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SRP joins the big boys of battery storage

Salt River Project has announced a 250 MW, 1,000 MWh battery project, located in Little Rainbow Valley. The project will be the largest in Arizona and among the largest in the country.
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PV module shipments spiked in September

The latest information from the U.S. Department of Energy shows module shipments rising above 1.5 GW in September. While imports were down slightly from an August high, they were joined by a higher level of exports and modules shipped within the United S...
Markets & Policy

Corporate solar purchase agreements could yield a fixed rate of return

In this op-ed, journalist William Driscoll proposes that corporations could earn a fixed revenue stream from a corporate solar purchase, at reduced risk, if a financial firm offered a new type of solar purchase agreement.
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Markets & Policy

PURPA so good it hurts, still needed though

An analysis by a utility backed group suggests that the competitive market for solar power is producing better rates than the legally required PURPA marketplace, suggesting revisions to the pricing mechanism. Market activity suggests the political lever ...
Markets & Policy

Hardware Brief: 26.5¢/W modules, new silicon carbide inverters, dual axis tracker 4 year ROI, drones!!

Modules and inverters and trackers, oh my! PV InfoLink sees as low as 21¢/W modules on the spot market, Kaco has released a series of 1000V and 1500V inverters between 87 and 150 kW, Mechatron's dual axis tracker took the place of a carport, and Drone M...
Markets & Policy

Hanwha Q Cells loses first round of patent infringement suit

U.S. trade authorities plan to issue an initial determination finding non-infringement on the company's patents by JinkoSolar, LONGi and REC Group, which could prevent Hanwha from shutting their PERC-based products out of the U.S. market. Hanwha intends ...
Markets & Policy

California home solar mandate tightened, community solar definition needed

The California Energy Commission has delayed a decision on a utility proposal to use large-scale solar to meet pending solar home mandate requirements, with commissioner comments suggesting a refinement of the community solar aspect of the mandate is com...
Markets & Policy

Institutional investors warm to residential solar securitizations

Solar Mosaic's recent $208 million securitization of residential solar loans is the latest sign that institutional investors are getting more comfortable with this class of asset-backed securities.
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Press Releases

The Town of Simsbury Connecticut, Asante Energy and Greenskies Renewable Energy complete rooftop solar project

Announcing the completion of a 220kW solar project for the Town of Simsbury under the State of Connecticut ZREC program.

Energy Toolbase Ranks No. 1,011 on the 2019 Inc. 5000 List as One of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America

Energy Toolbase was recognized as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America, ranking number 1,011 on the 2019 Inc. 5000 List.

Standard Solar Releases eBook Offering Critical Insight On Executing Successful Community Solar Projects

Nationally known community solar expert Standard Solar has launched a new eBook Community Solar: What You Need to Know. This free, comprehensive guide to community solar, the fastest-growing segment of the burgeoning U.

NEWLY FORMED STRATEGIC SOLAR SOURCING EQUIPS SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZE COMPANIES TO COMPETE IN SOLAR

A group of seasoned wind and solar industry executives today launched a new company, Strategic Solar Sourcing, that is the first to offer small and medium-sized solar businesses supply chain management outsourcing services and products previously available only to large organizations, including low-cost equipment pricing on modules, inverters and racking with resulting significant bottom-line improvements.

Installations

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Another giant makes its home in Texas

Ground has broken on Ørsted's 420 MWac Permian Energy Center, complete with a 40 MWac battery unit to complement the project's solar generation.

MISO-West is running out of room for renewables

The grid operator has culled 3.5 GW of renewable projects in the Western portion of its queue, which it blames on the need for expensive and lengthy transmission system upgrades.

More customers, at a higher price

Sunrun’s Q3 results see the company continuing on its path of growth and higher sales and marketing costs, which hit 81c per watt. How long can this go on for?

PPAs for the lay people, the first-ever Solar Games: pvMB 11/13/19

Hello wonderful readers and welcome to the pvMB, where today we shall be looking at NeoVolta’s Iron Phosphate Energy Storage System, Vision Solar expanding to Orlando, DroneDeploy raising $35 million and more!

DTE establishes renewables arm

The energy giant has split, creating a company with the sole purpose of managing its clean power business. That clean power, at least for the foreseeable future, will include negligible amounts of solar.

Storage for decades, Vote Solar partners with Beyond Carbon: pvMB 11/12/19

Hello and welcome back to the pvMB. Today we’ve got on the agenda McDonald’s virtual PPA, Nautilus acquiring 17 MW community solar and solar democracy in New Jersey.

Manufacturing

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Sometimes there’s so much solar panel beauty in the world

America's beauty, Solaria's all black shingled module, has a future set on higher efficiencies, better integration into a home's natural look, and a fully designed system from the ground up as time of construction.

SunPower splits in two

The company’s transformation from a manufacturer to the 2nd-largest residential solar company in the United States is complete with it spinning off of its high-efficiency cell and module production into a new company, in partnership with Chinese wafer maker TZS.

Federal grants aim to spark investment in U.S. solar manufacturing

Seven early-stage solar manufacturing firms have won U.S. Department of Energy grants to develop prototypes, which they could use to help attract private investment. DOE’s 21 PV research and development grants may hold more interest for established manufacturers.

Big banker thinks “world’s” largest *rooftop bifacial* solar panel install is worth it

JP Morgan Chase has completed a 2.8 MW rooftop bifacial solar panel installation, using Prism Solar modules, on their Columbus, Ohio location that will meet 18 percent of the site’s electricity usage.

In the future there will be batteries, lots of batteries

The world is witnessing a global shift. A shift to clean mobility, to renewable energy. And this is where batteries come in.

Hardware brief: modules at 30¢/W, Enphase selling direct, solar+water, more!

It’s Friday, and Friday is the day you get to see new gear! Ideal Energy has put out a great white paper on a solar+storage demand charge management project, 8minute Solar Energy talks up their advanced solar power plant software partners, and Northern Reliability Company shows off the beautiful energy storage gear they assemble.

Markets & Policy

Clorox is going solar, Downtown Denver’s biggest rooftop project: pvMB 11/14/19

Hello one and all and welcome to the pvMB. Today we've got on the docket we've got the groundbreaking of the King Solar project in North Smithfield, Rhode Island, a Sunworks project in Massachusetts, and Simon's solar.

California sees solar+storage domination by 2030 with 11 GW / 44 GWh of batteries

The state’s 2019 IRP sees just over 11 GW solar power, and at least 11 GW – with up to 19 GW – of energy storage necessary to meet resource adequacy as part of the state’s legally required 60% renewable portfolio standard by 2030 as prices have fallen 50% since 2017.

Bifacial exemptions are back (briefly)

Invenergy has been awarded a temporary restraining order on the basis that the removal of the bifacial exemption was done without allowance for notice or comment prior to pulling the exclusion. With the decision going before the courts and the Section 201 mid-term review underway, tensions are at an all-time high.

Two programs launched to get veterans working in solar

The Solar Foundation has partnered with other high-profile groups to create two workforce development programs for transitioning military service members and veterans. The initiatives show an increased commitment by an industry which already hires more veterans than the national average.

Shell buys big solar, California is hungry for more: pbMB 11/11/19

Welcome to a Veterans Day edition of the pvMB where we’ll be looking at Sungrow becoming the largest string and central inverter supplier in the United States, the choice of 8minute Solar Energy to construct Eland, and a big sPower project in Arizona.

Nearly-free Powerwalls for The OC

Southern California Edison has announced incentives of up to $5,200 for 1,500 Orange County homeowners for the installation of a Tesla Powerwall 2 in light of the utility’s participation in Public Safety Power Shutoffs.

Technology

Saving water with solar and wind

Scientists at Princeton have found solar and wind energy offer the added environmental benefit of reducing water usage, by comparison with hydroelectric dams. Their findings, say the researchers, could have a positive impact on groundwater sustainability in drought-prone regions such as California, where they conducted a case study.

Do you take this battery, through degradation and replacement, till death do you part?

DNV GL has released its 2019 Battery Scorecard, looking at various factors weighing on battery degradation, with a focus on the financeability of energy storage projects.

Solar (and efficiency) are driving down peak demand in New England

The impacts of solar on New England’s grid are transforming the needs of the system, and this is new ground for the region.

Grid solutions: An interview with Greg Tremelling of Oztek

In this interview, pv magazine sits down with Greg Tremelling, VP of business development at Oztek Corp, to talk about his company’s solutions and where he sees the energy storage industry going.

First Solar advises contracting for solar capacity, not MWh, to enable flexible operation

Flexible solar plant operation can save a utility money. First Solar says it’s time for solar power purchase agreements to catch up to that fact.

Hardware brief: Module pricing falling, Enphase at 450W, sexy solar panels get $3.2 million, more!

We were gone till November, now we’re here. The US Air Force is researching space based solar power, SimpliPhi has discounts on energy storage products for Californians, and ESS Inc has raised $30 million to help roboticize a 1 GWh/year capacity factory to build flow batteries in Oregon!

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