SunSystem Tech acquires Power Overhaul, New York puts its largest battery online: pvMB 09/17/19

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SunSystem Technology acquires fellow solar O&M provider, Power Overhaul – “SunSystem Technology (SST), a California based solar O&M and asset management company  has acquired fellow solar O&M provider from New Jersey, Power Overhaul for an undisclosed amount. This deal, says SST, solidifies its position as the country’s third party residential service provider as both the companies together have serviced more than 160,000 residential and commercial systems across 20 US states. With Power Overhaul as part of the company, SST will expand its presence in the US solar O&M market. It will also help the companies unify their operations and field technicians of both the entities which will provide additional resources to partners, solar site owners, and portfolio owners.” Source: Tai Yang News

 

NYSERDA announces completion of New York’s largest battery – Key Capture Energy’s new battery system is complete, and it, in all of its 20 MW glory now takes the cake as the largest battery in the state. The battery is likely 80 MWh, though that figure was not shared. Key Capture Energy’s project will help balance electric load and generation by storing and discharging power based upon the changing needs of the grid. This project represents a respectable dent in the 1,500 MW of energy storage mandated by Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) by 2025. Source: NYSERDA

 

Frank DeRosa joins 8minuterenewables – 8minute Solar Energy announced today that solar energy development veteran Frank DeRosa has joined the Company as Senior Policy Advisor. A founder and former CEO of NextLight Renewable Power, DeRosa was also General Manager for the Americas at First Solar, where he and his team developed over 5,000 MW of utility-scale solar energy power plants… DeRosa’s onboarding comes at a critical inflection point—both for 8minute Solar Energy, and for the solar industry in general. “With solar energy prices finally dipping below the cost of natural gas and coal,” DeRosa says, “we no longer have to choose between affordability and sustainability. It’s an exciting time for change-makers, and I’m thrilled to be joining the best in the business.” Source: 8minute Solar Energy

 

Kentucky PSC allows more time for comments on new net metering rates for electric utilities – “The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) said this week it will allow more time for comments on implementing a recently passed law that would change how electric utilities bill net metering customers for their services. Earlier this year Kentucky Gov. Matthew Bevin signed into law Senate Bill 100, legislation that alters the way utilities will credit retail customers who generate electricity from renewable resources like solar panels. The law goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020. The original net metering statute provided credits at the full retail rate, using a bi-directional meter that reflected whether a customer was producing more or less electricity than was being used, the PSC said. The customer bill reflected the net usage. Utility companies have argued that non-solar customers have been essentially subsidizing net metering customers.” Source: Daily Energy Insider

 

Green Mountain Power and Tesla partner for cheap home solar + storage deal – “Vermont homeowners with Green Mountain Power can now buy solar and Powerwall together at an incredibly low price. A financed 6 kW Tesla solar system, two Powerwalls and utility fees are all fixed as low as $150 per month – the best value for clean and predictable energy for years to come. Complete the sustainable lifestyle with a rebate of $1,500 off a new Model 3 and complimentary home charging equipment.” Source: Tesla

 

Tesla removes solar removal cost for September – Via a thread of tweets dating all the way back to mid-August, CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, announced that the company has waived the $1500 solar removal fee requirement for customers wishing to rid themselves of their system. The fee is waived for the rest of the month of September. Source: Elon Musk