pvMB 4/1/19: Maui’s largest solar plant approved, Duke introduces EV charging program… and more!


60 MW approved in Maui – The largest solar project ever proposed for the island of Maui has been approved by Hawaiian regulators. AES Renewable Energy will be developing the 60 MW project on old sugar fields, complete with a 240-megawatt-hour battery storage system. Now that the project has been approved, construction will begin in 2020, with the project expected to be completed and on-line in 2022. Source: SFGate


Duke files $76 million EV charging program in North Carolina – Duke energy has submitted a filing with the North Carolina Utilities Commission to create a $76 million EV charging initiative across the state. If approved, the program would lead to the installation of nearly 2,500 EV charging stations in the Tar Heel state. The initiative would also establish a $1,000 rebate for up to 800 Level II residential charging stations. This method is up to 6 times faster than traditional wall outlet charging. Source: Duke Energy


Orchard-located installation proposed for Clifton Park – Borrego Solar has proposed a 6.9 MW solar plant on the west end of town in Clifton Park, NY. Nice. Borrego may be looking to settle down and start a solar family, as this is the fourth project that the company has announced in Clifton Park. the others register in at 5.3, 7, and 9.2 MW. And, as a sign of positive foreshadowing, all of those previous projects were unanimously approved by regulators. Source: The Daily Gazette


Louisiana court denies solar homeowners tax credits – The Louisiana Supreme Court has declared moot a lawsuit filed by solar homeowners claim to have been unfairly denied state tax credits for their installations. Fearing the program to be popular and god forbid individuals self-generate, the credit program was capped in 2015, leaving some customers on the hook for as much as $12,500 of installations costs that they were told would be covered. Payments were restored to be delivered over a three-year period, which became the basis for this case, after a Baton Rouge court deemed this plan to be ineffective. Source: AP News


Clearway to build a total of 185 MW solar in Hawaii – Hidden in the announcement that the company will be developing two projects on Oahu with a combined capacity of 75 MW came the news that Clearway Energy Group will develop and install 185 MW in projects in Oahu alone by the end of 2019. What’s more is that the two previously-mentioned projects totalling 75 MW will be paired with battery storage, setting hopeful precedent for the remaining 110 MW. Source: Clearway Energy Group


Soltec claims big gains with bifacial trackers – In a newly-released white paper, Soltec Lab reports that the company’s SF7 bifacial tracker has attained bifacial gains of over 19%. The study also outlined the the Bifacial Gain of PV modules deployed 1-in-Portrait (1P) and 2-in-Portrait (2P), finding that 2P poses higher bifacial gain by 2.4%. Source: Soltec Lab


Quickmount PV expands to the East Coast – Quick Mount PV is expanding with a new facility on the East Coast. The company’s new 10,000 square foot South Florida Warehouse and Training Center in Pompano Beach will supply the fast-growing Florida solar market and host installer trainings for the region. The new South Florida Warehouse and Training Center will host trainings on the installation of the QuickMount’s industry-leading advanced solar mounting and racking systems.” Source: Quick Mount PV

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