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Berkeley Lab finds negligible potential rate impacts from distributed solar

The latest report from the respected national lab finds that even if – big if – behind-the-meter solar is raising the rates of other utility customers, the impacts are tiny, especially compared to other activities.

New Jersey reaches 2 GW of installed solar

With a strong market in 2016, New Jersey retains the fourth-largest installed capacity and the 2nd largest capacity of distributed generation in the United States.

PVMA: 75 GW of solar PV installed globally in 2016

The PV Market Alliance has released its official solar installation figures for 2016, which show a 50% growth from 2015 with a total of 75 GW installed. This was mainly driven by a mammoth year of installations in China, although the future would seem less auspicious as the two biggest markets show signs of retraction.

Duke Energy connected 500 MW of solar in 2016

Just because the calendar turned to 2017, however, doesn’t mean the utility is planning to slow down its solar acquisition. It’s seeking to add at least 460 MW this year as well.

NV Energy asks PUC to reverse $2.92 million net-metering directive

In a filing with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, the state’s primary utility says the cost savings were meant to apply to a broader set of customers and shouldn’t be limited to support future solar customers’ net-metering needs.

BNEF: Global solar investment fell 32% in 2016

While much of this decline is due to lower system costs, it was a difficult year for the solar industry despite a 20% growth in installation capacity.

Jigar Shah and Karl Rábago talk policy, pragmatism at NYSES event

Officials from pv magazine served as MC and moderator for the event in New York City

Mercom: Total solar corporate funding falls 64% in 2016

It was not a pretty year for solar finance, but some sectors remained unscathed.

Could solar help replace Indian Point generation?

In his Regional State of the State address in Manhattan, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo bragged about the deal he reached to close the Indian Point Energy facility, a nuclear-power plant that generates 2 GW of electricity for New York city and Westchester County. Details on how he’ll replace the power, however, remain vague.

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ACC fixes net-metering grandfathering clause

Exactly three weeks after significantly altering net-metering in ways that could stunt future solar growth in the state, the Arizona Corporation Commission voted 4-1 to amend the way it will grandfather current solar customers under the new rules to remove a two- to three-week penalty the ruling accidentally imposed.

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