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kWh Analytics: #Solar100’s Dan Shugar: The Bono of Solar

In this #Solar100 Interview, Richard Matsui, Founder & CEO of kWh Analytics, speaks with Dan Shugar, Founder & CEO of NEXTracker.

Big wind + solar gets together for a voice with grid operators

First Solar, Cypress Creek, Coronal Energy, Juwi Americas and other developers have joined AWEA’s RTO Advisory Council to have a say in the decisions of grid operators.

pvMB 2/19/2019: 50 MW in Maine, robotic panel cleaning and more!

Its a sunny Tuesday morning and the days are getting longer! Maui Electric is trying to charge ratepayers for curtailed solar electricity, Nissan is using old batteries in campers and Aerospec sees how BIG a solar farm is.

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City of Buffalo seeks 32 solar power bids

As part of a broader program between five local schools, the City of Buffalo has submitted a request for proposals for 32 sites around the city, and project owners will then sell the electricity through 20 year power contracts with the city.

Amid tariffs and turmoil, installer confidence in the solar industry grew in 2018

EnergySage and NABCEP have released their annual Solar Installer Survey, with this year’s edition showing that over half of all respondents have growing confidence in the solar industry as they move into 2019.

Dr. Solar goes from zero to 1 GW in two projects

Dr. Miguel Oneto has developed a 682 MWdc solar power project in Childress County, Texas. The project is the second by the new developer, following a 324 MWdc project under construction nearby.

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pvMB 2/18/19: New Mexico could offer $6,000 for solar, Pennsylvania bucks the solar jobs slump… and more!

Hello, happy Monday and thanks for starting your workweek with the pv magazine morning brief. Today we’ll be looking at Indiana looking to re-establish net metering, a 1.2 MW Brownfield completed in Savannah, Georgia, a 3-wheeled EV for first responders and everything else pressing this fine morning.

Milwaukee pushes back against We Energies’ monopoly

A city council committee has advanced a resolution to work with a contractor to install 210 kW of city-owned solar on libraries – only 20% of what it had earlier planned – as the utility insists that third-party power contracts are illegal.

Even with new capacity investments, Enphase still sold out

Enphase says its inverter lead times are ~13-15 weeks, even with dedicated manufacturing lines for components. Two new long term contracts expect to turn on in Q3 and Q4 ’19, lowering lead times to ~6-8 weeks.

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North Carolina groups call for end to utility monopoly, 100% renewable energy

Their petition calls on elected officials to transition the state to 100% renewables; end Duke Energy’s monopoly on generation; refuse to accept campaign contributions from the utility; and appoint citizen-oriented utility commissioners.

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