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What India’s Solar Tariff Exemption Could Mean for the US Market

By Julia Pyper, Greentech Media

The market impact from new solar tariffs announced earlier this week is shaping up to be less severe than it could have been. But while analysts don’t expect solar cell and module prices to skyrocket, some big business decisions will be made in the coming weeks and months around the modest price increase — which has prompted a series of questions around how, exactly, the new tariffs will be implemented. One of the interesting pieces of information revealed in trade documents obtained by GTM this week is that crystalline silicon solar products from India are not subject to the new tariffs. Click here to read the full article.

Photo Credit: Adani, the largest cell and module manufacturer in India.
Additional information should become available in the coming days, with the tariffs scheduled to take effect on February 7. On February 22, the USTR will release the rules for companies seeking exemptions from the tariffs. The possibility of an exemption is particularly significant for San Jose-based SunPower, which announced this week it is canceling $20 million in investment as a result of the tariffs.

Utilities See Growing Opportunity in Community Solar Market

By Julia Pyper, Greentech Media

Community solar has become an increasingly popular way for electric utilities to bring solar to customers. In 2010, there were only two shared solar projects in existence. Today, 77 utilities administer more than 110 projects across 26 states, accounting for a total capacity of about 106 megawatts, according to a new Deloitte report . . . But while opportunities exist, the growth trends vary depending on utility type.

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Inside the Minds of Regulators: How Different States Are Dealing With Distributed Energy

By Julia Pyper, Senior Writer at Greentech Media

With distributed generation steadily rising and creeping into new states, electricity regulators in each region of the U.S. are dealing with change very differently.

Regulatory officials from California, Texas, Minnesota and Arizona discussed how they’re addressing some of the most pressing issues in their service territories this week at the National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid in Washington, D.C.

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