Policy

Pennsylvania lays out a plan for 11 GW of solar by 2030

The state’s environmental department has participated in a study which calls for the state to increase installed solar 36-fold, to reach 10% of all generation by 2030.

Halfway into the year, Duke hits South Carolina net metering cap

New solar customers now have the option to sell power at a price far below retail to Duke Energy, in the state with the highest monthly electricity bills in the country.

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BMW, Tesla open factories in China in spite of trade dispute

In the wake of the U.S.-China trade dispute, the Chinese government has loosened its policy on ownership caps for factory sites for foreign car brands. Previously, car companies could only retain 50% of the ownership of a factory and had to set up a joint venture with a Chinese partner. By setting up shop in China, Tesla can avoid import duties on its cars, to cater to a broader customer base.

Mixed impact of proposed Section 301 tariffs on inverter makers

GTM Research says the 10% tariffs that the Trump Administration is calling for are “significant”, and some companies and sectors will be affected more than others.

Trump Admin proposes 10% tariffs on inverters, AC modules, non-lithium batteries from China

As the trade war escalates, inverters may be the latest victims.

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Three massive projects look to put Ohio on the solar map

425 MW of solar projects – including one on the site of a former coal mine – could exponentially increase the state’s installed capacity.

Arizona 50% by 2030 renewable initiative qualifies for ballot

The Tom Steyer-backed initiative has turned in more than double the number of signatures needed to get on the ballot, as the state regulatory body pushing a pro-nuclear alternative faces yet another scandal.

From the editor: Pruitt’s departure is a win for clean energy

The resignation of Scott Pruitt is welcome news to renewable energy advocates. And while his replacement is a coal lobbyist who could be more effective, the momentum of change may be the most important factor.

Florida’s distributed solar market doubled in 2017

State regulators have released a report showing that 6,283 new distributed generation systems connected to the power grid in 2017, nearly double the volume deployed in 2016.

Hawaii opens up existing solar installations to energy storage

A ruling by state regulators will allow the more than 60,000 Hawaiian homeowners and businesses that have PV systems installed under previous net metering rules to add energy storage without violating their agreement.

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