Tag Archives: U.S. solar energy development

Solar tsunami

By Christian Roselund and John Weaver, PV Magazine

Developers have applied to build 139 GWac of large-scale solar projects in the territory of six grid operators – around five times what is currently online across the country – and that figure doesn’t even cover the entire United States. By any metric, we are looking at an unprecedented boom in solar development over the next five years. Read more here.

Flickr Photo by Juwi Renewable Energies Limited

Electric Power Markets: National Overview

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)



Recently Posted: Capital Dynamics Signs Agreement with Tenaska to Develop Solar Projects, News Release. The transaction includes 14 solar projects with approximately 2,000 megawatts (MW) in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) market. The portfolio represents a large share of all solar projects currently in the MISO North interconnection queue, with projects in Michigan,
Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Minnesota.

Nebraska is a member of the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) wholesale market.
Based in Little Rock, Arkansas. SPP manages transmission in fourteen states: Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming. Its membership is comprised of investor-owned utilities, municipal
systems, generation and transmission cooperatives, state authorities, independent power producers, power marketers and independent transmission companies.

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What’s In Store for U.S. Solar Energy in 2019?, by the Center on Global Energy Policy, Earth Institute, Columbia University. In the latest edition of the Columbia Energy Exchange podcast, host Bill Loveless talks to Abigail Ross Hopper, the president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the U.S. trade group for solar energy.


The final adjustment to the residential service charge begins January 1. Review the Rate Restructuring FAQs for details

FAQ #9:  I am considering installing solar panels and/or wind generation at my home. How would this affect me?
Because the fixed portion of the bill is increasing, customers who wish to install solar or wind to meet part of their energy needs would see an increase in the payback period associated with recovering their investment.

Previously Posted: Are regulators starting to rethink fixed charges?, Utility Dive
[In 2017], regulators only approved 6 out of 84 proposals for higher customer charges, suggesting regulators might be looking for “something better,” Proudlove told Utility Dive. Autumn Proudlove is senior manager of policy research at the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC).

New (Brief) SEIA Video

Welcome to the Next Chapter 

SEIA President and CEO, Abigail Ross Hopper, provides insight on the outcome of the Sec. 201 solar trade case and the steps SEIA is taking to ensure the future of the solar industry is a bright one.

Here comes the sun: US solar power market hits all-time high

By Matt Weiser, Guardian

Guardian article

The US solar industry expects to install 14.5 gigawatts of solar power in 2016, a 94% increase over the record 7.5 gigawatts last year, according to a new market report by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association. Revenues from solar installations also increased 21% from 2014 to more than $22bn in 2015. For the first time, more solar systems came online than natural gas power plants – the top source of electricity in the US – in 2015, as measured in megawatts, said Justin Baca, vice president of markets and research at the Solar Energy Industries Association. This year, new solar is expected to surpass installations of all other sources, said the US Energy Information Administration. Continue reading. 

Photograph: Eric Kruzewski for the Guardian

Real estate values increase near wind farm, Colorado assessor finds, Utility Dive
Driving the Electric Vehicle Market in Michigan, Natural Resources Defense Council
3-month-old sheep manage vegetation at a Wisconsin electric cooperative’s 2800-solar-panel installation, WEAU News  
Wineries Soak Up the Sun with More Solar Power, Inside Energy
Report: Solar Energy in California Has Grown Dramatically Over 5 Years. Morning Consult.
Solar energy generation in California increased 1,378 percent between 2009 and 2014, according to a report released by the California-oriented policy group Next 10 on Wednesday.
The Renewable Energy Future Emerges? Integration of Solar Energy, Battery Storage and Electric Vehicles, Global Research. Whether or not Tesla’s corporate reorganization proceeds, this is the model for a global renewable energy company with a comprehensive and compatible product line.
Solar energy MYTHS, Tumbler Ridge News

American Electric Power Ohio seeks developers for large-scale solar energy projects

By Tom Knox, Columbus Business First
AEP committed to building 900 megawatts of wind and solar powered projects in the state as part of a December agreement with the Sierra Club . . . The Columbus company’s Gahanna subsidiary, AEP Ohio, said it would carve out 400 megawatts of solar-powered projects, with preference for the Appalachian part of the state that today is reliant on coal, and 500 megawatts of wind projects. Read more here. Photo Credit: Tom Knox

Community solar systems popping up across rural America, by Jonathan H. Harsch, Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc.
PSE&G wants to cover more landfills with solar panels, by Andrew Maykuth, The Inquirer Daily News. New Jersey’s “Public Service Electric & Gas Co. asked state regulators Wednesday to allow it to spend $275 million to install 100 megawatts of solar panels, nearly tripling the capacity of its landfill and brownfield solar farms.”
Orange Button Initiative launches solar energy project working groups, SolarServer

Solar Energy in the United States: A Decade of Record Growth (Video)

“Over the last 10 years, the deployment of solar energy in the United States grew at an unprecedented rate. To highlight the good news, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has produced a new video, Solar Energy in the United States: A Decade of Record Growth.

According to a SEIA analysis, in 2004 there were 500 megawatts (MW) of solar energy installed nationwide. But by the end of 2014, there were 20,000 MW – enough to power more than 4 million homes. 97 percent of that capacity was added after passage of the federal solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC).  By the end of 2016, the solar industry is expected to double in size, offsetting more than 45 million metric tons of carbon dioxide – the equivalent of taking 10 million cars off U.S. highways or shuttering 12 coal-fired power plants.”

Ken Johnson,
Vice President, Communications
Solar Energy Industries Association

Watch the video.