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Gulf Power withdraws plans for fixed-charge hike in Florida (with a chart)

In what solar advocates are hailing as a victory for consumers throughout the Sunshine State, the Pensacola-based utility has settled on a new rate plan. The compromise now must be approved by the state’s Public Service Commission.

Solar goes corporate: the rise of the bilateral PPA

PV power plants: Corporations want in on the falling costs and predictable prices of wind and solar. Bilateral power purchase agreements have emerged as one new business model among several that businesses are employing as they get serious about renewable energy, both in the United States and abroad.

Former Sungevity employees file class action lawsuit

The lawsuit alleges that workers were not given the warning required under federal law, and attorneys are additionally enquiring about bounced paychecks.

SMA claims lead in UL listing race for residential inverters

It’s the first residential inverter to achieve UL 1741 SA (Supplement A) listing, which has been mandated by California and Hawaii for compliance in September 2017.


Bills before Minnesota governor could affect solar fees

Bills to remove Minnesota’s electrical co-ops from Public Utilities Commission go before Gov. Mark Dayton today, giving them the power to set their own fee structures without oversight – and target solar customers as a separate rate class.

SMA announces “major hiring push” in California, Northeast

The inverter giant’s expansion plans are a response to what it says are favorable market conditions. In addition, the company is introducing new products to the U.S. market, including solutions for battery storage.

“Skinny Budget” nukes renewable energy research

President Trump’s Department of Energy hit list includes advanced energy research, loan guarantees and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Vivint Solar installations decline in Q4

While the residential solar company has greatly improved its access to capital, its volume installed fell 21% year-over-year.

Tesla to issue $1 billion stock & convertible bond offering

The EV, solar and battery company has filed to issue $750 million in convertible notes and another one million shares of stock in advance of its Model 3 roll-out.

EDF creates U.S.-based storage unit

EDF Renewable Energy has created a new subsidiary for distributed solar and storage projects up to 30 MW.

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