Texas has been only a modest solar market to date, but that is changing fast. A boom started by municipal utilities and enabled by free transmission is expected to lead to a massive amount of utility-scale solar coming online over the next five years, and even more over the next decade.
Eight states have more than 400 MW-DC of projects under construction each, showing increasing market diversification.
The bifacial PV maker will be closing 200 MW of cell capacity in Texas and sourcing cells from an un-named Asian PV cell maker.
GTM Research expects 13.9 GW to be installed over the full year, the result of an ongoing utility-scale boom.
The Chinese polysilicon and PV maker will buy three of SunEdison’s manufacturing businesses involved in polysilicon production up until cell production, amid rumors that it is also planning to make a bid for SunEdison’s controlling stake in TerraForm Power.
While the solar-specific charge was dropped as part of a settlement, the utility will increase fixed charges on its Texas customers.
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