One of the oldest ideas about how to cut costs is advancing, not through a business, but through a non-profit. Solar United Neighbors (SUN) is reporting that it has added 13 “solar co-ops” in ten states over the last six months, which are allowing participating homeowners and small business owners to essentially buy rooftop solar in bulk, 30 roofs at a time.
FPL redefines community solar Florida Power and Light (FPL), in collaboration with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), Vote Solar, and Walmart has officially filed a settlement to establish the nation’s largest community solar, after announcing plans for the program in the spring. The program, named Solar Together will be the biggest in the United States by a pretty wide margin, a piece of the larger 30×30 program that aims to install 30,000,000 solar panels by 2030, being described by SACE as 30×30’s ‘backbone.’
Solar + storage to survive disasters Roth Capital Partners has released a new research note on conclusions made and predictions about the solar industry, based off of observations made at Solar Power International 2019 (SPI). While the note is chiefly concerned with industry-wide solar stock performance, one bit of information stood out: Roth expects the U.S. residential solar market to exceed anticipated growth, increasing 25% year-over-year in both 2019 and 2020.
By Paul Ciampoli, American Public Power Association News
The American Public Power Association is urging the Department of Energy to reject a request by FirstEnergy Solutions that the Secretary of Energy issue an emergency order requiring PJM Interconnection and, by extension, electricity consumers in the PJM region, to provide “full cost recovery” for certain merchant generating plants in PJM. Such a request is unjustified, the Association said in its April 9 submittal to the DOE. FirstEnergy Solutions has neither demonstrated the existence of an emergency that would support action by Secretary of Energy Rick Perry under Federal Power Act section 202(c), nor shown that its requested relief is reasonable, the public power group argued. At issue is a March 29 request made by FirstEnergy Solutions, on behalf of certain of its subsidiaries (collectively, FirstEnergy), with the DOE. Continue reading here.
Muncie couple promotes solar panels throughout Indiana, The Daily News
A retired Ball State University married couple John Vann, retired marketing professor, and Carolyn Vann, retired biology professor, are taking their knowledge of sustainability and clean energy to the forefront of East Central Indiana to help households procure solar energy for their own properties. They are working to help Hoosiers obtain discounted panels.
ENERGY STORAGE NEWS
Of potential interest, especially for Nebraska solar installers: The customer has spoken – 74% want energy storage, PV Magazine USA EnergySage’s latest Solar Marketplace Intel Report shows solar shoppers are interested in batteries as well. Additionally, buyers have become hardware focused, pushing flexibility and efficiency.
From transmission deferral to hybrid generation, 2017 has seen a
number of notable projects done by or for regulated utilities.
By Peter Maloney, Contributor, Utility Dive
High on the list of notable projects of the year is Tucson Electric Power’s (TEP) solar plus storage facility. The project is being built by NextEra Energy and features a 100 MW solar array and a 30 MW, 120 MWh energy storage system. Its most notable feature, however, is its power purchase agreement.
TEP reported that the all-in cost for the solar-plus-storage project was “significantly less than $0.045/kWh over 20 years.” TEP said the solar portion of the project, at under 3¢/kWh, was “the lowest price recorded in the U.S.” That puts the remaining storage portion of the project at about 1.5¢/kWh. Click here to learn about other projects.
3@3 on Solar PV: China’s Solar Market, POWER-GEN, Tesla: Topics include the enormous solar market in China and how much solar the country is expected to install; POWER-GEN, the largest power show for the entire power industry and Tesla’s announcement that its mega storage project is ready for testing in Australia. Renewable Energy World
Webinar: Energy Storage for Puerto Rico: Modular Solutions for Disaster Recovery Tuesday, December 12 from 2pm to 3pm CST. Summary: Energy storage, combined with solar generation, can provide power to disaster recovery efforts when the grid is down. In this webinar, you will learn about solar+storage solutions being distributed in Puerto Rico by GS Battery and Civic Solar. For more information and to register, click here.
By Todd Olinsky-Paul, Clean Energy States Alliance
This guide seeks to provide state and municipal officials with information to develop effective solar and battery storage (solar+storage) policies and programs that benefit low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities. It explores a range of policy approaches that have been successfully employed and provides program examples from states that have made LMI access to these technologies a priority. Download the report.
Author and CESA Projects Director Todd Olinsky-Paul discussed the report in a recent webinar. Watch it here.
This week, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed the state’s first energy storage mandate into law. Assuming the law is authorized by the Oregon Public Utility Commission, electric utilities operating within the state will be required to procure at least 5 megawatt-hours of energy storage by 2020.