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Sunrise brief: PepsiCo doubles goals to address ‘severe’ climate change impacts

Also on the rise: A coalition of 600 groups urges President-elect Biden to halt utility service shutoffs due to the pandemic, Harrison Street expands its solar owneship portfolio, and a Florida real estate developer eases its way into the solar sector.

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South Carolina regulators tell Dominion to rethink its coal fleet

Regulators ordered the utility to evaluate the risks and environmental costs of operating its coal plants, and consider options to replace the plants with clean energy alternatives.

Manufacturers call for module size standardization

Trina Solar is spearheading an effort to standardize 210mm silicon wafers and modules, aiming to improve production efficiency, supply chain optimization and innovation.

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Virginia looks to kick off 2021 with a solar subscription program

SB629 would allow the state’s Dominion Energy customers to buy solar power via subscription from a shared power facility owned by a third-party entity, with 30% of the program’s initial 150 MW capacity being reserved for low- or middle-income subscribers.

Solar roundup: Lower export fees in Michigan and net metering takes a hit in Vermont

Consumers Energy cuts solar export fees in Michigan, while net metering takes a hit in Vermont. And TVA wants feedback on an environmental report for a planned 50 MW solar and 200 MWh storage project in Mississippi.

Illinois’ small-scale solar incentives are tapped out, leaving developers in the dark

The final incentives from the state’s 2017 Future Energy Jobs Act have been awarded. With no emergency funds or new legislation pending, thousands of jobs could be at stake.

Aggressive new fees for South Carolina solar customers draw fire

The proposed fees could end up costing the solar average homeowner more than $700 annually. Critics call the fees an attempt to take away consumer control over their power bills.

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Low solar costs are bringing new customers to the market. We need to treat them fairly

With solar energy more accessible than ever before, the industry has a responsibility towards new customers to steward them to the solution that delivers the best value and reliability.

Sungevity, once a residential solar installer of note, is auctioning its assets

The now former company has laid off its remaining staff, locked its offices and left dozens of customers, sub-contractors and former employees asking what comes next.

Best ways to close the income equity gap in solar adoption

Researchers from Clean Kilowatts and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed software that predicts the most important business model interventions for closing the gap of residential PV adoption between high-income and low-to-middle-income areas.

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