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National clean energy groups request a rehearing with FERC, claiming it undermines state programs with MOPR

National clean energy groups request a rehearing with FERC, claiming it undermines state programs with MOPR

January 22, 2020 at 9:48 am 0 comments

Four national clean energy organizations are calling out Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for its “regulatory overreach” with its Minimum Offer Price Rule (MOPR), which they are saying is bias toward fossil fuels and blocks renewables from participating in wholesale PJM capacity markets. The four — Advanced Energy Economy (AEE),Read More

California’s largest CCA solar project to-date highlights the use of local, union labor

California’s largest CCA solar project to-date highlights the use of local, union labor

January 22, 2020 at 8:41 am 0 comments

The largest renewable energy installation ever built for a California Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) agency is officially online. Peninsula Clean Energy this month began providing more solar power to California’s San Mateo County from the 200-MW utility-scale Wright Solar Project located in the nearby Central Valley. Peninsula Clean Energy has anRead More

Fitch: Solar consistently beats wind in global renewable energy project ratings

Fitch: Solar consistently beats wind in global renewable energy project ratings

January 22, 2020 at 8:01 am 0 comments

Solar consistently outperforms wind among global renewable energy project ratings in Fitch Ratings’ universe, according to updated analysis from the rating agency. “More than a decade of analysis shows that solar resources are consistently more stable and predictable than wind, resulting in less volatile revenues and generally higher ratings,” saysRead More

Solar Landscape Valcor Engineering project in Springfield N.J.

Solar Landscape awarded 53 percent of rooftop projects in New Jersey’s community solar pilot program

January 21, 2020 at 10:05 am 0 comments

Solar Landscape, a solar energy company specializing in large commercial solar installations, was awarded more than 20 megawatts of rooftop solar projects as part of the first round of New Jersey’s community solar pilot program. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) selected Solar Landscape’s projects as part ofRead More

Petersen-Dean goes with Enphase for its solar inverter, storage solution

Petersen-Dean goes with Enphase for its solar inverter, storage solution

January 21, 2020 at 8:46 am 0 comments

Petersen-Dean, Inc., one of the largest full-service, privately-held roofing and solar companies in the United States, has selected Enphase as its premier supplier of solar inverters and battery storage systems. The agreement establishes the foundation for Enphase to support Petersen-Dean in its turnkey energy solutions strategy for new residential andRead More

SMA inverters are first to be listed as compliant with new California Rule 21 requirements

SMA inverters are first to be listed as compliant with new California Rule 21 requirements

January 21, 2020 at 8:23 am 0 comments

As of this week, the California Energy Commission (CEC) has listed multiple SMA solar inverters under the updated Grid Support Solar Inverter compliance list for the California Rule 21 requirements. The approved inverters listed as compliant with Rule 21 phase two and phase three functions are the Sunny Boy-US, SunnyRead More

Funding

Battery storage funding leads the way in Mercom’s 2019 Storage, Smart Grid, Energy Efficiency activity report

January 20, 2020 at 3:01 pm 0 comments

Funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity was down in the Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Energy Efficiency sectors in 2019 compared to 2018, according to a new report from Mercom Capital Group. Chart: Global VC funding Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Efficiency Global VC funding (venture capital, private equity,Read More

Pine Gate Renewables to build 13 mid-size solar farms in this South Carolina county

Pine Gate Renewables to build 13 mid-size solar farms in this South Carolina county

January 20, 2020 at 12:15 pm 0 comments

Pine Gate Renewables, a national utility-scale solar developer, is bringing 13 mid-size solar farm projects to Greenwood County, S.C. The combined capacity from these sites totals 25.5 megawatts (MW), enough energy to power roughly 4,845 homes annually. These projects will add to Pine Gate’s existing 16 projects in the state.Read More

First Solar’s stock dropped last week after a Barclays Capital downgrade

First Solar’s stock dropped last week after a Barclays Capital downgrade

January 20, 2020 at 11:59 am 0 comments

Investor website Motley Fool noticed that First Solar’s stock was taking a hit last week (9.8% as of their alert) and they traced the reason back to British investment bank Barclays Capital, which “downgraded First Solar two notches — all the way from overweight to underweight, assigning a target priceRead More

Humless adds a 4,000-cycle, 5 kWh lithium-iron phosphate battery to its lineup

Humless adds a 4,000-cycle, 5 kWh lithium-iron phosphate battery to its lineup

January 20, 2020 at 11:23 am 0 comments

Humless debuted a new 5-kWh Lithium Iron Phosphate 4,000-cycle battery in its line of energy storage solutions for home and commercial use. The Humless 5 kWh, based on Lithium Iron Phosphate technology, offers the longest life and minimum power loss of any similar Lithium battery on the market today. TheRead More