California Electricity Grid Tests ‘Green’ Technology (4/12/14)

If a cloud goes over one of the large-scale solar farms east of the Coachella Valley — or one of the desert’s thousands of rooftop installations — Jim Blatchford is going to know about it and have a pretty good idea of its impact on the electric grid.  Read more  >>

North American Solar Seeks To Learn From Germany's Grid Integration Trials (3/21/14)

Despite its success in managing variable-generation power sources such as wind and solar, Germany's electricity distribution system is beginning to show signs of saturation.   Read more  >>

LADWP's 250-MW Solar Plant Broke Ground on Moapa Paiute Tribe Land (3/21/214)

The Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project broke ground in the Moapa River Indian Reservation in Nevada. This is the first utility-scale solar project located on a tribal land. Los Angeles Department of Water and Power signed a 25-year PPA to purchase the output that will supply clean electricity to the city of Los Angeles. A subsidiary of First Solar owns the project and will install advanced thin-film PV modules.  Read more  >>

SDG&E's Cascade Solar Power Completed (3/19/14)

SunEdison announced the comp letion of the 20-MW Cascade Solar Project in San Bernardino County, California. San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) signed a 20-year PPA contract to purchase the generated output from plant. SDG&E procured the PPA contract through a reverse auction under the California Renewable Auction Mechanism (RAM).   Read more  >>

Let the Sun Shine (3/8/14)

FORTY-FIVE minutes west of Las Vegas, dejected sinners may encounter a sight to lift their sunken hearts: a sea of 347,000 mirrors, reflecting the rays of the desert sun on to boilers mounted on three 460-foot towers.   Read more  >>

Could Off-Grid Solar Prices Spur Mass Grid Defection? (3/7/14)

The improving economics of battery-backed off-grid solar electric systems on commercial and residential rooftops pose a "real, near, and present" threat to U.S. utilities through "widespread grid defection," says a provocative new report by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI).  Read more  >>

A Dirty Clean Energy Battle Becoming a Utility War (3/7/14)

Jim Rogers, the former chairman and CEO of Duke Energy, has the luxury of looking back over his long career at the helm of a regulated utility and wondering if he could have done more. Upon the recent occasion of achieving an industry lifetime achievement award, Rogers lamented in the press that he hadn't done enough about encouraging renewable energy, including solar, while running one of the biggest regulated utilities in the U.S.  Read more  >>

Install a Building Battery, Save the Grid? (3/4/14)

Having a backup battery to ride out a power outage is an obvious benefit to businesses. But distributed energy storage, particularly in combination with solar, has the potential to solve a host of emerging electric grid problems while making economic sense for businesses, say proponents.  Read more  >>

El Paso Electric to Build 10-MW Plant (2/19/2014)

El Paso Electric (EPE) partnered with Newman Solar, LLC to construct a 10-MW photovoltaic (PV) system in Northeast El Paso, Texas. EPE will purchase all the power generated from the plant under a 30-year PPA agreement. Newman Solar, LLC will provide design, engineering, and operation services. Construction is scheduled to begin in summer, and the plant is expected to come online by the end of the year.  Read more  >>

First Solar Gets Approval for Two New Projects on Public Lands (2/19/2014)

Southern California Edison entered into 20-year PPAs for the full output of both photovoltaic projects.  Stateline Solar Farm Project in San Bernadino County, California will provide 300 MW of capacity.  Silver State South Solar Project near Primm, Nevada will supply 250 MW.  Read more  >>

392-MW Ivanpah Solar Project Enters Commercial Operation (2/13/2014)

NRG announced the completion of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Systems located in California. The power generated from plants 1 and 3 are sold to Pacific Gas & Electric through a 25-year PPA. Edison International is contracted to buy the power generated from plant 2 for 20 years under a PPA contract. The entire project is estimated to deliver electricity to about 140,000 homes  Read more  >>

Georgia Power and Origis Energy Complete Two Solar Projects (2/10/2014)

Origis Energy, an international solar utility-scale investment firm, has completed two solar projects with a combined capacity of 23.5-MWdc. Georgia Power is contracted to receive the power generated from both plants through PPA. This development will help fulfill the utility's plan to buy up to 50-MW of solar output by 2015.  Read more  >>

Idaho PUC Denies Grand View Claim (2/1/2014)

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission settled a case resulting from a 2011 dispute. Idaho Power signed a PPA contract to buy the power generated from the 20-MW Grand View PV Solar project in Elmore County, Idaho. When the plant went online, Grand View refused to provide the generated electricity to Idaho Power unless the utility disclaimed ownership of any Renewable Energy Credits (REC). The Idaho PUC reviewed the case and ruled that each party will receive 50 percent of the REC from the project.  Read more  >>

Utah Utility Seeks to Raise Fixed Fees (01/03/2014)

As part of its 2014 general rate case application to the Utah Public Service Commission, Rocky Mountain Power is seeking permission to increase fixed fees paid by customers in Utah. The changes would include increasing the current residential customer charge from $5 to $8 per month, increasing minimum monthly bills from $7 to $15, and implementing a net metering facilities charge of $4.25 per month for residential net metering customers.  Read more  >>

Residential PV Shows Strong Growth in Hawaii (01/22/2014)

Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric, and Hawaii Electric Light had a successful year, adding 129 MW of solar PV capacity to the grid in 2013. This addition brings the total solar capacity for Hawaii to 300 MW. Net metering is also gaining popularity with customers who have rooftop solar to help offset electric bills.  Read more  >>

NextEnergy Resources Adds 20 MW of Solar in Nevada (01/16/2014)

NextEnergy Resources, LLC announced the completion of the 20 MW Mountain View PV Solar Project in Clark County, NV. The system was designed to use 84,000 PV modules installed on ground-mounted arrays. The NV Energy will purchase 100 percent of the power generated for 25 years through the PPA.  Read more  >>

Ameren Missouri to Build O'Fallon Renewable Energy Center (01/13/2014)

Ameren Missouri will begin construction on the largest investor-owned solar energy project in the state of Missouri. The project consists of 19,000 photovoltaic panels on 19 acres. It will have the capacity to generate 5.7 MW of solar power, supplying electricity to 650 homes in the St. Louis area.  Read more  >>

Solar Industry, Utilities Seek Common Ground (02/20/2014)

"The solar industry is very diverse, and when you look at the various interests at play, they don't necessarily align," said Julia Hamm, president and CEO of the Solar Electric Power Association, which counts both solar companies and utilities among its members.   Read more  >>

Ameren Missouri Expands Solar Commitment (01/13/2014)

Ameren Missouri plans to expand its commitment to solar energy with a 5.7MW renewable energy center. The power plant will consist of 19,000 solar panels and is estimated to supply 650 homes. Construction is scheduled to begin in April and expected to generate power in December.  Read more  >>

SCE, MidAmerican and SunPower Complete First Phase of 579 MW Solar Star Development (01/09/2014)

The MidAmerican Solar and SunPower Corp completed the first SunPower Oasis Power Block of the Solar Star projects. It reached its first milestone integrating 57 MW of energy to the California ISO grid. The Southern California Edison Company will purchase 100 percent of the electricity generated for 20 years under the power purchasing agreement.  Read more  >>

2014 solar trends episode 1: The phantom meter (01/09/2014)

On January 9, Clean Power Research published a blog post on trends for Net Energy Metering in 2014. "Of course, the battle over net energy metering—also known as NEM or just net metering—isn’t a new trend. This conflict has been heating up for years, but we expect it to spread and generate an unprecedented level of activity in 2014."  Read more  >>

Integrys Energy Group Partners Invests in Residential Solar with CFC (01/08/2014)

Integrys Energy Services, a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group, has announced the creation of a residential solar finance fund through Clean Power Finance Market, an online platform that empowers electric power companies to invest in residential solar. The total amount has not been released but IES plans to invest $40-50 million into commercial and residential solar investments every year, according to Greentech Media.  Read more  >>

SEPA is Hiring Director of Education (01/07/2014)

SEPA seeks a Director of Education to lead SEPA’s education team, working on the development of the themes, design and educational content for existing and new conferences, training programs, webinars, fact finding missions and other educational forums.  Read more  >>

Tri-State G&T Asked to Lift Renewable Energy Cap (12/30/2013)

Three members of New Mexico's congressional delegation, Sen. Tom Udall, Sen. Martin Heinrich, and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, have sent a letter to Tri-state Generation and Transmission requesting for the company to lift the cap on the amount of self-generated renewable energy Kit Carson Electric Cooperative can produce. The co-op is contractually prohibited to generate more than 5 percent of its energy needs using its own facilities. The co-op has requested Tri-State to raise the limit to enable the expansion of its solar program. Specifically, the letter requests that Tri-State raise the cap to accommodate up to 10 percent renewable energy.  Read more  >>

CLP and Dominion Complete 5 MW Solar Project (12/27/2013)

Dominion's 5 MW Somer Solar Center has started commercial operation. Located in Somer, CT, the output is being purchased by Connecticut Light & Power (CLP). Prime Solutions built the system using Kyocera solar panels over 50 acres of land.  Read more  >>

Georgia Power Publishes Draft RFP for 500 MW of Solar (12/26/2013)

Georgia Power will solicit proposals through a combined RFP process to fulfill nearly 500 MW of utility-scale solar generation. The RFP includes 70 MW of solar through the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative and 425 MW approved through the company's 2013 Integrated Resource Plan. Comments will be accepted through the end of this January.  Read more  >>

SEPA, ScottMadden To Benchmark Utility Renewable Energy Activities And Functions (12/20/2013)

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), a nonprofit organization focused on helping utilities integrate solar power into their energy portfolios, is partnering with ScottMadden Management Consultants to conduct a benchmarking study on renewable energy organizational structure within North American electric utilities.  Read more  >>

MidAmerican Completes Merger with NV Energy (12/19/2013)

MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company and NV Energy have completed their merger after receiving the required final state and federal regulatory approvals. NV Energy will operate as a separate company and continue to be headquartered in Las Vegas, NV.  Read more  >>

PSEG Completed 15 MW Badger 1 Solar Farm (12/19/2013)

PSEG Solar Source has completed the 15 MW PSEG Badger 1 Solar Farm, located west of Phoenix, AZ. The facility was constructed by juwi solar and APS will purchase the output through a 30-year PPA. The facility utilizes solar modules from Canadian Solar and the single axis tracking system is sourced from Array Technologies. In addition, Power One inverters were employed in this project.  Read more  >>

OCI Completed First Phase of Texas' 400 MW Solar Project (12/18/2013)

The first phase of Texas' 400 MW solar project in San Antonio has been completed. The 41 MW Alamo I project was developed by OCI Solar Power and the output will be purchased by CSP Energy, the San Antonio municipal utility company.  Read more  >>

Sierra Pacific Power to Increase Service Charges (12/16/2013)

The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada has decided to increase Sierra Pacific Power's customer fixed monthly service charges. A single-family residential customer will expect to pay $17.50/month starting next year. This is nearly double from the previous rate of $9.25/month. Multi-family customers will pay $7.50/month up from $6 and commercial customers will pay $32/month from $24. The cost increase, especially to the single-family homes, was largely driven by the issue of inequity of of large residential users of electricity subsidizing the cost of serving small residential customers. In conjunction, the utility company is expected to lower the rate per kWh. In addition, the service charge increase will reduce the issue of cross-subsidization of net-metered solar customers.  Read more  >>

Colorado PUC Approves Xcel's Increased Solar Resource Plan (12/10/2013)

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved Xcel Energy's proposal to increase its solar plans by 170 MW from the existing 80 MW. The resource plan covers Xcel's energy plans through 2018.  Read more  >>

PV Talk: The solar-utilities peacemaker (11/21/2013)

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has been working with utilities and solar companies in the US for more than 20 years. As the relationship between the big energy firms and solar energy becomes more and more relevant, SEPA argues that utilities need to be part of the solution...  Read more  >>

Aggregating Solar (11/15/2013)

Eran Mahrer, executive vice president for strategy and research at the Solar Electric Power Association, points out that "much wider deployment of smart inverters would be essential if a virtual plant formed by aggregating individual solar units were to provide `edge of- grid' capabilities."  Read more  >>

What Utility Planners Need to Know About Solar (11/08/2013)

A utility’s integrated resource plan (IRP) “is a long-term view to balance resources and ensure reliable service for fifteen to twenty years into the future,” explained report co-author and Solar Electric Power Association Utility Strategy Director John Sterling during a SEPA webinar. “The two key factors are load growth and available resources.”  Read more  >>

HECO Seeks Commission Approval for Additional Solar Projects (11/05/2013)

Hawaiian Electric (HECO) has asked the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission to allow negotiations with developers of nine solar projects that could add a total of over 240 MW of solar. HECO anticipates negotiating a 20-year contract with each project with the goal having some projects in service by the end of 2015. Combined, the projects have committed to sell electricity to HECO at an average rate of 15.8 cents per kilowatt-hour.  Read more  >>

Southern Power Acquires Adobe Solar Facility (11/05/2013)

Southern Power has recently announced the agreement to acquire a 20 MW solar plant in Kern County, CA. The Adobe Solar Facility will be acquired in partnership with Turner Renewable Energy - their sixth joint acquisition. The facility will be built, operated, and maintained by SunEdison. Completion of construction is anticipated in spring 2014. A 20-year PPA with Southern California Edison has been agreed upon.  Read more  >>

SunPower Acquires Panel Cleaning Company Greenbotics (11/04/2013)

SunPower Corporation recently acquired Greenbotics, Inc of Davis, CA. Greenbiotics offers panel cleaning products and services for large-scale solar power plants. This acquisition will allow SunPower to expand to markets that face the challenges of dusty environments.  Read more  >>

SDG&E's Camp Verde Solar Facility Comes Online (11/01/2013)

Southern Power, in partnership with Turner Renewable Energy, recently brought the 139 MW Camp Verde Solar Facility online. The solar facility, located in Imperial County, California, is sited on approximately 1,400 acres. First Solar built the plant and will also own and operate it. San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) has signed a 20-year PPA.  Read more  >>

Green Mountain Power named Utility of the Year (10/31/2013)

The Solar Electric Power Association presented Green Mountain Power the 2013 investor-owned Utility of the Year Award last week, in Rutland City Hall, for its initiative incorporating solar as a cost-effective solution for its customers and for its most recent decision to make Rutland the Solar Capital of New England.  Read more  >>

Co-ops Win Top Solar Awards (10/31/2013)

The Solar Electric Power Association is recognizing two cooperatives for its highest 2013 honors: David Bissell, president and CEO of Kauaʻi Island Utility Cooperative, as Utility CEO of the Year, and Kit Carson Electric Cooperative as Utility of the Year.  Read more  >>

California Valley Solar Ranch Commences Operation (10/31/2013)

NRG Energy, NRG Yield, Inc., and SunPower Corporation have recently begun commercial operations at California Valley Solar Ranch. The 250 MW generating facility is located in San Luis Obispo County, CA. NRG Energy purchased the facility from SunPower in 2011, and it is jointly owned with NRG Yield. SunPower provided EPC services for the 4,700 acre site. Pacific Gas & Electric will purchase power under two long-term PPAs.  Read more  >>

First Solar Sells Silver State South Solar Project to NextEra Energy Resources (10/31/2013)

First Solar has recently announced plans to sell the Silver State South Solar Project to a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources. The 250 MW project is located on 3,000 acres of public land in Clark County, NV. The deal is expected to close early in 2014. First Solar will provide EPC services for the project.  Read more  >>

Hawaiian Utility CEO Wins Award for Cost Cutting Innovation (10/30/2013)

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) announced that David Bissell, CEO of Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC), has been named Utility CEO of the Year in SEPA’s 2013 Utility Awards Program.  Read more  >>

Taos electric co-op named 'Utility of the Year' (10/28/2013)

Kit Carson Electric Co-op was named Utility of the Year Oct. 22 by the Solar Electric Power Association.  Read more  >>

GP Renewables Will Purchase $15 Million of East Cost Solar Project (10/28/2013)

GP Renewables and Trading has plans to purchase up to $15 million in commercial projects in NJ and MD. The increase in solar installations in the area has driven the price of SRECs down and owners may have the opportunity to sell their systems to GP Renewables.  Read more  >>

SEPA names utilities of the year (10/28/2013)

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has named Green Mountain Power (GMP), Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC) and Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) as the recipients of its 2013 Utility of the Year awards for their leadership in customer programs and innovative business models that advance the use of solar.  Read more  >>

KIUC’s Bissell named Solar Utility CEO of the Year (10/27/2013)

The president and CEO of Kauai Island Utility Cooperative was honored by the Solar Electric Power Association as its 2013 Utility CEO of the Year.  Read more  >>

Women Urged To “Lean In” to the Solar Workforce (10/25/2013)

Christenson opened the breakfast by offering a special thanks to Julia Hamm, CEO of the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), founder of Solar Power International and a great supporter of women in solar. It speaks volumes that one of the leaders in the solar industry is a woman, Christensen pointed out.  Read more  >>

CEO of the year a solar visionary (10/25/2013)

David Bissell, CEO of Kaua'i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC), has been named Utility CEO of the Year by the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) for his long-term solar vision and accomplishments in driving down solar costs.  Read more  >>

GMP CEO: Utilities see solar as a threat to their business (10/24/2013)

Green Mountain Power (GMP) has received the 2013 investor-owned Utility of the Year Award from the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) presented for its initiative incorporating solar as a cost-effective customer solution and its decision to make Rutland the Solar Capital of New England.   Read more  >>

HECO Selects SolarCity to Build 15 MW PV Facility (10/24/2013)

Hawaiian Electric recently picked SolarCity to build a 15 megawatt (MW) solar farm on the island of Oahu. The 50-acre project will be adjacent to the 651 MW oil-fired Kahe Generating Station.  Read more  >>

No Bids for 1st Solar Rights on Federal Public Lands (10/24/2013)

No bidders showed up to the first auction for solar rights to federal land across the West. Five companies had filed preliminary applications for the three San Luis Valley parcels and 27 inquires about the sites.  The parcels are in solar-energy zones, which are zones designated for fast-track development. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management created 19 of these zones in six western states covering about 300,000 acres. Four zones are in Colorado in the San Luis Valley. The lack of bids is likely due to the result of market and regulatory uncertainties.  Read more  >>

KIUC’s David Bissell named utility CEO of the year by Solar Electric Power Association (10/23/2013)

The Solar Electric Power Association has honored Kauai Island Utility Cooperative President and CEO David Bissell as its 2013 Utility CEO of the Year.  Read more  >>

Update on the Utility of the Future with Julia Hamm (10/23/2013)

In her opening general session keynote, Julia Hamm recalls her fictional utility, Tomorrow Power and Light, and presents isses that it could be struggling with in today's solar market. (video)  Read more  >>

Community Solar is Catalyst for SEPA "Utility of the Year" Award (10/23/2013)

Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC) received the prestigious Utility of the Year Award from the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) on October 22, 2013. The award is presented to recognize innovative new solar projects, including the KCEC's Community Solar Initiative. KCEC's community solar development partner is Clean Energy Collective.   Read more  >>

VT Utility Wins Award from National Solar Group (10/22/2013)

Vermont's Green Mountain Power has been honored by the Solar Electric Power Association for its ongoing efforts to get more electricity from the sun to its customers. (radio)  Read more  >>

Solar Electric Power Association names Vermont's Green Mountain Power 'Utility of the Year' (10/22/2013)

In a news release, Washington, D.C.-based Solar Electric Power Association praised GMP for developing consumer-friendly net-metering options for ratepayers, as well as long-term solar strategies — exemplified by the company’s decision to establish Rutland as New England’s “solar capital.”  Read more  >>

Alsoenergy Acquires DECK Monitoring (10/22/2013)

AlsoEnergy acquired DECK Monitoring in a definitive agreement between the two privately held companies. This latest acquisition creates a new leader among independent PV monitoring providers serving the U.S. solar market.  Read more  >>

IREC to Administer New National Program to Grow Clean Energy Expertise of Electric Utility Workforce (10/22/2013)

Announced today by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC) will work as national administrator with the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and DOE to build a training and education framework that grows the expertise and preparedness of current and future electric utility sector professionals - specifically to accommodate high penetrations of solar and other distributed technologies.   Read more  >>

GMP named 2013 Utility of the Year (10/22/2013)

Green Mountain Power was named 2013 Utility of the Year by Solar Electric Power Association for city solar initiative.  Read more  >>

Helping Our Customers Add Rooftop Solar Safely (10/22/2013)

According to the national Solar Electric Power Association, no other utilities in the nation, including in California and Arizona, have a higher percentage of customers with rooftop solar.  Read more  >>

Julia Hamm Delivers SPI Keynote Address (10/21/2013)

On Monday, October 21, 2013, SEPA President & CEO Julia Hamm delivered a keynote address at Solar Power International in Chicago. She spoke about how utilities and the solar industry can learn from each other to stabilize and grow their businesses. The video recording and full text are both available.  Read more  >>

Arizona Utility Tries Storing Solar Energy for Use in the Dark (10/18/2013)

“The impetus to require storage is definitely inspired by the success of solar,” said Robert Gibson, vice president of the Solar Electric Power Association, a nonprofit educational group. “Hopefully the California initiative is going to kick-start this and bring down costs,” he said.   Read more  >>

Kauai Utility Increases Solar Capacity to Reach Renewable Energy Goals (10/15/2013)

The Solar Electric Power Association, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit, ranked the independent utility as second in the nation, noting that half of KIUC's daytime energy needs will be met by solar by 2015, Pacific Business News reported.  Read more  >>

Chicago Launches Solar Express Program (10/15/2013)

The City of Chicago, IL has launched Chicago Solar Express, a new initiative that aims to drive solar deployment and create green jobs in the city by speeding up and simplifying the permitting process for residential and commercial rooftop PV systems.  Read more  >>

CEC Completes Three New Community-Owned Projects in CO (10/15/2013)

Three new community-owned solar PV facilities by Clean Energy Collective began delivering power in Colorado recently, bringing to 10 the number of shared utility-scale arrays operating in the state. An additional 10 facilities, about 5 MW, are in the development pipeline for Colorado.  Read more  >>

SPI 2013: SEPA President & CEO Julia Hamm to speak (10/14/2013)

SEPA's President & CEO Julia Hamm will speak at the annual Solar Power International conference and expo, 21 October at 5:00 CDT on "Solar Tomorrow" as part of the Solar’s Time To Shine general session.  Read more  >>

Google Invests in California PV Facility (10/10/2013)

Google has recently invested $103 million into a PV plant in southern California. The project is called Mount Signal Solar, sited near the border with Mexico. The plant is expected be produce 225 megawatts AC.  Read more  >>

Solana CSP Facility Passes Commercial Operation Test (10/09/2013)

Abengoa's 280 MW Solana concentrating solar power (CSP) facility has successfully passed its commercial operation tests. The facility also has six hours of thermal energy storage. The output will be purchased by Arizona Public Service through a 30 year PPA.  Read more  >>

SolarCity to Acquire Zep Solar (10/09/2013)

SolarCity will acquire Zep Solar, a PV module mounting company. The purchase price of approximately $158 million will be payable in shares of SolarCity common stock.  Read more  >>

3 Models That Could Help Utilities Make Money From Solar (10/08/2013)

Much like tech companies of the 1990s, utilities face an “unavoidable shift” and don’t have any choice but to embrace distributed solar, argued executives from Clean Power Finance in a webinar recently hosted by the Solar Electric Power Association.  Read more  >>

Sol Systems Finances 227 kW Washington, D.C. Solar Project at Charter School (10/08/2013)

Sol Systems has financed a 227 kW solar energy system at KIPP Charter School in Washington, DC. Volt Energy developed the project, and Sol Systems structured the transaction and financed the project through Washington Gas Energy Systems.  Read more  >>

SCE, PG&E and SDG&E Concerned about Net Metered PV Systems with Battery Backup (10/07/2013)

The three investor owned utility companies in California are concerned about distributed solar installations that have battery backup, questioning whether power might flow back to the grid from battery backed systems. Currently, the utility companies will approve systems that have battery back up if there are two meters to verify that only solar energy is sold to the grid. The California Public Utilities Commission is aware of the problem and is looking to provide guidance that would satisfy the solar and utility stakeholders.  Read more  >>

Dominion Acquires Solar Project in CT (10/22/2013)

Dominion has acquired a solar project capable of producing approximately 5 megawatts of electricity in Somers, CT. The project, known as Somers Solar Center, will use PV technology to produce enough electricity to supply nearly 1,400 homes. The electricity will go to Connecticut Light & Power Co. under a 20-year PPA.  Read more  >>

FPL Announces Upcoming Customer Solar Programs (10/01/2013)

Florida Power and Light (FPL) has plans for funding a range of solar-powered installations. Approximately $9 million in rebates will be offered to residential and business customers that are interested in installing solar water heater of PV systems. The rebate program is set to accept applications on October 15th. In addition, FPL plans to install solar arrays on nearly 100 public schools and other educational facilities throughout their service territory. The utility company will also provide aid to more than 400 families in need by installing solar water heater systems in homes being built or refurbished by Habitat for Humanity and other non-profit organizations.  Read more  >>

Lighthouse Solar Completes 855kW Solar Array for N.Y. Distributor (10/01/2013)

Lighthouse Solar has completed a 855 kW ballasted roof-mounted photovoltaic system on the headquarters of Nice-Pak Products in Orangeburg, N.Y. The system is expected to generate approximately 1 GWh of electricity per year.  Read more  >>

Solarize Massachusetts Contract Deadline Moved Back (09/25/2013)

Due to high demand, the round 1 deadline for the Solarize Massachusetts Program has been moved back by a month to the end of October 2013. The program is designed to increase the adoption of solar energy and further reduce the overall cost of solar power by offering residents and businesses discounted pricing for solar. So far, residents and businesses in 10 participating communities have signed 269 contracts for solar electricity systems with a capacity of 1.9 MW. The program is run by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.  Read more  >>

Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System Produces First Output of Energy (09/24/2013)

NRG Energy, Inc, through its wholly owned subsidiary NRG Solar, has announced that the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System produced its first output of energy when the Unit 1 station was synced to the power grid for the first time. Achieving this critical "first sync" is a major milestone for the project. NRG Solar partners on this project include Google, BrightSource, and Bechtel. Power generated will be sent to Pacific Gas & Electric.  Read more  >>

SolarCity and Direct Energy Create Fund to Provide Solar to Businesses (09/10/2013)

Direct Energy and SolarCity have finalized an agreement to create a dedicated investment fund capable of financing up to $124 million in solar projects for Direct Energy's commercial and industrial customers, which is partially funded with up to $50 million from Direct Energy.  Read more  >>

Xcel Energy Seeking to Triple the Amount of Large-Scale Solar and Wind Energy (09/09/2013)

Xcel Energy is proposing to triple the amount of large-scale solar power and add up to 450 MW of wind. The proposal was filed with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, and was motivated by competitive bidding by developers. The utility proposes 170 MW of utility-scale solar, which will be separate from Xcel's 42.5 MW of small-scale solar. The utility would also like to add 450 MW of wind. According to Xcel Energy, this was the first time the utility had seen solar projects that are cost-competitive with natural gas-generated power. State regulators are expected to approve or modify the plans by December 9th.  Read more  >>

Belectric and First Solar Launch PV Project Development JV (09/09/2013)

First Solar and Belelectric launched a joint venture to develop PV projects in Europe, North Africa and the U.S. Projects in the U.S. will be restricted to projects < 20 MW. First Solar will supply thin-film PV modules and Belelectric will provide balance of systems equipment and support.  Read more  >>

NCEMPA's 5 MW Solar Project Begins Construction (09/09/2013)

The construction of the 5 MW Washington White Post II Facility has started. The facility is adjacent to the 12.5 MW Washington White Post facility. The output will be purchased through a 15-year PPA with the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA). Duke Energy Renewables is the owner the project and has contracted SunEnergy1 to provide EPC services. The facility is slated for completion by the end of 2013.  Read more  >>

Hawaiian Electric Companies Implementing Changes to Help More Customers Install Solar (09/06/2013)

Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light Companies are making procedures easier, faster and less expensive for customers seeking to add rooftop solar PV systems by changing the threshold so more small systems, <10 kW, can be added without a potentially costly and time-consuming interconnection study.  Read more  >>

CFC, Federated and NRCO Launch Pilot Program to Develop Electric Cooperative Solar Power Projects (09/05/2013)

The National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC) has announced a pilot program with Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange (Federated) and the National Renewables Cooperative Organization (NRCO) that seeks to make PV generation more economical for electric cooperatives and their members. NRCO will oversee program management and support marketing and legal documents. CFC will provide debt capital as needed for solar projects and Federated has committed up to $6 million as tax equity investment for initial solar projects.  Read more  >>

TMLP Receives Solar Energy from 3 MW PV Project (09/04/2013)

The 3 MW Berkley East Solar Power Project has been completed and Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant is purchasing the output through a 25-year PPA. The project is co-owned by Canadian Solar and INDU Solar Holdings (joint venture between Duke Energy Renewables and Integrys Energy Services). The ground-mounted system was developed by Community Energy Solar and constructed by groSolar using Canadian Solar modules.  Read more  >>

With Rooftop Solar on the Rise, U.S. Utilities are Striking Back (09/03/2013)

“People need to be equitably compensated for the services they are delivering – in both directions,” says Eran Mahrer, executive vice president of strategy and research at SEPA. “At the end of the day, that’s a negotiation.”  Read more  >>

Buying Local Solar Makes Florida City a World Leader (09/03/2013)

While the utility’s options were being debated, Ed had an opportunity to travel to Germany with the Solar Electric Power Association and learn about their feed-in tariff program.  Read more  >>

LIPA, DOE and Stony Brook University Unveil Carport/Charging Station (09/09/2013)

Farmingdale State College recently unveiled a carport/charging station that is a major component of the $24 million Long Island Smart Energy Corridor funded by $12 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, with institutional commitments matching that amount. The facility - the first of its kind within SUNY - is the result of collaboration with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), the U.S. Department of Energy, and Stony Brook University.  Read more  >>

Dominion Purchases Three Solar Projects in Indiana (08/05/2013)

Dominion has acquired three solar projects totaling 28.6 MW from Sunrise Energy Ventures. The projects, located near Indianapolis, Indiana, are expected to be online by the end of 2013. All of the output from Indy Solar I, II, and III will be solar to Indianapolis Power & Light through 15-year PPAs. AMEC will construct the facilities as the EPC contractor.  Read more  >>

First Solar to Build Three Plants for PNM Totaling 23 MW (08/05/2013)

First Solar announced an agreement with Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) to construct three solar facilities totaling 23 MW of capacity. First Solar will provide EPC services and employ their own PV modules. Pending approval from the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2014.  Read more  >>

KCP&L Dropping Solar Installer After Audit (08/05/2013)

Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) announced it was dropping a solar installer from its rebate program after an audit detected instances of fraud. The installer repeatedly reported higher capacities than were actually installed to KCP&L and as a result, collected larger rebates for the installations.  Read more  >>

DTE Plans Second Utility-Owned Solar Farm in Huron County (08/05/2013)

DTE Energy confirmed that pans are being developed for its second utility-owned solar facility located in Huron County. DTE will install a 502 kW ground-mounted system as part of its renewable energy plan to generate 923 MW from renewable sources, including 15 MW of utility-owned solar generation. As part of the project, DTE will donate an educational kiosk including information on solar power to Harbor Beach High School.  Read more  >>

DOD Awards $7 Billion Solar Energy Supply Contracts (08/27/2013)

A total of 22 companies were awarded multiple-vendor, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, firm-fixed-price, non-option, non-multi-year contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense. These contracts have a maximum value of $7 billion. The government has awarded these contracts for use in competing and awarding Power Purchase Agreement task orders for the purchase of solar energy from private sector entities.  Read more  >>

Catalina Solar PV Facility Completes Construction (08/22/2013)

Bechtel has completed the construction of the 110 MW Catalina Solar photovoltaic generating facility. Located in Kern County, CA, the project is owned by EDF Renewables and the output will be purchased by San Diego Gas & Electric through a 25 year PPA.  Read more  >>

SunEdison Expected to Spin Off Semiconductor Business (08/22/2013)

SunEdison is planning to spin off its semiconductor business through an initial public offering (IPO) scheduled for early 2014. The proceeds from the IPO will be used to build solar farms.  Read more  >>

Delaware Electric Co-Op Solar Facility Comes Online (08/21/2013)

The Bruce A. Henry Solar Energy Farm near Georgetown, DE is now producing power. The system is owned by Delaware Electric Cooperative and currently has a 4 MW capacity with the option to expand.  The solar facility was developed by SunEdison using Motech solar modules that are manufactured in Delaware.  Read more  >>

The City of Roseville and First Solar Sign 32 MW PPA (08/20/2013)

The City of Roseville, CA has signed a power purchase agreement for 32 MW of solar electricity to be generated at the Lost Hills PV plant that First Solar is developing and will construct in Kern County, CA.  It is a 10-year PPA and will be effective in 2015. Construction is expected to start in early 2014. Roseville will receive 100 percent of the output for the first four years and it will then decline to a smaller percentage. First Solar has an additional PPA for Lost Hills with Pacific Gas & Electric which will go into effect in 2019.  Read more  >>

Solar, Italian Style (08/15/2013)

"The Enel solar franchise model is an example of the type of innovative partnerships SEPA expects to begin seeing in the United States between utilities and distributed solar companies as each look for ways to ensure they have healthy and sustainable long-term business models," Hamm said.  Read more  >>

Duke Energy Renewables Acquires 4.5 MW Sunset Reservoir PV Plant (08/15/2013)

Duke Energy Renewables has acquired the 4.5 MW Sunset Reservoir solar project from Recurrent Energy. The system was developed and has been operated by Recurrent since 2010 and is located on top of the Sunset Reservoir in San Francisco, CA. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is purchasing the output through a 25-year PPA.  Read more  >>

DTE Energy Selects SolarCurrents Projects (08/13/2013)

DTE Energy has selected 67 solar energy projects in the second round of its expansion of the SolarCurrents customer-owned pilot program. The program expansion adds an additional 2 MW of capacity for 2013 and in 2014 through four rounds of about 500 kW each to be selected by random drawing. Projects not selected can reapply for the next round. Prior to the expansion of SolarCurrents, the program was fully subscribed with nearly 600 solar projects completed through 2012 that total 5 MW of capacity.  Read more  >>

Trina Solar to Provide Modules for 345 MW Copper Mountain Solar III Project (08/13/2013)

Trina Solar has been chosen by Sempra U.S. Gas & Power to provide PV multi-crystalline modules to the 345 MW Copper Mountain Solar III Project in Boulder City, NV. Trina Solar will provide over a million modules to the project, which is expected to be completed in early 2015. The project will provide power to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and the City of Burbank, both in California.  Read more  >>

SVTC Releases Annual Solar Scorecard (08/13/2013)

The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) has released its annual Solar Scorecard.  The scorecard reveals how companies perform on SVTC's sustainability and social justice benchmarks.  Read more  >>

K Road Power to Start Construction of 350 MW Moapa Solar Project (08/12/2013)

K Road Power is set to begin construction of the 350 MW Moapa Solar Project in Clark County, NV. The facility is sited on 2,000 acres of land owned by the Moapa band of Paiute Indians. This is the first utility-scale solar project that has been approved for development on tribal lands. Once completed the output will be purchased by LADWP through a 25-year PPA. The project is expected to come online by mid-2014 and is scheduled to be completed by the end 2015.  Read more  >>

Snohomish County PUD Doubles Solar Capacity (08/09/2013)

Customers of Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD) have a combined solar energy capacity of 2 MW, double the amount from just 18 months ago. Over 350 PUD customers use solar to offset their demand. A majority of the customers are participating in the PUD's Solar Express program which offers financial incentives and technical assistance for solar PV and solar hot water systems.  Read more  >>

BASF Becomes First Chattanooga Organization to Participate in TVA Green Power Switch Program (08/06/2013)

BASF is the first business in Chattanooga, TN to purchase RECS generated within Tennessee through Tennessee Valley Authority's Green Power Switch pilot program. BASF is matching its power consumption with renewable energy. Green Power Switch gives customers the option to purchase and support the region's renewable energy resource.  Read more  >>

Georgia PSC Requiring 525 MW from Georgia Power by 2016 (07/22/2013)

The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) passed a motion that will require Georgia Power to add 525 MW of solar generation to its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The motion requires 260 MW to be online by 2015 and the remaining 265 MW by 2016. The generation mix includes 100 MW of distributed generation and 425 MW of utility-scale solar to be developed through a competitive bidding process.  Read more  >>

Phoenix Solar Contracts with Silicon Ranch for 38.6 MW Solar Farm with Output Sold to Georgia Power (07/22/2013)

Phoenix Solar signed a contract with Silicon Ranch to construct the 38.6 MW Simon Solar Farm outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Georgia Power will purchase the output through a 20-year PPA. Site work has begun at the facility and construction is expected to be complete by the end of the year. Once active, the Simon Solar Farm will be the largest solar facility in the state.  Read more  >>

KCP&L Seeks to Roll Back Solar Rebate Program (07/22/2013)

Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) wants to limit its solar rebate program, whose popularity has far exceeded expectations. In 2010 the utility's payout was just $350,000 but has since surged to $12 million in 2012 and is on track to reach $51 million in 2013. KCP&L has reached out to the Missouri Public Service Commission to temporarily suspend the program, and in the future limit the program to $21 million annually.  Read more  >>

Two NRG Solar PV Projects Reach Commercial Operation, Serving SCE and PG&E (07/22/2013)

NRG Energy's subsidiary NRG Solar announced that two solar PV facilities acquired from Recurrent Energy earlier this year are now online. The two facilities, each with a 20 MW capacity, are both located in California and will deliver electricity to Southern California Edison (SCE) and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E).  Read more  >>

LIPA to Add 100 MW of Solar Power Through Feed-In Tariff (07/22/2013)

The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) announced plans to develop an additional 100 MW of solar power through its Clean Solar Initiative-II (CS-II) program, a feed-in tariff that builds off LIPA's Solar Pioneer and Entrepreneur programs. The entire 100 MW will be constructed on Long Island. Applications for participation in CS-II are expected to open at the end of September, with the rate being set through a competitive process.  Read more  >>

SEPA Introduces Primer to Address Net-Metering From All Sides, Constructively (07/20/2013)

To help address the issues that utilities have with net-metering the Solar Electric Power Association introduced a new report, Ratemaking, Solar Value and Solar Net Energy Metering—A Primer, this week, July 16 that attempts to untangle the often complicated world of net-metering and distributed generation to help all players better understand other stakeholders wants and needs in terms of NEM policy.  Read more  >>

Arizona Clash Over Solar Charges Heralds Coming Net Metering Battle (Solar Industry Mag) (07/18/2013 )

The big question is whether the net metering transaction is equitable," says Eran Mahrer, executive vice president of strategy and resources for the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), adding that individual net metering models around the country are more or less equitable and have to be examined on a case-by-case basis.  Read more  >>

SEPA Puts Net Metering Debate in Different Light (Fierce Energy) (07/17/2013)

SEPA worked with multiple stakeholders representing all facets of the NEM discussion to balance perspectives from across the growing solar distributed generation and net metering markets. The report integrates a variety of expert opinions, including regulators and utility staff, to offer such balance.  Read more  >>

SEPA Promotes Dialogue on Net Energy Metering (Energy Manager Today) (07/17/2013)

To incorporate distributed solar energy into the grid in an economically viable fashion, we need a basic understanding of state utility regulation for rate-setting and research into the value of distributed solar, says the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA).  Read more  >>

5 Reasons to Buy Solar Stocks (Investor Place) (07/12/2013)

And bigger-picture, the Solar Electric Power Association recently estimated that annual overall solar capacity passed 2 gigawatts in 2012 and that “the market share for large-scale solar projects grew 160 percent to 1,130 MW from 2011.”  Read more  >>

The Solar Sea Change - And What U.S. Utilities Are Doing About It (Utility Dive) (07/12/2013)

But now, through a bevy of bold new solar deals, utilities are "getting in front of the change and preparing their businesses for continued success," according to Julia Hamm, President and CEO of Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA).  Read more  >>

Milville Officials Say Solar Field Will Save City $2.3 million over 15 Years (Press of Atlantic City) (07/11/2013)

The Solar Electric Power Association ranked the Vineland Municipal Electric Utility as first in the nation for creating more new solar-energy watts per customer in 2011. Vineland had no solar-energy fields four years before receiving the first-place ranking.  Read more  >>

LADWP Launches Largest Solar Feed-In Tariff Program in U.S. (07/08/2013)

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) launched their solar Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program with the completion and interconnection of the first solar installation associated with the FIT program. The program is the largest of its kind in the U.S. and will result in 150 MW of solar energy. LADWP customers now have more options for installing solar, with an alternative to existing net metering programs.  Read more  >>

PNM to Add 23 MW of Solar in 2014 (07/08/2013)

The Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) announced plans to scale up its utility-owned solar capacity by 30 percent in 2014. The initiative includes a proposal to construct three facilities totaling 23 MW to be built next year that would bring PNM's total utility-owned PV capacity to 67 MW.  Read more  >>

El Paso Electric and First Solar Announce Start of Construction on 50 MW Facility (07/08/2013)

Construction began on the Macho Springs Solar Project, located on State Trust Land in New Mexico. The 50 MW project will be the state's largest solar facility. El Paso Electric will purchase the electricity generated through a 20-year PPA with First Solar.  Read more  >>

Cupertino Electric Completes 30 MW for PG&E (07/08/2013)

Cupertino Electric announced the completion of two utility-scale solar projects for Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). The two installations, totaling 30 MW, are the fourth and fifth projects Cupertino Electric has designed and constructed for PG&E. The facilities are part of PG&E's 500 MW Solar PV Program that includes 250 MW of utility-owned generation.
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Greenwood Energy Purchases 2 MW of Solar in DE, Connected with Delmarva Power & Light (07/08/2013)

Greenwood Energy completed the purchase of 2 MW of solar projects located in Wilmington, DE on 7 acres of brownfield land. The two projects, 1 MW each, are already under construction and will be operational by October 2013. Delmarva Power & Light will purchase the output of the facilities and the SRECs generated through a 20-year contract.
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Hawaii PUC Approves KIUC's 12 MW PV Plant (07/08/2013)

Kauai Island Utility Cooperative's (KIUC) 12 MW, $41 million solar facility was approved by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC). SolarCity will construct the facility, located on 67 acres leased from Grove Farm. This will be KIUC's third utility-scale solar installation, and when completed, the three facilities will total 30 MW and provide half of the island's daily energy needs.  Read more  >>

Hawaiian Electric Companies File Forward-Looking Plans with PUC (07/01/2013)

The Hawaiian Electric Companies submitted their Integrated Resource Planning Report and Five-Year Action Plans with the Hawaiian Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The report outlines plans to meet future energy needs and established that Hawaii is on track to exceed its renewable energy goals. The report includes plans to decommission older, inefficient oil-powered plants, increase development of fast-track renewable energy generation, develop smart grids, and increase the utilities' ability to integrate customer-sited renewable energy.  Read more  >>

Seattle City Light to Install Solar Array on Seattle Aquarium Roof (07/26/2013)

Seattle City Light and the Seattle Aquarium will install a solar array on the south side the Seattle Aquarium's roof, totaling 49 kW. This is part of the utility's Community Solar and Green Up programs. The output will be available for purchase by Seattle City Light customers who want to buy solar power through the utility's Community Solar program. Another portion of the output will be part of the Green Up program, with electricity helping power the aquarium's operations.  Read more  >>

Insurance Costs for Renewable Energy Projects May Triple (07/25/2013)

According to a report commissioned by Swiss Re Ltd., insurance costs for the renewable energy industry may triple to $2.8 billion by 2020. This is due to projects becoming more complex and riskier. This includes a growing interest in off-shore wind projects which carry more risk. Other factors include a greater demand for renewable energy projects to curb air pollution in nations like China.  Read more  >>

Dominion Virginia Power Launches Solar Purchase Program (06/25/2013)

Dominion Virginia Power launched its pilot Solar Purchase Program on June 20, 2013. The program is initially limited to 3 MW and participants are enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis. Homeowners and businesses install and own solar on their homes or buildings, but sell the energy and RECs to Dominion for 15 cents per kWh. This program does not affect existing rate schedules for participants' electric bills.  Read more  >>

1.2 MW Solar PV at Two High Schools in Rio Rancho, NM Installed by Conenergy Operated by Washington Gas Energy Systems (06/25/2013)

Conenergy is responsible for planning and engineering two solar arrays at Rio Rancho, New Mexico high schools. The two arrays will be at V. Sue Cleveland and Rio Rancho High Schools. The high schools signed 20-year PPAs with Washington Gas Energy Systems to consume the electricity. The solar facilities will meet 80% of the high schools' electricity needs.  Read more  >>

First Solar PPA with El Paso Electric Approved by NM Public Regulatory Commission (06/25/2013)

The New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission approved First Solar's PPA with El Paso Electric, allowing construction to begin on the planned 50 MW solar facility, the state's largest, on State Trust Land in Luna County. First Solar will sell the electricity to El Paso Electric through a 20 year PPA. Construction is expected to commence in July.  Read more  >>

Dynamic Energy Completes PV Installations for Estes Express Lines Connected to DELMARVA Power and Baltimore Gas & Electric (06/25/2013)

Dynamic Energy completed two PV installations for Estes Express Lines totaling 583 kW. A 275 kW array was added to Estes' Baltimore, MD terminal and a 308 kW system was installed at Estes' Elkton, MD terminal. The Baltimore solar facility is interconnected with Baltimore Gas & Electric, and the Elkton facility was integrated into DELMARVA Power's grid. The two projects will supply approximately 93 percent of the terminals' annual electricity needs.  Read more  >>

Clean Energy Collective Awarded 3 More Solar Gardens Through Xcel Energy's Solar*Rewards Community Program (06/25/2013)

Clean Energy Collective announced they've been awarded three new solar gardens. CEC constructs and maintains the solar gardens, and the panels are owned by community members through Xcel Energy's Solar*Rewards Community Program. CEC has already constructed eight facilities totaling 3.5 MW through the program's first phase. Xcel Energy credits participants for the energy their solar panels produce and gives customers a 20-year renewable energy incentive.  Read more  >>

It's About Time, Local Experts Say of Push to Control Climate Change (Gainesville Magazine) (06/25/2013)

Hanrahan said that Gainesville is currently eighth in the nation for the amount of solar energy capability installed per-capita, according to the Solar Electric Power Association.  Read more  >>

Duke Energy 8th in U.S. for Total Solar Capacity (Winston-Salem Journal) (06/25/2013)

Duke Energy is ranked eighth in the country among holding companies for total solar capacity, as measured by Solar Electric Power Association.  Read more  >>

The Top 10 Utilities for Solar Energy (Electric Light & Power) (06/24/2013)

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) named the top 10 U.S. electric utilities that added the most new solar power to their systems and the most solar on a watts-per-customer basis in 2012. The annual report identifies leading solar industry trends such as total installed capacity, market share and industry growth rates.  Read more  >>

CPUC Approves Expansion of Xcel Energy's Solar*Rewards Program (06/18/2013)

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved an expansion of Xcel Energy's Solar*Rewards Program, which provides incentives for solar installations on homes and small businesses. The capacity for solar installations less than 10 kW was fully subscribed until the CPUC decision, which will allow for an additional 33.6 MW of small-scale solar to be developed. Without the approval, incentives for these small systems would not have been available until 2014.
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Duke Energy No.8 in Solar Capacity, Survey Says (Renewables Biz) (06/18/2013)

Duke Energy is ranked eighth in the country among holding companies for total solar capacity, as measured by Solar Electric Power Association.  Read more  >>

Which Dividend Stocks are Sticking with Solar (The Motley Fool) (06/18/2013)

The Solar Electric Power Association released its 2012 utility solar rankings (link opens a PDF) this month, which shows that use of this renewable energy is on the rise. Total annual capacity clocked in at 2,384 MW last year, more than three times 2010 numbers.  Read more  >>

Utilities Fear What They Cannot Control with Community Solar (PV Tech) (06/18/2013)

The Solar Electric Power Association and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) are keeping track of community solar, state by state.  Read more  >>

Duke Energy Ranks Eighth in Solar Rankings (WFAE Charlotte) (06/17/2013)

But a report from the Solar Electric Power Association shows it ranks eighth in 2012 for the amount of solar power it can use at any one time.  Read more  >>

Top 10 Solar Utilities (x2) (Clean Technica) (06/14/2013)

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) recently released its latest SEPA Utility Solar Rankings. Of course, there are different ways to rank a utility on its solar merits, so we’re including SEPA’s main two lists/rankings below.  Read more  >>

First Solar Goes For Big Funding; Solar Stocks Fall (Investors Business Daily) (06/12/2013)

U.S. market share for utility-scale solar projects grew 160% to 1,130 megawatts in 2012 as overall solar capacity passed 2 gigawatts, the Solar Electric Power Association said in a report this month that noted the nation now has more than 300,000 solar projects.  Read more  >>

NV Energy Ranks 5th in Solar Megawatts Installed in 2012 (NCARE) (06/10/2313)

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) in April announced its annual Utility Solar Rankings report. NV Energy made the top ten list for the first time, moving to a 5th-place ranking – a jump of 12 spots from the previous year.  Read more  >>

SEPA Report: Utilities Ranked by Solar Deployed (GreenTech Solar) (06/10/2013)

SEPA just released its Solar Electric Power Association 2012 Top 10 Utility Solar Rankings Report.  Read more  >>

LADWP Completes Second Utility-Built Solar Array (06/10/2013)

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) began generation at the 8.5 MW solar array located in the  Techachapi Mountains near the Pine Tree Wind Farm. Over the next 25 years, the Pine Tree Solar Project will produce about 18 GWh per year. This utility-built solar array helps LADWP progress towards their goal of 33% renewable energy by 2020.  Read more  >>

PSE&G Solar 4 All and Solar Loan Program Extensions Approved by New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (06/10/2013)

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities approved the extension of PSE&G's Solar 4 All Program and Solar Loan Program with certain additions. Through the Solar 4 All Program, PSE&G will develop 45 MW of grid-connected PV systems. Of these systems, 42 MW will be located on landfills and brownfields that have no commercial or residential use. The remaining 3 MW will be developed through a pilot program serving government facilities, parking lots, and grid security innovations. The cost of the program extensions will be recovered through a Solar Generation Investment Extension Program (SGIEP) that will levy a fee on a per kilowatt hour basis to all customers.   Read more  >>

OCI Solar Power Completes 3 MW Solar Facility to Sell to PJM (06/10/2013)

OCI Solar Power began commercial operations at its Holmdel Township, New Jersey solar plant. The electricity generated by the 3 MW facility will be sold to regional power distributer PJM.  Read more  >>

First Large-Scale Solar Facility Connected to SDG&E's Sunrise Powerlink (06/10/2013)

The 130 MW Tenaska Imperial Solar Energy Center South is the first large-scale solar facility to connect to San Diego Gas & Electric's Sunrise Powerlink, a 117-mile transmission infrastructure linking the Imperial Valley to the San Diego region. The electricity generated at the Tenaska Imperial Solar Energy Center South is now connected to SDG&E's grid and is reaching their customers.  Read more  >>

PG&E Tops List of Solar-Active U.S. Utilities (PVTech) (06/06/2013)

The Solar Electric Power Association’s (SEPA) annual utility solar rankings analyses the US utilities doing most to incorporate solar into their energy portfolio.  Read more  >>

Utility Solar Incentives Surge Demand in 2013 (GetSolar.com) (/06/06/2013)

As a few enthusiastic states lead the solar industry expansion with pro-solar legislation, the Pacific Gas & Electric company - New Jersey's largest utility - was ranked by the Solar Electric Power Association as the most solar friendly utility company in the country.  Read more  >>

Top 10 Solar Utilities (Fierce Energy)

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has released its sixth annual Top 10 Utility Solar Rankings Report. The sixth edition ranks utilities nationally and by utility type and includes more than 260 of the most solar-active utilities.  Read more  >>

Why Islands Make for Good Solar Markets (Gigaom) (06/05/2013)

The Solar Electric Power Association issued its annual report Wednesday that shows what many solar companies have talked about for a while: islands make good solar markets.  Read more  >>

N.J.Accelerates Solar Program (E&E News) (06/04/2013)

Yet even with the softer market, developers added 144 MW of solar capacity to PSE&G's service territory last year: 39 MW built by the utility and 105 MW installed independently and then interconnected to PSE&G's grid. That was enough to rank PSE&G third among all U.S. electric utilities in terms of solar capacity added to their grids in 2012, according to the Solar Electric Power Association.  Read more  >>

PV Generation and Its Effect on Utilities: Top 10 Things for Solar Professionals to Understand about Electric Utilities (Solar Pro) (06/01/2013)

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) is an educational nonprofit dedicated to helping utilities integrate solar power into their energy portfolios for the benefit of the utilities, their customers and the greater good. SEPA regularly gauges utility reactions to solar installations. Bob Gibson, SEPA ’s VP of Education and Outreach, compiled this top 10 list of things solar industry stakeholders need to know as they do business with electric utilities.  Read more  >>

Council at City of Palo Alto Approves Three Solar PPAs (06/17/2013)

The City Council of Palo Alto, CA has authorized three solar electric power purchase agreements. The PPAs account for 18 percent of the city's electricity needs. The output of the solar projects will range from 50,000-80,000 MWh/year and should all be completed by the end of 2016. In addition to the solar PPAs, several more projects will come online in the next few years and the city is expecting to achieve 100 percent carbon-neutral electricity by 2017.  Read more  >>

Smaller Carbon Footprint Key to Disaster Avoidance, Not Disaster Relief (NJ Spotlight) (05/29/2013)

In 2012, PSEG was again ranked third among all utilities in the U.S. by the Solar Electric Power Association for installing the most solar megawatts in its system.  Read more  >>

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, Consolidated Edison Development Announce Solar Partnership (05/28/2013)

Sempra U.S. Gas & and Consolidated Edison Development announced a partnership for Copper Mountain Solar 2 and Mesquite Solar 1, two solar facilities each with a 150 MW capacity. Sempra U.S. Gas & Power will maintain operational and maintenance responsibilities, and each company will own fifty percent interest in the facilities.  The output of the facilities is being sold to Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) through a 20-year PPA.  Read more  >>

Using Xcel Energy's Solar Rewards, REC Solar Completes Pioneering Colorado Community Solar Project (05/28/2013)

REC Solar completed a 500 KW community solar project in Boulder, Colorado. The array was constructed under Xcel Energy’s Solar rewards Community Program, which allows utility customers to purchase electricity directly from the community solar garden. The array was constructed by REC Solar and will be operated and maintained by Clean Energy Collective (CEC).  Read more  >>

Complete Solar Projects for Sterling Municipal Light in Massachusetts (05/28/2013)

Canadian Solar, Duke Energy Renewables, Integrys Energy Services, and Community Energy Solar announced the completion of two ground-mounted 1 MW solar facilities in Sterling, Massachusetts. The arrays are owned by Canadian Solar and INDU Solar Holdings (a joint venture between Integrys Energy Services and Duke Energy Renewables), and the output is being purchased by Sterling Municipal Light Department through a 20-year PPA.  Read more  >>

Xcel Energy Proposes to Triple Limit for Solar*Rewards Program (05/15/2013)

Xcel's Solar*Rewards rebate program was so popular that it has already maxed out the 2013 allotted total of 9.6 MW of solar. The utility is seeking to triple the amount to 33.6 MW for the program once an agreement is made between the utility, solar power industry groups, and the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The details of the program are still being hashed out, but Xcel plans to have a final plan completed for the PUC to review in mid-May.  Read more  >>

HECO Achieves Record Renewable Energy Use in 2012 (05/15/2013)

The Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) have reached a record of 13.9% of energy demand from renewable energy generation in 2012, making it very likely that the state will meet and exceed its clean energy goal of 15% in 2015. Rooftop and utility-scale PV, wind energy and geothermal energy production have contributed to this progress. Adding energy savings from efficiency and solar water-heating technologies, the total has reached 28.7% in 2012.  Read more  >>

PG&E and NRG Solar Complete 66 MW PV Facility (05/15/2013)

NRG Solar has completed the 66 MW Alpine Solar Generating Facility in which the output is being purchased by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) through a 20-year PPA. The facility is located in northern Los Angeles County, CA.  Read more  >>

Dominion Virginia Power Selects Old Dominion University for First Rooftop Solar Power Installation (05/15/2013)

Dominion Virginia Power has selected Old Dominion University (ODU) to be the first participant in the company's Solar Partnership Program. 136 kW will be installed this summer on the roof of ODU's Student Recreation Center. The Solar Partnership Program was approved by the Virginia State Corporation Commission in November 2012. Under the program, the utility will construct and operate up to 30 MW of company-owned solar facilities on leased rooftops or on the grounds of commercial businesses and public properties. Each installation can be up to 2 MW in size.  Read more  >>

TVA Approves Over 250 Renewable Energy Projects in 2013 (05/13/2013)

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has approved over 250 small-scale renewable energy projects for 2013. Applications for these projects total nearly 7.5 MW from renewable systems of less than 50 kW each for the Green Power Providers program. All but two of those projects are solar installations. There is still 500 kW left for projects that are 10 kW or under for the rest of the year's Green Power Providers program. TVA has also received applications for dozens of solar projects totaling 10 MW under its Solar Solutions Initiatives pilot program this year, which has reached its MW limit.  Read more  >>

Ted Turner Taking Coal Funds to Create Solar Odd Couple (Bloomberg) (05/12/2013)

But the number is growing by about 60 percent a year, Mike Taylor, director of research for the Solar Electric Power Association, a trade group, said in a phone interview.  Read more  >>

VMEU Earns Solar Recognition (The Daily Journal) (05/01/2013)

Vineland Municipal Electric Utility and the Solar Electric Power Association have announced the utility was recognized as a national leader in the integration and delivery of solar-based renewable solutions.  Read more  >>

PV Intellingence Brief 17-30 April 2013 (PV Insider) (04/30/2013)

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has ranked PG&E the top utility in the US for additions of solar power for the past four consecutive years.  Read more  >>

PG&E Tops in Nation in Adding Solar Power (Sacramento Bee) (04/24/2013)

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. topped the nation's electric utilities for the most solar power added to its system in 2012, according to a report by the Washington, D.C.-based Solar Electric Power Association.  Read more  >>

Two Electric Co-ops in Solar Top 10 (ECT.coop) (04/24/2013)

The Solar Electric Power Association examined the amount of solar generation integrated into the U.S. power grid by utilities in 2012, and developed top 10 rankings based upon annual megawatt capacity and watts per customer.  Read more  >>

NV Energy Recognized for Solar Growth (Smart Meters) (04/23/2013)

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has recognized NV Energy as one of the United States’ leading utilities for the integration and delivery of solar-based renewable solutions.  Read more  >>

SEPA Annual Ranking Demonstrates Utility Leadership in Solar (Solar 3.0) (04/22/2013)

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) recently named the Top 10 American electric utilities that added the most new solar power to their systems and the most solar on a watts-per-customer basis in 2012.  Read more  >>

City of Bryan Solar Array Ranks Third in U.S. for Annual Solar Watts Per Customer (Alt Energy Mag) (04/22/2013)

The City of Bryan's 2-megawatt solar array is ranked third in the nation for annual solar watts per customer, according to a study by the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA). The rankings are part of SEPA's sixth annual utility solar report.  Read more  >>

Arizona Electric Utilities Ranked for Solar Power Production (KJZZ) (04/19/2013)

The latest ratings from the Solar Electric Power Association show Arizona Public Service producing the fourth-most solar power and Tucson Electric the seventh-most in the country.  Read more  >>

Bryan Solar Field Makes Top 10 List (Bryan TImes) (04/19/2013)

Bryan's solar field has earned the city recognition from the Solar Electric Power Association.  Read more  >>

Report: Progress Energy Carolinas Among the Top in Solar Generation (Triangle Business Journal) (04/19/2013)

Progress Energy Carolinas has become a national leader in deriving electricity from sunlight, the Solar Electric Power Association reported Thursday.  Read more  >>

PG&E Continues to Lead U.S. Utilities in New Solar PV Installed in 2012 (Solar Server) (04/19/2013)

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA, Washington DC, US) has released its annual ranking of which American utilities added the most solar electric capacity in 2012, both in an absolute and watt-per-customer basis.  Read more  >>

99% of 2012 US Solar PV Installations Were Net Metered (Clean Technica) (04/19/2013)

The new data from the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) indicates that annual solar power in the US surpassed 2 gigawatts (GW) for the first time in 2012 (hitting 2.4 GW, or 2,400 MW).  Read more  >>

APS, Tucson Electric Land Near Top of List for Utility Solar Power Providers (Phoenix Business Journal) (04/19/2013)

Arizona Public Service Co. is one of the largest providers of solar power for utilities in the U.S., accord to a report from the Solar Electric Power Association.  Read more  >>

Vineland Municipal Utility Leads the Way for Environmentally-Friendly Electricity (NJ.com) (04/19/2013)

The Solar Electric Power Association even ranked Vineland’s solar program first nationwide in 2011 and in the top 10 in 2012.  Read more  >>

MECO Gets National Honors for Solar Energy Adoption (Maui Now) 904/18/2013)

MECO was ranked sixth in the nation in 2012 for adding new solar power on a per customer basis, according to the educational non-profit Solar Electric Power Association.  Read more  >>

Who's the Biggest Solar Integrator? Depends, Says SEPA's Utilities Rankings (Clean Energy Authority) (04/18/2013)

Every year the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) tracks which utilities are integrating the most solar in the U.S. It released it’s list of top 10 American electric utilities on April 16 for integrating the most solar in 2012.  Read more  >>

SEPA Solar Rankings Show New Utilities Getting Into the Mix (Fierce Energy) (04/18/2013)

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has named top 10 U.S. electric utilities that have added the most new solar power to their systems and the most solar on a watts-per-customer basis in 2012.  Read more  >>

NJ Utilities Among Top for Solar (Philadelphia Inquirer) 904/18/2013)

Public Service Electric & Gas Co. ranked third, following California utilities Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and Southern California Edison. Jersey Central Power & Light ranked sixth. The annual rankings were compiled by the Solar Electric Power Association.  Read more  >>

California Has More Solar Jobs than Actors (Greentech Solar) (04/18/2013)

And on a related note, the Solar Electric Power Association ranked its top utilities in solar, so you can check out that resource here.  Read more  >>

IID Receives Industry Recognition for Solar Energy Adoption (The Desert Review) (04/17/2013)

Imperial Irrigation District and the Solar Electric Power Association today announced that IID has been recognized as a national leader in the integration and delivery of solar-based renewable solutions.  Read more  >>

California Utilities Lead Nation's Growth in Solar Power (E&E News - subscription required) (4/17/2013)

California utilities led the nation in integration of solar energy to their power portfolios in 2012, with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and Southern California Edison together accounting for roughly 1,000 megawatts of new capacity, according to new rankings issued yesterday by the Solar Electric Power Association.  Read more  >>

Utilities Across U.S. Embrace Solar Energy (Electric Light & Power) (04/17/2013)

Solar energy is spreading quickly across the country with utilities from North Carolina, Tennessee and Ohio entering the solar market with new investments. This is according to the U.S. Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), which recently ranked utilities across the nation in terms of how much solar energy they have incorporated into their user base.  Read more  >>

KIUC Ranks 2nd in Nation for New Solar (The Garden Island) (04/17/2013)

The Solar Electric Power Association on Tuesday ranked KIUC as No. 2 on a list of electric utilities that have added the most new solar power to their systems on a watts-per-customer basis in 2012. SEPA is a Washington, D.C.,-based educational nonprofit organization that helps utilities integrate solar power into their energy portfolios.  Read more  >>

I'll Follow the Sun: How Does Your Utility Rank on Solar Power? (Climate Progress) (04/17/2013)

For the sixth year in a row, you can take a look at the utilities that have done the most to incorporate solar power into their grids, thanks to the Solar Electric Power Association.  Read more  >>

SEPA Recognizes Utilities for Use of Solar Power (Energy Manager Today) (04/17/2013)

Pacific Gas & Electric far outshines other utilities when it comes to the most solar added to the grid, according to the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), which has released its annual ranking, naming the top 10 American electric utilities that have added the most new solar power to their systems and the most solar on a watts-per-customer basis in 2012.  Read more  >>

IID Recognized for Solar Energy Adoption (Imperial Valley Press) (04/17/2013)

Imperial Irrigation District and the Solar Electric Power Association announced Tuesday that IID has been recognized as a national leader in the integration and delivery of solar-based renewable solutions.  Read more  >>

Utilities Integrated Record Levels of Solar Power (Renew Grid) (04/17/2013)

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) says California-based Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and Southern California Edison rank No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in its latest ranking of the top solar utilities in the U.S.  Read more  >>

U.S.: 99% of Installed PV Systems in 2012 Were Net-Metered Projects (PV Magazine) (04/17/2013)

Net-metered projects continue to grow in the U.S., as annual capacity surpassed 2 GW for first time in 2012, according to a report on new trends and solar power connections by U.S. electric utilities released by the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA).  Read more  >>

SEPA Names Top 10 U.S. Electric Utilities for Solar Power Usage (Solar Industry) (04/17/2013)

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has released a new list of the 10 U.S. electric utilities that have added the most new solar power to their systems and the most solar on a watts-per-customer basis in 2012.  Read more  >>

SEPA: Solar's Top 10 Utility Users Accounted for 73% of Integrated Capacity in 2012 (SNL) (04/16/2013)

The list of utilities that made the biggest plays in solar in 2012 is full of names that were not there the previous year, a sign that more power providers are committed to diversifying their electricity portfolios with solar as costs decline, according to the Solar Electric Power Association.  Read more  >>

Utility Scale Solar Energy Projects Coming On Line (Energy Biz) (04/16/2013)

“The next three years are going to be very active,” said Mike Taylor, director of research for the Solar Electric Power Association. “We are seeing a lot of projects being put in place.”  Read more  >>

Kauai Island Utility Cooperative No. 2 Utility in U.S. for Solar Energy (Pacific Business News) (04/16/2013)

The Washington D.C.-based nonprofit Solar Electric Power Association on Tuesday ranked the Garden Isle’s Kauai Island Utility Cooperative as second in the nation for integrating and delivering solar energy to its customers.  Read more  >>

Isle Electrical Utilities Excel at Installing Solar Capacity (Honolulu Star Advertiser - subscription required) (04/16/2013)

Kauai Island Utility Cooperative was second on the list, with 282 watts of PV installed in 2012, according to the Solar Electric Power Association. The Oahu operations of Hawaiian Electric Co. ranked fourth with 230 watts of PV per capita. Maui Electric Co., a subsidiary of HECO, was sixth with 198 watts per capita.  Read more  >>

Kauai Ranks No. 2 in National Solar Survey (Honolulu Civil Beat) (04/16/2013)

The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative has ranked second nationally in the amount of solar installed per customer in 2012, according to an annual survey conducted by the Solar Electric Power Association.  Read more  >>

SEPA Releases Top 10 Solar Utility Rankings (PV Tech)

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) named Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and Southern California Edison (SCE) as leaders out of 10 electric utilities that are interconnecting the most solar into the US power grid.  Read more  >>

Utilities Across the U.S. Embracing Solar Energy (Renewable Energy World) (04/16/2013)

For the sixth year in a row, the U.S. Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has ranked utilities across the nation in terms of how much solar energy they have incorporated into their user base. This year's report shows that solar is spreading quickly across the country with new entrants from North Carolina, Tennessee and Ohio joining the old standbys.  Read more  >>

Solar Power Saving Neptune Beach Big Bucks So Far (Florida Times-Union) (3/25/2013)

Such a mark is uncommon in municipalities, which make up less than 10 percent of the country’s solar energy users, who are mostly residential customers, said Mike Taylor, director of research for the nonprofit national Solar Electric Power Association.  Read more  >>

Utility-Scale Solar (Energy Biz) (03/04/2013)

“The next three years are going to be very active,” said Mike Taylor, director of research for the Solar Electric Power Association. “We are seeing a lot of projects being put in place.”  Read more  >>

Build It and They'll Come: Georgia Power Kicks Off 210-MW Solar Program (Renewable Energy World) (03/01/2013)

The GPASI program represents the nationwide transition and evolution of energy mix, points out Julia Hamm, president and CEO of the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA). "Utilities — regardless of whether they are big or small, owned by investors or municipalities or customers, under an RPS mandate or not — are seeing solar as a cost-effective option," she said. "This type of solar progress from a conservative utility with low retail rates and wholesale power costs serves as a strong example for other utilities."  Read more  >>

Greed and Fear Bring Florida Closer to Germany's Feed in Tariff Model (PV Tech) (02/26/2013)

A presentation hosted by the Solar Electric Power Association last week featured FiT programmes in Gainesville, Florida, and Palo Alto, California, demonstrating the mixed fortunes of FiTs in the US.  Read more  >>

From Crops to Sunshine: Solar Panels Up and Running (The Daily Globe) (01/12/2013)

Xcel Energy is ranked by the Solar Electric Power Association as fifth among United States utilities for solar electric capacity.  Read more  >>