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Solar’s next top model: SEIA unveils standard commercial PPA contract

SEIA’s C&I Working Group has created and unveiled Version 2.0 of its standard commercial PPA contract, which it hopes will help to ease project development in the sector.

Solar installation quality can be illusive

Cadmus Group is working to standardize PV installation inspections and is building a database of common installation errors.

Xcel plans transition from coal to solar, wind, gas and storage in Colorado

The utility has the support of Vote Solar and Colorado SEIA as part of a broad coalition backing its Colorado Energy Plan.

Storage saves

Sustaining the market: As the leading solar state in America, California’s behind-the-meter solar markets are seeing challenges as they explore new terrain. CALSEIA’s Bernadette Del Chiaro explains how the industry is navigating these changes, and what to expect in the future.

Duke agrees to build 700 MW of solar, 50 MW of energy storage in Florida

The agreement with large C&I customers, the state’s ratepayer advocate and environmentalists also settles costs from the abandoned Levy County Nuclear Plant.


Demand charge decision looms in Massachusetts

In three days, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will close the public comment period on utility Eversource’s plan to impose a demand charge on solar customers.


Short circuits: How they happen and how to prevent them

This article is the fourth in a series which will discuss specific system reliability issues seen in North American systems. Each article will focus on a specific failure mode, giving an overview and examples of defect presentation. A longer summary article diving into a broader industry context and defect prevalence will follow this series.


Community solar, PACE policies moving forward in Illinois

ComEd’s community solar tariff faces intervenors in regulatory approval. Meanwhile, Illinois has signed into law legislation enabling Property Assessed Clean Energy.

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.

IHS Markit raises 2017 global installations forecast

Industry analyst IHS Markit has raised its forecast for global installations in 2017 to 90 GW, representing 14% growth on the previous year’s figures. Continuing demand in China after the June 30th FIT cut is cited as the main driver for the increased expectation.

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