Hardware brief: ProteaBracket 34% lighter, silicon carbide subcomponents, wtf!! California, and more!

Its the weekend and time to play with your hardware! Q-Cells is launching a 25 year *hardware* warranty for modules manufactured in Georgia, NREL researchers are designing tools to test individual battery cells, plus the EIA solar module report!

The bones of Skeleton Creek are coming together

NextEra has announced a power purchase agreement with Western Farmers Electric Cooperative for a combined 250 MW wind farm, 250 MWac solar farm, and 200 MW / 800 MWh of energy storage in Oklahoma.

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A way oversized DC:AC ratio seen in the wild!

Swinerton Renewables & SolarFlex have announced a 26.4 MWac solar project, which public documents show is bigger than 48.6 MWdc – meaning a greater than 1.8:1 DC to AC ratio.

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ConEd shuts Brooklyn off, seeks 1.21+ gigawatt-hours of batteries

While the New York utility struggles with heatwave conditions, the group issues a request for proposals for 310 MW of energy storage power with at least four hours of capacity, with projects due to complete by the end of 2022.

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North Carolina utilities approve 551 MW of solar power at 3.8¢/kWh

Duke Energy has completed a solicitation for 551 MWac of solar power through its CPRE program, with average pricing between 3.79¢/kWh and 3.83¢/kWh and 20 year power contracts.

Cuomo signs mega mandate for renewables, a Montana hollerin’ match, more! : pvMB 7/19/19

It’s a scorcher out there – but at least its a Friday! Today we have the recommendation of a utility leader on how to make solar customers “go away”, new hires at SunPin Solar and EQ Research, and more!

Hawaii sets draft rules for wind+solar+storage procurement

Hawaiian Electric Companies has released its draft request for proposals to procure just over 2 terawatt-hours of renewable electricity, and just over 200 MW of capacity services, between the summer of 2022 and the end of 2025.

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Fifteen days to get paid for your home energy storage in Rhode Island and Massachusetts

National Grid’s ConnectedSolutions program seeks to pay energy storage owners up to $400-kW during high grid demand events in Rhode Island, and $225 in Massachusetts.

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Solar power mood ring suggests steady as she goes

The LevelTen Energy Q2 PPA Price Index suggests solar contract pricing will stay flat over the next year, with a broad list of items having effects – up and down – on project pricing’s moderate increase in the first half of 2019.

Floridians seeking energy freedom

Citizens for Energy Choices is pushing for a ballot amendment to create a competitive retail electricity market, the right to sell your own electricity, and to limit investor owned utilities to transmission and distribution.

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