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Role of distributed solar at issue in California’s net metering update

Industry groups focus on solar-plus-storage, or preserving the distributed solar industry, while a state agency aims to compensate rooftop solar at avoided costs and add a grid service charge.

Solar 101: How to find … and evaluate … a solar contractor for your rooftop project

A well-designed rooftop solar system should last 20 or 30 years, or longer. This guide for choosing the right contractor should help ease your concerns.

SunPower reports 30% year-over-year bookings growth for the first quarter

SunPower’s Q1 earnings show growth as the company intensifies its focus on acquisition costs and segment expansion.

Sunrun posts sharp Q1 revenue jump, looks to EV cross-sales opportunities

Sunrun raised its installed growth rate estimate to 25-30% for the year, and said that “the strong momentum that we saw in the fourth quarter has continued into 2021.”

Sunrise brief: Michigan utilities signal support for raising a cap on rooftop solar

Also on the rise: Report sheds light on low- and moderate-income solar program performance, and renewables bucked a slump in U.S. energy production in 2020.


Solar employment fell but worker productivity rose in pandemic-scarred 2020, report says

The annual employment report showed continued jobs stagnation, which needs to be reversed for the sector to hit 400,000 jobs by 2030 and 900,000 to meet the Biden administration’s 2035 climate goals.

NREL signs agreement with UL to scale up SolarAPP+ software

The collaboration is a step in meeting NREL’s goal to deliver instant solar permitting nationwide, and have the software used to cover 90% of all residential solar and solar-plus-storage permits by 2030.

Sunrise brief: Green light for 185 MW/565 MWh solar + storage project

Also on the rise: Ørsted completes its 460 MW Texas solar + storage project, ReneSola JV aims to speed its European build pipeline, equity firm closes its CS Energy buy, and Revolt Energy gets a new owner.

Residential marketer reaches settlement over solar sales allegations

NRG Residential Solar stopped marketing and installing solar in 2017, but agreed to pay $69,000 in penalties, change its policies and practices, and enter binding arbitration to resolve consumer complaints in New Jersey.

Most LMI solar programs lack strong evaluation metrics, report says

The Berkeley Lab report said that best practices generally found in utility energy efficiency programs are largely missing from solar programs that benefit low- to moderate-income people.

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