Oregon

Montana utility wants gas units; Sierra Club suspects biased modeling

In developing its resource plan, NorthWestern Energy apparently used modeling assumptions that favor gas-fired generation, says the Sierra Club. The group has filed a legal motion requesting access to the modeling inputs, and to the model itself.

Hardware brief: Module pricing falling, Enphase at 450W, sexy solar panels get $3.2 million, more!

We were gone till November, now we’re here. The US Air Force is researching space based solar power, SimpliPhi has discounts on energy storage products for Californians, and ESS Inc has raised $30 million to help roboticize a 1 GWh/year capacity factory to build flow batteries in Oregon!

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Wyoming solar capacity to increase 1,300% under PacifiCorp plan

The utility’s 2019 draft IRP outlines nearly 11 GW of wind and solar set to go on-line by 2038, complemented by 2.8 GW of battery storage and the early retirement of five coal plants.

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Montgomery County’s rooftop solar mandate, changes at Green Mountain Power: pvMB 10/1/19

Hello all you beautiful people, we’re back from SPI and back with the pvMB. In this first MB of October, we’ll be checking out POWERHOME Solar expanding and hiring in Illinois, BPA entering Western EIM, California reaching a million solar roofs and more!

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.

Philly getting solar rebates, leadership changes at Duke: pvMB 8/13/19

It may only be Tuesday, but we’re glad you’re here with us reading today’s edition of the pvMB! In this edition we’ll be looking at Oregon State researchers confirming the value of solar on farmlands, Hyundai’s entry in the solar car game, a prefab tiny house with solar options and more!

Vivint’s new executive, SPI to acquire 21 MW in Oregon: pvMB 7/24/19

Welcome to your wonderful Hump Day pvMb, where we’ll be taking a look at the man bringing solar to minority communities in Tennessee and another all-new solar car. Buckle up!

Oregon further limits use of prime farmland for solar development

The new rules by state land use authorities make it harder to put mid-to-large-scale solar on an estimated 6% of the state’s land, and raise the question of whether the state is engaging in land conservation or indulging NIMBYism.

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SunPower is selling the former SolarWorld factory in Oregon

The high-efficiency PV maker plans to lease a portion of the factory to continue production of its P-19 modules.

SunPower could break into the black this quarter

The high efficiency PV maker may be hot on the tail of its golden goose, with demand outweighing supply for the company’s new A-Series and P-Series modules. And now that reetooling is over, it’s time to sell.

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