Cost and prices

Bifacial exemptions are back (briefly)

Invenergy has been awarded a temporary restraining order on the basis that the removal of the bifacial exemption was done without allowance for notice or comment prior to pulling the exclusion. With the decision going before the courts and the Section 201 mid-term review underway, tensions are at an all-time high.

DTE establishes renewables arm

The energy giant has split, creating a company with the sole purpose of managing its clean power business. That clean power, at least for the foreseeable future, will include negligible amounts of solar.

WalMart and Tesla settle, $462 billion for EVs: pvMB 11/7/19

Hello happy people and welcome to the pvMB. Today we’ve got on the menu a big PPA between Georgia Power and RWE, the First University Energy Institute Summit, Long Isalnd residents up in arms over the devaluation of community solar and more!

Utility barriers to rooftop solar in Georgia

In this op-ed for pv magazine, Cesar Prieto and Seth Gunning of Creative Solar USA explore the barriers to rooftop solar put up by utilities in Georgia, a state with top-15 solar capacity, but a lagging residential market.

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Want to save lives, money or both? Harvard says install solar

A new study released by the Harvard Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment looks at the importance of where renewable generation is developed, more than how much. The study analyzes the economic and public health benefits of renewables in each comparative region of the country.

Power shutoffs cause a battery boom in California

Contractors across California are seeing greater demand for battery storage than ever before in response to PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoffs. With the threat of blackouts on the 10-year horizon, customers have decided to take their power into their own hands.

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Monopolies aren’t as sexy as they want you to think

A study published by two economists looks at the rebates given to consumers under California’s Solar Initiative program from 2010-2013, alleging that the high savings may be indicative of a weak and dominated market.

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Back to the battery future

Rocky Mountain Institute’s new predicts unprecedented battery storage development in the next decade and beyond. And, while li-ion will remain to be the tech that’s hot in the streets in the short term, the future is diverse.

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Vivint settles allegations of illegally obtaining customer credit reports

Vivint Solar has settled on a case in New Jersey which contained accusations that the company would illegally acquire customers’ credit reports as well as force them to sign purposefully misleading contracts.

Energy access for Puerto Ricans two years after Hurricane Maria

In this op-ed for pv magazine, Roy Torbert and José Juan Terrasa-Soler, of Rocky Mountain Institute and Resilient Power Puerto Rico, respectively, analyze the cost of energy recover in Puerto Rico and the role that microgrids play in reconstruction and resiliency.

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