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The solar coaster: pv magazine USA’s 2016 year in review

With massive market growth, the bankruptcy of SunEdison and the election of a pro-coal climate denier as president, 2016 really was the best and the worst of times.

New Jersey solar market slows down in H2 2016

After installing 198 MW in the first six months of the year, New Jersey’s solar market appears to have declined substantially in the final months of 2016.

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Scatec sells off its last U.S. solar plant

The Norwegian developer and EPC has closed on the sale of the 104 MW-DC Utah Red Hills plant to Macquarie.

MIT report questions value of distributed solar

The Utility of the Future report decries poor state-level rate-making, mythical cross-subsidies by non-solar customers, and economies of scale as reasons that adding more distributed PV to utilities’ portfolios make little long-term economic sense.

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Rio Grande Renewables Completes Solar+Storage Microgrid in Costa Rica

Albuquerque-based Rio Grande Renewables has complete what is being call the largest microgrid in Central America, a 276 kW/500 kW PV+storage project in Alajuela, Costa Rica.

HECO’s five-year plans accommodate more solar than ever

The aggressive goals filed last week builds on an April plan include expanded rooftop solar growth and additional utility-scale solar expansion. If HECO’s projections are accurate, it will be generating 100% its electricity from renewable sources five years earlier than originally planned.

FPL to put online Florida’s first large utility-scale solar plants

Three solar projects at 74.5 MW-AC each will replace a 250 MW coal-fired power plant which the utility plans to shut down.

SolarCity raises another $241 million

Sammons Renewable Energy led the equity portion of the $241 million cash equity transaction, which closed last week.

Duke program produces 40 MW of solar in South Carolina

More than 1,800 residential customers and 125 business customers have taken advantage of the utility’s Solar Rebate Program to reduce solar installation costs significantly.

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Spruce’s solar portfolio is collateral for $105.4 million in debt financing

The deal, financed by Investec and Silicon Valley Bank, will be fund more systems around the country for the residential solar financier.

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