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pvMB 3/14/19: PA nukes as renewables bill, Sungrow has a new 1500V energy storage system… and more!

Hello and welcome to the Thursday pvMB. Today we’ll be taking a look at the Idaho Senate deeming that home owners associations can’t bar rooftop solar, two former Kentucky coal mines going solar and everything else you need to see today in the world of solar

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Green New Deal arrives in state legislatures

This blog post by EQ Research takes a look at the spur of state-level green energy initiatives that have followed in the wake of the Green New Deal.

Despite 2018 gas build-out, U.S. fossil fleet is still at 2006 levels

Per U.S. Department of Energy figures, the United States has retired just over 147 GWac of coal and gas, while building 143 GW of the same sources (almost all gas) during the last 12 years.

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Energy storage, EV jobs boom in the United States

A new report by Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) shows energy storage jobs growing 14% and EV jobs growing 16%, despite China’s dominance in lithium-ion battery technology.

FPL to double U.S. community solar capacity

After announcing the biggest utility-led solar buildout in the country to date, the company turned around, said “hold my beer,” and announced the largest community solar program in the nation.

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Are green buyers aware of the potential for negative energy prices during their 20-year VPPAs?

In this op-ed for pv magazine, Dick Brooks of Reliable Energy Analytics takes a look at additional risks associated with long term energy contracts for corporate green buyers.

pvMB 3/13/19 Argo invests in 115 MW of C&I solar, COSEIA becomes COSSA and more…

Happy hump day and welcome to the pv magazine USA morning brief. Today we also bring you a Virginia church installing solar on orders from the Pope and the latest skullduggery from one of our favorite utilities.

Industry first: Flow battery gets 10-year performance insurance

Munich Re, a global insurance company, is offering a 10 year “Project Cover” plan for ESS’s two flow battery models – 50 kW / 400 kWh and 100 kW / 400 kWh. ESS suggests a 25+ year lifetime on its product with zero degradation.

New Mexico will be the third state to go 100%

With the passage of the Energy Transition Act in both houses of New Mexico’s legislature, the state is poised to join California and Hawaii in setting a mandate to fully decarbonize its electricity system by 2045.

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After a tough 2018, solar is getting ready for a major boom

Definitive solar market data by Wood Mackenzie and SEIA show tariffs taking a bite out of the U.S. market, but also a near-record number of new projects under contract.

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