Miami’s floating solar, 50X50, closing coal and more! pvMB: 6/14/19


West Valley-Mission Community College District installs 2.2 MW – “West Valley-Mission Community College District (WVMCCD) recently selected SunPower to deploy a fully integrated solar and storage project across its West Valley and Mission College campuses in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley. SunPower Helix Carport systems installed will total 5.4 megawatts, allowing the District to offset approximately 75 percent of grid electricity use with solar energy. A Helix Storage system will be installed at each campus, totaling a combined 2 megawatts (3,800 kilowatt hours) and delivering significant demand charge savings to WVMCCD. This SunPower solar initiative will be the second for WVMCCD. Since 2011, 2.2 megawatts of highly-customized SunPower solar carports operating at both West Valley and Mission Colleges have generated an estimated $860,000 in electricity savings each year to the District.” Source: SunPower

In the latest from Musk, an image showing how V3 of Tesla’s Solar Roof ties together.

50×50 commission releases transportation policy roadmap –An alliance of automakers, utilities and environmentalists called the 50×50 Commission released a set of policy recommendations on Tuesday that they hope will act as an “effective roadmap” to guide U.S. transportation infrastructure, said Brad Stertz, director of government affairs at Audi, a member of the coalition. The platform, which calls for investment in and collaboration on efficient infrastructure, builds on broader recommendations the group released at the time of its founding in September. Those earlier proposals more widely aimed to cut transportation energy use 50 percent by 2050.” Source: greentech media

Consumers settlement to study closing two of three coal units early and replacing them with renewables – Regulators have approved Consumers Energy’s plan to retire two generators at the Karn plant near Bay City in 2023. The remaining three units are planned to be closed between 2031 and 2040. Consumers also agreed to a study which would check if two of three units could be retired as early as 2025. The utility plans to add 6.5 GW of renewable generation by that 2040 mark, which will alleviate the energy generation lost by the closing of the plants. Source: UpNorthLive

Miami-Dade County to explore potential of floating solar power on artificial bodies of water – Down in Florida, regulators have been working, too, as The Board of County Commissioners of Miami-Dade County has approved a resolution directing the administration to research the potential for deploying floating solar power on artificial bodies of water. This deployment on man-made lakes causes less environmental concern than placing them on natural bodies of water as well as creating ecosystems for aquatic wildlife. Source: Daily Energy Insider

And last, but definitely not least, we’ve seen a few weeks in a row of pricing stability on the solar module supply chain. Is China’s second half going to mix things? What about the USA’s bifacial ruling? We don’t know, but come back next week to find out!

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