Solar News

U.S. House Rolls Out 100% Renewable Energy Bill

Posted by Betsy Lillian on July 21, 2017

The House version of a landmark 100% clean energy bill rolled out earlier this year has been introduced by U.S. Reps. Jared Polis, D-Colo.; Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz.; Jared Huffman, D-Calif.; and Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash. According to the lawmakers, the “100 [Read More]

SolarWorld Americas Launches Secondary Warranty Program

Posted by Joseph Bebon on July 21, 2017

Oregon-based manufacturer SolarWorld Americas Inc. has announced the SolarWorld Assurance Warranty Protection Program, which the company says features supplemental protection plans for residential and small commercial customers. SolarWorld Americas’ standard coverage includes a 20-year product warranty and a 25-year performance [Read More]

California Moving Too Slowly On Customer-Sited Energy Storage

Contributors
Written by Laura Gray on July 20, 2017

Despite strong support and a creative push by CALSEIA at Intersolar N.A., a promising energy storage bill has died in committee.

Could Smart Inverters Play A Large Role In Illinois’ Energy Future?

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Written by Rebecca Goold on July 20, 2017

Last week, a federal judge protected Illinois’ Future Energy Jobs Act, which is expected to grow the state’s solar capacity to over 3,000 MW by 2030 – enough to power approximately half-a-million homes. The expected influx in distributed resources like [Read More]

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]

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.