A blockchain trading solar power system in the real world

PowerLedger’s xGrid is a blockchain-based electricity trading platform that’s now being used in a Pennsylvania business park, in addition to Chicago, California, a large housing unit in Australia, plus a few more locations.

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Utility scale solar pricing inches up

LevelTen Energy’s Q4 PPA price index saw a sight increase in the price of utility scale solar power purchase agreements, except for the Southwest Power Pool which saw a healthy chunk of inexpensive projects come online.

City of Buffalo seeks 32 solar power bids

As part of a broader program between five local schools, the City of Buffalo has submitted a request for proposals for 32 sites around the city, and project owners will then sell the electricity through 20 year power contracts with the city.

Even with new capacity investments, Enphase still sold out

Enphase says its inverter lead times are ~13-15 weeks, even with dedicated manufacturing lines for components. Two new long term contracts expect to turn on in Q3 and Q4 ’19, lowering lead times to ~6-8 weeks.

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TVA announces future generation planning by cancelling solar program

The Tennessee Valley Authority is moving to the next stage of its 2019 Integrated Resource Plan, and concurrently announced the cancellation of the Green Power Providers program as of January 1, 2020.

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pvMB 2/15/19: Nexamp completes NY community solar, CALSSA supplier directory

Its Friday morning and today’s pv magazine USA morning brief goes well with coffee. In this edition we bring you additions to Panasonic’s premium installer list, a new drone dealership, insight into millennial employment goals and more.

Community solar software that pencils

Pivot Energy offers a community solar software platform whose price works even for small solar power projects which cannot sustain heavy startup and annual fees, and so far, it’s the first solution to do so.

Wind+solar+storage for the first time in the US utility space

Portland General Electric and NextEra Energy Resources are developing the nation’s first major energy facility co-locating wind, solar and energy storage: 300 MW of wind, 50 MWac of solar, and 30 MW / 120 MWh of energy storage.

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Solar jobs contract for the second year in a row

The United States lost approximately 8,000 jobs across the 50 states, with California alone losing more than 9,000 jobs and cancelling out growth in 29 states. Puerto Rico and solar + storage joined the party, but not the job count yet, by contributing 5,900 jobs.

pvmb 2/8/19: Aurora gets $20 million, U.S. lithium-ion factory planned, California makes interconnection easier, and more!

In today’s pv magazine USA morning brief we also see Hawaii regulators propose performance based incentives for utility HECO, hundreds of laws changed in 2018 regarding the grid, concerns aired before Congress about supply chains for lithium-ion batteries, and more!

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