Markets & Policy

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.

Warren wants a (mostly) net zero U.S. military by 2030

U.S. Senator and Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has introduced legislation requiring global fixed military assets to be net zero by 2030. She is also calling for research focused on microgrids, a 1% fee applied to non-net zero contractors, and a general increase in institutional climate consciousness via reporting, planning, budgeting and procurement.

Little benefit to U.S. solar as Trump lifts tariffs on steel & aluminum from Canada

While the lifting of any tariffs is welcome news to the U.S. solar industry, manufacturers say that low prices on materials are unlikely to return as long as the global tariffs remain.

Solar plus storage prices plunge, Spruce raises $50 million: pvMB 05/17/19

It’s a good time to be in solar power, especially with Friday’s brief as California has approved NeoVolta’s home battery, 16.5 MW of community solar moves forward in Minnesota, and pricing for polysilicon, cells and modules stayed relatively flat last week.

From the editor: SEIA’s solar+ plan falls short on ambition

The organization’s “ambitious goal” of solar supplying 20% of the nation’s electricity in 2030 looks more like a forecast, and vision for rapid decarbonization is coming from the climate movement and the American Left, not SEIA.

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The $9 trillion dollar man

Washington Governor and U.S. Presidential Candidate Jay Inslee (D) has unveiled the details of his “Evergreen Economy Plan”, which includes upgrading building efficiency, deploying renewables, increasing clean energy R&D and other measures.

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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Solar for All is open for business

Illinois has published key documents and is taking applications for the program, which incentivizes solar for low-income residents, areas that have suffered from pollution and non-profits.

The heterojunction “Alpha” solar module at 21.7% efficiency

REC Group has released the official specification page for its heterojunction Alphα series of solar modules, peaking at 380 watts with the standard module, and 375 watts for the all black unit.

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Tesla acquires Maxwell Technologies

It’s unclear exactly what the interest is in the California super-capacitor maker, but it could be more about the process than the product.

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