Michigan

No property tax for residential solar in Michigan

Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) has signed three bulls which will together reinstate the property tax abatement that residential solar installations have been missing in the state since 2012.

Massive solar project(s) in Florida, Enphase to supply Sunrun with inverters: pvMB 11/19/19

Hello one and all and welcome to the pvMB! Today we’ve got a big project approved in Michigan, a battery discussion at UMass Lowell, developments on the Buckthorn Westext solar lawsuit and more!

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DTE establishes renewables arm

The energy giant has split, creating a company with the sole purpose of managing its clean power business. That clean power, at least for the foreseeable future, will include negligible amounts of solar.

Big gas to blow, powerline tax credit, Trump dumps Paris, and more: pvMB 11/6/19

This is your midweek pv magazine USA morning brief. A report in Colorado shows how adding electric vehicles and building electrification can clean the state, SEIA highlights an additional 70 groups supporting the ITC extension, and more!

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Pittsburgh International Airport installs microgrid, Illinois receives first ComEd community solar rebate: pvMB 10/21/19

Hello all and welcome to the first pvMB of the week, today we’ve got Hammond Power’s website redesign, Power MI launched and more!

DTE’s zero-carbon pledge: ambition or greenwashing?

The Michigan utility is the latest to issue a carbon reduction goal which is not supported by its actions – particularly its choice to build a gas plant instead of potentially cheaper clean energy options.

Soltec achieves 16.2% Bifacial Gain, Ohio State makes a potassium battery breakthrough: pvMB 9/18/19

Happy Wednesday, folks and welcome to the pvMB. Today we’ll be checking out 7 Michigan school districts moving to electric bus fleets, Extensible Energy’s virtual battery, net metering protests in The Big Easy and more.

Michigan utility seeks 775 MW of wind and – maybe – solar power

DTE Energy has issued a request for proposals for 775 MW of renewable energy to be built in state, and turned on sometime between the beginning of 2021 and the end of 2023.

Consumers agrees to buy half a gigawatt of solar in settlement

Consumers has reached an agreement with Michigan regulators to allow for the development of over half a gigawatt of its 3 GW interconnection queue by 2023. However, while the current backup is being remedied, what’s to stop another one down the line?

States could save consumers billions with solar, by requiring transparent utility modeling

Utilities routinely make modeling choices that disadvantage low-cost solar in their 15- or 20-year resource plans. With transparent modeling, states and intervenors could easily see those biased choices. And if they also have access to the same model used by the utility, they can fix those errors by running the model themselves, as recommended by a modeling expert. Considering all states, billions of dollars are at stake.

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