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‘Economic Curtailment’ – what it is and how to embrace it

In this op-ed for pv magazine, Morgan Putnam outlines a five-step process for renewable developers, environmental advocacy organizations and state agencies to embrace economic curtailment.

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Navy engineer wants infrared scanning and disciplined data to stop solar fires

Lawrence Shaw says understanding solar module hotspots via infrared scans can help quell residential rooftop fire risks, while suggesting missing data represents missing work. Shaw also found the missing USA solar fire data.

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Summer solstice sets solar record in California

On June 21, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, CAISO reported a total solar electricity generation record of 112 GWh.

Arizona’s Salt River Project election being powered by solar challengers

Salt River Project’s upcoming election includes five solar power advocates. With 14 members, two of which are pro-solar, tipping points are within reach.

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Georgia Power to hit 1.6 GW renewable energy goal years early

The utility has reached 970 MW of installed solar power capacity. With four new projects totalling 649 MW, this which will bring Georgia Power to 1,619 MW by the end of 2019.

New Mexico requires utilities to consider storage in resource plans

With new technologies available and prices coming down, the NMPRC decided the time was right to add it to the data requirements included in the reports, which were mandated by a 2008 rule.

pv magazine’s Quality Roundtable makes U.S. debut

pv magazine has expanded its global quality roundtable series with a new roundtable for the U.S. market.

Melting backsheets, broken cells, and hotspots

Quality roundtable preparation: A case of compromised quality. An operator claims nearly 17% of the modules in his array displayed significant damage after three years. The EPC company concealed the damage from the investor until the warranty had expired. The module manufacturer responded slowly and only out of goodwill.

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