Kentucky

Lawsuit challenges TVA’s anti-solar “never-ending contracts” with its utility customers

The utilities that buy power from TVA, and the 10 million people they serve, will be limited in accessing low-cost solar power unless a federal court invalidates what a lawsuit calls TVA’s “never-ending contracts.” Three citizens’ groups brought the lawsuit, claiming TVA violated a federal environmental law.

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Kentucky city of 28,000 selects 50 MW of solar to help lower electric bills

Henderson, Kentucky’s municipal utility selected 50 MW of solar, which will provide 15% of its annual electricity. “In western Kentucky we do have a pretty good solar resource,” says the utility’s general manager.

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Morning Brief: Rick Perry bucked Congress’s clean energy mandate

Also in the brief: How a conservative coal county built the biggest community solar energy project in East Kentucky. Why 30M solar rooftops should be in the next relief bill

The Southeast has become a dual peaking region

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy has made that determination after studying the annual maximum peaks for 22 different utility planning authorities over from 1998 to 2018.

Solar could be installed on coalfields in West Virginia if The Nature Conservancy succeeds

Some former surface coal mines in central Appalachia could be repurposed for solar development. The Nature Conservancy, a global land conservancy with $1 billion in annual revenues, is exploring the options.

Midwest and Northern Tier states added 400 MW of small-scale solar in 2019

Solar contractors added far more small-scale solar in the 19-state area than in 2018, when they added 250 MW. Solar policy groups aim to improve opportunities for distributed solar in Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota and Montana.

Kentucky seeking its largest solar power plant via a deal with Toyota and Dow

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company are seeking approval for a 100 MWac solar power project to be split among their own customers, plus the two corporations, to be delivered by 2022.

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ACCIONA buys solar + storage on a national scale

The Spanish company has purchased 3 GW of solar projects and 1 GW of solar + storage from developer Tenaska, with all of the projects concentrated in non-traditional solar markets.

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Former EPA officials call for halt on NC gas extensions, SEIA adds Kentucky affiliate: pvMB 10/9/19

Hello and welcome to the last morning brief of your workweek. After tomorrow, it’s the weekend, you can do it! Today, we have SunPower giving away a free solar system, Sungrow supplying inverters and energy storage for SMART, Energy Toolbase integrating with Chint Power and more!

SunSystem Tech acquires Power Overhaul, New York puts its largest battery online: pvMB 09/17/19

Today we also bring you Green Mountain Power and Tesla furthering their collaboration, solar veteran Frank DeRosa joining 8minute Solar Energy, and Tesla waiving its “system removal charge” for the month of September.

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