SMART solar tour complete, Massachusetts DOER readies launch
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SMART solar tour complete, Massachusetts DOER readies launch

The State of Massachusetts completed a seven stop tour educating the public on its newest electricity grid development program - the 1.6 GW SMART solar program. As the highly successful SREC programs come to an end on November 26, at 12 PM EST, over 11,000 direct solar professionals within the state are paying attention. Kaitlin Kelly, Manager of Solar Programs at Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), ran the show - while Michael Judge, Director of the Renewable and Alternative Energy Division at MA DOER, supported - along with utility representatives. The presentation, Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program Transition and…
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sPower secures 100 MW solar power PPA with California aggregator
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sPower secures 100 MW solar power PPA with California aggregator

Community choice aggregator CleanPowerSF has signed a 22-year PPA with sPower for a 100 MW project in Lancaster, California. The project is expected to be online in 2019. June 11, 2018John Weaver Expressway Solar, an sPower projectsPower has been making headlines for all the right reasons: $421 million raised off of a solar portfolio, and gigawatt-plus equipment deals with single axis tracking and solar module manufacturers.And the company, which claims the mantle of the largest private owner of operating solar assets in the United States, just got another 100 MW, 22-year PPA too sell more electricity from solar.sPower is building the…
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Lowest public solar power contract in the United States: 2.49¢/kWh
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Lowest public solar power contract in the United States: 2.49¢/kWh

Arizona’s largest power user has approved a 20-year power contract with a 30 MW solar project at 2.49¢/kWh, the lowest confirmed price for a public solar power contract to date. The deal also involves shutting down a coal plant. June 11, 2018John WeaverArizona is hot for the sun – this is without any doubts. They’ve built beauty in the desert, residential customers are powering up, the solar advocates are taking the seats of power, regulators are fighting back and the grid is evolving – even while the governor fights the inevitable, utilities settle Supreme Court bound lawsuits, the politicians quibble…
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US Senate introduces solar tariff repeal bill
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US Senate introduces solar tariff repeal bill

U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) have introduced a bill to rescind the duty and tariff-rate quota on imported solar. This follows the introduction of a similar bill in the U.S. House. June 8, 2018John WeaverU.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) are taking the angle that jobs, jobs and jobs are what can protect the solar power industry from the foibles of politicians. They’re joining eight Republicans who wrote a letter to Trump to request that the U.S. Congress repeal the solar panel and solar cells tariff applied as a result of the Section 201…
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World’s largest li-ion battery and 707 MW of solar power in Colorado proposal
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World’s largest li-ion battery and 707 MW of solar power in Colorado proposal

Xcel Energy’s 120-day report to Colorado regulators includes an additional 1.1 GW of wind at 1.1-1.8¢/kWh. Solar power bids have come in at 2.2-2.7¢/kWh, and solar+storage at 3.0-3.2¢/kWh. June 7, 2018John WeaverBack in the quaint days of late 2017, the world was awoke by a batch of bids of momentous size – and shockingly low pricing – in a solicitation by Xcel Energy. In fact, the median bid on 16 GW of solar+storage came in at only 3.6¢ per kilowatt-hour (kWh). This price was only 0.65¢/kWh more than the 30 GW of solar-only bids. For perspective’s purpose – according to…
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SDG&E to build 334 MWh of energy storage to support renewables
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SDG&E to build 334 MWh of energy storage to support renewables

San Diego Gas & Electric has received approval by the CPUC for five energy storage projects totaling 83.5 MW of instantaneous power output, with a four hour rating. June 6, 2018John Weaver Fluence Energy StorageAs of the filing of the 2017 California RPS Annual Report, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) was already getting 43% of its electricity from renewable resources. The state expects to hit 50% renewables by 2020 – a full ten years ahead of the state’s 2030 target.In order to better maximize the intermittent nature of solar power and to meet state energy storage guidelines, SDG&E has is…
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Residential energy storage grows 9x in Q1 2018
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Residential energy storage grows 9x in Q1 2018

The 36 megawatt-hours of residential energy storage installed in the United States during Q1 is the latest in a year of accelerating growth rates, driven by policies in California and Hawaii. June 6, 2018John WeaverAs reported by EnergySage, 74% of residential solar power customers have an interest in energy storage. And while one can always debate whether expressing interest in a poll will ever turn into actual money being spent, this is not the only data point. In May, Arizona’s Salt River Project Water and Power launched a residential energy storage incentive with 4,500 spots available. With only one month elapsed…
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