Michigan

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. Billions of dollars are at stake.

Michigan has its first massive solar contract

Consumers Energy has agreed to a deal with Ranger Power to purchase the output of 100 MW of Ranger’s planned 149 MW River Fork Solar project, the first deal of its kind known to pv magazine in the state.

Balancing solar development and preservation of agricultural lands in the Midwest

In this op-ed for pv magazine, Sara Bergan and Thomas Braun, attorneys at Stoel Rives LLP discuss the difficult balancing act of solar and agriculture in the emerging Midwestern market.

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No climate debate at the DNC, NREL/First Solar improve thin-film cells: pvMB 8/23/19

Happy Friday one and all and welcome to today’s pvMB. Today we’ve got the Detroit Zoo going renewable, LONGi achieves AA bankability and community solar coming to Maryland. Let’s ride!

SEIA shreds DTE Energy’s resource plan

2 GW more solar in the near term would save DTE’s Michigan customers $1 billion. DTE proposes only 11 MW of near-term solar, or less than one percent of the optimal amount.

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