A big day for Massachusetts community solar, Generac acquires PIKA Energy: pvMB 4/29/19


Generac acquires PIKA Energy – Generac Holdings has acquired battery storage manufacturer Pika energy, marking the company’s first soiree into the energy storage industry. The acquisition closed on the 26th of April and details of the acquisition have not yet been made available. Source: Generac Holdings Inc.    


Renewable Envoy launches solar art installation – Renewable Envoy partnered with Clark County Parks and Recreation and created a unique solar art sculpture at the Desert Diamonds Baseball Complex adjacent to Mountain’s Edge Regional Park. The sculpture dedication and reception will be held on May 1 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and is open to the public.” Source: Renewable Envoy


Massachusetts bill would bring net metering to community solar in “environmental justice” areas – Legislation has been introduced in Massachusetts which would restore the price community solar projects receive for the energy they send into the grid back to pre-2016 levels in certain neighborhoods. In 2016, the state passed a law which scaled back credits to 60% of excess power for most new projects, with exceptions for municipal and residential customers. The legislation would restore net metering in “environmental justice neighborhoods,” meaning those with substantial populations of households that are low-income, minority or lacking proficiency in English. Source: Energy News


Retirement of four Wyoming coal units would save customers an estimated $248 million – PacifiCorp has released a new economic analysis which shows that if the company decided to shut down four of its Wyoming coal plants by 2022, it would save customers $248 million over 20 years. Furthermore, any lost generation could and likely would be made up for by renewable resources, according to a PacifiCorp spokesperson. Source: OPB


Yaskawa Solectria Solar achieves rapid shutdown – “Tigo Energy, Inc. today announced the new Underwriter Laboratories (UL) certification of its Photovoltaic Rapid Shutdown Systems (PVRSS) based on the company’s TS4 Platform and PV inverters from Yaskawa Solectria Solar, the leading U.S. commercial PV inverter manufacturer. The Yaskawa Solectria Solar inverters listed below are now listed with Tigo’s TS4-F (Fire Safety), TS4-O (Optimization), and TS4-L (Long Strings) as PVRSS solutions… This UL certification is part of Tigo’s multi-vendor initiative providing customers with the advantages of reliable, safe, and cost-effective solutions. The use of Tigo smart modules and high-efficiency inverters allows design flexibility for installers to comply with National Electric Code (NEC) 2017 690.12 PVRSS regulations.” Source: Tigo Energy

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