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Highlights from Xcel’s Solar*Rewards Installer Update – July 2019
Xcel Energy Colorado has reached 50,000 Customer-Sited Solar Installations!In 2018, the Solar*Rewards team handled more than 8,700 applications which led to over 6,400 on-site solar installations. This number will continue to grow as nearly 20 on-site solar projects are being interconnected, per day. Congratulations! 2020-2021 Renewable Energy (RE) PlanThe proposed plan has been filed and can be found under docket # 19A-0369EMedium Solar*Rewards Program Q3 is Open 6 MW available (+ add’l [...]
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Member Listening and Policy Planning Sessions
2020 may seem like a long way off, but we need to pull together our legislative and regulatory policy goals so that we can prepare our clean energy allies in the legislature and build our coalitions for success. On July 17 and August 21, COSSA will host member-only listening and planning sessions on solar and storage policy with the goal of proactively shaping our policy agenda for 2020. We want to build on the fabulous wins from the 2019 session. COSSA represents a wide range of the solar [...]
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Natural Gas beat coal in the US. Will renewables and storage beat gas?
In April 2019, in the heart of coal country, Indiana regulators rejected a proposal by its electric and gas utility, Vectren, to replace baseload coal plants with a new $900 million, 850 megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired power plant. Regulators were concerned that with the dramatic decline in the cost of renewable energy, maturation of energy storage and rapidly changing customer demand, such a major gas plant investment could become a stranded, uneconomic asset in the future. Regulators are now p [...]
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FERC revises three-year forecast to reflect rapid growth of renewable energy
According to a review by the SUN DAY Campaign of data just released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), within the past month, the agency has dramatically revised its three-year forecast for changes in the U.S. electrical generating capacity mix. Sharp declines are foreseen for fossil fuels and nuclear power while accompanied by even stronger growth in renewable energy (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) than earlier projected. [...]
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Clearway Energy sets up blockchain test to trade renewable energy credits
Clearway Energy Group, one of the U.S.’s largest clean power developers, is launching a pilot electronic marketplace for renewable energy credits as more states push for solar and wind projects. [...]
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Clean Power Alliance signs PPA for 12-MW Isabella small hydro project in California
The Clean Power Alliance (CPA) has signed three long-term power purchase agreements, including two new solar projects and one existing small hydro project.   [...]
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PNM plans early retirement of coal plant with massive addition of solar + storage
On July 1, Public Service of New Mexico filed a plan with regulators in the state for how it plans to get to a 100 percent emission-free power by 2040. The utility reviewed four scenarios, all of which involved the early retirement of the San Juan Coal Plant, to arrive at its recommended path forward. [...]
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India wins trade dispute with US over solar-panel incentives
A series of U.S. renewable energy incentives violated international trade rules, according to the World Trade Organization, threatening to stoke tensions between the two countries as President Donald Trump prepares to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday. [...]
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NV Energy's new 540-MWh storage and 475-MW solar project comes at a very low price
8minute Solar Energy, NV Energy and the Moapa Band of Paiutes announced that NV Energy selected 8minute to develop the largest solar plus storage project ever built in Nevada and one of the largest in the world. [...]
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Trump exempts bi-facial solar modules from import tariffs
In an announcement that was celebrated by the solar industry, yesterday U.S. trade officials said that bi-facial solar modules, which are solar modules that produce energy on both sides of the panel, would be exempt from import tariffs. [...]
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Electrician or NABCEP Certified Foreman/woman Position – Rocky Mountain  Solar & Wind, Inc. – Colorado Springs, CO
Experienced in PV: Electrician or NABCEP Certified Foreman/woman Position: This foreman/woman position includes PV system installations, both residential and commercial, including battery backup.    Experience And Training Preferred For This Position:  NABCEP Professional Certification in PV installations.Licensed electrician.Must have most of own tools, and own truck preferred, but not required.  PV installation experience including acting as foreman, sch [...]
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Experienced Solar Electric Installers – Rocky Mountain  Solar & Wind, Inc. – Colorado Springs, CO
Experienced PV Installers: Must have experience installing PV systems, both residential and commercial, including battery backup systems. Experience and Training Preferred for This Position:  PV installation experience.  Training and experience in electricity, solar electric and batteries.Good communication skills.Significant general construction experience.Helpful if have own tools, and own truck preferred, but not required.  Training and experience as an ele [...]
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New York to pass 'one of the most aggressive clean energy mandates in the country'
New York is poised to pass its own version of the Green New Deal with a climate bill that would more than triple the state’s solar capacity and aggressively promote development of wind farms off the state’s coast. [...]
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Bloomberg predicts wind and solar will power half the world and bag $9 trillion investment
Wind or solar now represent the least expensive option for adding new power generation capacity in approximately two-thirds of the world. [...]
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U.S. solar market soars in Q1 2019
In the first three months of the year, the U.S. installed 2.7 gigawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV), making it the most solar ever installed in the first quarter of a year. With the strong first quarter, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables forecasts 25% growth in 2019 compared to 2018, and it expects more than 13 GWdc of installations this year. [...]
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Target commits to 100 percent renewables; signs PPAs to purchase wind and solar energy
On June 12, Target corporation said it was increasing its renewable energy goals by committing to source 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. The goal applies to all of Target’s domestic operations. [...]
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New White Paper explores grid parity and the solar renaissance
Today, solar power has become cheaper than the production cost of any other existing conventional power generation technology. The arrival of grid parity heralds a milestone in the history of energy production. It means solar energy being commercially viable without any subsidies or state support; producing energy with the lowest possible environmental impact. [...]
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Iowa officials consider energy storage tax credit, ‘value of storage’ study
Iowa economic development officials are tentatively endorsing a tax credit for battery storage to complement the state’s wind and solar generation. [...]
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China's Jinko Solar sees more foreign sales as domestic market shaky
JinkoSolar Holding Co., the world’s biggest solar panel maker, sees China’s photovoltaic power additions slumping this year and a greater share of its revenue coming from overseas amid uncertainties over Beijing’s new policies. [...]
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In quest for bigger batteries, California mulls pumped hydro
As the sun sets on California’s solar farms, a backup energy source deep in the Sierra Nevada Mountains springs to life. [...]
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FERC's data shows US renewable generating capacity has surpassed coal
According to an analysis by the SUN DAY Campaign of data just released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), U.S. electrical generating capacity by renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) has now - for the first time - surpassed that of coal. [...]
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Alabama Municipal Electric Authority signs 100-MW solar PPA
Today, Alabama Municipal Electric Authority (AMEA) and Lightsource BP announced the development of a 100-MW (AC) solar energy project in Montgomery County, Alabama. Lightsource BP will finance, develop, build, own, and operate the solar facility and will deliver energy to AMEA under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA). The project, situated 15 miles from AMEA’s headquarters in Montgomery, will supply clean energy to AMEA’s 11 Member utilities located across the state and will generate e [...]
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Is a 500W solar module in sight?
LONGi Solar this week said that it has invented a new “seamless soldering” technique that could help it produce a more efficient solar module. As a reminder, the more solar cells you can pack into a module, the more efficient it is. And the more efficient your modules, the fewer you need to achieve the wattage you seek in an array. By using less modules, you reduce the overall installed cost of solar. [...]
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LevelTen receives series B funding; arranges 146-MW PPA for Starbucks
Seattle, WA-based LevelTen Energy helps corporate buyers of renewable energy find and purchase energy from solar and wind projects within North America through its procurement platform. The company says its solution reduces the cost, complexity, and risk of renewable energy power purchase agreements (PPAs), by incorporating analytics, aggregation, and process best practices. [...]
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