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SMUD proposal would cut net metering credits, impose interconnection fees

The utility board also will vote on whether to end seasonal and time-based net metering credits in favor of a flat rate, while also prohibiting certain residential types from participating in virtual net energy metering.


Price increases hit solar as trade uncertainties with China cloud growth goals

Price increases, supply chain disruptions, and a series of trade risks are threatening the U.S.’s ability to decarbonize the grid, warned SEIA president and CEO Abigail Ross Hopper.

Solar Futures Study offers a roadmap for solar to decarbonize the grid

The NREL-led study said that by 2035 the U.S. would need to quadruple its yearly solar capacity additions and provide 40% of the electricity on the grid,  on the order of 1,000 GW.

Sunrise brief: Want solar with that? McDonald’s signs up for a Louisiana project

Also on the rise: Illinois’ solar residential market fell off the roof in Q2, Arizona approves incentives for residential energy storage, and green roofs can improve panel efficiency.

Arizona approves energy storage incentives for Tucson Electric customers

Regulators also approved expanding the utility’s community solar program and make 10 MW of solar capacity available for subscription.

Illinois Q2 residential solar installations are down nearly 90% compared to 2020

Just 313 small rooftop solar projects were completed statewide in Q2 2021, compared to 2,908 a year earlier, as the state remains in a perilous solar incentive limbo.


Sunrise brief: An HOA rains on a family’s solar installation

Also on the rise: Polysilicon prices are forecast to continue to rise, Ample raises $160 million from investors including Shell, and growing numbers of schools are going solar.

Illinois HOA sues residents over solar system

The Orchards community in Bellville Illinois is suing the Bassler family for an installation that the association alleges violates established solar guidelines.


Who is working against distributed solar: Strategies for defense

A new report explores who is behind efforts to curb distributed energy and solar deployment. In this part, we look at policy and regulatory recommendations highlighted by the authors as a playbook to fight against anti-solar efforts, and how parties can curb campaigns before they begin.

Sunrise brief: Residential solar pricing has fallen and signs point to still further declines

Also on the rise: JinkoSolar is adding a manufacturing plant in Vietnam, solar on a parking garage adds a Scandinavian design flair, and iSun says its 2021 revenues are likely to double.

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