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Renewable energy brings California emissions below 1990 levels

The state’s latest report shows that it has beat its 2020 target for emissions reductions four years early, mostly thanks to more renewable energy.

Nevada officials verify 50% by 2030 renewables initiative will be on the ballot

The Nevada Secretary of State has verified that a Tom Steyer-backed referendum on the nation’s third-most ambitious renewable energy mandate will be up for a vote on November 6.

New York to get its largest rooftop solar power plant, battery

EnterSolar is building a 2.4 MW solar project on the roof of a building just north of New York City, while Key Capture Energy will build the state’s largest lithium-ion battery – 20 MW – in Saratoga County.

Bitcoin, crimper gun, and ping pong at Intersolar North America 2018

There were hundreds of booths, each one filled with experts who represent a deep understanding. The sciences of crimping, cleaning and connecting were all on show – and that’s before Bitcoin!

DTE seeks to increase fixed charges on solar customers in rate case

Media coverage to date has focused largely on DTE Energy’s electric vehicle programs. But in the 1108-page filing, the utility is also seeking to increase fixed charges, including imposing a per-kW charge on its customers who go solar.

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Monster 690 MW Solar Project outside Las Vegas announced

The two-phase Gemini Solar Project would be larger than any operational single-site solar project in the United States known to pv magazine.

Distributed solar saved California over $650 million from 2013-2015

A new study finds that from 2013 through 2015, distributed PV reduced peak solar hour mean wholesale electricity prices by 8–9%, avoiding costs of $650–730 million.

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Solar inverters and automatic shutdown on the floor at Intersolar North America 2018

Solar inverters are turning into the quarterback to the solar modules as wide receivers. And with the need to deliver energy services, talk with the broader power grid, protect first responders and more – the inverter playbook is expanding.

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Getting (closer) to 100% renewable energy

New research revealed at the Intersolar North America conference suggests that the Eastern United States and other temperate regions can integrate more renewable energy than previously expected, with less gas backup. But the real key to the energy transition may be the participation of other power sectors.

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Acting on racial injustice is our collective responsibility

In this op-ed for pv magazine, GRID Alternatives’ Erica Mackie argues that a recent high-profile racial harassment suit is indicative of larger problems, and that the solar industry is not immune to the structural racism within American society.

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