Markets & Policy

Net metering analysis: When utilities attack, go big

Aurora Solar ran 45 million simulations to determine the effects on ROI for owners of residential solar due to specific changes in net metering policies and billing structures, and offers market-specific design guidance to maximize said ROI.

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Twin bills show Maine isn’t messing around with solar anymore

Significant legislative progress has been made on both LD 1494 and LD 1711, bills which look to increase the state’s RPS to 80% by 2030 and boost solar deployment, respectively. Just months into her first term, Governor Janet Mills is showing she’s serious about solar.

Sunnova plans IPO, 200,000 call on Washington for climate debate: pvMB 6/12/19

Hello and, as with every other Wednesday, welcome to your Hump Day MB! Today we’ll be looking at Walmart and US Solar’s 36 project deal, POWERHOME solar expanding to Missouri, an Economy-wide analysis of decarbonization of the Pacific Northwest and much more. Let’s dive in!

Plug-in hybrid cars have as much longevity as Betamax and MiniDiscs – stick to pure electric

A report on the prospects for a mooted $2.6tn electric vehicle market over the next decade says PHEVs – part electric, part gas-guzzling – are already losing market share rapidly to pure electric rivals, and will be extinct by 2030.

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PREPA supercharges solar and storage in new long-term plan

Puerto Rico’s utility has revised its long-term plan to account for the island territory’s new 100% renewable electricity mandate. However, many details look the same – including a lack of interest in utilizing distributed generation to meet reliability needs.

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Solar Bill of Rights back in committee, Maine could require storage, KB new racking systems: pvMB 6/11/19

Good morning and welcome to today’s pvMB. Today we also have a ruling which could affect PG&E’s solar contracts, Michigan regulators approving Consumers’ IRP, and more!

Ten American-Made Solar Prize ideas get $100,000, go to next round

NREL has announced finalists in its first round of seeking new solar technologies that have significant market potential.

Powerful 100% renewable energy plan drafted in New Jersey

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has released its Draft 2019 Energy Master Plan, a rare mix of ambitious policy with an immediate guideline on how to hit those high marks.

MIT works to refine the flow of promising perovskites

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed an accelerated process for screening new perovskite compounds as they search for those with the potential to be used in high efficiency solar cells. According to MIT, the process speeds up the synthesis and analysis of new compounds by a factor of ten and has already highlighted two sets of materials worthy of further study.

PEPCO seeks a hefty price tag for the energy transition

The company’s multi-year rate case filing seeks a more than 10% return on equity for more than $300 million per year of investments in the distribution grid and a $21.60 fixed charge on residential customers – all to enable Washington D.C.’s transition to clean energy.

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