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Solar + storage for the first time in Arkansas

A 100 MW project featuring the state’s first large-scale battery storage system has been announced in Arkansas. The project will be developed by a subsidiary of NextEra, and the power bought by Entergy Arkansas.

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Monopolies in Michigan fear solar, deliver some of nation’s most expensive electricity

An analysis by Michigan Technological University shows how Michigan utilities use political influence to push back against distributed solar generation, leading to some of the nation’s highest electricity rates in the Upper Peninsula.

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California sets a new solar output record – and it isn’t even spring yet (w/ charts)

On Saturday afternoon utility-scale solar output on California’s grid peaked at 10,745 MW – its highest level since last summer. More importantly, California is wringing greater flexibility out of its imports, meaning more renewables with less curtailment.

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pvMB 3/18/19: Musk dubs 2019 the “Year of the Solar Roof,” Vote Solar’s 2019 Equinox party… and more!

Happy Monday to you and welcome to the pvMB. Today we’ll be looking at TEP using sheep for brush control, Hawaiian energy leaders calling on Washington to go 100% solar, a 149 MW project planned in Michigan and everything else you need to start you week in solar.

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Big cheese gets big solar+storage proposal

Invenergy has proposed a solar project up to 200 MWac / 300 MWdc in capacity with a 50 MW / 200 MWh battery in Kenosha County, Wisconsin.

#Schoolstrikeforclimate comes to the United States

Inspired by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, children are planning on walking out of classes at over 200 locations to protest the lack of meaningful action on climate change.

Solar power brings in the big (lease) money for Washington State

Avangrid Renewables has signed a solar energy power contract with Puget Sound Energy for a 150 MWac solar power plant, the first solar power project over 30 MW in the state to reach this milestone. The land lease rate of $300/acre/year is 150x the prior $2/acre/year grazing rights the state land was paid.

pvmb 3/15/19 – Tesla gets a new car and CFO, FERC deletes its phone directory, and more!

pv magazine USA sees spring is around the corner, so here’s a fresh Morning Brief, including Fitch downgrading more California Solar and Toyota buying power from solar projects planned in Kentucky.

Solar for the many, not the few: An interview with Nexamp CEO Zaid Ashai

In this interview SEIA board member and Nexamp CEO Zaid Ashai shares his views on a variety of topics, from community solar to the Green New Deal and the need for a big tent to solve big issues.

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pvMB 3/14/19: PA nukes as renewables bill, Sungrow has a new 1500V energy storage system… and more!

Hello and welcome to the Thursday pvMB. Today we’ll be taking a look at the Idaho Senate deeming that home owners associations can’t bar rooftop solar, two former Kentucky coal mines going solar and everything else you need to see today in the world of solar

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