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Best practices for building residential solar power and market confidence

SEIA has released an update to its residential solar best practices guidelines. The guide’s purpose is to build trust in public observers of the solar market, and can be used to educate detail-oriented customers.

Locals suing for net metering, utility wants scale and energy storage

Jacksonville, Florida’s municipal utility has gotten rid of net metering and lowered the rate paid for excess solar produced electricity. Concurrently, the utility is pushing larger scale solar and energy storage programs.

Sunrun commits to 100 MW of solar power on affordable housing

California’s Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) program has a 2030 goal of installing 300 MW of solar power, and Sunrun’s 100 MW commitment aims to satisfy one-third of that by 2028.

So you want be a utility scale solar power developer?

Cypress Creek Renewables has received approval from a local planning commission in Missouri for a 14 MW-DC single axis tracker solar plant, whose output will be sold for $44.81/MWh in a 30 year contract.

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How to install solar power strong enough for a hurricane

The 2017 hurricane season gave analysts at the Rocky Mountain Institute a broad dataset of storm-related solar power plant outcomes, from which they have delivered a list failures and specification for high wind speed survival.

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Vulnerable at-home patients to get Tesla Powerwalls

The Vermont Lower Income Trust for Electricity have provided a $150,000 grant for 100 low-income electricity customers with significant need for reliable backup power due to health and mobility issues.

A plan for California to kick the gas habit

A set of analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists show distinct pathways for California to lower its total gas plants from 89 units today, down to 33 units. The analysis suggests a combination of 25 GW of solar, wind, storage and more.

84 gigawatts of community solar, and the plan to get there

GTM Research has delivered its vision for the future of community solar through 2030: delivering opinions on the policy, structure, finance and innovation needed to move the market forward.

Solar delivers during New England heatwave

New England’s behind the meter solar hit maximum generation at 2 GW this summer and contributed to lowering peak load and shifting peak demand to later in the day during this summer’s heat waves. This in turn allowed for lower utilization of older coal and oil resources.

EQ Research: Utilities aren’t getting the fixed charges they seek

The latest quarterly update from EQ shows that while utilities in many states saw fixed charge increases in Q2, it was not a vast majority, with almost half of all decided cases ending in a wash or no increase for utilities.

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