North Carolina

Solar gets by with a little help from its friends

Hidden in a natural gas plant modification application, Duke Energy has released findings that constant ramping is causing solar to contributes increased emissions onto the grid. If only there was some way to cover solar’s shortfalls without fossil fuels.

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When disaster strikes

In this guest post George Irwin of ReNew Petra explains the essential role of skilled operations and maintenance teams in both preparation for and recovery from hurricanes.

Duke keeps rolling in 2019 with a strong second quarter

Duke Energy’s financial results for Q2 2019 results show strong earnings, driven partially by the exponential year-to-year growth of the commercial renewables sector, as well as a short-term forecast of PV development.

Batteries to sell into ISO-NE wholesale market, Chattanooga’s 100% solar-powered airport: pvMB 07/31/19

Hello and welcome to today’s pvMB. Sunrun is bringing its solar + storage solution to Dallas and Houston, Elon Musk hopes that Solar Roof production will hit 1K per week, 63% of poll respondents think the Green New Deal is a “good idea”, and more!

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Solar brings in the big bucks for local governments

A new report from North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association shows the dramatic increase in tax revenue that solar projects bring. And for the future of development, this money talks, loudly.

The people vs. HB 6, Con Edison reaches 250 MW installed: pvMB 7/25/19

Two things are absolutley certain right now. It’s Thursday and you’re reading the pvMB. Today we’ll be looking at Independent developers dominating the NC solar auction, Sunnova announcing share prices, the very cool LightSail 2 spacecraft and more!

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North Carolina utilities approve 551 MW of solar power at 3.8¢/kWh

Duke Energy has completed a solicitation for 551 MWac of solar power through its CPRE program, with average pricing between 3.79¢/kWh and 3.83¢/kWh and 20 year power contracts.

Cuomo signs mega mandate for renewables, a Montana hollerin’ match, more! : pvMB 7/19/19

It’s a scorcher out there – but at least its a Friday! Today we have the recommendation of a utility leader on how to make solar customers “go away”, new hires at SunPin Solar and EQ Research, and more!

Schletter to restart its North Carolina presence, sans factory

The mounting systems maker is opening a new sales and distribution office in the Charlotte metro area, and has maintained manufacturing in Europe and Asia.

Duke wants to tax the sun

Duke Energy is seeking an “Integration Services Charge” on solar projects in North Carolina of 0.11¢/kWh to 0.24¢/kWh, with future pricing increases of almost 300%. The utility offers an out, if developers integrate energy storage.

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