32% tandem cell solar still competitive at triple the price

ASU researchers have determined that a 32% efficient perovskite-silicon tandem cell could produce electricity at the same price as cutting-edge 22% efficient panels in the most cost-competitive of situations.

Green Mountain Power solar grows 1500% since 2012

The Vermont utility says that net metered solar capacity in its service area grew from less than 10 MW in 2010 to more than 150 MW through July 2018. These behind-the-meter installations represent 65% of the solar installed in its service area.

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Minnesota gets its first large-scale energy storage system (and you get free solar honey!)

Connexus Energy has broken ground on two solar+storage facilities – totaling 10 MW-AC solar and 15 MW / 30 MWh of energy storage. When connected by end of year, they’ll be the first large-scale energy storage systems put online in Minnesota, and the largest energy storage for a co-op in the United States.

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Solar power assets included in “AAA” commercial bond offering

CleanFund has closed on a $103 million bond for a portfolio holding building efficiency, seismic, water conservation improvements, as well as solar assets. A 5 MW project was noted as having received a 20-year term at 5.6%.

SolarEdge ships nearly 1 GW of inverters during Q2

The inverter and power optimizer maker showed 67% year-over-year revenue growth and shipped 985 MW of inverters but missed earnings projections by 2%.

40 million EV charging points for 11% of all cars by 2030

GTM Research has published an analysis of the global electric vehicle infrastructure of 2030. The group sees ten times more public charges than home chargers, and in North America alone sees $13 billion in electricity related revenue due to EVs in 2030.

Locals push solar power from the bottom up in Maine

In a state whose governor is staunchly anti-renewable energy, more than 25 municipal projects have been built and an island is pushing for energy independence by 2030.

Tesla’s mad growth in energy storage

In the first two quarters of 2018 Tesla deployed 40% more energy storage than all of 2017, with 300-400% growth expected for 2019. Solar power deployments grew 11% to 84 MW over a low Q1 value.

The ever shifting sands of the 50 States of Solar

NC Clean Energy Technology Center has published its Q2 analysis of relevant policy changes, specifically noting increased political maneuvering around net metering and rate design, with 42 states and Washington DC committing to “action” in the quarter.

Georgia Power accepting bids for 100 MW of “small” solar power

The utility is soliciting bids for projects 1 kW through 3 MW through its REDI program. The RFP is part of Georgia Power’s 1,600 MW by 2021 goal.

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