Latin America

Puerto Rico citizens’ groups challenge utility plan for 500 MW of temporary generation

At least two renewable energy firms decided not to bid on the utility’s procurement, which calls for generation equipment with a 90% capacity factor. A former chairman of the Puerto Rico Energy Bureau also comments on the plan, and shares his vision of Puerto Rico reaching 100% renewables by 2030.

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The world added .115 terawatts of solar power in 2019 for a cumulative .629 terawatts

IEA PVPS report: Global solar demand increased by 12% in 2019 compared to 2018 — but that was BC. According to the report, photovoltaics provided just under 3% of global electricity needs in 2019.

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SunPower pauses its solar cell and module factories, reduces salaries and workweek

The solar efficiency leader remains on track to complete its planned split into two independently focused pure-play solar companies by the end of the second quarter.

Hardware Brief: Solar mandate in real life, two types of weird new racking, 50/150 cell 500 watt module, more!

Module pricing is flat this week as the Chinese New Year approaches, Acme Express won $1 million to design new C&I racking, Unirac is testing a new connection technique, and Trina is deploying the largest and newest solar cell type. USA-Editors@pv-magazine.com gets your gear in here!

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Southeast US adds 427 MW of distributed solar in 2019, as advocates press for more

Florida led the region for small-scale installations, while Maryland kept the lead on a per-capita basis. Solar advocates look to improve opportunities for distributed solar throughout the region in 2020.

Morning Brief: Virginia fills third-party pilot, S.C. House calls for Santee Cooper to go clean

Hello one and all and welcome to the first morning brief of your work week. Today we have BoxPower delivering microgrids to earthquake-affected communities in Puerto Rico, and Sullivan Power winning an award for its UC Irvine installation.

Morning Brief: EV expansion in New Jersey, Visa is 100% renewable

Hello readers and welcome to another Hump Day morning brief. Today we’ve got Pepsico going 100% renewable, Sonnedix closing $15 million financing in Puerto Rico, JLC Infrastructure buying out Greenskies and more!

Here’s how utilities use their resource plans to block solar power

At least seven utilities chose to bias their resource modeling against solar in 2019. The good news is that transparent utility modeling could fix the problem.

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NYSERDA, Solar Foundation and PathStone launch solar recovery and resilience program in Puerto Rico

The three groups, along with the U.S. Economic Development Administration will be providing $4.5 million to aid in job creation, education and resiliency and recovery measures in the wake of the two major hurricanes that have rocked the island.

SunCast episode 204 – Tim Effio of Fluence on how storage is disrupting Caribbean thermal generation models

In this episode of SunCast, Nico talks with Tim Effio, head of Latam & Caribbean markets for Fluence on the macro and micro implications of Solar + Storage and its integration into emerging markets.

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