Policy

Nevada PUC chair brings scant energy record

There isn’t much in the way of tea leaves to read regarding Ann Wilkinson, the new appointee to chair of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada.

The future of California’s grid waits on two bills

Clean energy advocates are trying to move a bill mandating 100% renewable and zero-carbon electricity and a separate bill to clear the way for regionalization of the power grid before the end of the state’s legislative session.

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Sunrun hits new heights in Q2 results

The quarter’s 91 MW is the highest volume deployed to date and confirms its place as the nation’s largest residential solar company, as new IRS rules provide benefits beyond 2020.

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United States confirms additional 25% tariffs on Chinese cells, modules

While the tariffs make importing solar from China even more impractical, they are unlikely to have a significant impact on trade flows or the U.S. market.

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80 MW of rooftop solar subscribed in Nevada – in slightly more than one year

Nevada is decreasing compensation slightly under its new net metering policy, with the first 80 MW tranche of the program fully subscribed over the weekend.

Challenges for batteries in the California fire code

A supplement to the California fired code has added a number of new requirements for stationary lithium ion batteries.

Inverter makers plan alternatives to avoid potential 25% tariffs

Several inverter makers could be hit by the Trump Administration’s move to increase tariffs on imports including inverters from China, but many are already shifting manufacturing to other locations.

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New York recommends “stopgap” measures to modify solar compensation

Two white papers issued by state regulators call for modifying the Value of Distributed Energy Resources calculation and increasing credits available for community solar projects. SEIA describes this as “forward progress”.

Solar power assets included in “AAA” commercial bond offering

CleanFund has closed on a $103 million bond for a portfolio holding building efficiency, seismic, water conservation improvements, as well as solar assets. A 5 MW project was noted as having received a 20-year term at 5.6%.

Locals push solar power from the bottom up in Maine

In a state whose governor is staunchly anti-renewable energy, more than 25 municipal projects have been built and an island is pushing for energy independence by 2030.

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