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Port of Oakland signs sub-4 cent contract for solar power

Last week, port commissioners voted to buy $8.9 million of solar power from a Southern California solar plant, which it plans to re-sell to tenants of the port.

U.S. solar produced $154 billion in economic activity for 2016

A new interactive map from The Solar Foundation allows visitors to see the impact of the solar industry at state, metropolitan area, county, and congressional district level for the United States in 2016 .

Texas utility proposes bizarre fixed charges for solar customers

Under Oncor’s proposal, its customers who have PV installed would pay a fixed charge every month based on their historical demand – unless their residential bill would be higher under standard rates.

Flow battery maker Primus Power raises $32 million

The most recent funding influx means the California battery maker has secured $114 million to date, and the company has hinted at trying to break into the Chinese market.

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Guest Post: Nation’s Largest City-Owned Utility Uses Equity Metrics to Ensure All Residents Have Clean Energy

This post originally appeared on the Environmental Defense Fund’s Energy Exchange blog. It is reprinted here with permission.

“We are at war”

Among the many changes that solar markets are experiencing in the United States, moves by the Trump Administration cast a long shadow at the Intersolar USA East trade show, which opened today.

Stanford advocates ending China solar tariffs

The report led by a former Wall Street Journal editor gives national advice that mimics policies under President Obama’s energy department, but is unlikely to go anywhere under Trump.

New York City passes 100 MW of installed PV

The city is now 10% to its 2030 solar goal, but still lags well behind the rest of the state in deployment.

Canadian Solar 2016 results show impact of lower module prices

The Chinese solar company shipped 5,232 MW in 2016 but saw its revenue fall from $3.5 billion in 2015 to $2.8 billion last year as the global price squeeze on solar modules hit the firm’s bottom line.

Solar goes corporate: the rise of the bilateral PPA

PV power plants: Corporations want in on the falling costs and predictable prices of wind and solar. Bilateral power purchase agreements have emerged as one new business model among several that businesses are employing as they get serious about renewable energy, both in the United States and abroad.

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