United States

Schism in the South: The debate over renewables splits the GOP.

The results of South Carolina’s primary elections have shown an unprecedented support for pro-solar candidates in the traditionally hesitant South.

New York expands Megawatt Block solar incentives

The state will allow projects up to 7.5 MW to participate in the C&I portion of the program, as well as including “adders” for brownfield, landfill, low-income and parking canopy installations.

Innogy to develop 440 MW solar pipeline in the US southeast

Innogy’s US subsidiary will gain exclusive rights for the acquisition of 13 solar PV projects currently owned by North Carolina’s Birdseye Renewable Energy. The projects have a cumulative capacity of 440MW and are at various stages of development.

Texas to get its largest battery, coupled with its largest solar power plant

Vistra Energy plans to add a 10 MW / 42 MWh lithium-ion battery to the 180 MW-AC Upton County Solar 2 solar power plant. The energy storage project is scheduled to come online in Q4 2018.

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Court strikes down Canadian solar makers’ attempt to stay solar tariffs

Three manufacturers with Canadian module assembly have had no luck in trying to get a preliminary injunction against the Section 201 tariffs.

West of the Pecos Solar sells 50 of its 100 MW

E.ON’s first move into the Texas solar power market is a 100 MW-AC solar project located in West Texas. The company announced an agreement to sell 50 MW-AC worth of the output to SK E&S Co, one of South Korea’s largest energy companies.

U.S. could slap additional 25% tariffs on Chinese cells, modules

The new round of IT-related tariffs would make it more expensive for any manufacturers planning to import cells from China for module production in the United States.

GCL signs a 110 MW solar power contract in Colorado (project layout, hardware included)

GCL’s “Overseas Seeding Initiative” has landed in Brighton, Colorado – dropping in over 330,000 solar panels on single axis trackers.

TrendForce: China PV policy moves to undermine Section 201 tariffs

The analytics firm is the latest to predict a decline in global PV demand this year and crushed global module prices due to Chinese policy changes. TrendForce also finds that the protectionist moves taken by the U.S. will be weakened by falling module prices.

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100% renewable energy, no net metering caps and more in Massachusetts Senate bill

A bill passed last night in the Massachusetts Senate removes the state’s caps on net metering, sets a 100% renewable energy mandate, boosts the state’s energy storage procurement target to 2 GW and more. But can it pass the House?

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