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5GW solar park approved – globe installed 5.3 GW in 2005
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5GW solar park approved – globe installed 5.3 GW in 2005

This park is going to be a television show. It will employ 20,000 people. In 25 years, it'll produce roughly 164 billion kWhrs. It's equal to the amount of solar power deployed in all of 2005. It's power output is equivalent to a 1GW nuclear plant. Everything about this project is big. And the most important aspect is that it makes sense financially - without any incentives - because developers are bidding their 20 year contracts at under 4¢/kWh. No incentives! (more…)
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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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China pushing hard on Asia-Africa-Europe HVDC-powerline network
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China pushing hard on Asia-Africa-Europe HVDC-powerline network

If at some point in the future, the planet decides to build a global network of powerlines - then we're going to be solar powered 24/7. The sun never sets on Earth - just on you or I personally. Now, from a geopolitical standpoint - its scary that the world's largest country has powerlines within your borders, and might have the ability to control the electricity on those powerlines. It seems Laos' powergrid is about completely filled with Chinese hydropower. What about Laos' political structure? Must be a lot like having the United States trolling your water for oil. (more…)
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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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Residential time of use pilot program coming to Minnesota
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Residential time of use pilot program coming to Minnesota

A two-year pilot program will be rolled out to roughly 10,000 Xcel Energy residential customers in early 2020. June 5, 2018John WeaverThe Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has approved a time of use (TOU) pilot for approximately 10,000 residential customers of Xcel energy, starting in 2020.The program will define a peak demand period from 3 PM until 8 PM. During weekdays and during this period, the price of electricity will be 92% higher than the standard rate. Simultaneously the ‘off peak’ rate – 12 AM till 6 AM, will be 54% lower than the standard rate.This means the peak afternoon/evening weekday…
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