Commercial & Industrial PV

240 MW project at steel mill moves forward in Co., Vivint solar under securities fraud investigation: pvMB 10/2/19

Hello one and all to the midweek MB! Today we’ll be looking at a FirstEnergy RFP in Ohio, Illinois Office of Energy supporting a university solar + storage project and more!

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Los Angeles still has a feed-in tariff. And it’s growing.

The California city’s municipal utility has approved an expansion of the largest feed-in tariff in the nation by 300 MW, with 50 MW to come online next year.

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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sPower’s new 80 MW Utah installation, Solar Frontier acquires 50.5 MW project from Coldwell: pvMB 9/25/19

Hello everybody and welcome to you Hump Day pvMB. Today we’ll be checking out the solar system donated to Bamberger Ranch, Energport beginning work on a 72 MW, 72 MWh battery system, First Solar’s 20th anniversary and more!

Small solar is getting bigger, cheaper and more efficient

LBNL’s annual Tracking the Sun report, comparing 2017 to 2018, saw module efficiency rise almost 10%, system prices decrease 5-7%, median system size increases, and significant variability in all of those data points across the 1.6 million systems surveyed.

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Solar power installation techniques – don’t do this! (w/pictures)

Solar installation inspection results of 100 sites in Rhode Island found 50% of large-scale projects had issues, while 83% of small projects had them – with 30% and 26% of those systems having “critical” issues, respectively.

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Fitch sees a decade of corporate wind and solar power procurement growth

Growth in U.S. solar and wind generation capacity will average 7.9% and 3.9%, respectively, between 2022 and 2028 according to Fitch Solutions, who projects almost 120 GW of solar power to be deployed in that period. Corporate clean energy buyers are to be a large part of the trend, and to accelerate deployments during the period.

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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.

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Tesla is selling commercial solar as cheap as $1.01/W

The new tool launched for C&I solar customers is yet another example of Tesla being able to drive down system prices by ditching traditional sales models and customer acquisition costs.

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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.

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