Markets & Policy

PG&E, but run by the people

California Governor Gavin Newsom, in expressing his dissatisfaction with PG&E, has proposed that it is not out of the question that the state could intervene in the restructuring of the utility. But what would this kind of government intervention look like and what would it mean for solar?

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Do you take this battery, through degradation and replacement, till death do you part?

DNV GL has released its 2019 Battery Scorecard, looking at various factors weighing on battery degradation, with a focus on the financeability of energy storage projects.

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Dominion’s biggest project ever, EDP’s big buy: pvMB 11/5/19

Hello one and all and welcome to the beautiful pvMB. Today we have RES building a 57.5 MW plant for Origis, Fisker naming its new electric SUV with solar capabilities, the launch of Solar Cup and more!

Sacramento utility proposes eschewing rooftop mandate with community solar

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District has created a proposal which would allow homeowners to opt-into community solar programs in lieu of installing systems on their roofs.

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Utility barriers to rooftop solar in Georgia

In this op-ed for pv magazine, Cesar Prieto and Seth Gunning of Creative Solar USA explore the barriers to rooftop solar put up by utilities in Georgia, a state with top-15 solar capacity, but a lagging residential market.

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♪ Just a spoonful of solar panel cleaning, helps the revenue go up – the revenue go up! ♪

Solar panel cleaning involves an analysis of cost versus gain, with a collection of system variables like system size, location, panel angle, local labor costs – and of course the potential gains driving annual cleaning events.

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Grid solutions: An interview with Greg Tremelling of Oztek

In this interview, pv magazine sits down with Greg Tremelling, VP of business development at Oztek Corp, to talk about his company’s solutions and where he sees the energy storage industry going.

Lake Olympia solar co-op selects Sunfinity, more renewables do not lead to more air pollution: pvMB 11/4/19

Hello one and all and thank you for starting your workweek with the pvMB. Today we’ve got TVA contract drawbacks outweighing benefits for Knoxville, a Delaware solar farm expansion, the Chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee calling out utility obstruction to rooftop solar and more!

Want to save lives, money or both? Harvard says install solar

A new study released by the Harvard Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment looks at the importance of where renewable generation is developed, more than how much. The study analyzes the economic and public health benefits of renewables in each comparative region of the country.

First Solar advises contracting for solar capacity, not MWh, to enable flexible operation

Flexible solar plant operation can save a utility money. First Solar says it’s time for solar power purchase agreements to catch up to that fact.

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