Former EPA officials call for halt on NC gas extensions, SEIA adds Kentucky affiliate: pvMB 10/9/19


Former EPA officials call for moratorium on natural gas in NC – A Duke University professor, one of the world’s leading experts on highly potent, short-lived greenhouse gases including methane, will join with 27 former EPA officials to release a letter on Thursday urging North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper to place a permanent moratorium on new natural gas infrastructure in the state. At a press teleconference this Thursday, Dr. Drew Shindell will extend that call to all U.S. governors and utility leaders, saying that expanding the use of natural gas (methane) runs counter to global greenhouse gas reduction targets and that the climate and public health costs of methane are far too high. Charlotte-based Duke Energy, the nation’s largest electricity provider, plans to build the equivalent of 30 large natural gas-fired power plants over the next 15 years in the Carolinas alone.” Source: NC Clean


SEIA adds Kentucky affiliate – The Kentucky Solar Industries Association is officially a SEIA affiliate, SEIA has announced. The groups will work together to bolster a lagging solar industry in Kentucky, building on a network of organizations that are committed to advancing solar markets around the county. That ‘lagging’ market is one made up of just 44 MW. Source: SEIA 


SunPower giving away free solar system – SunPower has begun its third annual Extreme Solar Makeover. This holiday season, SunPower is giving the gift of solar to one lucky Northern California family looking for freedom from high energy costs. From October 1, 2019, to October 31, 2019, SunPower by The Solar Quote will accept submissions. To be considered to win, nominees must own a home located in one of the following counties: Alameda, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, Stanislaus, Solano, Sonoma, or Tuolumne. Residents can nominate themselves or someone else to receive a 10-solar-panel system from the company with installation costs included.For the full terms and conditions or submit a nomination, visit and fill out the short form.” Source: SunPower


Sungrow to supply inverters and energy storage for Massachusetts solar portfolio – Sungrow has signed a contract to supply its fully integrated Energy Storage System ST4200KWh-2000 to a 15MW/32MWh project in Massachusetts. The project will participate in ISO-New England wholesale markets after completion, and is one of the first solar-plus storage offerings to contribute to the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target Program, setting the benchmark for Massachusetts’ solar-plus-storage projects.


Energy Toolbase integrates with Chint Power –Energy Toolbase has integrated Chint Power Systems’ energy storage solution, a market leading manufacturer of solar and energy storage power conversion equipment, onto their platform. The integration enables distributed energy developers to quickly and accurately analyze the economic viability of solar + storage and standalone storage projects for commercial and industrial (C&I) customers.The CPS energy storage solution comes fully integrated with Pason Power’s intelligent Energy Management System (iEMS) software, which uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to optimize the dispatch of the system.” Source: Energy Toolbase

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