Markets & Policy

pvMB 3/22/19: The largest U.S. bifacial plant breaks ground, SunPower & SEIA soft on Green New Deal, and more!

It’s Friday, so enjoy this pvMB before you check out for the weekend. In this edition the New Hampshire House has approved a 5 MW system size for net metering, an innovative green roof plus solar is coming to New York City and BP is considering power *all* U.S. operations with solar power.

Ultimate five-year plan: 24 hour solar+storage power plants, in design pipeline now

In an interview with pv magazine USA 8minutenergy President & CEO Tom Buttgenbach talked of radio telescopes and aliens, but also the USA solar market, a 14 GW solar power pipeline and energy storage being a fundamental – not an add-on – feature.

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pvMB 3/21/19: The first commercial-scale installation for cannabis, Ulster establishes per-MW permit fees… and more!

Hello, hello, hello and welcome to today’s edition of the pvMB. Today we’ll be looking at Antarctica’s Casey Research Station going solar, Ubiquitous Energy’s record setting new transparent solar cell, the anti-solar commercial stirring the pot in Iowa and everything else to educate you on this fine morning.

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High efficiency solar module upgrades from REC and Trina

REC Group has begun production of its residential N-Peak Black series, reaching up to 325 watts. Concurrently, Trina Solar has released four new modules within its Tallmax, Duomax, Duomax Twin, and Honey series – some of which reach up to 415 watts.

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Iowa Senate approves new solar fees

Deeming solar owners to be leeching off of existing utility infrastructure, the Iowa Senate has passed a bill which would allow utilities to establish a monthly charge on PV system owners.

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Maryland Senate passes solar-powered renewable energy mandate

The 50% by 2030 mandate would include a provision that utilities source at least 14.5% of their power from solar, the highest portion of any policy to date. But to do that it has to get through both the Maryland House and Governor Hogan.

pvMB 2/20/19: Community solar coming to Kewanee, Dalian Linton produces a 4-meter mono ingot… and more!

Hello and welcome to your Hump Day pvMB. Today we’ll be looking at the solar “Squid Boat” taking Key West by storm, Badger State Solar Park getting a power contract, Hanwha Q CELLS LA Dodgers partnership and everything else you need to stay informed.

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The clawFR gets first UL certification, broader launch underway

PanelClaw announced the launch of its flat rooftop 10° clawFR solar module racking platform. The company reports an installation manual, autoCAD blocks, and that the racking solution is approved by UL to work with its first tranche of solar modules.

Only months after Question 6, Nevada has a new renewable energy bill

In a legislative case of “I want it and I want it now,” Nevada Senator Chris Brooks has introduced a bill which would raise the state’s renewable energy mandate to 50% by 2030.

Reducing the risk of fire with rooftop solar, batteries and microgrids

A new white paper by Sunrun delves into the risks that overloaded power lines pose, and posits solutions to both fire mitigation and reliability with distributed generation.

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