Also on the rise: Recurrent Energy signs solar + storage deal with PG&E, a city in Maine puts the brakes on solar, and vehicle-to-grid still has a ways to go.
Proposed legislation could better balance the goals of solar developers to add capacity in prime resource zones, which also overlap some of the state’s best farmland.
The new capacity additions were brought forward to help the state recover from the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Also on the rise: Notre Dame-backed solar project enters service, report highlights coal’s fading economic viability, and LS Power completes its latest acquisition.
Also on the rise: PG&E launches its solar-based microgrid program, a report from Berkeley Lab says the power sector is halfway to becoming carbon free, and battery recycler Li-Cycle will build a facility near Phoenix.
HOAs could still complain about some things related to solar, but could no longer ban them outright.
A Minnesota citizen’s group has completed a resource plan, which proposes a solar-intensive approach that is projected to yield billions in savings for Xcel Energy customers.
The utility plans to retire or convert its remaining coal-fired units and procure more wind and solar power.
With enough property owners signing on to the program, developers should be able to install PV panels at group prices. At least some of the solar-equipped housing units must be rented to low-income people.
Also in the brief: Powin Energy announces 20-year lithium-ion energy storage system, solar coming to Orange County Public Schools and more.
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