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iSun to acquire SunCommon in stock and cash deal

The Vermont-based solar company’s acquisition expands its reach in residential and small commercial markets.

Vermont utility building microgrid to provide backup power for town

GMP said Panton is the perfect place for this project because it leverages the utility’s existing 4.9 MW solar facility with utility-scale batteries already up and running in the town.

Vermont statehouse saves money, helps grid with battery backup system

Leaders touted the various benefits of a new energy storage system installed at the municipal building as part of a utility program.

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Solar roundup: Lower export fees in Michigan and net metering takes a hit in Vermont

Consumers Energy cuts solar export fees in Michigan, while net metering takes a hit in Vermont. And TVA wants feedback on an environmental report for a planned 50 MW solar and 200 MWh storage project in Mississippi.

State solar news: Net metering attacked in Vermont and Utah, Maine goes big in PV

In Vermont and Utah, net metering is under attack — in danger of being significantly devalued or eliminated. In Arizona, the state’s rooftop solar export rates have been saved for at least another year. Outside of policy, Maine has announced the winners of the state’s largest-ever renewable solicitation.

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Morning brief: FERC greenlights MISO storage-as-transmission plan, Duke moves towards solar, storage in wake of $1.6B pipeline loss

Also in the brief: On climate, Kamala Harris has a record and profile for action, Vermont EPC Peck acquires California solar company Sunworks

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Improving distributed battery programs with load control

While Vermont’s Green Mountain power is paving the way for utilities recognizing customers as generation resources, the company’s BYOD battery program falls just short of maximizing value and load control.

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Green Mountain Power expands Tesla Powerwall and bring-your-own-device energy storage programs

Customers now have two options in home battery programs, while also agreeing to pledge some of their stored power for peak reduction.

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Morning Brief: TVA solicits 200 MW of renewables, Sungrow supplies the Wright project

Also in the brief: 14 MW approved in Maine, 20 MW approved in Indiana, a molten aluminum thermal energy storage system and more.

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Solar and the snow

Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories are working to quantify the effects of abundant snowfall on a PV system and identify cost-effective strategies to mitigate energy losses and reliability issues caused by the presence of snow and ice.

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