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EIA forecasts modest, uneven solar market growth in 2019

The organization’s short-term energy outlook forecasts that 10.27 GW-AC of solar will be installed in 2019, a 7% growth from 2018 – but for 60% of this solar to come online in December.

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California has only one fossil fuel plant in its future queue

CAISO’s most recent interconnection queue contains one lone gas plant. While this list can change, it reinforces the trend of a move away from conventional generation towards renewables.

Vivint Solar on a growth path again in Q2

The residential solar company unveiled a novel financing deal and grew installations and bookings, but is still struggling to reduce installation costs.

United States confirms additional 25% tariffs on Chinese cells, modules

While the tariffs make importing solar from China even more impractical, they are unlikely to have a significant impact on trade flows or the U.S. market.

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80 MW of rooftop solar subscribed in Nevada – in slightly more than one year

Nevada is decreasing compensation slightly under its new net metering policy, with the first 80 MW tranche of the program fully subscribed over the weekend.

Hawaii PUC approves solar + battery system for Molokai

The island’s 7,000 residents are expected to see savings from the 4.9 MW solar and 2.6 MW of battery storage that Half Moon Ventures plans to install on the island.

Green Mountain Power solar grows 1500% since 2012

The Vermont utility says that net metered solar capacity in its service area grew from less than 10 MW in 2010 to more than 150 MW through July 2018. These behind-the-meter installations represent 65% of the solar installed in its service area.

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Inverter makers plan alternatives to avoid potential 25% tariffs

Several inverter makers could be hit by the Trump Administration’s move to increase tariffs on imports including inverters from China, but many are already shifting manufacturing to other locations.

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11 GW of Texas solar would complement existing wind power

A study by UT-Austin finds that 11 GW of solar power in Texas would be the optimal capacity to complement the state’s existing wind generation in meeting electricity demand throughout the year. While the results reflect a carbon price scenario, they may still provide near-term guidance.

New York recommends “stopgap” measures to modify solar compensation

Two white papers issued by state regulators call for modifying the Value of Distributed Energy Resources calculation and increasing credits available for community solar projects. SEIA describes this as “forward progress”.

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