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New Maryland solar grant program offers up to $7,500 for eligible households
16 May 2024 at 7:45pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
The Maryland Energy Administration today announced the launch of an important new program to provide major incentives for income-eligible Maryland households to install solar panels. Contained in the Brighter Tomorrow Act of 2024 recently signed by Governor Wes Moore, the new Maryland Solar Access program will boost solar development in the state and make it… The post New Maryland solar grant program offers up to $7,500 for eligible households appeared first on Solar Power World.

Schneider Electric buys 45X tax credits from Silfab
16 May 2024 at 5:13pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Schneider Electric announced a collaboration with Crux, a sustainable finance technology company, to purchase Section 45X Advanced Manufacturing Production Tax Credits from Silfab Solar. Schneider Electric’s purchase of these tax credits generated supplemental investment funds for Silfab to accelerate its expansion plans for American manufacturing of solar energy for commercial and residential utilization. “We are… The post Schneider Electric buys 45X tax credits from Silfab appeared first on Solar Power World.

Community solar legislation awaits governor’s signature in Alaska
16 May 2024 at 4:54pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Senate Bill 152, “Saving Alaskans Money with Voluntary Community Energy,” has passed the Alaska State Legislature and now awaits Governor Dunleavy’s signature to become law. SB 152 will allow Alaskans to subscribe to community-owned solar arrays not located on their home or property, opening up clean energy access for the first time to the more… The post Community solar legislation awaits governor’s signature in Alaska appeared first on Solar Power World.

Latest NC Clean Energy report finds utilities concerned about load growth
16 May 2024 at 2:39pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
The NC Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) released its Q1 2024 edition of the 50 States of Power Decarbonization. The quarterly series provides updates on state and utility actions pertaining to clean energy targets, emission reduction targets and carbon policies, generation planning and procurement rules, integrated resource plans and electric generation capacity changes (RFPs, green… The post Latest NC Clean Energy report finds utilities concerned about load growth appeared first on Solar Power World.

More details on IRA domestic content bonus revealed today by Treasury, IRS
16 May 2024 at 2:12pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Today the Dept. of the Treasury has released long-awaited further guidance concerning the domestic content bonus within the Inflation Reduction Act. Solar developers and installers that source iron and steel products and certain manufactured products from domestic producers can receive up to a 10% bonus to the investment tax credit (ITC) or production tax credit… The post More details on IRA domestic content bonus revealed today by Treasury, IRS appeared first on Solar Power World.

DOE invests $71 million in solar manufacturing R&D First Solar, Silfab, Cubic PV among award winners.
16 May 2024 at 2:11pm
by Kelly Pickerel
The Dept. of Energy has announced more than $70 million in research and development selections to seed new technologies across the solar supply chain. Funding from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will enable new entrants to the solar manufacturing market to establish their technologies and access more capital. The 18 selected projects will address gaps… The post DOE invests $71 million in solar manufacturing R&D <br><span style='color:#404040;font-weight:600;font-size:15px;'>First Solar, Silfab, Cubic PV among award winners.</span> appeared first on Solar Power World.

US surpasses 5 million solar installations
16 May 2024 at 11:45am
by Billy Ludt
The United States has officially exceeded 5 million solar installations, marking another milestone just eight years after the nation reached one million installations in 2016 — a milestone that took 40 years to achieve following the first grid-connected solar installation in 1973. According to data released by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Wood… The post US surpasses 5 million solar installations appeared first on Solar Power World.

Bifacial solar panels lose tariff exemption after Biden reverses course
16 May 2024 at 11:28am
by Kelly Pickerel
The Biden Administration today put imported bifacial solar panels back under Sec. 201 tariffs, after the specialty solar panels enjoyed a two-year exemption from extra duties first initiated by President Biden in 2022. This decision is part of the President’s sole right to make changes to in-progress tariffs under Sec. 201 of the 1974 Trade… The post Bifacial solar panels lose tariff exemption after Biden reverses course appeared first on Solar Power World.

AD/CVD Round 2: Southeast Asian solar panel players will again be investigated for unfair practices
15 May 2024 at 7:47pm
by Kelly Pickerel
The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) and the Dept. of Commerce today announced they will investigate claims made by the American Alliance for Solar Manufacturing Trade Committee that silicon solar cells and panels made in Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam are still being dumped into the U.S. market at prices that make domestic producers unable… The post AD/CVD Round 2: Southeast Asian solar panel players will again be investigated for unfair practices appeared first on Solar Power World.

Berkeley Lab report finds storage attachment rates jumped 50% under NEM 3.0
15 May 2024 at 5:36pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
On December 15, 2022, the California Public Utilities Commission passed an overhaul of the net-metering program for the state’s investor-owned utilities. The changes replaced the long-standing net energy metering (NEM) tariffs with a net billing tariff (NBT) structure — colloquially known as “NEM 3.0” — which significantly reduces the compensation for behind-the-meter solar PV systems.… The post Berkeley Lab report finds storage attachment rates jumped 50% under NEM 3.0 appeared first on Solar Power World.

DESRI completes 80-MW Elektron solar project in Utah
15 May 2024 at 3:32pm
by Kelly Pickerel
D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI) announced the 80-MWAC Elektron Solar Project has reached commercial operation. The project in Tooele County, Utah, began construction in 2021 and was acquired from Enyo Renewable Energy in 2020. “We are thrilled to have completed construction on the Elektron Solar facility,” said Hy Martin, Chief Development Officer of DESRI.… The post DESRI completes 80-MW Elektron solar project in Utah appeared first on Solar Power World.

Georgia church goes solar with help from Capital Good Fund
14 May 2024 at 6:37pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Last month, with the help of the nonprofit Georgia Interfaith Power and Light (GIPL), Trinity Episcopal Church in Statesboro, Georgia became the first faith community in the state to sign a solar energy procurement agreement (SEPA) with Georgia BRIGHT—a first-of-its-kind solar program designed to help low to moderate-income communities cut power bills and carbon emissions.… The post Georgia church goes solar with help from Capital Good Fund appeared first on Solar Power World.


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Iberdrola to acquire the rest of subsidiary Avangrid
17 May 2024 at 7:56pm
by Sean Wolfe
Iberdrola said the objective of the transaction is to “increase exposure to the networks business in the United States at a key time for Iberdrola."



Treasury, IRS issue additional guidance on domestic content bonus
17 May 2024 at 6:35pm
by Sean Wolfe
The Inflation Reduction Act's domestic content bonus applies to facilities and projects built using the required amounts of domestically produced steel, iron, and manufactured products.



NL government finalizes rate mitigation plan for 824 MW Muskrat Falls hydro project
17 May 2024 at 4:47pm
by Elizabeth Ingram
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced finalization of the rate mitigation plan for the 824 MW Muskrat Falls hydro project.



New York announces Solar for All program
17 May 2024 at 4:28pm
by Paul Gerke
Governor Hochul has announced the adoption of a statewide Solar for All program aiming to provide annual bill credits to 800,000+ homes.



Biden slaps new tariffs on Chinese imports — This Week in Cleantech
17 May 2024 at 11:14am
by John Engel
Plus, FERC shakes up the power industry with a landmark transmission ruling.



DOE investing $71M to expand US solar manufacturing
16 May 2024 at 6:53pm
by Sean Wolfe
The selected projects are meant to address gaps in the domestic solar manufacturing capacity for supply chain including equipment, silicon ingots and wafers, and both silicon and thin-film solar cell manufacturing.



The United States surpasses 5 million solar installations
16 May 2024 at 6:50pm
by Sean Wolfe
According to data released by SEIA and Wood Mackenzie, more than half of all U.S. installations have come online since 2020.



White House removes bifacial solar tariff exemption, following new tariffs targeting China
16 May 2024 at 6:21pm
by Sean Wolfe
The White House announced it will remove the tariff exemption for bifacial modules and take additional actions to address what it calls China's "unfair" trade practices.



‘World’s largest’ concrete thermal energy storage pilot completes testing
16 May 2024 at 4:00pm
by Sean Wolfe
The 10-MW-hour electric (MWhe) energy storage solution, developed by Storworks, is charged using heat from supercritical steam generated by Alabama Power’s Ernest C. Gaston Electric Generating plant.



Mississippi regulator axes solar programs in light of EPA funds, advocates file lawsuit
15 May 2024 at 8:27pm
by Renewable Energy World
The Mississippi Public Service Commission suspended several solar programs, including “Solar for Schools,” less than two years after the previous commission put them in place.




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