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Google’s reverse auctions net 1.2 GW of renewables in 60 minutes

Google pre-qualified bidders and used reverse auctions to obtain the lowest price for renewable energy. Reverse auctions for corporate purchases could potentially benefit solar developers, if their transparency and simplicity can influence more corporations to procure green power.

Sunrun proposes solar+storage virtual power plants across Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s Energy Bureau has its hands full in ensuring the island’s utility gets the grid working well at a reasonable cost, while moving to 40% renewables by 2025. Sunrun and environmental groups point a way forward.

Solar left out of electric vehicle charging plans

Opportunities for solar-powered electric vehicle charging are out there for the solar industry to capture. In the meantime, electric utilities are snapping them up, to suit their own purposes.


FERC looks at potential cyberattacks on dispersed grid assets

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has agreed to evaluate the potential risk of a coordinated cyberattack on geographically distributed targets on the electric grid, as recommended by the U.S. General Accounting Office. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation has pushed back.


Solar to lower power bills 4.6% at Arkansas co-op

After adding enough solar capacity to reduce its costly peak load by about 30%, an Arkansas utility plans to cut electric bills by 4.6%. Expansion of a solar-powered factory that will yield 400 jobs is already under way.

To make room for more distributed PV, harmonize smart inverter settings

New opportunities for distributed PV could be accelerated by reaching early agreement on settings for smart inverters, which are expected to become widely available in the next two years. A consulting firm explains, and offers its recommendations.

Current wireless technology may be adequate for communicating with distributed solar and storage

A study advised by seven electric utilities found that current “long-term evolution” (LTE) wireless broadband technology may be adequate for sending signals to control, or guide, the operations of distributed solar and storage resources.


49 GW of solar for Virginia: lower bills, more jobs, cleaner air

Adding at least 49 GW of solar through 2050 would save Virginia consumers money, according to an independent modeling run of the state’s grid. Thousands of jobs would be added, and public health would improve.

You too can model solar, wind and storage deployment

NREL has made its capacity planning model freely available for anyone to use. The model can optimize the amounts of solar, wind and storage to be added to the U.S. electric grid. Documentation is included, but a powerful computer and additional software are required.

SEIA aims for solar installations to grow 18% per year through 2030

SEIA worked with 100 leaders in the solar and storage industries to develop a 12-year strategic plan, which covers all the bases. Yet funding is inadequate to pursue all strategies immediately, so some strategies must wait.

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