Do solar consumers create a cost-shift to non-solar users?

In this op-ed, Solar Reviews’ Andrew Sendy takes apart the cost-shift argument that utilities make when trying to get regulators to dismantle net metering, and looks at why they would push this myth on the public.


SolarWorld Americas secures $5 million loan

Creditors will allow SolarWorld Americas to borrow more than $5 million, which SolarWorld says should bring operations up to full capacity in the coming months. The company has now seen offers from five investors.

Vietnam files WTO complaint over US solar tariffs

Vietnamese authorities have submitted a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) to request formal consultations with Washington over its recently announced 30% tariff on crystalline silicon PV imports.

IRS rules energy storage upgrade to solar ITC eligible

In a Private Letter Ruling published on Friday, the IRS said that a battery added to a solar pv system a full year after solar installation was completed is eligible for a the full 30% ITC – as long as it is 100% powered by solar.

Virginia legislature passes sweeping energy bill

The bill rescinds a 2015 rate review freeze to defend consumers against potential Clean Power Plan costs, and calls for much larger and faster deployment of renewable energy.

Maine Senate fights back with bill to fix solar policies

A bill which would return an essential feature of the state’s net metering policy has passed the Maine Senate, but has a long road ahead of it.


Trump’s steel, aluminum tariffs to increase solar costs

The president has announced a 25% tariff on imported steel and 10% on aluminum. While the details remain unclear, this will inevitably raise prices for PV installations.

HECO seeks 300MW of renewable energy in new RFP

Utilities on three Hawaiian islands have put out a request for proposals to build wind and solar projects, with an option of energy storage. The goal is to maximize ITC value before it drops down in 2022.

Enphase seeks Section 201 exclusion for AC modules

The company has registered as a lobbyist with K Street’s most experienced WTO law firm – Sidley Austin LLP.

12 hours of energy storage enough for U.S. to run on 80% solar+wind

Scientists in California have modeled a solar-heavy/wind power electricity grid, without nationwide HVDC, that could reliably deliver 80% of U.S. electricity needs. 100% of needs would require 3 weeks of energy storage.

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