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Solar in the States: Midwest Update
20 Mar 2017 at 6:57pm
by Rich Dana
Across the U.S., states governments are struggling to craft laws that are fair for solar owners. At the same time, they are feeling the pressure from powerful utility industry lobbyists. In the first of an ongoing series of articles on state solar legislation, Solar Tribune focuses on solar news from around the American heartland. —- […] The post Solar in the States: Midwest Update appeared first on Solar Tribune.

World’s Largest Lithium-Ion Storage Facility in San Diego County May Help Solar Power
13 Mar 2017 at 6:46pm
by David Baldwin
In Escondido, a city in San Diego County not far from San Diego itself, the utility SDG&E, in partnership with the Virginia-based company AES Energy Storage, recently unveiled a California milestone: the largest lithium-ion energy storage installation in the world. The 30 megawatt (MW) facility contains 400,000 AES Advancion® batteries, similar to ones found in […] The post World’s Largest Lithium-Ion Storage Facility in San Diego County May Help Solar Power appeared first on Solar Tribune.

California Is Becoming the Solar/Storage Test Bed
13 Mar 2017 at 12:41am
by Rich Dana
California utilities are working hard to discourage new indie rooftop solar projects, but their upcoming changes in rate structures will simply accelerate the adoption of new storage technology. San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E), Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and Southern California Edison (SCE) are all proposing new rate structures that will move on-peak rates […] The post California Is Becoming the Solar/Storage Test Bed appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Rick Perry Confirmed as Secretary of Energy: Will He Stand Up for Solar?
6 Mar 2017 at 3:43pm
by Rich Dana
Former Texas governor and two-time republican presidential candidate Rick Perry was sworn in as chief of the Department of Energy (DOE) last week, and many in the solar industry are wondering what to expect from the new Energy Secretary when it comes to renewable energy policy. Perry suggested eliminating the DOE during his 2011 campaign […] The post Rick Perry Confirmed as Secretary of Energy: Will He Stand Up for Solar? appeared first on Solar Tribune.

North Carolina Island Rolls Out Microgrid
26 Feb 2017 at 7:11pm
by Rich Dana
Ocracoke—a popular tourist destination in the Outer Banks of North Carolina— is addressing weather-related power outages with a state-of-the-art battery-based microgrid. According to the Ocracoke Observer,  a cooperative venture by the North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation (which owns the island’s 3-megawatt diesel generator) and Tideland Electric Membership Corporation (the local utility company) have installed a […] The post North Carolina Island Rolls Out Microgrid appeared first on Solar Tribune.

California Solar + Storage Project Will Be A “Win-Win”
20 Feb 2017 at 8:00am
by Rich Dana
Enphase energy and GRID Alternatives have partnered in the past to bring clean, affordable solar energy to low-income homes in California. Now, with net-metering caps kicking in, they are adding storage to this successful program. Based in Oakland, California, GRID Alternatives is a non-profit organization that brings together community partners, volunteers and job trainees to […] The post California Solar + Storage Project Will Be A “Win-Win” appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Jimmy Carter: The “Solar President”
13 Feb 2017 at 1:26am
by Rich Dana
In the late 1970s, the peanut farmer from Plains, Georgia became the first American president to promote solar as a path to American energy independence and freedom from foreign oil. Now, at 92, his family is turning 10 acres of the family peanut farm into a 1.3-megawatt solar farm. On February 8th, President Carter and […] The post Jimmy Carter: The “Solar President” appeared first on Solar Tribune.

The Numbers Are In: Solar Leads In Job Growth
8 Feb 2017 at 1:12pm
by Rich Dana
Solar jobs have tripled in seven years. Will growth continue? “Renewable energy use translates to bottom-line benefits such as lower and more stable energy costs for GM in the long term. With more than 67 megawatts of solar housed at 24 facilities across the globe, we see the power of sunshine as an integral part […] The post The Numbers Are In: Solar Leads In Job Growth appeared first on Solar Tribune.

San Francisco Solar Roof Law May Spread to All of California
6 Feb 2017 at 3:34am
by David Baldwin
The new state senator from California’s 11th District, Scott Wiener, has proposed a potentially historic bill, S.B. 71. This legislation would require, for new residential and commercial buildings of 10 stories or less within the state, that at least 15 percent of the roof area be fully equipped and installed for solar power. The source […] The post San Francisco Solar Roof Law May Spread to All of California appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Why Utilities have already lost the “War on Net Metering”
30 Jan 2017 at 6:12pm
by Rich Dana
As state legislatures gavel in their 2017 sessions, a new crop of anti-net metering bills is being pressed forward by utility and fossil fuel lobbyists.  By alienating customers, they are only accelerating the decline of their own industry. The plethora of news concerning federal energy and environmental policy coming out of Washington is sucking all […] The post Why Utilities have already lost the “War on Net Metering” appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Has California Reached “Peak Solar?” Not Even Close.
22 Jan 2017 at 6:34pm
by Rich Dana
Solar detractors are pointing to the 2016 dip in California solar installations as the beginning of the end of the solar boom. Others see it for what it is; a sign of a maturing industry settling into a sustainable growth rate. On January 1st of this year, breitbart.com pronounced “Peak Solar Hits California.” The use […] The post Has California Reached “Peak Solar?” Not Even Close. appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Solar + Storage Update
16 Jan 2017 at 7:00am
by Rich Dana
Will 2017 be the “Year of  Solar Storage?” This week, Kaua’i Island Electric Cooperative announced that it will be purchasing 11% of its generation from a new solar plus storage facility, below the cost of its current fossil fuel-powered generation. This is huge news, even in spite of the fact that Kaua’i is one of […] The post Solar + Storage Update appeared first on Solar Tribune.


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