Tennessee

The Southeast has become a dual peaking region

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy has made that determination after studying the annual maximum peaks for 22 different utility planning authorities over from 1998 to 2018.

Morning Brief: Bloom Energy shares fall drastically, 212 MW coming to Knoxville

Also in the brief: Brookfield Renewable Partners and TerraForm Power are set to become one, Diversified Communications acquires Energy Storage North America, 4.3 MW have been proposed in Ellsworth, Maine and more.

Solar could be installed on coalfields in West Virginia if The Nature Conservancy succeeds

Some former surface coal mines in central Appalachia could be repurposed for solar development. The Nature Conservancy, a global land conservancy with $1 billion in annual revenues, is exploring the options.

Morning Brief: TVA plans 200 MW solar, 200 MWh storage, Arizona Public Service announces Clean Energy Future project

Also in the brief: NYSEIA forms the Long Island Solar & Storage Alliance, Sol-Ark named a finalist for “American-Made Solar Prize,’ Gas South and Cobb EMC break ground on solar + storage project and more.

Southeast US adds 427 MW of distributed solar in 2019, as advocates press for more

Florida led the region for small-scale installations, while Maryland kept the lead on a per-capita basis. Solar advocates look to improve opportunities for distributed solar throughout the region in 2020.

Here’s how utilities use their resource plans to block solar power

At least seven utilities chose to bias their resource modeling against solar in 2019. The good news is that transparent utility modeling could fix the problem.

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The quick gray fox jumped through the upside-down solar fence—a photo essay

Deer fence installed upside down lets foxes and other small wildlife through to forage and pursue prey. Solar developers in Tennessee and North Carolina have the photos to prove it.

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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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Fair compensation for rooftop PV generation: lawyers make the case

The Tennessee Valley Authority will offer just over 2 cents per kWh for distributed solar, although TVA’s prior calculations show a value of 7.2 cents per kWh, or higher when counting avoided pollution. An environmental lawsuit may be brewing.

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Lake Olympia solar co-op selects Sunfinity, more renewables do not lead to more air pollution: pvMB 11/4/19

Hello one and all and thank you for starting your workweek with the pvMB. Today we’ve got TVA contract drawbacks outweighing benefits for Knoxville, a Delaware solar farm expansion, the Chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee calling out utility obstruction to rooftop solar and more!

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