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Solar and storage installers officially considered essential workers in California

The list of essential workers during the pandemic includes reporters, liquor store employees, and workers supporting cannabis retail.

California’s lucrative energy storage SGIP incentive is new and improved — here’s a guide

California’s new SGIP renewables incentive handbook is a complex read. The good analysts at Energy Toolbase have distilled the regulatory product down to its essence — so solar and storage developers can understand the outlines of this new incentive structure.

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ESA: More records set for US energy storage installs in Q4, massive growth forecasted

“2019 was a remarkable year for energy storage and the record-breaking fourth quarter numbers reaffirm the industry’s tremendous growth.”

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Sunrun responds to PG&E’s gas procurement by modeling a decentralized grid

Directly challenging the bankrupt utility’s system reliability request for proposals, Sunrun has released a paper outlining a renewable alternative: distribution islands with solar and battery backup.

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US solar hits near record employment as Southeast shines

The solar industry, which represents 2.6% of overall U.S. electricity generation, already employs twice as many workers as the U.S. coal industry.

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Morning Brief: Glidepath to construct a massive battery portfolio in New York, NEXTracker Releases NX Navigator control system

Today in the brief: Soltage buys a 40 MW Oregon solar portfolio, Warburg Pincus to make a $300M investment in startup Scale Microgrid, a study questionin the emissions related to solar as a resource and more.

Residential solar rebounds and sets new US record in Q3 with 712 MW installed

The US residential solar market and 15 state markets are at record highs, according to WoodMac’s ‘don’t call it a comeback’ Q3 report — driven by some new market forces. The research firm holds its 2019 total US solar forecast at 13 gigawatts.

Calling all California solar and storage developers – 6,000+ systems, 32 MW+ request for proposals

Four California CCAs have combined to release a joint RFP in Alameda, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties for developers to build out distributed energy storage at local homes, multifamily properties, and commercial buildings that can keep the locations running when the grid is powered down.

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California home solar mandate tightened, community solar definition needed

The California Energy Commission has delayed a decision on a utility proposal to use large-scale solar to meet pending solar home mandate requirements, with commissioner comments suggesting a refinement of the community solar aspect of the mandate is coming.

MISO-West is running out of room for renewables

The grid operator has culled 3.5 GW of renewable projects in the Western portion of its queue, which it blames on the need for expensive and lengthy transmission system upgrades.

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