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.
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.
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.
Officials from pv magazine served as MC and moderator for the event in New York City
It was not a pretty year for solar finance, but some sectors remained unscathed.
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.
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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