Commercial & Industrial PV

New faces and familiar faces: the pv magazine USA weekly digest

This week saw three new high-profile executive appointments, Berkeley Lab’s annual report showing ongoing solar cost collapses, progress on Tesla’s acquisition of SolarCity, and more.

M+W Energy appoints new president

Germany’s M+W Group today announced the appointment of Jim Brown as president of M+W Energy, based in Springfield, New Jersey, replacing Jerry Shinn.

IKEA to build Washington State’s largest rooftop solar array

With the 1.18 MW system, IKEA will have rooftop solar at nearly 90% of its U.S. facilities, for more than 40 MW.

BREAKING: SolarCity to lay off 108 workers in the SF Bay Area

The company will eliminate 80 employees from its San Mateo headquarters and another 28 from its offices in San Francisco.

Berkeley Lab: Solar contract prices fell below $50/MWh in 2015 (with charts)

The national lab’s latest report finds ongoing declines in PV system prices, with residential system prices falling to $4 per watt in 2015.

Duke executive takes over as REC Solar CEO

The move follows the U.S. utility leader’s acquisition of a majority stake in REC Solar last year.

Arizona commissioner calls for doubling of state’s renewable energy mandate

ACC Chair Little has proposed requiring 30% renewable energy by 2030, scrapping the DG carve-out and potentially adding incentives for energy storage.

Solar in the Big Apple

New York City should be great for solar PV. But it isn’t. Despite policy leadership from the state, local installers are facing crippling bureaucratic challenges, and many have chosen to build rooftop solar elsewhere.

El Paso Electric drops solar demand charge in settlement

While the solar-specific charge was dropped as part of a settlement, the utility will increase fixed charges on its Texas customers.

Third-party solar moves forward with changes to Rhode Island’s net metering rules

National Grid has filed to change the net metering rules in line with an earlier legislation, making net metering in the state even better than before.

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