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pvMB 2/27/19: Sunpin Solar’s new 96 MW solar plant, Sen. Feinstein returning fossil fuel money… and more!

Hello, happy hump day and welcome once again to the pv magazine USA morning brief. On today’s docket we have solar advocates holding a day of action for Million Solar Strong in New York, Encore Renewable Energy receiving a $1 Million investment, a 100 MW project approved in Maine and the rest of today’s essential solar quick-hitters.

A blockchain trading solar power system in the real world

PowerLedger’s xGrid is a blockchain-based electricity trading platform that’s now being used in a Pennsylvania business park, in addition to Chicago, California, a large housing unit in Australia, plus a few more locations.

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pvMB 2/21/19: 13 bills for renewables in New Mexico, 7X doubles up on moves… and more!

Top of the morning and happy Thursday to you all, welcome to the pv magazine morning brief. Today we’ll be looking at DTE’s issuance of $650 million in Green Bonds, the 20 New England schools participating in the DOE National Science Bowl, Pennsylvania’s community solar bill, high school students raising money for a system on a community center and everything else you need to know about the solar industry today.

Solar for low-income of all shapes and sizes

The Low Income Energy Issues Forum has released a new report focused on improving the availability and benefits of community solar for financially-limited customers. The working group identified five different models that can be used to join different ways to best open community solar to customers of all incomes.

Utility scale solar pricing inches up

LevelTen Energy’s Q4 PPA price index saw a sight increase in the price of utility scale solar power purchase agreements, except for the Southwest Power Pool which saw a healthy chunk of inexpensive projects come online.

Dr. Solar goes from zero to 1 GW in two projects

Dr. Miguel Oneto has developed a 682 MWdc solar power project in Childress County, Texas. The project is the second by the new developer, following a 324 MWdc project under construction nearby.

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Milwaukee pushes back against We Energies’ monopoly

A city council committee has advanced a resolution to work with a contractor to install 210 kW of city-owned solar on libraries – only 20% of what it had earlier planned – as the utility insists that third-party power contracts are illegal.

TVA announces future generation planning by cancelling solar program

The Tennessee Valley Authority is moving to the next stage of its 2019 Integrated Resource Plan, and concurrently announced the cancellation of the Green Power Providers program as of January 1, 2020.

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Community solar software that pencils

Pivot Energy offers a community solar software platform whose price works even for small solar power projects which cannot sustain heavy startup and annual fees, and so far, it’s the first solution to do so.

REC Silicon to suspend production at Washington State polysilicon factory

REC Silicon has revealed plans to halt operations at its Moses Lake facility in 17 days’ time. The company says it has taken the decision to maintain liquidity for its semiconductor business with American workers set to pay the price for President Trump’s trade war with China.

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