SEIA News Release
BOSTON, Mass. and WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Section 201 solar tariffs took a toll on utility-scale solar installations in the third quarter according to the U.S. Solar Market Insight Report for Q3 from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Wood Mackenzie Power & the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). The residential market, meanwhile, continued to stabilize after a down 2017. Overall, the analysts expect 2018 growth to be flat.
For the first time since 2015, quarterly additions of utility-scale solar photovoltaics (PV) fell below 1 gigawatt (GW), highlighting the impact of the tariffs and the uncertainty surrounding them in late 2017 and early 2018. As a result, the U.S. solar market was down 15 percent year-over-year in the third quarter of the year, but the report notes that a strong project pipeline lies ahead. Continue reading here.
MORE U.S. RENEWABLE ENERGY NEWS & AN OP-ED
- First Solar sees a doubling coming in 2019, PV Magazine
The PV maker projects 5.4 to 5.6 GW of solar module shipments next year, more than double its current projected 2018 volumes of 2.6 to 2.7 GW. Photo Credit: Rob Davis, Fresh Energy
- Room for US residential solar to reach 41 GW by 2025, PV Magazine
A new analysis by Credit Suisse forecasts that installed residential solar capacity in the United States could grow more than 3x to reach 41 GW by 2025, and shows that there is plenty of space on rooftops to do this.
- Congress Passes Farm Bill With Renewables Funding Intact, Solar Industry
According to the Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC), the legislation maintains the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) at $50 million per year of mandatory funding.
- Baseball Legend Dusty Baker Wants to Harness the Power of the Sun, Bloomberg
After decades on the diamond, he’s making solar energy his new field for competition.
- Solar and green jobs are rising around Chicago’s ‘toxic doughnut’, Midwest Energy News
Altgeld Gardens will soon be the site of a city-sponsored green jobs training program and a brownfield solar farm.
- Soft costs of solar: The final frontier of utility LCOE reduction? In this op-ed for pv magazine, KiloNewton Founder and CEO John Williamson looks at both the importance of reducing soft costs and the likely paths to get there.
Expect 680 GW Of New Wind Energy In Next Decade, North American Wind Power
A new report from research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie predicts more than 680 GW of new wind power capacity to come online globally over the next decade.
U.S. energy storage project pipeline hits 32.9 GW this year, Solar Power World. The pipeline for energy storage projects in the United States doubled this year, ballooning to 32.9 GW, according to the latest U.S. Energy Storage Monitor from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Energy Storage Association (ESA). While not all of the projects will come to fruition, this is a clear signpost that developers are bullish on energy storage. The report’s free executive summary is available here.
100% RENEWABLE ENERGY NEWS & A PODCAST
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- AT&T Harnessing the Strong Winds of Renewable Energy, Renewable Energy Magazine. Despite dire headlines suggesting the United States has turned its back on the clean energy revolution and the battle to confront climate change, corporations in the country are on a pace to complete 5 GW of renewable energy purchases by the end of the year.
- Four Local Cities on Sierra Club Climate Pledge List, Patch.Com
Boulder County is home to almost four percent of the cities nationwide that have committed to 100 percent renewables.
- Suncast: PV Magazine USA on 100% renewable energy
In this latest version of the Suncast podcast, PV Magazine Americas Editor Christian Roselund talks about the feasibility of the 100% renewable electricity targets being.
NREL highlights DER aggregation project challenges, American Public Power Association. A new study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory identifies challenges and makes recommendations for utilities implementing distributed energy resource (DER) aggregation programs. For the study, Expanding PV Value: Lessons Learned from Utility-led Distributed Energy Resource Aggregation in the United States, NREL analyzed DER aggregation programs at five utilities.
In Minneapolis-St. Paul, the days of diesel buses may be numbered, Midwest Energy News. Metro Transit officials have have committed to add as many as 125 electric buses over the next four years, after which they may stop buying diesel buses altogether. The multi-year strategy comes two months after clean energy advocates successfully pressured the agency to suspend the purchases of new diesel and hybrid buses so that it could study the potential for electrification.
Homeland Security Calls for Microgrid-Driven Community Enclaves
A new Homeland Security report calls for creation of microgrid-driven community enclaves as part of a larger safety strategy should the United States experience a catastrophic power failure. Surviving a Catastrophic Power Outage finds the nation outmatched by an outage lasting weeks or months.
NPPD eyes hydrogen as conversion fuel at coal-fired unit, American Public Power Association. NPPD plans to change Sheldon Unit 2 near Hallam, Nebraska, from coal to hydrogen between 2021 and 2023, according to John Swanson, NPPD’s generation strategies manager. The hydrogen will flow through a pipeline from a facility Monolith Materials is building across the road from the generating unit. to manufacture carbon black, which is used in tires, cell phones, computers, wiring, etc. The process to make carbon black produces hydrogen as a by-product.