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New York City trades gas plant for the world’s largest battery

Regulators have approved Ravenwood Development to build a 316 MW / 2,528 MWh energy storage facility across the East River from Manhattan to replace two gas peaker plants in Queens.

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Hardware brief: 300hrs/MW install time, multicrystalline pricing at “historical” lows, power tools, more!

These are our tools, our advanced use of them sets us apart from the animals – so be good to your tools! Foen PV makes beautiful steel – some of it for solar, an earthquake caused a gas plant explosion, and Sensehawk is tying together many tasks via AI.

Dominion throws the challenge flag on the Energy Freedom Act

The utility is attempting to set the avoided energy cost rate for solar projects under PURPA at just $16.76/MWh for new generation and $23.46/MWh for queued generation. These are some of the lowest avoided cost rates seen to date.

The effects of levying tariffs on bifacial modules remains unclear

In this op-ed for pv magazine, Tony Clifford, Chief Development Officer at Standard Solar breaks down the rammifications of the recent revoking of exemptions on bifacial solar modules from the Section 201 tariffs.

Massachusetts moves to protect premium land under SMART

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has changed the definition of land deemed “prime” or more valuable for solar projects, increasing the number of projects that will receive penalties under the SMART program.

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Q3 solar pricing is down – call your corporate customers now!

LevelTen Energy’s Q3 PPA Price Index for its online marketplace shows pricing down 5.4% percent over the year, with corporate and utility customers driving demand. The company also reports a slight increase in those who think pricing might fall more next year – with a majority predicting flat or declining prices.

There’s a new top dog in South Carolina solar

Cypress Creek Renewables has put online the 106 MWdc Palmetto plains solar project, one of several 100 MW or bigger behemoths going up in Orangeburg County.

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Employment abounds: new board additions at PG&E and a new executive at Western Resource Advocates: pvMB 10/16/19

Hello happy people and welcome to this Wednesday’s pvMB. Today we’ve got community solar in Massachusetts and Maryland, Florida Man trying to evict the sun and more!

Coal lobby group drafted state utility commissioners’ letters to FERC

Emails show that the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity provided utility commissioners with a template letter to FERC – which some commissioners copied word-for-word.

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We told you so: Massachusetts regulators question utility “surprise”

Massachusetts regulators have opened an investigation into electric utility National Grid’s handling of the SMART solar power program, which has led to 1 GW of projects being put on hold after many of them were given utility approval.

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