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PG&E to open bidding process for 75 MW of shared renewables

The utility is seeking 75 MW of solar and other renewable energy projects from 500 kW to 20 MW in capacity under a new shared renewable energy program.

Virginia puts online its first community solar plant

The 550kW system will serve members of a rural electric cooperative in the Shenandoah Valley, and comes in the absence of state policies for shared renewables.

New faces and familiar faces: the pv magazine USA weekly digest

This week saw three new high-profile executive appointments, Berkeley Lab’s annual report showing ongoing solar cost collapses, progress on Tesla’s acquisition of SolarCity, and more.

Renewables rise to 16.8% of U.S. electricity production in H1 2016

However, EIA data shows solar PV only making up 1.3% of total generation, a fraction of the portion in leading European nations.

Vivint Solar expands to Florida

The third-largest distributed solar installer has moved into the Florida market, which currently does not allow power purchase agreements for residential solar.

Tesla wins anti-trust approval to buy SolarCity

The ruling clears a legal roadblock for the acquisition, which still must be approved by shareholders of both companies.

San Bernardino County rejects 287 MW Soda Mountain Solar project

This is the latest roadblock for the troubled project on public land in the California desert.

Colorado installs the first low-income rooftop solar system using WAP funds

This is the first such system installed in Colorado since the Department of Energy expanded the $215 million Weatherization Assistance Program to include low-income solar.

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BREAKING: Energy Department hires Charlie Gay to lead the SunShot Initiative

Gay brings with him over 40 years of experience, including heading NREL in the 90’s and serving on SunPower’s board of advisors.

Arizona commissioner calls for doubling of state’s renewable energy mandate

ACC Chair Little has proposed requiring 30% renewable energy by 2030, scrapping the DG carve-out and potentially adding incentives for energy storage.

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