Policy

Utilities still have a long way to go to construct coherent solar strategies

A new study suggests that utilities recognize they don’t have coherent policies for solar programs but are having difficulties creating them.

Solar remains largely unscathed as House tax bill passes

Though there are modifications to the hard-won investment tax credit step-down provisions, it appears the bill leaves the solar industry largely alone.

Rocky Mountain Institute issues guide for greener cities

The RMI handbook provides a template to reduce and eliminate cities’ carbon footprints, including solar implementation strategies and examples.

510 MW of solar contracts awarded in Georgia

The three projects that won through Georgia Power’s large-scale renewable energy program came in at an average of $36 per megawatt-hour.

NARUC expresses concern over dangers of strong trade action

The body has expressed that high tariffs or other strong trade action could harm energy consumers as well as making it harder to reach state-level renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals, as the Trump Administration gives indications that it will act.

That’s SMART: Massachusetts solicits 100 MW of solar under new program

After more than a year of negotiations, input and intense lobbying from solar advocates, the Bay State is requesting bids to build the first 100 MW of new solar projects under the state’s new SMART program.

California’s big utilities to reach 50% renewable energy in 2020

PG&E, SDG&E and SCE are expecting to meet the state’s ambitious 50% target 10 years early, with contract prices for utility-scale solar projects falling to below $30/megawatt-hour (MWh).

The clock ticks: ITC turns Section 201 over to President Trump

With the receipt of the final report by the ITC, the Trump Administration now has 60 days to take action on the Section 201 case. The probability of restrictive tariffs is high.

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Array Technologies: There is no substitute for a strong domestic industry

In our ongoing series of articles in which solar industry participants discuss the Section 201 trade case, we reached out to Array Technologies, a member of a coalition of racking, mounting and tracking manufacturers that opposed the petition.

Changing tides: Utilities and solar

An increasing number of U.S. utilities are embracing the low and predictable costs of utility-scale solar. But conflicts remain over distributed generation, and the real question is who will own the solar that is being built.

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