Markets

200 MW of solar power energized by 8minutenergy in California

The developer has energized Phase 1 and 2 of its Mount Signal 3 project which it expects to be fully commissioned and online by the end of 2018. The project is the second of three plants at one site which total almost 800 MW of solar power.

Mixed impact of proposed Section 301 tariffs on inverter makers

GTM Research says the 10% tariffs that the Trump Administration is calling for are “significant”, and some companies and sectors will be affected more than others.

Trump Admin proposes 10% tariffs on inverters, AC modules, non-lithium batteries from China

As the trade war escalates, inverters may be the latest victims.

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Solar loans overtake third-party as dominant residential solar model

While residential solar leases and PPAs peaked in 2016, GTM Research is now predicting that solar loans will represent nearly half the market this year.

Setting the stage for solar + storage

In this op-ed for pv magazine, Camron Barati explores the trend towards what increasing state-level renewable power and storage targets mean for the U.S. market. The company projects 73 GW of solar PV systems will be installed in the United States from 2018 to 2022.

Duke pushes solar at both distributed and utility-scale

The utility is opening an RFP for utility-scale projects, as well as offering a solar rebate program for rooftop systems.

Global solar investment drops due to low project costs, China policy change

While overall global investment in clean energy saw a decrease of just 1% year-over-year in the first half of 2018, solar’s share dropped 19% following changes to China’s PV policy and lower project costs, says Bloomberg New Energy Finance. It forecasts this trend to continue throughout the year.

Arizona 50% by 2030 renewable initiative qualifies for ballot

The Tom Steyer-backed initiative has turned in more than double the number of signatures needed to get on the ballot, as the state regulatory body pushing a pro-nuclear alternative faces yet another scandal.

Florida’s distributed solar market doubled in 2017

State regulators have released a report showing that 6,283 new distributed generation systems connected to the power grid in 2017, nearly double the volume deployed in 2016.

Hawaii opens up existing solar installations to energy storage

A ruling by state regulators will allow the more than 60,000 Hawaiian homeowners and businesses that have PV systems installed under previous net metering rules to add energy storage without violating their agreement.

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