Hundreds demand action on climate in Rhode Island

Sunrise Rhode Island, students and concerned citizens joined global protests under the Climate Strike movement.

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FERC moves to gut PURPA

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a proposal to allow states to remove the long-term price certainty in PURPA, and shrink the size of facilities that automatically quality for contracts from 20 MW to 1 MW.

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The Open PV Project goes offline

The U.S. Department of Energy has shut down the site for its Open PV Project, which supplied cost and installation data. Is this the winding down of a project whose time had come, or part of a more disturbing trend?

Residential solar is getting cheaper – except for third-party

EnergySage has found that the average price for PV systems quoted through its site has fallen under $3 per watt, echoing findings by Lawrence Berkeley National Labs. However, prices are increasing for the big third-party solar companies.

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Is there more spin than solar in Duke’s zero-carbon goal?

The power giant’s zero-carbon plan is contradicted by its rush to gas, and the numbers bear watching.

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Alabama Power moves forward on solar & storage

The Southern Company subsidiary has asked regulators to approve long-term contracts with five 80 MW solar plants paired with 80 MW of battery storage – while at the same time filing a massively redacted IRP.

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

Today we also bring you Green Mountain Power and Tesla furthering their collaboration, solar veteran Frank DeRosa joining 8minute Solar Energy, and Tesla waiving its “system removal charge” for the month of September.

The solar wave rises

Wood Mackenzie and SEIA report that a record 37.9 GWdc of utility-scale solar was under contract at the end of Q2 – the largest volume ever recorded – with 8.7 GWdc of that under construction. However, installation levels were down slightly year-over-year.

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Is the Trump Administration blocking the science on a renewable-powered future?

A study on reaching high levels of renewable energy has been removed from the NOAA website, and an energy writer says that the release of another study has been blocked.

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Pason swallows up Energy Toolbase

Pason Power and Energy Toolbase are combining their businesses to offer an “end to end software platform” for project estimating, storage control and asset monitoring, after Pason’s parent company bought a majority share of Energy Toolbase.

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