Markets & Policy

Morning Brief: The long, sad story of Stion has ended, RMI launches climate-aligned finance group

Also in the brief: Florida Power & Light quietly reduces solar commitment, and new MWT BIPV from Sunport Power.

Discriminatory rooftop solar charges may violate antitrust law

The U.S. Department of Justice has argued that in Arizona, a utility’s discriminatory charges for rooftop solar owners can be “unlawful.” The Center for Biological Diversity also supported the four rooftop solar owners whose lawsuit has progressed, arguing the legal significance of Arizona’s renewables goals.

Victory for wholesale energy storage, but does Order 841 allow FERC to assault net metering?

Order 841 lets regional transmission operators create wholesale markets for energy storage — potentially including fleets of behind-the-meter storage systems.

From Rwanda to Riverside: How the solar industry provided new opportunities for an immigrant entrepreneur

When Covid-19 hit his small solar engineering business, CEO Methode Maniraguha said, no furloughs or layoffs — we’ll pivot.

Has the International Energy Agency finally improved at forecasting solar growth?

Something strange has happened at the IEA — the agency has finally begun to take solar and other renewables seriously.

Biden-Sanders task force calls for installing 500 million solar modules in next five years

The wide-ranging joint report includes a section: “Undoing the Harms of the Trump Administration and Righting the Wrongs.”

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20% of all US energy consumed in 2019 was from non-fossil generation

According to the most recent EIA Monthly Energy Review, non-fossil generation sources accounted for 20% of all energy consumed in 2019, the highest mark in history.

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Morning Brief: 294 MW Muscle Shoals solar project sold to Ørsted

Also in the brief: American solar supplier Aptos Solar added to Loanpal’s approved list, second life EV batteries for use in a microgrid, Maxeon upsizes convertible note offering

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The US installed more solar in Q1 2020 than ever before

The record-setting quarter was driven by nearly 2 GW of utility-scale solar, supplemented by another 1.6 GW of residential. And while the ongoing pandemic will slow the industry a bit in 2020, five-year projections, especially for Texas, are strong.

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Morning Brief: Maxeon raising money, SunPower and Nautilus expanding community solar

Also in the brief: Energy Toolbase integrates Delta.