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Joseph Bebon
Joseph Bebon
Joseph Bebon is editor of Solar Industry magazine. In addition, he contributes to sister publications North American Windpower magazine, Unmanned Aerial Online, and NGT News, an alternative fuel vehicle news site, and was previously editor of the latter. Joseph is also the former editor of smart grid publication Renew Grid. He graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a bachelor's degree in English and started his career at Zackin Publications, publisher of Solar Industry, as an editorial assistant in 2010.
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Utility Regulators OK Microsoft-PSE Renewable Energy Settlement

Posted by Joseph Bebon on July 20, 2017

Under a newly approved settlement agreement between Microsoft Corp. and Washington utility Puget Sound Energy (PSE), the tech giant will be able to purchase clean energy from the wholesale market to power its Puget Sound facility in Washington state. The [Read More]

New Study Tallies U.S. Distributed Solar Policy Actions In Q2

Posted by Joseph Bebon on July 20, 2017

Thirty-nine states and the District of Columbia took some form of action on distributed solar policy and rate design changes in the second quarter of this year (Q1’17), according to the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center’s (NCCETC) latest edition of its [Read More]

N.Y. Launches Toolkit To Help Municipalities Advance Solar Projects

Posted by Joseph Bebon on July 20, 2017

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has developed a Solar PILOT Toolkit to assist the state’s municipalities in understanding and negotiating payment-in-lieu-of taxes (PILOT) agreements for solar projects larger than 1 MW, including community solar projects. [Read More]

Oklahoma Utility Taps SunPower For 10 MW Solar Project

Posted by Joseph Bebon on July 20, 2017

Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. (OG&E) and SunPower Corp. have signed a contract to build a 10 MW solar photovoltaic power plant in Covington, Okla. Construction on the plant is anticipated to commence next month. “The Covington project is a [Read More]

Mississippi Power, U.S. Navy Dedicate Seabee Base Solar Project

Posted by Joseph Bebon on July 20, 2017

Mississippi Power, along with leaders from the U.S. Navy and Hannah Solar, recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate a utility-scale solar facility at the Naval Construction Battalion Center, also known as the Seabee Base, in Gulfport, Miss. “Our company [Read More]

Regulators Approve Hawaiian Electric’s Roadmap To 100% Renewables

Posted by Joseph Bebon on July 19, 2017

The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has accepted utility company Hawaiian Electric’s plan charting near-term actions leading to 100% renewable energy by 2045. The Power Supply Improvement Plan Update, accepted by the PUC on July 14, describes the work by [Read More]

San Diego Agency Seeks Energy Storage Project Proposals

Posted by Joseph Bebon on July 19, 2017

The San Diego County Water Authority has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a potential joint energy storage project with the City of San Diego. According to the public agency, the project could lessen upward pressure on water rates [Read More]

Trade Case Was ‘The Elephant In The Room’ At Intersolar NA

Joseph Bebon
Written by Joseph Bebon on July 18, 2017

Industry players chimed in on the controversial Section 201 petition during last week’s Intersolar North America trade show.

Kansas Utility Cuts Ribbon On Its First Community Solar Project

Posted by Joseph Bebon on July 18, 2017

A crowd including state and local leaders and representatives from Kansas-based utility Westar Energy, Dold Foods and SoCore Energy gathered last week to cut the ribbon on Westar’s first community solar project. According to Westar, the 1.2 MW installation in [Read More]

DOE Launches ‘Hit Me With Your SunShot’ Photo Contest

Posted by Joseph Bebon on July 18, 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SunShot Initiative made headlines last week after announcing millions of dollars in funding for research projects, and now the federal program is launching a fun contest to see your best solar photos. The SunShot [Read More]