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New rules move Washington State closer to carbon-free electricity

The rules apply to Puget Sound Energy, Avista and Pacific Power. The state’s Commerce Department developed similar rules that apply to municipal and other consumer-owned utilities.

REC Silicon could restart poly production at Moses Lake

The Norwegian polysilicon maker has been been frozen out of the Chinese solar market by political tensions between Beijing and the U.S. and mothballed its Washington State production line last year. However, two recent business agreements could change all that.

Pacificorp looks to add 4.3 GW of renewables and storage by 2023

The utility giant is making this procurement in accordance with its 2019 integrated resource plan, under which Pacificorp intends to add 11 GW of wind and solar by 2038, with an additional 2.8 GW of battery storage.

Silfab’s high-profile, high-reliability, North American-made solar installations

Silfab PV modules are found on NFL stadiums for the Panthers, Browns, Lions, and Steelers — as well as other prestige locations.

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US solar industry cut 65,000 workers due to Covid-19, erasing five years of solar job growth

New York, New Jersey, Pennsyvania, and Washington are among the states hit the hardest. SEIA’s analysis shows that vast majority of renewable energy job losses come from the solar energy industry.

Solar, storage and active energy management will be key to innovative eco district project  

A Spokane, Washington-based eco-district that the partners say will be home to the smartest five blocks in the world.

Morning brief: Encouraging news this Women’s History Month, energy bill stalls

Also in the brief: Huawei predicts top trends in smart PV, Washington state updates its PV recycling laws and — and more.

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Morning Brief: Google’s airborne wind turbine ‘moonshot’ closes, SEIA on Black History Month, solar under storm

Also in the morning brief: Maine’s renewable procurement, Scatec Solar’s big South African solar plant, Silfab Solar’s manufacturing expansion in Washington, plus the NABCEP conference is next month.

Midwest and Northern Tier states added 400 MW of small-scale solar in 2019

Solar contractors added far more small-scale solar in the 19-state area than in 2018, when they added 250 MW. Solar policy groups aim to improve opportunities for distributed solar in Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota and Montana.

Wyoming solar capacity to increase 1,300% under PacifiCorp plan

The utility’s 2019 draft IRP outlines nearly 11 GW of wind and solar set to go on-line by 2038, complemented by 2.8 GW of battery storage and the early retirement of five coal plants.

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