SolarCity Pulls “MyPower” Loan Product

SolarCity has pulled its MyPower loan product off the market, raising doubts for the company that as recently as October 2014 lauded the product as the best thing on the market. Lyndon Rive, the CEO of SolarCity, stated that the replacement will be “ simpler. We want something that’s as (simple) to sell as a PPA instead of the sales team going to PPA as the default option.”

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Red Lake Nation goes solar

Tribal leaders of the Red Lake Nation are installing 15 megawatts worth of solar panels onto the rooftops of their largest buildings. The panels are predicted to generate enough power to light every bulb in the the tribe’s three casinos, the tribal college and all the government buildings. 

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Solar Rebates

The City of Lodi Electric Utility began accepting rebate applications from customers interested in the installation of solar photovoltaic systems. The rebate will be calculated at $1.56 per watt, which is one of the most generous rates in California. 

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Supreme Court grants stay on implementation of Clean Power Plan

In a 5-to-4 vote, the Supreme Court temporarily blocked the Obama administration’s efforts to combat global warming by regulating emissions from coal-fired power plants. The vote was unprecedented as the Supreme Court has never granted a request to halt a regulation before review by a federal appeals court. 

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Dominion announces 20 MW project in Virginia with SunEnergy1

Dominion Virginia Power has partnered with North Carolina-based SunEnergy1 to build a 20 MW solar farm in Chesapeake, Va. 

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Duke Energy customers surpass 1 terawatt of energy savings through My Home Energy Report Program

Launched in 2010, Duke Energy’s My Home Energy Report (MyHER) Program is the first of its kind in the world to hit the 1 terawatt-hour in energy savings milestone, which is enough energy to light more than 1 million homes for a year. The MyHER program provides customers with targeted insights into their energy usage, which allows them to reduce their consumption.

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160 MW Of 2 GW Noor Solar Thermal Project In Morocco Now Connected To Grid

The first phase of the Noor solar thermal project in Morocco, which totals 160 megawatts (MW) in capacity was recently completed. Once finished, the project will total 2 gigawatts and become the largest largest concentrating solar plant (CSP) in the whole of Africa and the Middle East.

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PG&E’s Solar Choice Program offers 50% and 100% Solar Option to all Customers

Pacific Gas and Electric is extending the option for 50 and 100 percent solar to all their customers through PG&E's Solar Choice program. The program will offer solar access and benefits to residential and business customers regardless of their location or ability to physically install rooftop solar.

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New York Just Proposed Its Plan to Reach 50% Renewables

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo directed the state’s regulators to come up with a plan to reach 50 percent renewables by 2030. The New York Department of Public Service has released a plan to reach 50 percent renewables by 2030. The plan, called the “50 by 30” Clean Energy Standard (CES) builds on New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding and will provide a target and enforcement mechanism to achieve state policy objectives.

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Kansas Tax Authority Confirms Only a Utility May Sell Power in Kansas

The Kansas Department of Revenue confirmed that under Kansas law only a utility can sell power to a residential customer. 


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California Bridges the Green Divide with Nation’s Biggest Solar Program for Low-income Renters

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB693, the nation’s largest solar bill for low-income renters. The Multifamily Affordable Housing Solar Roofs Program was created under AB693, and will dedicate about $100 million per year over a period of ten years. The program also has the goal of installing at least 300 MV of rooftop solar PV on multifamily affordable housing projects. 

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Cheapest power in the US? Palo Alto muni eyes solar at under $37/MWh

The Palo Alto City Council recommended approval of a 25-year contract to purchase power from a solar PV system at a price of $36.76/MWh, or about 3.7 cent/kWh. 


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SolarCity Selects Battery System for Kauaʻi Co-op Solar Storage Project

After a competitive solicitation, SolarCity has selected Tesla Energy to supply the batteries for a firstof-its-kind solar array and energy storage system to be built for Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative. The proposed SolarCity/Tesla project is believed to be the first utility-scale system in the U.S. to provide dispatchable solar energy, meaning that the utility can count on electricity being available when it’s needed, even hours after the sun goes down.  


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Community solar shares getting snapped up fast in Minnesota

Shares of community solar projects in Xcel Minnesota’s service territory are selling out quickly. The Sunshare Waverly project, located west of Minneapolis, has sold out of shares for its five 1-megawatt co-located solar gardens, making it the second co-op to sell out of shares for a community solar project in less than a week. Eighty percent of shareholders for the are residential customers and the remaining 20% consist of commercial and government customers. Waverly’s city government will offset 100% of their total energy consumption with the project and save $300,000 to $400,000 over the course of the 25-year contract.

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Duke Energy to Build 17-MW Solar Facility at Naval Support Activity Crane

Duke Energy submitted a proposal to build a 17-megawatt (AC) solar facility at the Naval Support Activity Crane naval base near Bloomington, Indiana. The facility will consist of approximately 76,000 panels and will be commercially operational in 2016. This is the second solar project that Duke Energy has built in partnership with the Navy, following a 13-megawatt (AC) facility in North Carolina finished in 2015. Additionally, Duke Energy Indiana signed agreements to purchase 20-megawatts (AC) of solar from from solar facilities at four Indiana locations.

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Hawaiian Electric Installs 1 MW Substation Battery

Hawaiian Electric partnered with University of Hawaii’s Hawaiian National Energy Institute to build a 1-megawatt substation battery energy storage system (BESS). The project seeks to show how effective BESS systems are at integrating photovoltaic (PV) systems on a distribution network.

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Oregon utilities endorse bill to end coal use by 2030, boost RPS to 50% by 2040

Oregon’s two investor-owned utilities, Portland General Electric (PGE) and Pacific Power, support legislation that would gradually phase out in-state coal generation by 2030 and increase Oregon’s renewable portfolio standard to 50% by 2040. This timeline and a 4% incremental cost cap for new renewable capacity help the utilities reduce reliance on coal while minimizing the need for rate increases. The bill also creates a community solar program for PGE and Pacific Power customers, with a 15% carve-out for low income customers.

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Proposal to Charge Electric Cars in Southern California Gets the Green Light

The California Public Utilities Commission approved a program that will install 1,500 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Southern California Edison’s (SCE) territory and educate consumers about the benefits of EV transportation. The proposal, which was agreed upon by SCE and 16 environmental, EV and labor stakeholder groups, kicks off with a pilot program that will run for 18 months and cost $22 million. After the pilot, the program will install an additional 28,500 EV charging stations using the insights obtained from the pilot.    

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Hampshire college goes 100 percent solar

Hampshire College, a small liberal arts college in Amherst, Mass., will soon be home to a "living building" and the only residential college generating 100 percent of its electricity from solar panels.


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PG&E Leads the Nation with 200,000 Solar Customers

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced that it has connected 200,000 solar customers. That's one of every four rooftop solar households in the nation. PG&E connects solar customers to the grid fast, with an average of a five day turnaround compared to the industry average of four weeks. 

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NREL Cutting 4% of Workforce Including Solar Research

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory laid off 15 solar energy researchers and spoke of future plans to reduce its staff by another 50 to 60 people via buyouts.
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SunEdison to Build 2.9-MW Solar Array for Bloomberg's NY Data Center

Solar firm signs PPA with Bloomberg for the delivery of a 2.9 MW solar system to offset 5% of the emissions from the company's Rockland County, New York-based data center; agreement will save more than $2 million.

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Arizona Gears Up for Full Cost-Benefit Solar Value Proceeding

Arizona regulators just announced a giant step toward the end of their state’s more than two year war over net energy metering (NEM). 

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The Nagging Divide When We Talk About Solar

In this new blog post, SEPA's own Bob Gibson reflects on the challenges different perspectives can present when discussing the future of solar. 

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Two 10 MW projects announced in South Carolina

Lexington County, South Carolina will be the site of 20 MW of new solar capacity with the two new projects in development by Cypress Creek Renewables. The developer has committed $20 million to the projects.

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Principal Solar and Entropy Investment Management Partner on 100 MW Project in NC

The partnership will oversee the construction of one of the largest solar power plants in the eastern U.S. with the completion of this 100-MW project. Duke Energy will the utility offtaker under a 15-year PPA. Alpha Energy will provide EPC duties on the project.

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Nevada PUC grants temporary extension for net metering

Regulators in Nevada issued a temporary extension of the original Net Energy Metering or “NEM 1” terms and conditions for new solar customers just 6 days after NV Energy announced that the 235 MW statewide cap was met by current and planned solar projects on August 20th. Current Nevada law requires utilities to file proposals to implement new NEM tariffs and also sets a December 31st deadline for the PUC to act on them.

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Interior Department Approves 485-Megawatt Blythe Mesa Solar Project in California

The Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management has approved a new 485MW solar plant in Southern California, called the Blythe Mesa Solar Power Project. The project will generate enough renewable energy to power more than 145,000 homes in California.

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Iowa Co-op Sets $85 Fixed Charge for Solar Customers

Pella Cooperative Electric instituted one of the nation’s highest standby charges for solar customers at $85 per month. Rates go into effect for new customers  Read more  >>

Hawaii Regulator Approves 4 New Solar Projects

Hawaii PUC approved four new solar projects on Oahu that will supply 137.2 MW to Hawaiian Electric under 22-year PPAs. Three other projects were not approved.   Read more  >>

Annapolis Transforming Landfill Into Solar Farm

The City of Annapolis is moving forward with plans for Annapolis Solar Park that will host a 12-MW solar farm sited on 80 acres of brownfield land.' 

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White House announces Clean Power Plan

The Final Clean Power Plan was released, establishing national standards to limit carbon pollution from power plants and setting goals to expand the renewable energy market.

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Terraform Global Issues $675 Million IPO

Terraform Global, a SunEdison subsidiary, issued its initial public offering of 45 million shares on the NASDAQ exchange at $15 per share. The firm expects to yield $675 million from the IPO. 

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ConEdison Enters Rooftop Solar Business

ConEdison Solutions announced they will enter the New York residential solar market. They will provide customers with 20 year lease agreements, no upfront costs and more. 

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HECO Proposes Community Solar Pilot Project

Hawaiian Electric Co. announces upcoming community solar pilot project, designed to provide some of the same benefits of rooftop solar to homeowners or renters who don't have a roof of their own. This project will assist the company in developing larger initiatives through the Community-Based Renewable Energy Tariff. SEPA's President and CEO Julia Hamm weighs in on the project and the Hawaii market. 

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Clean Power Finance and Kilowatt Financial to merge and form Elevate Power

Clean Power Finance and Kilowatt Financial plan to merge and form Elevate Power. The new entity provides renewable energy financing to consumers and businesses in the U.S. Elevate Power offers PPAs, leases, and loans for distributed energy technologies, including solar PV and energy efficiency improvements.

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Administration Announces New Initiative to Increase Solar Access to All Americans

A new national initiative to increase access to solar energy for all Americans was announced. In particular this initiative impacts low-­ and moderate­- income communities, while expanding opportunities to work in solar. These intiiatives include a National Community Solar Partnership.

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DTE Energy Issues Solar RFP for 50 MW

DTE Energy will accept bids for solar power projects ranging from 5-50 MW to be sited within the utility’s service territory and completed by the end of 2016. Notice of intent to bid is due July 22, 2015.

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Sub-$40 Per MWh Bids For Austin Energy’s RFP

At a utility oversight meeting, Austin Energy disclosed that its most recent RFP for 600 MW of solar power yielded nearly 8,000 MW of applications with 1,295 MW priced below $40 per MWh. These are the lowest priced proposals for solar ever seen in the U.S. The utility also made similar news early last year with the announcement of a 150-MW project with Recurrent Energy below $50 per MWh.   Read more  >>

CAISO Proposes New Market Status for DER Providers

California Independent System Operator has proposed a new classification for aggregated distributed energy resources such as demand response, energy storage and distributed generation that would allow them to participate in the market by next year. The plan still requires final approval at CAISO and FERC oversight. The market expansion would be a significant reform with the potential to expand the value these assets bring to the grid.   Read more  >>

Green Power EMC in Georgia To Add Another 20 MW

Silicon Ranch, in partnership with Phoenix Solar, broke ground on a 20-MW solar project in Georgia for Green Power EMC — a renewable energy provider to 38 electric cooperatives in the state. Green Power EMC will be the offtaker under a 25-year PPA.

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SunRun Files IPO

The second largest residential solar developer in the U.S. filed its Initial Public Offering with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 25, 2015. The firm plans to raise $100 million from the offering.

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New Record Set for Largest Solar Power Plant in the World

At 579 MW, Solar Star has surpassed Desert Sunlight and Topaz Solar Farm--both 550 MW--as the largest solar power plant in the world. SunPower built the project in Rosamond, California. BHE Renewables owns the plant, and Southern California Edison is the offtaker under a 20-year PPA. 

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Georgia Power Launches Distributed Solar Development Business

The Southern Company subsidiary entered the solar developer market on July 1 through an unregulated venture. The utility hopes to capitalize on its customer relationship as it competes directly with third-party solar developers. Georgia recently passed a law that opened the state to third-party solar leasing.

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Minnesota Limits Size of Community Solar Projects

The state’s Public Utility Commission approved an agreement between Xcel Energy and developers in the state that limits the scale of community solar projects to five co-located 1-MW projects. The utility pushed for the 1-MW cap due to grid integration challenges for larger projects. Developer interest in this community solar program was very high with more than 900 MW submitted.

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SolarCity Enters Community Solar Market

The largest residential solar developer announced it will begin building up to 100 MW of community solar projects in Minnesota. The new capacity would be available to customers of Xcel Energy’s community solar program.

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US Community Solar Market to Grow Fivefold in 2015, Top 500MW in 2020

The U.S. community solar market is approaching a tipping point and California, Minnesota, Colorado and Massachusetts are paving the way. GTM Research forecasts the market will grow fivefold this year, with 115 megawatts installed. By 2020, community solar in the United States will be an annual half-gigawatt opportunity.   Read more  >>

Maine Legislature Proposes New Net Metering Alternative

A new proposal from the Maine Legislature would create an alternative to the practice of net energy metering. It has been unanimously approved by a joint committee. The nascent proposal is currently being examined by stakeholders in order to fully understand the policy with concrete metrics.  Read more  >>

Co-ops Rank Highly on Solar Top 10 List (5/5/15)

Three co-ops rank among the top 10 among all co-ops, municipal and investor-owned utilities in solar watts per customers, the Solar Electric Power Association reported, while a fourth is a major contributor.  Read more  >>

Here Are the Top 10 Solar Utilities In America (5/5/15)

Last year was a record year for solar in the United States. The overall solar market grew 30 percent over 2013, and accounted for a third of all new generating capacity in the U.S., second only to natural gas.  Read more  >>

Georgia Gov. Deal signs solar third party ownership bill into law

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 57, recently passed unanimously by the state’s General Assembly, which will allow third party ownership (TPO) of solar. TPO is a finance plan allowing homes and businesses to host solar with no upfront costs or ownership responsibilities.  Read more  >>

Entergy Plans First Solar-Plus-Storage Project in New Orleans

Entergy New Orleans is planning to develop the city's first utility-scale solar project, a 1-MW array that will be paired with battery storage.  Read more  >>

Battery Storage Payback Takes Only a Few Years in PJM, S&C Finds

After four months, a battery pilot at S&C Electric Company’s Smart Grid Solutions Demonstration Center in Chicago has earned nearly $7,000. When extrapolated to a larger scale, that means the technology could pay for itself in as little as two to three years.  Read more  >>

Three Concepts Selected As Focus Of SEPA's 51st State Summit On April 27 (4/16/15)

The Solar Electric Power Association will focus discussion at its 51st State Summit on Monday April 27 in San Diego on three concepts selected from a dozen submitted by individuals and organizations from across the energy industry. A panel of five energy leaders chose the submissions as representative of some of the most creative and thought-provoking ideas put forward in response to SEPA's challenge to take a 'clean slate' approach to designing a 21st century energy system.  Read more  >>

51st State Goes Live with New Visions for Energy System Change (3/27/15)

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) launched its 51st State Initiative last year as a broad challenge to re-imagine a 21st-century energy system from the ground up, as if for a hypothetical 51st state that has no rules, regulations or market structures in place.  Read more  >>

GOP lawmakers submit bill to extend N.C. renewable-energy tax credits (3/26/15)

A Republican state senator from Mecklenburg and three colleagues have filed a bill to extend the renewable-energy tax credits scheduled to end this year until the end of 2020.  Read more  >>

EnerNOC and SunPower to partner on commercial solar with energy market intelligence (3/26/15)

EnerNOC and SunPower are teaming up to provide energy management software and solar solutions to commercial and industrial customers. SunPower’s existing commercial customers will receive EnerNOC’s software-as-a-service solution for energy management as part of the three-year exclusive agreement.  Read more  >>

SolarEdge goes public, begins trading as SEDG (3/26/15)

Israel’s SolarEdge – a specialist in power optimizer technology for solar modules – has today begun trading on the NASDAQ as SEDG.  Read more  >>

Maine's value of solar study: Is solar worth $0.33 per kWh? (3/20/15)

Solar’s real and whole value could be over $0.33 per kilowatt-hour (kWh), according to an extensive new study done for Maine’s legislature.  Read more  >>

Stanford study: California’s Urban Areas Can Generate Plenty Of Solar To Power State (3/20/15)

The population of California is approaching 40 million, and despite the state’s reputation for overpriced real estate and choking traffic, about 90% of the state’s people live only 10% of the land. For those who see the state as a bellwether of clean energy’s future, it is easy to point out vast empty swaths of land, such as the Mojave Desert. Installations such as the massive 250 MW concentrated solar power plant (CSP) outside of Hinkley, California, come to mind.  Read more  >>

SolarCity Combines Skills to Finance ‘Microgrids as Service’ (3/20/15)

SolarCity, the largest solar installer and financier in the U.S., is now offering "microgrids as a service" by integrating its existing expertise in distributed renewables, inverters, energy storage, and control software.  Read more  >>

All about the REV: How and why New York wants to develop distributed energy markets (3/4/15)

The REV — the industry shorthand for the New York Public Service Commission’s Reforming the Energy Vision proceeding — sounds exactly like “rêve,” the French word for “dream.”  Read more  >>

AES Acquires Main Street Power and Enters Distributed Solar Market (3/4/15)

AES just acquired Main Street Power of Boulder, Colorado, a developer of distributed solar projects in the 300-kilowatt to 5-megawatt range. The acquisition follows the recent trend of utilities and financiers acquiring developers -- Duke's acquisition of REC and Coronal's acquisition of Heliosage are two more examples.  Read more  >>

SolarCity Lawsuit Alleges Arizona Utility’s Fee Hurts Solar (3/4/15)

SolarCity Corp., the biggest U.S. rooftop solar installer sued Salt Ruver Project, alleging the Tempe, Arizona-based utility's new pricing policy will " punish customers who choose to go solar."  Read more  >>

Sonoma County Is Building the Largest Floating Solar Project in the US (3/13/15)

Sonoma Clean Power recently announced it has contracted to build the largest floating solar project in the United States, which will produce enough electricity to power 3,000 homes when it comes on-line in 2016.  Read more  >>

Could SRP's demand charge unlock a huge opportunity for solar-plus-storage? (3/13/15)

The biggest solar installer in the U.S. is suing a small Arizona public utility for giving it what could be a big boost toward a new business model.  Read more  >>

The US Installed 6.2GW of Solar in 2014, Up 30% Over 2013 (3/13/15)

Applauding a record-breaking year, GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today released the U.S. Solar Market Insight 2014 Year in Review report, the definitive source of installation data, forecasting and policy analysis for the U.S. solar market. Newly installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity for year reached a record 6,201 megawatts* (MW), growing 30 percent over 2013’s total.  Read more  >>

Missouri Co-op to Build State's First Community Solar Array (2/4/15)

Community solar is “a program through which individual members of a community have the opportunity to ‘buy in’ to a nearby solar installation…[and] receive a proportional share of the financial or energy output of the system,” according to the to the Solar Electric Power Association. “Community solar programs may be offered by electric utilities or through third-parties or community groups.”  Read more  >>

Obama Budget Aims to Make Solar and Wind Incentives Permanent (2/4/15)

President Obama just unveiled a $3.99 trillion budget for 2016 that asks Congress for a permanent extension of tax credits for the solar and wind industry.  Read more  >>

Apple is Building a Solar-Powered Data 'Command Center' (2/4/15)

Apple’s sapphire plant project in Arizona didn’t work out, so Apple is investing another $2 billion to convert the facility into a massive data center, the Wall Street Journal’s Daisuke Wakabayashi reports  Read more  >>

Obama Budget Aims to Make Solar and Wind Incentives Permanent (2/4/15)

President Obama just unveiled a $3.99 trillion budget for 2016 that asks Congress for a permanent extension of tax credits for the solar and wind industry.  Read more  >>

Hawaiian Electric's Plan to Change Solar Net Metering, Explained (1/27/15)

Hawaiian Electric, the Aloha state's dominant electricity provider, has proposed to end retail net metering by April, replacing it with an alternative tariff structure. The much-watched utility says the changes are necessary to ensure grid reliability and a fair cost distribution for its customers, but solar advocates worry the new valuation scheme is an attempt to tamp down on the spread of distributed generation.  Read more  >>

What Utility Execs Think the Future Holds (1/27/15)

Despite the challenges facing the U.S. electric utility industry, most utility executives remain confident in the sector's future.  Read more  >>

Florida Power & Light to Add 225 MW of Solar in 2016 (1/27/15)

Florida Power & Light to Company (FPL) announced plans on Monday to add some 225 MW of PV to its power mix by the end of 2016, tripling its existing solar capacity of 110 MW.  Read more  >>

First Solar Launches Free Online Power Plant Assessment Tool (1/20/15)

U.S. thin film manufacturer and project developer First Solar has launched its free Energy Capacity Assessment Tool, which allows potential power plant developers or investors to plot out a PV power plant online to assess its feasibility.  Read more  >>

Where the Clean Energy Money Flowed Last Year (1/20/15)

New investments in clean energy — from project financing to government funding to VC — rebounded in 2014 to $310 billion invested globally, just shy of the annual global record for clean energy investments in 2011, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance.  Read more  >>

There are about as Many Solar Jobs as Coal Jobs in the US (1/20/15)

Putting solar power on rooftops is pretty labor-intensive. You need people to design and manufacture the panels. Then people to market the panels to homes and businesses. Then people to come and install them.  Read more  >>

A Solar System Is Installed in America Every 2.5 Minutes (1/13/15)

In 2013, we reported that a solar installation was being completed every four minutes in America. Installation volumes have increased considerably since then.  Read more  >>

Canadian Utility Partners with Clean Power Finance for Solar Roll-Out in North America (1/13/15)

Toronto-based Just Energy has signed a long term agreement with Clean Power Finance (CPF) to roll out rooftop solar to its 1.6 million customers. The deal will provide a finance platform for Just Energy to provide solar leases, loans and PPAs to its established customer base.  Read more  >>

Michigan Study Shows ‘Modest’ Costs to Expand Renewables (1/13/15)

Michigan could expand its renewable energy portfolio standard to 25 percent over the next 10 years at a cost of $2.60 a month for the average household, according to a report released today by the University of Michigan’s Energy Institute.  Read more  >>

California Governor Jerry Brown Calls for 50% Renewables by 2030 (1/6/15)

California Gov. Jerry Brown has upped the ante on the state’s green energy goals, calling for a big increase in renewable energy, alternative fuels and building efficiency over the next fifteen years -- along with the smart grid investments to put them to use.  Read more  >>

Xcel to double down on renewable energy in Minnesota (1/6/15)

Xcel Energy Inc. said Friday that it wants to more than double the amount of electricity it gets from wind and solar in the Upper Midwest.  Read more  >>

Predictions 2015 Part 1: 7 energy insiders envision the year to come (1/6/15)

In December, we asked you to predict what will happen in 2015, and we were overwhelmed by the response. In fact, we received so many predictions for the utility sector in the year to come, we just can't fit all the good ones in one post.  Read more  >>

The One Chart That Shows Why 2014 Was a Breakthrough Year for Utility-Scale Solar in America (12/16/14)

Over the next two years, America will build roughly 13 gigawatts of utility-scale solar PV plants. When up and running, those projects will surpass the country's cumulative solar capacity across all sectors reached at the end of 2013.  Read more  >>

First Solar buys into CEC, the leading U.S. community solar developer (12/16/14)

Community solar projects are typically less than 5 megawatts and send their power directly to the grid. Individuals in high rises or in densely shaded homes purchase one or more of the array’s modules and earn credits from their utility that lower their electricity bills.  Read more  >>

Ivanpah Solar Power Plant Is PennWell’s Renewable Energy Project of the Year (12/16/14)

The winner was announced and recognized at the co-located Renewable Energy World North America Conference and Expo and Power-Gen International in Orlando, Florida during the Annual Awards Gala on Monday night.  Read more  >>