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Rio Grande Renewables Completes Solar+Storage Microgrid in Costa Rica

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.

BREAKING: SEIA expected to name Abigail Hopper as new CEO

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.

Ohio governor temporarily saves solar from RPS freeze

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.

HECO’s five-year plans accommodate more solar than ever

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.

FPL to put online Florida’s first large utility-scale solar plants

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.

SolarCity raises another $241 million

Sammons Renewable Energy led the equity portion of the $241 million cash equity transaction, which closed last week.

Duke program produces 40 MW of solar in South Carolina

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.


Spruce’s solar portfolio is collateral for $105.4 million in debt financing

The deal, financed by Investec and Silicon Valley Bank, will be fund more systems around the country for the residential solar financier.

Nevada regulators reinstate net metering for Sierra Pacific

In contrast to phony allegations of a cost shift, Public Utilities Commission of Nevada found that net metered-solar is saving other customers money.


Hawaiian Electric proposes first rate increase in six years

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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