Utility-scale PV

Peaker envy, veto proof net metering, and utility scale solar growth in New Hampshire

Legislation calling for 15% of peak demand to be met by energy storage is moving through the House; a veto-proof increase in system sizes under net metering goes to the governor; and 215 MWac of large-scale solar projects are seeking various approvals.

Xcel to build 3 GW of MN solar by 2030 – if it gets to own 50% or more

The deal that Xcel has reached with environmentalists and labor includes caveats maximizing the utility’s ownership of the large-scale solar that it is promising.

Ohio approves two huge solar projects

Ohio Power Siting Board has approved 470 MWac of solar and 60 MWac of batteries in two separate projects, as another confirmation of the coming boom in the state and the Midwest.

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The view from above: Heliolytics on the evolution of solar site inspection

In this interview Heliolytics CEO Rob Andrews talks about the factors behind the emergence of piloted aerial inspection as the dominant form of site inspection, and also the unique challenges posed by wind damage.

Designing for and monetizing curtailed solar power

Research by NREL and First Solar has produced highly accurate, real-time estimates of available aggregate peak power that a curtailed solar power plant can deliver to support the broader needs of the grid.

Bloomberg updates bankable module list, new additions to the StorEdge family: pvMB 5/13/19

Happy Monday one and all and a happy belated Mother’s Day, too. Today we’ll be looking at Seraphim launching its PLANET line, Blackburn College’s upcoming installation, Innogy acquiring two North Carolina projects and more!

Arctech unveils new single-axis tracker

The device, conceived for large scale solar, is said to solve the instability issues associated with the two-modules-in-portrait structure and to have the largest south-north slope seen in the tracker industry.

Jay Inslee, defender of Earth, TEP joins the Energy Imbalance Market: pvMB 5/9/19

Welcome one and all to today’s edition of the pvMB. Before you tackle today, we’ve got renewables coming to Montana, Illinois’ City Water, Light and Power giving coal the boot, the one week countdown until Solar Cup 2019 and more!

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Utility scale solar pricing down 7% on competition and construction costs

LevelTen’s marketplace shows utility-scale solar power offers falling $2/MWh across five large grid operators, with executives suggesting that competition among developers and falling construction costs drove this.

The Energy Freedom Act has passed the South Carolina Senate

South Carolina’s solar industry is close to a big revival, with a long-awaited bill to eliminate net metering caps and transform the way utilities procure energy. But it has get back through the House by the end of the day tomorrow (Thursday).

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