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In solar proceedings, let the sun shine in

Utility Dive Viewpoint written by Anne Hoskins, Chief Policy Officer for Sunrun and former Commissioner on the Maryland Public Service Commission

As the dust settles from this year’s Presidential election, one thing is clear: nationwide demand for rooftop solar is vibrant. Rooftop solar has always enjoyed strong bipartisan support, with recent polling showing that 85% of voters support rooftop solar . . . Distributed solar is a building block for the grid of the future. Solar fuels demand response, smart inverters, and electric vehicles. “Solar plus storage” will unlock an even greater amount of grid support services, like frequency response, load shifting, peak reduction, reliability-based demand response, and voltage support and dispatch, so long as regulators encourage customers to be part of the solution. Read more.

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  • California county files community choice aggregation plan, Utility Dive
    More communities are turning to aggregation programs as a way to take charge of their energy supply, paying the local utility a fee to deliver their preferred power mix at customer rates they determine. And it is not just smaller communities—cities like San Diego are also tackling energy supply programs as a way to source their power from more renewable energy.
  • Facebook, Microsoft demand better, more innovative customer service from utilities, Daily Energy Insider Reports. At Microsoft, manufacturing and certain other operations have been 100 percent powered by renewable energy since 2014. The company operates about 100 data centers around the world and is always on the lookout for locations to open more, often with a price tag of  $1 billion-plus each.
  • Microsoft announces largest wind energy purchase to date, PR Newswire
    On Monday, Microsoft Corp. announced its largest purchase of wind energy to date with the signing of two agreements. Combined, these agreements represent 237 megawatts of wind energy, which brings Microsoft’s total investment in wind energy projects in the U.S. to more than 500 megawatts.

Tesla-SolarCity Merger Talks Are Only The Tip of the Energy Cloud

By Dexter Gauntlett, Renewable Energy World

EnergyCloudThe Tesla-SolarCity proposed merger is really just the tip of the energy cloud: “This emerging energy cloud landscape, a concept that borrows from cloud computing, represents a range of technical, commercial, environmental, and regulatory changes that challenge the traditional hub-and-spoke grid architecture.” [Elon Musk]. Click to read more.

In an upcoming webinar titled The Integrated DER Ecosystem, Navigant Research and two industry leaders, SolarCity and Generate Capital, will discuss how these bundling trends, in addition to other advances in the DER landscape, present opportunities and challenges in the market. The transition to the energy cloud is a bumpy path, but it is already redefining the grid architecture and customer relationships of the future.

The US has 10GW of Utility-Scale PV Projects Under Construction: It took decades to install the first 10 cumulative gigawatts of PV. Now we’re going to see that figure matched in a matter of months. Greentech Media
Solar Contagion and Lessons for Other Energy Upgrades, Rocky Mountain Institute
Experts: Growth of renewables in energy mix highlights need for grid modernization, Daily Energy Insider
What If All U.S. Coal Workers Were Retrained to Work in Solar?, Harvard Business Review
Hampshire College is first U.S. college to go 100% solar, estimating that it will save up to $400,000 per year, WDTN

Elon Musk reveals part 2 of his ‘Master Plan’ for Tesla, defends potential SolarCity deal

By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive

Elon Musk

Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed “part deux” of his master plan for the company in a Wednesday blog post, outlining a vision to expand Tesla’s vehicle offerings and network them with rooftop solar and residential batteries . . . The acquisition of Tesla’s sister company SolarCity will allow Tesla to “create a smoothly integrated and beautiful solar-roof-with-battery product that just works,” Musk wrote, “empowering the individual as their own utility.” Read more here.

Photo: Elon Musk. Credit: Getty Images

White House rolls out plan to boost solar, efficiency access for low-income groups, Utility Dive
Iowa regulators open door to more net metering, Midwest Energy News
Wisconsin’s largest solar facility now operational, Daily Energy Insider
Pierre Solar Project Set To Be Largest in State,
South Dakota Public Broadcasting
Pilot Energy Storage Project installed at College of Marin in California, Renewable Energy World
How aggregated DERs are becoming the new demand response: Grid operators are designing new markets and mechanisms to get reliability and flexibility from aggregated distributed energy resources, Utility Dive
A 300-megawatt wind farm application has been submitted to the Public Service Commission for Barnes County, the largest ever filed in North Dakota, Bismarck Tribune
Great Wind Energy Deals Are Swaying Major Players
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