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Study: Costs of Rooftop Solar Were Not Passed Along to Non-Solar Ratepayers in Nevada

July 14, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Rooftop Solar Costs and Energy Prices

Homeowners and businesses in Nevada that install rooftop solar are not significantly shifting costs to those who do not directly invest in distributed solar, according to a new study commissioned by the Nevada Public Utilities Commission.[read more]

In Massachusetts, Compromise Pairs Net Metering With Declining Solar Incentives

July 14, 2014 by Tom Plant

Massachusetts and Solar Market Change

In states around the country, there have been attacks on the net metering policies that support distributed resources, primarily solar power systems. Utilities claim these policies give solar system owners a pass on paying for the infrastructure that connects them to the grid.[read more]

Siva Power's Thin Film Cost Target of 28 Cents per Watt Is Very Ambitious. But Not Impossible

July 13, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Siva Power and Cost Targets

Siva Power, the CIGS thin film company that re-emerged last year with a new team and approach to the market, is out with an ambitious cost roadmap for its modules. Before getting into the details of Siva's plan, it's worth remembering one important number related to CIGS thin film: twenty.[read more]

Bidgely Thinks Algorithms Can Replace Hardware to Capture the Impact of Rooftop Solar

July 12, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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Algorithms and Rooftop Solar

In the past few years, a host of various startups and Information Technology giants have launched technology applications aimed at turning simple streams of customer electricity data into kaleidoscopic views of individual energy usage in homes and businesses.[read more]

As the Solar Industry Eyes Storage, Experts at Intersolar Talk About Key Growth Markets

July 11, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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This week’s Intersolar North America conference, the world’s largest solar power confab, has dedicated multiple tracks of its multi-day schedule to energy storage. That’s a lot more attention than the single, hour-long session dedicated to marrying batteries with solar panels at last year’s show.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Energy Storage via Batteries

July 10, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Energy Storage Internalized Costs

 

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of using batteries as a primary energy storage mechanism. Please add your opinion so we can gather a statistically significant sample and get a meaningful indication of the consensus (or lack thereof).[read more]

Critics Say Massachusetts' New Solar Bill Would Create an Unfair Exchange

July 9, 2014 by Herman Trabish
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New concerns are being raised by solar advocates in Massachusetts about recent solar policy revisions resulting from a landmark agreement between utilities and the solar industry. The solar bill H.4185 is currently working its way through the state legislature after stakeholders reached common ground.[read more]

Heres a Way to Get Utilities to Embrace Solar and Batteries: Let Them Own the Inverter

July 8, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Utilities own a wide range of devices on the transmission and distribution grid to manage power quality. But there's a power control device that may be much more familiar to the hundreds of thousands of American homeowners with solar on their roofs: inverters. Should utilities own those too?[read more]

Lessons From the Making of the Massachusetts Solar Compromise Bill

July 6, 2014 by Herman Trabish

Massachusetts Solar Bill

The Massachusetts legislature could serve as an example of how to resolve the net energy metering policy debate between the solar industry and utilities, if and only if the continuing debate over the bill can be brought to a mutually amenable conclusion.[read more]

3 Signs Cleantech Is Booming in 2014

July 3, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Cleantech Boom

At the 11th annual Renewable Energy Finance Forum Wall Street that took place in New York last month, Michael Liebreich, chairman of the advisory board for Bloomberg New Energy Finance, reflected on how much has changed in the cleantech industry since the conference began more than a decade ago.[read more]

Workflow Automation and Green Button Data Cut Soft Costs From Residential Solar

June 27, 2014 by Herman Trabish

Solar Energy and Information Innovation

The solar industry’s drive to reduce soft costs has produced a new variation on sales workflow automation. EnACT, a just-launched software-as-a-service (SaaS) for solar, aims to streamline interactions between potential customers and providers of residential solar or energy efficiency.[read more]

How Solar Finance is Driving Solar Businesses to Change

June 27, 2014 by Nigel Morris

At the risk of sounding like an old man with graying whiskers, I can remember giving a presentation more than a decade ago about how we needed to stop thinking in terms of capital cost and think about price per kilowatt hour when it comes to selling solar.[read more]

California Continues to Set Daily Records for Utility-Scale Solar Energy

June 26, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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California Solar

On Sunday, June 1, 2014, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) recorded a record midday hourly peak of 4,767 megawatts of alternating current of utility-generated solar generated electricity delivered into the California electricity grid.[read more]

Solar Energy at Grid Parity in Utah, a Coal State With No RPS

June 24, 2014 by Eric Wesoff
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Utah and Solar Grid Parity

The Utah solar experiment is officially underway as the state races from near-zero solar to potentially bringing hundreds of megawatts of PV online. The Beehive State has great solar and land resources. However, the state does not yet have an RPS and burns cheap coal for the majority of its power.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Mature Energy Storage Technologies

June 23, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Energy Storage and Internalized Costs

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of mature energy storage technologies. Please chip in with your opinion so that we can gather a statistically significant sample size and get a meaningful indication of the current consensus (or lack thereof).[read more]