Duke Energy Renewables acquires two solar projects from Infigen Energy, adding 40 MW to its California portfolio. When the projects are completed, the company will own and operate more than 65 MW of solar power in the state.
SunEdison and the SunEdison Foundation contribute $1.2 million toward a partnership with GRID Alternatives on a new National Women in Solar Initiative. The initiative aims to increase the number of women in the solar industry and support their professional advancement.
Intersolar North America plans its 2014 exhibition and conference to better educate solar professionals on the latest market developments, both upstream and downstream, that are fueling the continued growth of the U.S. solar industry. A Summit Series is also planned, starting with a New Jersey event focused on East Coast developments.
OnForce solar is awarded additional funding by NYSERDA for large-scale solar projects in New York. The commercial-scale projects will bring 2.291 MW of new solar energy generation to the state.
Solar companies and industry advocates in Utah oppose proposed legislation there that could stymie solar growth in the state. Senate Bill 208 would add a surcharge for solar net metering customers. Opponents of the bill say the Public Service Commission should conduct research and analysis before such legislation is considered.
The U.S. solar industry had a record-shattering 2013, according to the Solar Market Insight Year in Review 2013 report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association. Solar PV installations grew 41% over 2012, and at the end of 2013, solar operating capacity in the U.S. totaled over 12,000 MW of PV and 918 MW of CSP.
By Kathleen Zipp
Originally published on Solar Power World
While PV module prices and system prices go down, a shakeout of PV cell manufacturers causes the number of suppliers to decline from 250 in 2010 to 150 in 2013. NPD Solarbuzz’s latest Marketbuzz report predicts that PV demand will continue to grow and the solar industry will shift from a demand-constrained market into a classic supply-driven market in 2014.
As other parts of the country get attention for solar energy developments, some Midwestern states add more solar installations of their own. This look at the "I states" shows the Midwest is not to be discounted when it comes to solar.
A new guide to commercialization of energy storage in the U.S. gets into details of what it will take to bring storage technologies to market. This effort will be crucial in moving solar energy forward on a broad scale.
Xcel Energy submits a plan to add up to 150 MW of large-scale solar resources in its Upper Midwest service territory by the end of 2016. Minnesota legislation requires investor-owned utilities to acquire 1.5% of retail electricity sales from solar energy by 2020. Xcel is proposing that a significant portion of Minnesota’s solar standard be met through large-scale projects, which it says are more efficient and less expensive than rooftop solar and smaller distributed systems.
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