Wyoming

Solar could replace 2.73 GW of PacifiCorp coal units, at lower cost

A simple comparison of per-MWh costs for solar versus PacifiCorp’s existing coal-fired generation found that new solar would cost less than the going-forward costs of 11 coal units with a combined 2.73 GW of capacity.

174 Power to build Wyoming’s first large solar project

The project development subsidiary of Hanwha Q Cells has received the go-ahead from the BLM for an 80 MW-AC solar project in southwestern Wyoming.

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Growing stronger in adversity: An interview with Sungrow’s Steven Chan

In this interview with pv magazine, Sungrow USA CEO Steven Chan gives his perspective on the U.S. market in the wake of anticipated global module oversupply, as well as talking about the market dynamics around string versus central inverters.

PURPA finds itself under siege in Wyoming

Rocky Mountain Power is asking the Wyoming Public Service to slash severely the reimbursement rates it is required to pay to qualifying facilities under the 1978 law, arguing falling solar and natural gas prices mean those rates are too high to sustain long term. (READ THE FULL FILING HERE)

Wyoming’s “reverse RES” could stop utility-scale solar

Wyoming Bill SF 71, introduced last week on the first day of the 2017 legislative session, would restrict the state’s utilities from selling electricity generated from solar under penalty of $10/MWh.

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Solar receives transmission boost in the West

As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution and create clean energy jobs, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell approved two transmission lines to deliver energy across Southwest.

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Coal-plant closures bring opportunities for solar

A new report documents that most U.S. utilities remain firm on plans to eliminate coal plants on the already-announced schedule, offering the prospect of enormous business opportunities for the solar industry — as well as a glimmer of hope for displaced coal miners

DOE invests $21 million to speed solar adoption

The money will go to 17 projects designed to reduce soft costs and maximize solar’s benefits for states.

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