The Solar Energy Industries Association testifies on Capitol Hill in favor of reforming the permitting process for solar projects on public lands. Permitting improvements must be institutionalized, the organization says, if we are to realize solar’s potential on public lands.
SunPower starts construction on the 135 MW Quinto solar project in Merced, California. Under its new holdco strategy, SunPower plans to own and operate the plant for a period of time before potentially selling.
Powersecure adds $140 million in new distributed solar generation business. Of this, the majority goes to two large-scale installations, with the remaining amount to turnkey sales for hospitals, data centers, and industrial and retail customers.
SunEdison announces its acquisition of the 156 MW DC Comanche Solar project from Community Energy. Xcel Energy will purchase electricity generated from the solar plant under a 25-year power purchase agreement with SunEdison, which will maintain the plant.
By Silvio Marcacci
Originally published on CleanTechnica
The North Carolina solar battle heats up, with attacks on solar threatening its ranking as a top solar state. While distributed rooftop solar has already been facing challenges there, a regulatory fight that pits the solar industry against big utilities is could effectively end new utility-scale solar additions.
NRG Energy announces it has acquired a 4 MW project in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Spanish Town Estate Solar project will help decrease St. Croix’s dependence on fossil fuel imports.
As Xcel Energy awaits a PUC ruling on 36 MW of customer-sited solar capacity requested for its Solar*Rewards incentives program, solar companies say policy uncertainty in the state is hurting their business. Lighthouse Solar is even going so far as to stop Colorado installations, saying it’s just too hard to do business there.
At Intersolar North America, experts discuss the state of solar financing and where the industry is headed. Despite real challenges, solar financing has come a long way. And the best may be yet to come.
The California Independent System Operator reports another record for solar generation in the state, with a midday hourly peak on June 1 of 4767 MW -- not even including residential or commercial solar. That will help provide enough electricity to California customers despite an early start to the summer.
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