnight power consumption for the first time on the New England grid, thanks to rooftop and other behind-the-meter solar.

A fast solar ramp in Hawaii can save $3-7 billion, per Rhodium Group

This op-ed examines a new study showing that Hawaii’s electric utilities can save $3-7 billion by putting more solar online more quickly, and how one Hawaiian island is already doing so.

100 hours and longer: ARPA-E seeks 5¢/kWh energy storage

The U.S. government’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy is offering up to $30 million in funding to build innovative technologies to enable long-duration energy storage, with the aim to provide reliable electricity from 10 to roughly 100 hours, and longer.

Alta Devices launches new solar cell for vehicle integration

Alta Devices has launched a new gallium-arsenide based solar cell, which it says improves on the power to weight ratio of its previous cell by 160%. The cell is designed to provide lightweight, high efficiency generation for integration with cars, drones and other vehicles.

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