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NEWS

HECO Proposes Community Solar Pilot Project

July 16, 2015

Hawaiian Electric Co. announces upcoming community solar pilot project, designed to provide some of the same benefits of rooftop solar to homeowners or renters who don't have a roof of their own. This project will assist the company in developing larger initiatives through the Community-Based Renewable Energy Tariff. SEPA's President and CEO Julia Hamm weighs in on the project and the Hawaii market. 

Clean Power Finance and Kilowatt Financial to merge and form Elevate Power

July 16, 2015

Clean Power Finance and Kilowatt Financial plan to merge and form Elevate Power. The new entity provides renewable energy financing to consumers and businesses in the U.S. Elevate Power offers PPAs, leases, and loans for distributed energy technologies, including solar PV and energy efficiency improvements.

Administration Announces New Initiative to Increase Solar Access to All Americans

July 16, 2015

A new national initiative to increase access to solar energy for all Americans was announced. In particular this initiative impacts low-­ and moderate­- income communities, while expanding opportunities to work in solar. These intiiatives include a National Community Solar Partnership.

DTE Energy Issues Solar RFP for 50 MW

July 06, 2015

DTE Energy will accept bids for solar power projects ranging from 5-50 MW to be sited within the utility’s service territory and completed by the end of 2016. Notice of intent to bid is due July 22, 2015.

EVENTS

Distributed Energy Resources and the Grid

September 14, 2015

Anaheim, CA

This one-day workshop brings utility engineers and planners together with technology vendors, researchers, and manufacturers to explore the effective integration of distributed energy resources into the electric grid. Registration for this workshop is separate from SPI registration.

Solar Power International

September 14, 2015

Anaheim, CA

The solar energy industry's most powerful, comprehensive educational conference and product exhibition. September 14–17, 2015 in Anaheim, CA.

SEPA Events at SPI

September 14, 2015

Anaheim, CA

SEPA cohosts Solar Power International and hosts several events in conjunction with the conference.

2015 SEPA Solar Power Players Awards Luncheon

September 15, 2015

Estimated duration: 1 hour

Join ​us ​to ​celebrate ​the ​winners ​of ​the ​2015 ​SEPA ​Solar ​Power ​Players ​Awards at Solar Power International! ​ ​

11:50am–12:50pm PT

RESOURCES

Solar and Energy Storage Impacts on Wholesale Power Markets

June 17, 2015

This white paper seeks to advance the discussion of the impact of high solar photovoltaic (PV) penetration on the California system and the potential role of energy storage from an economic (spot market pricing) perspective.

Utility Solar Market Snapshot

May 12, 2015

This year’s innovative infographic report format takes a fresh approach to presenting the 2014 solar market that combines significant data discovery with cutting edge takeaways.

Solar Mainstream - April 2015

APRIL 7, 2015

Critical Issues - Utilities, solar leasing and grind integration: Arizona's triple threat Solar Market Update - Merchant solar: Utility-scale without the PPAs Technology - Solar curtailment: inevitable or avoidable? Faces of Solar: City of Palo Alto Utilities: Going solar for a carbon-free future Industry Voices - The future of utilities: Finding 51 ways (at least) to transform the energy sector