As power grids change, language must as well

A new report calls for a change in the way that grid operators not only forecast behind-the-meter resources, but talk about the needs of electricity supply.

What happens to a bankrupt PG&E’s solar contracts?

pv magazine USA offers a look into the possibilities regarding one of the biggest questions around PG&E’s bankruptcy announcement.

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PG&E files for chapter 11 bankruptcy

PG&E is filing for bankruptcy, and it may get broken up by regulators. None of this is good news for solar project owners that hold contracts with the utility.

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EIA forecasts 8.2 GWac of solar to come online in 2019

The agency expects solar and wind to again dominate capacity additions in 2019, with solar showing modest market growth. If anything, this estimate is conservative.

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Legislators aim to restore reason to Maine’s rooftop solar policy

Nine Maine lawmakers have signed onto a bill which would undo the bizarre and punitive policy for distributed solar imposed by the administration of former Governor LePage.

The (Western) money is all going downstream

Mercom Capital’s latest report on financial activity in the solar sector shows the growing move of capital towards downstream companies and solar projects, as projects become an increasingly attractive asset.

The birth of the solar + storage peaker

AES has installed a 20 MWac / 100 MWh solar plus storage project on Kaua’i that will provide electricity after sundown, and allow the island to get more than 1/3 of its power from solar.

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PVEL splits from DNV GL

The testing lab is on its own again after a management buyout, and Jenya Meydbray is returning as CEO. PVEL will still collaborate with DNV GL on its annual module scorecard.

pvMB: Community solar, storage filling up in MA’s SMART, 75 MW more big solar in Hawaii, FERC’s McIntyre passes & more

In today’s pv magazine Morning Brief, we report on the filling up of “adder” tranches in Massachusetts’ SMART program, two contracts for large solar projects in Hawaii, the passing of FERC commissioner Kevin McIntyre, and more.

As utilities fight distributed generation, electricity is getting less reliable

One of the best tools that would allow utilities to meet their central stated mission of providing a stable electricity supply is one they are fighting the hardest.

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