Commercial & Industrial PV

The solar wave rises

Wood Mackenzie and SEIA report that a record 37.9 GWdc of utility-scale solar was under contract at the end of Q2 – the largest volume ever recorded – with 8.7 GWdc of that under construction. However, installation levels were down slightly year-over-year.

Louisiana regulators will vote on whether or not to kill net metering

On Wednesday regulators will vote on a proposal to replace retail-rate net metering with a two-channel billing system based on avoided cost, which could wipe out the state’s solar market.

Louisiana regulators could give the green light to utilities to milk customers with solar

The state’s Public Service Commission is preparing to vote on a proposal to gut net metering for distributed solar, based on a highly questionable study by the oil and gas industry’s pet consultant.

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Recognizing and combating power quality issues in solar power systems

Solar energy can greatly reduce energy bills, can be used for a wide variety of applications and costs very little to maintain. However, even though it is considered an excellent source of renewable energy, it is not immune to its own unique problems and challenges.

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Amazon installs Colorado’s largest rooftop project

Spanning 19 acres, over 17,000 panels and boasting a capacity of 6 MW, the installation on Amazon’s newest fulfillment center is one of the largest in the world.

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Making the connection: Fires & electrical balance of systems

Walmart’s allegation that some of the fires in the solar plants on the roofs of its stores were started by connectors echoes concerns the industry has had for some time. And the problems go far beyond one manufacturer or installer.

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California solar plus storage shows consistent installs, residential growth

CALSSA has obtained the interconnection data for California solar and solar plus storage for the first six months of 2019, showing significant volume of solar+storage in residential markets while commercial buyers are considering solar alone.

Walmart accuses Tesla of gross negligence in fire lawsuit

The picture that Walmart is painting of Tesla/SolarCity installation and O&M practices in its lawsuit is not a pretty one.

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Solar to overtake wind in corporate renewable procurement

A new report by Wood Mackenzie and the American Wind Energy Association shows solar taking the favor of corporate renewable buyers in 2021 and holding that crown to infinity and beyond.

Hanwha Q Cells achieves top-tier bankability, solar panels stolen in Indiana: pvMb 8/16/19

TGIF and welcome to this Friday’s pvMB. Today we’ve got our sights set on Sunnova and PetersonDean’s California partnership, Pivot energy’s hiring, SimpliPhi cutting battery prices and more!

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