Albuquerque-based Rio Grande Renewables has complete what is being call the largest microgrid in Central America, a 276 kW/500 kW PV+storage project in Alajuela, Costa Rica.
The reported choice to lead SEIA served as the head of the Maryland Energy Association and was an energy advisor to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, during whose administration Maryland developed a progressive solar policy.
In a decision that surprised some Ohio solar observers, Gov. John Kasich vetoed House Bill 554, passed on Dec. 7, which would have turned the RPS into a voluntary program without any compliance obligations through 2021. The legislature could override the veto in the next legislative session, which begins on Jan. 9.
The aggressive goals filed last week builds on an April plan include expanded rooftop solar growth and additional utility-scale solar expansion. If HECO’s projections are accurate, it will be generating 100% its electricity from renewable sources five years earlier than originally planned.
Three solar projects at 74.5 MW-AC each will replace a 250 MW coal-fired power plant which the utility plans to shut down.
More than 1,800 residential customers and 125 business customers have taken advantage of the utility’s Solar Rebate Program to reduce solar installation costs significantly.
The deal, financed by Investec and Silicon Valley Bank, will be fund more systems around the country for the residential solar financier.
In contrast to phony allegations of a cost shift, Public Utilities Commission of Nevada found that net metered-solar is saving other customers money.
The company says the $106 million request is necessary to upgrade O’ahu’s grid to improve reliability and customer service, as well as integrate more solar.
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