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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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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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 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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New York carbon tax wants real time co2 emission data
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New York carbon tax wants real time co2 emission data

A really interesting report. New York wants the cost of electricity to include the carbon tax in it - but they want real time data to determine the true amount of emissions coming from the plant at the exact moment that the electricity is being produced. Since the electricity market is a constant process of generators bidding to buy electricity, these power plants will be placing bids with the carbon tax already integrated into pricing. This will have an affect on the economics of power plants. Very interesting. I think we owe the New York regulators some cred for giving…
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