New Republic & Gizmodo to hold presidential climate forum, solar co-op for Florida beach towns: pvMB 7/15/19


New Republic & Gizmodo to hold climate forum for candidates in September – “It’s been said before, but it bears repeating: The first round of Democratic presidential debates failed the planet. In a combined 240 minutes of discussion—at an event held in city poised to sink into the ocean—the moderators devoted a combined 15 minutes of airtime to the biggest existential threat humanity faces. We were hardly surprised. In fact, we’ve been anticipating this outcome for months—which is why back in April, we had a thought: What if we just planned a candidates’ exchange on climate issues ourselves? On September 23, 2019, The New Republic and Gizmodo will host a presidential climate summit in New York City. We’ll be joined by the League of Conservation Voters, giving us a leg up on the candidates’ environmental voting records and 2020 climate plans. We’ve also brought on Columbia University’s Earth Institute, ensuring our questions will be in line with current climate science.” Source: Gizmodo


Jacksonville Beach and Neptune Beach introduce solar co-op program – Residents of Jacksonville Beach and Neptune Beach are on their way to cheaper solar installation costs, as the cities are partnering with Solar United Neighbors of Florida to introduce more solar panels via a co-op program. The program is looking to fill 20 to 30 commitments from residents and business owners. A similar type of co-op was established in Johns County, where 49 individuals signed up. Source: WJCT


Fitch affirms negative rating on Solar Star – “Fitch Ratings has maintained the Rating Watch Negative on the ‘BBB-‘ rating of Solar Star Funding, LLC’s (Solar Star) $1.325 billion senior secured notes… The rating is constrained by the credit quality of Southern California Edison (SCE; BBB-/Negative Watch), Solar Star’s sole revenue counterparty under its long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs). The project’s long-term financial profile is otherwise supported by stabilized operational performance, modest leverage, and a robust debt service coverage ratio (DSCR) profile. Under a Fitch rating case that incorporates higher expenses and reduced energy production, Solar Star’s DSCRs average 1.37x.” Source: Fitch Ratings



Massachusetts town considers moratorium on solar – In what is being pitched as prep time to “allow(s) the town sufficient time to develop a comprehensive plan to protect the interests of the town and its citizens,” the Board of Planning and Community Development for Athol, Massachusetts will vote next Monday, July 22, on wether or not to enact a temporary moratorium on the construction of solar farms, through Oct. 31, 2020. The proposed moratorium has come in response to the planned clear-cutting of 94 acres of woodlands on two parcels of land between Lyons Hill Road and the western shores of Secret Lake, which are planned to host two solar arrays. Source: Athol Daily News



JinkoSolar wins leadership award –JinkoSolar today announced that it was recognized for augmenting solar PV efficiency in a cost-effective manner with the Frost & Sullivan 2019 Global Solar PV Technology Leadership Award. After extensive analysis of the global solar PV market, Frost & Sullivan recognized JinkoSolar for its leadership in developing and leveraging solar technologies that offer significant customer value.”



Ameresco to develop project for 3 Indiana schools – Two projects to be developed by Ameresco will be used to power three Hamilton Southeastern Schools, the two parties have announced. The 272 kW project bundle will power Sand Creek Elementary and Intermediate Schools, as well as the  HSE Intermediate and Junior High. The installation will also offset 1,687 tons of carbon annually. Source: Ameresco



Sunworks to develop rooftop system for California housing development – “Sunworks today announced it has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction contract to develop a 567 kW roof mount solar photovoltaic project for a Northern California residential complex in partnership with Bright Power. Sunworks was contracted by Bright Power, a strategic energy and water management company that provides solutions to building owners and operators across the nation… Construction is expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2019 and be completed in 2020.” Source: Sunworks



So who is winning the race to deploy the most solar? Depends on what year you ask that question, as shown in this neat infographic by Wood Mackenzie:

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