Minnesota

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.

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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Big Canadian money snatches up Nautilus Solar

The solar development & asset management company has been acquired by a subsidiary of Power Corporation of Canada, which it says will allow it to accelerate its move into community solar.

National Grid dives into renewable energy development

The Anglo-American company is the latest utility to enter the utility-scale solar and wind development space by closing on its acquisition of Geronimo Energy.

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Xcel plays the waiting game

The utility’s long-term plan for Minnesota shows that it plans to delay building any large-scale solar for six years, and to kill the state’s distributed solar market in the interim.

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Toyota’s super-high efficiency solar car, Numbers for New York’s energy transition: pvMB 07/09/19

Happy Tuesday and welcome to this edition of the pvMB. On this fine, fine, Tuesday we’ll be looking at five states choosing solar, wind and storage over gas, the Glendale power plant replacement plan, POWERHOME Soalr’s CEO winning an award, and more!

Customer acquisition challenges in community solar: An interview with Richard Keiser

In this interview, Common Energy CEO Richard Keiser talks about the challenges of customer acquisition for community solar developers, and how service providers like his company can fill the gaps.

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Florida starts to shine in solar rankings

The latest report by SEPA shows the Sunshine State finally living up to its name, with Florida Power & Light, Tampa Electric and Disney’s utility all shooting up in 2018 rankings.

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Xcel to build 3 GW of MN solar by 2030 – if it gets to own 50% or more

The deal that Xcel has reached with environmentalists and labor includes caveats maximizing the utility’s ownership of the large-scale solar that it is promising.

Military microgid, solar taxes give $4.4 million to town, 3 tons of recycled panels: pvMB for 5/8/19

Howdy friends and welcome to today’s pvMB. Today we’re wrangling up stories on Geronimo Energy proposing 100 MW in Minnesota, Sunnova’s SunSafe coming to New Jersey, EVgo going 100% renewable and much much more, yee-haw.

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