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Department of Justice appeals ITC’s Section 201 ruling

The solar industry reacts to appeal after the ITC had reversed a Trump administration move to strengthen Section 201 safeguard duties on certain solar products.

Puerto Rico nears awards for 800 MW solar and 220 MW storage, toward multi-GW goals

Puerto Rico’s utility has submitted solar and storage project bids to the government for approval, while a second bid process has been announced. A backlog of distributed solar interconnection requests is being cleared.

Sunrise brief: U.S. House Committee questions TVA on “hindering” distributed solar

Also on the rise: Maine utility offers settlement for faulty processes. Yotta and Cal Solar Inc. team up on distributed energy to meet California mandate. Day two of Intersolar/Energy Storage North America. Largest Indiana solar park completed. Virtual power plants offer Texas renters low-cost clean energy. Q Cells and KSI to develop solar and storage projects.

Yotta Energy and Cal Solar Inc. plan solar & storage deployment across California

The two companies will focus on integrating distributed energy solutions in commercial, public works, and multifamily properties as new California mandates are announced.

U.S. House Committee questions TVA on “hindering” distributed solar

The Committee’s letter added that TVA’s customers “pay too much for electricity.” President Biden’s nominees for TVA directors could govern the utility by May, contingent on Senate confirmations.

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Maine utility admits solar interconnection faults, hiring consultants

Central Maine Power Company admitted that its solar power interconnection processes were at fault in 2020-2021, and has offered a settlement that includes hiring grid analysts, funding a working group between the industry and utility, and greatly tightening upgrade cost estimates.

Thousands of Californians protest NEM 3.0 in solar jobs rally

Organized by the California Solar and Storage Association (CALSSA), protestors loudly proclaimed their opposition to the proposed net metering policy that many experts say may be catastrophic to the solar industry.

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Survey says 95% of shoppers would not buy solar under NEM 3.0

Andy Sendy of SolarReviews explained to pv magazine why he believes the proposed decision would kill the California solar industry, and to offer a possible alternative.

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Grid expert slams NEM 3.0 as “proposed dystopia” in ROTH Capital webinar, offers ten reasons why

Utility rate design expert and economist-at-large Dr. Ahmad Faruqui appeared on a webinar led by Philip Shen, managing director at ROTH Capital Partners, and explained why he views the proposed California solar net metering rate design as disastrous and called upon Governor Newsom to intervene.

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Sunrise brief: Goldman Sachs invests $250 million in Hydrostor

Also on the rise: Nearly half of all new capacity added to the grid will come from solar. Washington community solar bill garners support. Optimizer manufacturer Alencon expands manufacturing and R&D facilities outside of Philadelphia. GoodWe rebranding reflects the ‘smarts’ in its inverters and storage technology. Three California community choice jointly issued an RFP.

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