Capital Dynamics, Tenaska join booming Midwest solar market

The developer and asset manager have signed a deal to develop 2 GWac of solar projects in six Midwestern states – more than the entire capacity that is currently online in those states. But this appears to only the beginning for the region.

Coal decline is good news, but solar will fight for its share against gas

10 GW of coal plants have already retired this year, and this is expected to hit 15.4 GW by the year’s end. But solar will have to compete with the “rush to gas” to replace this capacity.


Solar and energy storage win big in Indiana

Electric utility NIPSCO announced plans to close all of its coal facilities by 2028, replacing them with solar, solar+wind, wind, demand side response and the spot market. The utility says some of the coal facilities could have stayed open past 2035, but would have cost customers millions of dollars more than shifting to new solar power.


Indiana solar, solar+storage comes in at low prices

Indiana’s NIPSCO received bids for solar power at 3.57¢/kWh for 1.3 GW-AC, and 705 MW-AC of solar+storage at an extra charge of $5.90/kW-Mo. The Solar+wind+storage price was not disclosed.

Regulators shoot down Indianapolis Power & Light’s extreme fixed charge increase

Indianapolis Power & Light and the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor have reached a settlement that avoids an increase in fixed charges to $27 per month.


PJM capacity auction results show solar boom

The results of a 2021/2022 auction saw an additional 964 MW of utility-scale solar projects bidding in to supply capacity, suggesting a boom in solar.

Some sunbelt states are sunny side down on rooftop solar

A new report sheds light on primarily states, primarily in the sunbelt, that dampen (or drown) rooftop solar through bad policies, or none at all.

EDP, Hoosier Energy sign contract for Indiana’s largest solar project

At 200 MW the project is not only by far the largest in the state, but would increase Indiana’s current cumulative solar capacity by more than 70%.

Indiana lawmaker with history of receiving gifts from utilities, sponsoring utility-friendly legislation, now to join commission that regulates them

In this op-ed Matt Kasper of Energy and Policy Institute explores the cozy relationship that new IURC member Dave Ober (R) has had with utilities.

First Solar wins another 50 MW-AC contract for its Series 6

Vectren has chosen the PV maker and developer to build the largest solar plant to date in Indiana, as the second large project announced for First Solar’s large-format Series 6.

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