Disaster Recovery

Morning Brief: Senators propose a nationwide halt on utility shutoffs, Hawaiian Electric wants to “self-build” a 160 MWh battery system

Also in the brief: Minnesota’s new residential solar restrictions, JinkoSolar donates 1,000,000 masks for pandemic fighting in 19 countries, NABCEP will offer Board Certification and Associate level exams online and more.

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Forget toilet paper, Australians are panic-buying PV

Byron Bay-based solar retailer Smart Energy says it is seeing an unprecedented surge in sales and inquiries for solar and home energy storage as consumers look to shore themselves up in uncertain times.

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Sunrun responds to PG&E’s gas procurement by modeling a decentralized grid

Directly challenging the bankrupt utility’s system reliability request for proposals, Sunrun has released a paper outlining a renewable alternative: distribution islands with solar and battery backup.

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NYSERDA, Solar Foundation and PathStone launch solar recovery and resilience program in Puerto Rico

The three groups, along with the U.S. Economic Development Administration will be providing $4.5 million to aid in job creation, education and resiliency and recovery measures in the wake of the two major hurricanes that have rocked the island.

Changing climate, changing laws: addressing new wildfire risk requirements in project development

in this op-ed for pv magazine, David Lazerwitz and Linda Sobczynski of Farella Braun + Martel examine the levels of precaution necessary to ensure fire risk mitigation in project development.

PG&E, but run by the people

California Governor Gavin Newsom, in expressing his dissatisfaction with PG&E, has proposed that it is not out of the question that the state could intervene in the restructuring of the utility. But what would this kind of government intervention look like and what would it mean for solar?

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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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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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Solar + storage to survive disasters

A research note by Roth Capital Partners predicts the residential storage market in the United States to grow more quickly than expected. This prediction is founded just as much in disaster mitigation as it in economic viability.

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PVEL & Heliolytics team up for solar disaster investigation

The two companies have teamed up to provide an Incident Response service to help asset owners and managers recover from natural disasters, including providing data to file more accurate insurance claims.

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