North America

Energy Freedom act signed in South Carolina, NC approves Duke microgrid: pvMB 5/22/19

Happy hump day and welcome to the pvMB. Today we bring you Texas and Illinois municipal utilities procuring solar, the DOE announcing Solar in Your Community Challenge winners, and more.

Rapid shutdown gets its first Sunspec certification in Fronius

The Fronius Symo Advanced product line, which had already been NEC 2017 compliant when coupled with a Tigo TS-4, is now also certified for rapid shutdown by the SunSpec Alliance.

The Solar Bill of Rights has been gutted

What was once a landmark bill to establish rights for owners of PV systems has made it to the floor of the California Senate in a dramatically reduced version.

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Nearly 200 MW coming to Indiana at under $1/watt

This unprecedented development in the Hoosier State is just the beginning of a much, much bigger tidal wave of development, all of which is planned before Halloween of 2023.

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The U.S. energy storage market will nearly double this year

The combination of solar plus storage is super-charging the deployment of batteries across the country, and IHS Markit says that the United States will become the largest market for grid-tied energy storage this year.

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California prevents utility from paying EEI dues with ratepayer funds

The decision shows regulators pushing back against allowing utilities to force their ratepayers to fund lobbying including anti-solar efforts.

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Peaker envy, veto proof net metering, and utility scale solar growth in New Hampshire

Legislation calling for 15% of peak demand to be met by energy storage is moving through the House; a veto-proof increase in system sizes under net metering goes to the governor; and 215 MWac of large-scale solar projects are seeking various approvals.

Wyoming’s first solar trade association, EV chargers encroaching on gas stations: pvMB 5/21/19

We’ve got a jam-packed MB for you this morning. Today we’ll be looking at the formation of the American Solar Grazing Association, a community solar bill in Maine, the winners of the 17th Solar Cup and much much more!

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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.

Georgia solar groups call for a hosting capacity map

A hosting capacity map saves time and money for developers of distributed solar. Utilities in California, New York, and elsewhere have already posted these maps online, and now two Georgia solar groups have asked state regulators to require Georgia Power to provide a hosting capacity map for its service area.

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