Markets & Policy

Renovate America secures $200 million to expand HERO

The influx of cash is the latest progress for the nation’s largest PACE provider, which expanded to more communities in Missouri last week.

U.S. Senate sub-committee FY 2018 budget proposal increases energy research spending

The Senate Subcommittee on Energy and Water development slammed what it called an “unrealistic” budget from President Trump, and proposed additional funding for agencies Trump planned to gut or eliminate.

Illinois issues RFP for utility-scale and brownfield solar

An RFP due in August for solar larger than 2 MW plus brownfield solar projects of any size. Draft program rules for Illinois community solar programs are also expected in August.

Disruption circa 2017: An interview with Tony Seba

In this interview from the Intersolar North America 2017 trade show, pv magazine talks with visionary author Tony Seba about developments in the solar, battery and electric vehicle markets, and how the predictions that he made in his 2014 book Clean Disruption look three years later.

REC Silicon’s sales rise 18% in Q2, net loss increases

The Norwegian-American polysilicon producer saw its revenue drop slightly Y-o-Y to $61 million in the latest quarter, as its Washington polysilicon facility runs at only 50% utilization due to restricted access to the Chinese market.

Direct Energy quits residential solar

The company’s move is part of a trend of power companies getting out of the residential solar installation business.

They’re back: Campaign for Accountability asks FTC to investigate solar industry

The last time the government watchdog group made solar news, they asked the Oregon attorney general to investigate what they called ‘deceptive sales practices’ in the state. Now they’re asking the Federal Trade Commission to do the same nationwide.

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NYSERDA offers toolkit for navigating payments to local governments

The toolkit is designed to help local municipalities understand and negotiate payment-in-lieu-of taxes agreements with solar developers.

Microsoft defects from utility to purchase renewable energy

With purchases planned to exceed Washington State’s RPS levels, Microsoft joins the trend of large technology companies buying clean energy on the open market.

New Hampshire solar rebate program hits a granite wall

The state’s Public Utility Commission froze the program on July 14, delaying processing until at least September and putting hundreds of applications on ice.