Opinion & analysis

What options will emerge to replace tax equity financing for solar?

With the scope of global turmoil caused by Covid-19, tax equity, the predominant vehicle for solar project financing will slow down considerably. What options will arise to replace tax equity, and how will they shape the different branches of development?

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Assessing the sustainability of existing photovoltaic technologies

Solar PV technologies are expected to play a massive role in the world’s battle against climate change; headed for a global deployment of 7.5 TW by the year 2050. However, a number of PV chemistries exist in the market and PV modules get better in performance and durability by the year. This analysis looks at various PV technologies and develops a technological and ecological rationale for the best PV technology mix to combat global warming

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What happens to PV equipment when it falls out of the primary market?

The sale of quality PV equipment in the secondary market offers an additional sales channel for sellers. It also provides an alternative procurement option for buyers.

Getting California’s microgrids interconnected is even more important now

The hope is that microgrids will enable increased resiliency to cope with not only more wildfires but other crises too – such as pandemics.

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How automation is changing the solar interconnection process in California

Want to speed up project development timelines and lower costs? Automate the process, pleads Tam Hunt, a renewable energy lawyer and policy expert.

Americans want renewables and are willing to pay for them

U.S. renewable energy use has grown significantly in the last decade, yet data from a new survey suggests many Americans may not fully understand the importance of solar and wind.

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In a major shift, the MISO territory has 57 GW worth of big solar projects in its interconnection queue

MISO’s renewables mix is set for a potential shift from wind to solar — if it can confront the challenge of transmission costs.

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Reactive power produced on-site increasingly important as solar power and EVs go mainstream

Cutting costs and integrating clean energy with local reactive power generation.

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How to solve Hawaii’s solar and storage problems

“Smart imports” could be the solution Hawaii needs. Two new bills that would allow smart imports are pending this month in Hawaii’s 2020 legislative session.

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Is California trying to kill the community-scale generation market?

The community-scale market segment has been plagued by ongoing policy neglect, and otherwise poor policy choices. Will policymakers heed the track record of demonstrated failure and finally create new programs that address previous problems?

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