California introduces new net metering regime

The state’s new net metering is a highly anticipated, high-stakes proceeding. It will effectively modify the rules for the net metering tariff in California, which is arguably the most important policy mechanism for customer-sited solar of the last decade.

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US interconnection queues loaded with solar, wind, storage

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas has 75 GW of solar in its interconnection queue, but it remains to be seen how quickly clean energy can displace natural gas and coal.

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Senegal introduces VAT exemption for off-grid solar products

The Senegalese government is aiming to increase access to solar power in rural areas by reducing VAT on PV panels, inverters, solar thermal collectors and other products in an effort to achieve universal electricity access in the country by 2025.

Free batteries for low-income households to fight California blackouts

Sunrun CEO Lynn Jurich says storage is “critical for equity” – and putting more standalone storage on the grid means less electricity going through wires in wildfire-prone areas.

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How standards can ensure battery safety

There’s no understating the importance of maintaining a safe battery system, and that maintenance will become only more important as battery adoption grows exponentially in the coming years. Fortunately, new standards are being developed alongside existing protocols to make safety management uniform and manageable.

The ‘rubber-band effect’ on renewable energy project margins

David Riester of Lacuna Sustainable Investments, looks at how, on the journey from concept to monetized power plant, renewables and energy storage projects tend to get tugged toward ‘zero’ margin, from either direction. The further the rubber band is stretched, the stronger the pull back toward zero.

Solar Power International goes virtual

As Covid-19 cases surge across the United States, SPI has moved its October trade show from Las Vegas to the virtual world.

Innovative community solar in the United States

A 497 kW project on five roofs at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., uses SREC sales to provide $1.50 in community benefits for every dollar of power generated. Call it community solar-plus.

Exclusive interview – Jinko Power on how it offered the world’s lowest solar power price

pv magazine’s Amjad Khashman has spoken to Chinese solar developer Jinko Power about negotiating the world record low price tariff agreed for electricity generated at the Al Dhafra solar project in Abu Dhabi.

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Ukraine’s first utility scale battery – supplied by Honeywell to a fossil fuel plant

North Carolina-based Honeywell will supply a 1 MW/1.5 MWh lithium-ion battery storage system at the Zaporizhzhya Power Plant belonging to utility Dtek.

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