Legal

Solar tariff talks on the menu – bifacial exemption extended and ITC argued

Federal regulators upheld the bifacial solar module import tariff as a public good, and potential protector of irreparable harm against solar developers. Concurrently, the trade courts reviewed the solar module import tariff as a whole, with some groups stating module manufacturing showed success, while solar cell manufacturing hasn’t been helped.

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Module tariffs will cost the U.S. solar industry $19 billion, 62,000 jobs, and 10.5 GW

The trade organization has an unambiguous take on solar commerce: “The U.S. solar market would be much better off without the tariffs.”

National Climate Bank initiative could be a boon for solar

A companion bill to the National Climate Bank Act is expected to be introduced in the House, which could provide a huge boon to he solar and the solar plus storage markets.

Pro-renewable co-ops must propose how to figure a fair fee to exit Tri-State

To stop buying wholesale power from coal-heavy Tri-State, two co-op utilities in Colorado must first advise state regulators on setting a fair fee to exit their Tri-State contracts. A renewables-friendly wholesale competitor waits in the wings.

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Hardware Brief: Solar services, really fast module install, install of the week, module pricing flat, more!

Happy Thanksgiving y’all, hope you hugged someone this holiday. Friday – means solar hardware (and services!) – Solar Services advertising their inverter and engineering support, Gamechange installing modules really fast with a new clip, Sherin and Lodgen supported their first solar+storage and finance deal, Sungrow+Hanwha+NEXTracker in a Florida install, and a little bit more!

Fair compensation for rooftop PV generation: lawyers make the case

The Tennessee Valley Authority will offer just over 2 cents per kWh for distributed solar, although TVA’s prior calculations show a value of 7.2 cents per kWh, or higher when counting avoided pollution. An environmental lawsuit may be brewing.

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ITC extension hits the house, St. Louis going clean: pvMB 11/20/19

Hello wonderful readers and welcome to this week’s Hump Day morning brief. on this most wonderful of Wednesdays we have Target’s 500th rooftop installation, big procurement by Facebook and a NextEra project in South Carolina.

No property tax for residential solar in Michigan

Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) has signed three bulls which will together reinstate the property tax abatement that residential solar installations have been missing in the state since 2012.

Massive solar project(s) in Florida, Enphase to supply Sunrun with inverters: pvMB 11/19/19

Hello one and all and welcome to the pvMB! Today we’ve got a big project approved in Michigan, a battery discussion at UMass Lowell, developments on the Buckthorn Westext solar lawsuit and more!

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PURPA so good it hurts, still needed though

An analysis by a utility backed group suggests that the competitive market for solar power is producing better rates than the legally required PURPA marketplace, suggesting revisions to the pricing mechanism. Market activity suggests the political lever of the tool is still needed though, and the report has some issues.

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