1,200%. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, that’s how high imports of Chinese modules rose in the fourth quarter last year in a desperate attempt to stockpile sufficient numbers before tariffs choked off international supplies.
The total volume of PV in Michigan remains small for the size of the state, especially as a percentage of renewable energy, as reported by state regulator.
As residential PV installed costs remain high and import tariffs loom, the U.S. Department of Energy’s SolSmart program is helping a county and localities in Florida reduce permit costs and cut red tape in the installation process.
Lawrence Berkeley and Argonne National Laboratories examine the growth of solar, wind and natural gas power plant operations on wholesale power markets and the impact on nuclear and coal generators.
The consultancy’s 2017 study finds that the global cost of utility-scale solar has reached an unsubsidized LCOE of under $50 per megawatt-hour, making new solar cost-competitive with running existing coal or nuclear plants.
PG&E, SDG&E and SCE are expecting to meet the state’s ambitious 50% target 10 years early, with contract prices for utility-scale solar projects falling to below $30/megawatt-hour (MWh).
The Nevada utility is seeking regulatory approval for three solar PPAs totaling 100 MW-AC, which have the lowest prices seen by pv magazine staff in the United States to date.
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