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Florida’s distributed solar market doubled in 2017

State regulators have released a report showing that 6,283 new distributed generation systems connected to the power grid in 2017, nearly double the volume deployed in 2016.

Hawaii opens up existing solar installations to energy storage

A ruling by state regulators will allow the more than 60,000 Hawaiian homeowners and businesses that have PV systems installed under previous net metering rules to add energy storage without violating their agreement.

Powerhouse solar shingle seeks 17.1% panel efficiency

In an pre-UL Certification specification page of the Powerhouse 3.0 Solar Shingle, RGS Energy notes a 55W, 15.6% efficiency shingle and a 60W, 17.1% efficiency shingle.

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Nearly 2/3 of Americans support a solar mandate for new homes

A new poll by Morning Consult found surprisingly strong support for a California-style mandate across the political spectrum, although Liberals were more likely to favor the measure than Conservatives.

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From the editor: Energy independence

This July 4, it is more important – and possible – than ever to gain our independence from the conventional power industry, and to a degree, the utilities.

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California 100% renewable energy bill heads to Assembly

The bill to set California on a path to 100% renewables and “zero-carbon” sources in electricity by 2045 has passed out of an Assembly committee, following a groundswell of support.

Recom’s acquisition of Jabil lines could lead to a U.S. solar factory

The PV module manufacturer started negotiations with Jabil after the United States introduced duties on solar imports. Recom plans to restart manufacturing activities with Jabil’s 700 MW production equipment in the first quarter of 2019. Where exactly this will take place has not been disclosed yet.

Goldman Sachs buys 204 MW of East Coast solar from SJI

Goldman Sachs Asset Management is paying $350 million in cash for a portfolio of C&I solar at 143 sites in New England, New Jersey and Maryland.

Powerhouse pumps $36 million in “written reservations”

RGS Energy repeated its September goal for UL certification, while announcing an expansion of its manufacturing partnership with Revere Plastic Systems to support up to $138 million in Powerhouse annual sales.

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Texas to get its biggest solar plant at 315 MW-DC

Innergex purchased the rights to develop the massive Phoebe solar power plant on the day that the project received a full notice to proceed with construction.

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