North America

California solar plus storage shows consistent installs, residential growth

CALSSA has obtained the interconnection data for California solar and solar plus storage for the first six months of 2019, showing significant volume of solar+storage in residential markets while commercial buyers are considering solar alone.

Bernie Sanders wants to nationalize clean energy

The most radical part of Bernie Sander’s plan may not even be a call to move to 100% renewable electricity by 2030. It’s how his campaign proposes to go about it.

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.

The great module supply crunch

The volume of large-scale solar under construction in the United States has hit a new high of nearly 10 GW, as solar panel prices continue to rise and supply tightens for projects trying to beat the ITC step-down.

TVA recognizes the existence of solar in long-term plan

The company’s new integrated resource plan has solar projections as high as 15 GW by 2038 and storage projections of 5.3 Gw in that same timeframe. However what will get built is still uncertain.

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How would a Sanders Administration reach 100% renewables in electricity and transport?

Bernie Sanders may have the most aggressive plans for decarbonization of any presidential candidate. But there are questions as to how this would be achieved, on both a technical and an economic level.

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There are –data missing– solar power fires per year

International data suggests that fires caused by rooftop solar power systems are rare; however, the United States doesn’t centrally track this information – with the National Fire Data Center classifying them in the “other” category.

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Retail electric providers across the country are ditching fossil fuels

Three different retail electricity providers have announced new programs to provide customers the option to buy 100% renewably sourced electricity, with one of the three even coming at no additional cost.

Inslee drops presidential bid, a shakeup at SolarEdge: pvMB 8/22/19

Welcome one and all of you wonderful readers to this edition of the pvMB. Today we’re rocking with Vistra’s closing of four coal plants, Sunspec continuing to deliver industry best practices, an update on a previous MB entry and more!

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