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NEWS

Sub-$40 Per MWh Bids For Austin Energy’s RFP

July 06, 2015

At a utility oversight meeting, Austin Energy disclosed that its most recent RFP for 600 MW of solar power yielded nearly 8,000 MW of applications with 1,295 MW priced below $40 per MWh. These are the lowest priced proposals for solar ever seen in the U.S. The utility also made similar news early last year with the announcement of a 150-MW project with Recurrent Energy below $50 per MWh. 

CAISO Proposes New Market Status for DER Providers

July 06, 2015

California Independent System Operator has proposed a new classification for aggregated distributed energy resources such as demand response, energy storage and distributed generation that would allow them to participate in the market by next year. The plan still requires final approval at CAISO and FERC oversight. The market expansion would be a significant reform with the potential to expand the value these assets bring to the grid. 

Green Power EMC in Georgia To Add Another 20 MW

July 06, 2015

Silicon Ranch, in partnership with Phoenix Solar, broke ground on a 20-MW solar project in Georgia for Green Power EMC — a renewable energy provider to 38 electric cooperatives in the state. Green Power EMC will be the offtaker under a 25-year PPA.

SunRun Files IPO

July 06, 2015

The second largest residential solar developer in the U.S. filed its Initial Public Offering with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 25, 2015. The firm plans to raise $100 million from the offering.

New Record Set for Largest Solar Power Plant in the World

July 06, 2015

At 579 MW, Solar Star has surpassed Desert Sunlight and Topaz Solar Farm--both 550 MW--as the largest solar power plant in the world. SunPower built the project in Rosamond, California. BHE Renewables owns the plant, and Southern California Edison is the offtaker under a 20-year PPA. 

Georgia Power Launches Distributed Solar Development Business

July 06, 2015

The Southern Company subsidiary entered the solar developer market on July 1 through an unregulated venture. The utility hopes to capitalize on its customer relationship as it competes directly with third-party solar developers. Georgia recently passed a law that opened the state to third-party solar leasing.

Minnesota Limits Size of Community Solar Projects

July 06, 2015

The state’s Public Utility Commission approved an agreement between Xcel Energy and developers in the state that limits the scale of community solar projects to five co-located 1-MW projects. The utility pushed for the 1-MW cap due to grid integration challenges for larger projects. Developer interest in this community solar program was very high with more than 900 MW submitted.

SolarCity Enters Community Solar Market

July 06, 2015

The largest residential solar developer announced it will begin building up to 100 MW of community solar projects in Minnesota. The new capacity would be available to customers of Xcel Energy’s community solar program.

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.

US Community Solar Market to Grow Fivefold in 2015, Top 500MW in 2020

June 24, 2015

The U.S. community solar market is approaching a tipping point and California, Minnesota, Colorado and Massachusetts are paving the way. GTM Research forecasts the market will grow fivefold this year, with 115 megawatts installed. By 2020, community solar in the United States will be an annual half-gigawatt opportunity. 

Maine Legislature Proposes New Net Metering Alternative

June 24, 2015

A new proposal from the Maine Legislature would create an alternative to the practice of net energy metering. It has been unanimously approved by a joint committee. The nascent proposal is currently being examined by stakeholders in order to fully understand the policy with concrete metrics.

EVENTS

Innovation for Interconnection: Utility Practices, Procedures & Mitigation Strategies

July 23, 2015

Estimated duration: 1 hour

11am Pacific/2pm Eastern

SEPA Solar Integration Workshop: Turning Solar Into A Utility-Friendly Resource

September 14, 2015

Anaheim, CA

The 51st State is a call to harness all of the creativity and innovation across our industry. Our goal is to find multiple frameworks that provide a platform for all stakeholders to participate in our energy future together. Experience the 51st State Today.

Solar Power International

September 14, 2015

Anaheim, CA

Solar Power International, the solar energy industry's most powerful, comprehensive educational conference and product exhibition, will be held September 14-17, 2015 in Anaheim, California.

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