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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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Duke Energy Renewables’ largest solar project is live

The 200 MW Holstein solar project in Nolan County, Texas, a collaborative effort between Duke Energy Renewables and 8minute Solar Energy, has reached commercial operation, marking an increased presence for Duke in Texas — and 8minute’s first major foray into the state.

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Morning Brief: Distributed Solar Development has acquired a community solar portfolio, community outreach in Hawaii

Also in the brief: solar pros running for elected office, Longroad Energy has announced a partnership with Maine’s Unity College, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation has chosen a management platform for its distributed generation program and more.

Live near a big city? Expect big utility bill spikes, thanks to Covid-19

A D.C.-based analytics company has released an analysis showing that summer electricity bills will rise by about 10% on average for households in the 13 of largest U.S. metro areas.

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There’s more to solar systems than module capacity

While solar modules are often defined first and foremost by their capacity, higher module capacity doesn’t necessarily translate to a more efficient system, or even a longer-term yield. Understanding this and reflecting this idea onto customers can be key to delivering the right technology.

Duke Energy Florida files for a new customer purchase program, hesitates to call it community solar

The program will allow customers to subscribe to blocks of energy generated by nearly 750 MW of new planned capacity in sunshine state. And while Duke has not yet called the program community solar, some partners have, which could prove to be a dangerous misnomer.

Bank of America becomes the latest customer of Duke’s Green Source Advantage Program

In a busy week of renewable purchases for the banking giant, Bank of America has come to terms with Duke on a power contract for a 25 MW project in North Carolina, set to go on-line in 2022.

Morning Brief: Navajo Transitional Energy proposes 200 MW of Solar, Florida adds 150 MW

Also in the brief: battery energy storage is getting cheaper, but how much deployment is too much? GCube Insurance is issuing a renewed warning to renewable energy asset owners about cyberattacks, REC Group’s flagship REC Alpha solar panel has won the Intersolar Award 2020 for photovoltaics, and more.

Morning Brief: Tucson Electric Power aims to add 1.4 GW of storage, Standard Solar secures $105 million

Also in the brief: Bank of America signs its first PPA, CS Energy has completed a 33 MW portfolio of solar projects in Texas, RP Construction Services and RECON partner to build tracker projects and more

Ikea invests more in solar by the day

The Swedish furniture giant has announced it will be turning one of its Australian superstores into its first 100% renewably-powered solar + storage retail project. Australia is also home to the company’s first expansion of its retail solar offering, Solstråle.

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