Cost and prices

Little benefit to U.S. solar as Trump lifts tariffs on steel & aluminum from Canada

While the lifting of any tariffs is welcome news to the U.S. solar industry, manufacturers say that low prices on materials are unlikely to return as long as the global tariffs remain.

Solar plus storage prices plunge, Spruce raises $50 million: pvMB 05/17/19

It’s a good time to be in solar power, especially with Friday’s brief as California has approved NeoVolta’s home battery, 16.5 MW of community solar moves forward in Minnesota, and pricing for polysilicon, cells and modules stayed relatively flat last week.

The new House’s first budget proposal: spend green to go green

It’s that time of year again, when the House, Senate and president all go to war over the national budget. The first budget proposed by a House controlled by the Democratic Party includes a 10% increase in the DOE’s office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, as well as more money for ARPA-E.

Pumped hydro with better financing can compete with batteries

Pumped hydro storage is highly cost competitive for large-scale energy storage, according to a report published by the San Diego County Water Authority. The report models a pumped hydro project as securing better financing terms than battery storage.

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DTE finally kills net metering

After three years of proposals, rejections, inspections and neglect, the day has come: In DTE’s Michigan service area, retail rate net metering is scheduled to end in a week.

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How is Tesla selling residential solar for under $2/watt?

Elon Musk has delivered on his promise to slash prices for residential solar, and his company’s reduction of prices to as low as $1.75 per watt after the ITC are likely a result of the move to online sales.

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Enphase can’t keep up with demand

The microinverter maker reported its second consecutive quarter of profit and is sold out into the second half of the year, as it continues to battle tariffs and component shortages.

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Solar+storage can outcompete “mid-merit” gas units, not just peakers

Solar plus storage can deliver, at lower cost, the same generation profile as “mid-merit” gas generating units in a number of cases studied, per an analysis published by Fluence.

Hawaii’s new reality of solar plus storage: under 10 cents

Hawaii regulators have approved six of eight proposed large solar plus storage projects, with all coming at or under 10 cents per kilowatt-hour.

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Big batteries are coming to Southern California

Macquarie has closed on funding for a third portion of a 340 MWh project in Southern California, and LADWP is planning 1.8 GW of batteries.

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