It’s official: Chicago will go 100% renewable

The City Council has approved Mayor Emanuel’s plan to transition the entire city’s electricity supply to renewable energy by 2035, which makes Chicago the largest U.S. city to set a 100% renewable energy commitment.

The Solar Bill of Rights passes its first hurdle

The California Senate Energy Committee has given its 11-0 blessing to a bill enshrining in law the right of citizens to generate their own electricity and participate in wholesale power markets.


Report shows LADWP’s lag in solar deployment

While California cities (and Honolulu) lead Environment America’s list of solar cities, Los Angeles doesn’t make the top ten in terms of watts per capita.

Hawaii utilities seek more renewables, storage and now grid services too

Hawaiian Electric Companies has laid out plans to source the equivalent of 135 MW of solar and 1,378 MWh of energy storage – as well as load shifting and frequency response from distributed energy resources through aggregators.

Supersized solar in the Midwest

Long seen as a slow region for solar deployment, the U.S. Midwest has seen an explosion of project development in recent years. And while there is still a lot of speculation and uncertainty, one way or another this region is going to see major development.


Macquarie to sell off solar, wind businesses, Vote Solar hiring: pvMB: 4/10/19

Good morning and welcome to today’s pvMB. We also bring you on this fine morning Midsummer’s new solar metal roof, a new iteration of S-5!’s clamps, a collaboration between Soligent and Pika Energy, and more!

Big solar is coming to Ohio

pv magazine has found six projects totaling over 1 GWac that have siting board approval, interconnection agreements and/or PPAs, suggesting that large-scale solar development is about to take off in a big way.


Illinois emphasizes large rooftop solar, not community, in block grants

The Illinois Power Agency has allocated the last quarter of capacity under the adjustable block grant program, as it slogs through a backlog of applications for projects.

Bill to extend federal solar tax credits to energy storage introduced

The bill would move beyond current provisions that enable the ITC only for solar-paired battery systems.

U.S. trade authorities to investigate solar cells from Jinko, LONGi, REC

You heard us right: another trade investigation. This time the ITC will look at cells made by LONGi, JinkoSolar and REC Group, based on claims by Hanwha Q Cells that the companies have infringed on its PERC technology.


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