Hawaii, Massachusetts shine in energy storage rankings

Hawaii and Massachusetts utilities represented six of the top 10 for per-customer watts of energy storage deployment, with Kaua’i knocking it out of the park.

ET Solar is back in the U.S. market

Six months after settling claims in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of its U.S. distribution subsidiary, the Chinese PV maker says it has signed more than 500 MW of U.S. module supply contracts.

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Third-party, or not so third party?

Solar advocates in South Carolina have noticed the close ties between the advisor chosen by the state’s Public Service Commission to set rates for PURPA contracts and the state’s utilities, and are crying foul.

From the editor: Functioning democracy looks like Greta Thunberg

If the American people had their way, we would have deployed much more solar by now, and would be further along towards decarbonization. Instead utilities have joined the fossil fuel industries in using their power and money to slow down the energy transition.

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First Solar’s great ramp forward

First Solar has reported the largest quarterly production run and shipment volume in its history, and more than 2 GW of bookings in July alone. And with more factories underway, the thin film PV maker is just getting started.

Big Canadian money snatches up Nautilus Solar

The solar development & asset management company has been acquired by a subsidiary of Power Corporation of Canada, which it says will allow it to accelerate its move into community solar.

BIPV in futuristic Las Vegas development: pvMB 08/01/19

In today’s brief we also bring you the ARPA-E Reauthorization Act of 2019, a tax on solar panels upheld in Maine, and more.

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SunPower’s slow climb towards the black

The high efficiency solar maker pulled off a rare profit during the second quarter due to selling off leases, but expects to report another loss during Q3.

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Batteries to sell into ISO-NE wholesale market, Chattanooga’s 100% solar-powered airport: pvMB 07/31/19

Hello and welcome to today’s pvMB. Sunrun is bringing its solar + storage solution to Dallas and Houston, Elon Musk hopes that Solar Roof production will hit 1K per week, 63% of poll respondents think the Green New Deal is a “good idea”, and more!

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California could restrict who can install energy storage

CALSSA says that a pending vote by the Contractors State License Board which could restrict most solar contractors from installing batteries could have “catastrophic” impacts on the state’s energy storage market.

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