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SunCast Episode 205: Vote Solar, Adam Browning

In the newest episode of SunCast, Nico talks with Executive Director for Vote Solar, Adam Browning about 5 focus areas they’re leaning into, hardest won battles (and States), Adam’s Theory of Change model and his 2050 prediction.

MIT responds: batteries are critical to the future electric grid, but they have their limits

Recognizing their critical role in the future grid, MIT still sees limits to batteries in an intermittent renewable-dominated power sector. In this op-ed, John Reilly, co-director of the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, explains why.

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The curious case of the solar sausage, Sunrun CEO recieves national acclaim: pvMB 12/12/19

Hello friends and welcome to the pvMB. Today we’ve got the nation’s 11th-largest school district going solar, Pegasus expanding their holdings, a new solar design and pricing tool and more!

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Making rooftop solar customers ‘go away’ by raising fixed fees on utility bills

Thousands of people across the Southeast have opposed utility plans to increase fixed fees on monthly bills, including a Georgia Power case to be decided soon. Making customers with solar “go away” is an explicit goal of at least one utility.

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A way to achieve greater than 100% solar power in the U.S., without sacrificing Arizona

Elon Musk is back at his favorite projection – powering the U.S. with a 10,000 square mile solar project in the middle of the desert, but by combining projections of various research groups, we see a better way.

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Residential solar rebounds and sets new US record in Q3 with 712 MW installed

The US residential solar market and 15 state markets are at record highs, according to WoodMac’s ‘don’t call it a comeback’ Q3 report — driven by some new market forces. The research firm holds its 2019 total US solar forecast at 13 gigawatts.

Fed and state regulators are pressuring PURPA, responses are being filed

A group of organizations representing Southeastern rate payers are arguing against proposed changes to PURPA by FERC, noting – among other items – that long term contracts at fixed, publicly available pricing is necessary to fight against the monopoly power of local utilities.

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Sungrow hits 100 GW, moves at Standard Solar: pvMb 12/11/19

Hello and happy Hump Day to all of you wonderful readers. Today we have Solar FlexRack supplying a 105 MW project, Northwestern Energy simultaneously adding coal and promising to cut carbon and more!

Senators call for Huawei ban in letter to FERC

11 Senators have signed a letter sent to FERC chair Neil Chatterjee with grave words in reference to the threat posed to the nation’s energy infrastructure by the use of equipment manufactured by Huawei.

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SunCast episode 204 – Tim Effio of Fluence on how storage is disrupting Caribbean thermal generation models

In this episode of SunCast, Nico talks with Tim Effio, head of Latam & Caribbean markets for Fluence on the macro and micro implications of Solar + Storage and its integration into emerging markets.

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