Morning Brief: Best Buy’s big solar installation, Massachusetts’ largest landfill project

Also in the brief: SolarEdge is set to launch the company’s newest product, Stem Inc has launched its first solar+storage independent power producer site, PCL Construction Services has begun work on the 20 MW Odom Solar Farm and more.


Advocates seek solar on all new houses in ten states

“The most efficient time to install solar panels is when the builders are on the roof in the first place,” said Bronte Payne with Environment America.


SMART program could make 90% of Massachusetts off-limits to large-scale solar, force more job loss

While the program’s expansion is intended to bring more than 3 GW of solar to the state, new land-use restrictions have made the majority of the state off-limits to large-scale development.

First Tesla solar tile roof V3 installed in Massachusetts

It’s the first Tesla V3 solar tile roof in the state and the second on the East Coast. The 7.5 kW system includes two Powerwall batteries — although there is no time-of-use pricing and there hasn’t been a local power failure in a few years.


Calm before the Q2 storm: US energy storage market posts decent Q1

WoodMac looks back at the storage industry in simpler, long-ago times — eight weeks ago.

Replacing peakers with storage to achieve the greatest health benefit

Regulators and community groups can use a new interactive resource to see the emissions impacts of existing and proposed peaker units. Storage developers may also find the tool helpful, to identify peakers likely to be replaced.


Massachusetts doubles the size of its SMART solar incentive

Dubbing the measure an “emergency regulation,” the incentive program’s capacity has been expanded to 3.2 GW of incentive blocks, with specific carve-outs for smaller projects and low-income community solar projects.

Massachusetts struggles to incentivize behind-the-meter storage

While praised for the level of large-scale energy storage the state’s Clean Peak Standard is anticipated to bring, opponents have called the policy “a waste of ratepayer funds for behind-the-meter energy storage.”


Will the Clean Peak Standard spark America’s fabled battery boom?

Roger Lin, VP of marketing with NEC Energy Solutions sat down with pv magazine to discuss the larger national impact of the Massachusetts Clean Peak Standard, including how the policy can be modeled for other states, regardless of their renewable penetration levels.


Texas retail choice design bests 13 other states in driving solar power

Retail choice is associated with lower retail prices for electricity, but only in Texas does it help drive more renewable power, says a Wind Solar Alliance report.


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