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  1. PG&E approaches private rooftop solar power milestone

    Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced the company will soon reach a milestone of 2,409 megawatts of installed private rooftop solar capacity on the energy grid, representing more than 275,000 solar power customers in Northern and Central California. PG&E expects to reach this state-mandated limit for its current rooftop solar program this month. With this milestone, new solar customers that PG&E connects to the energy grid will be on the next version of the net energy metering (NEM) program – called NEM 2. NEM is the program for private rooftop solar customers who generate their own solar energy and use PG&E energy at night or when the sun’s not shining. “PG&E is dedicated to supporting our customers’ choice and control when it comes to their energy. Because of our commitment to clean energy, we want to make sure our customers are well-informed and prepared as they start on their solar journey. We’re here to help them throughout the process and to safely and quickly connect them to the energy grid,” said Aaron Johnson, Vice President of PG&E’s Customer Energy Solutions. While NEM 2 makes modest changes to the structure that has been in place for more than 20 years, rooftop solar customers continue to receive subsidies that are borne by all other customers. The solar market has evolved and PG&E is committed to working with all parties to find the right balance to support the continued growth of solar and align the cost of the energy grid for all customers. Exploring the NEM 2 program The NEM 2 program for new solar customers makes modest adjustments compared to the existing program, including: A one-time fee for PG&E to safely and quickly connect a customer’s rooftop solar system to the energy grid, which will be $145 for customers installing a system that is one megawatt or less in size. An average residential customer’s solar system is five kilowatts in size. A small charge for state-mandated costs contributing to public purpose programs such as low-income or energy efficiency customer programs. New solar customers on the NEM 2 program will pay these charges on electricity they use from PG&E’s grid, but not on electricity they use that’s generated by their solar panels. All other PG&E customers pay these same charges for all of their energy use. New solar customers will be on a time-of-use rate plan in which the price of electricity depends on the time of the day. Solar customers who have already installed their solar panels and are on the existing version of NEM will be grandfathered into that program for 20 years from the date their solar system was connected to the grid. Continued Support for Solar in California Since 1993, PG&E has connected more than 275,000 solar customers to the energy grid in Northern and Central California, representing about 25 percent of the country’s rooftop solar. PG&E connects about 6,000 new solar customers every month and each new solar customer within three business days – compared to the industry average of four weeks. PG&E offers a range of tips, tools and resources to help customers interested in solar get started: Prepare your home: By ensuring their home is energy efficient before going solar, customers can reduce the size of their solar system and save money in upfront costs. Right-size your system: Customers can use PG&E’s Solar Calculator to help estimate the cost and size of the solar system that’s right for them. A new feature in the calculator will help customers maximize savings by viewing a customized side-by-side rate analysis using their historic electric usage data to determine the best time-of-use rate for them. Do the math: Customers should learn about the different financing options for solar to make an informed decision that works based on their budget and lifestyle. Pick your partner: PG&E recommends obtaining bids from at least three solar contractors, similar to other home improvement projects, and exploring other ways to hire a vendor that’s right for them. Earlier this year, PG&E’s announced a new offering for customers to go solar without installing panels. PG&E’s Solar Choice program offers customers the option to purchase their electricity from solar energy generated from new projects built in PG&E’s service area. This option allows renters, homeowners and businesses to support solar energy regardless of their location or ability to physically install solar panels.

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    Sat, 10 Dec 2016

  2. Sungrow launches solar inverters for India market

    PV inverter manufacturer Sungrow has released new inverters for the solar market in India. 

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    Mon, 10 Oct 2016

  3. US Solar Market Poised for Record Growth in 2016

    GTM research projects 16 GW of solar will be installed in the U.S. in 2016, more than doubling the record-breaking 7.3 GW installed in 2015.

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    Fri, 11 Mar 2016

  4. Renewable Energy: Brownfield solar strong in Ireland

    Dulas, a leading independent renewable energy advisor, has reported that the potential market for brownfield site development in Ireland could be up to 3GW.

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    Wed, 21 Sep 2016

  1. U.S. solar power market adds more than 2 GW in Q2 2016

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    Mon, 12 Sep 2016

  2. Hidden potential for Irish solar power - report

    Independent renewable energy advisor Dulas has reported that the potential market for brownfield site development for solar in Ireland could be up to 3GW, with some significant commercial advantages over ‘greenfield’ project sites.

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    Thu, 22 Sep 2016

  3. NYC mayor unveils rooftop solar array at Brooklyn Navy Yard

    City’s new target for solar capacity set to 1,000 MW by 2030, enough to power more than 250,000 homes

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    Tue, 27 Sep 2016

  4. U.S. Installs More Than 2 GW of Solar Capacity in 2Q 2016

    The U.S. installed more than 2,000 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in the second quarter of 2016.

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    Mon, 12 Sep 2016

  5. Canadian Solar, EDF partner on solar energy project in Brazil

    The 191.5 MWp project is starting construction and expects to reach commercial operation in the third quarter of 2017

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    Fri, 21 Oct 2016

  6. Inaccurate Reporting of Net Metering Caps Can Lead to Solar Market Instability

    A new study from EQ Research is emphasizing the critical role accurate net energy metering (NEM) reporting plays in the stability of the U.S. solar market , and calling attention to how far some states have to go with respect to adopting effective tracking and reporting methodologies.

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    Tue, 8 Sep 2015

  7. Solar market revenues predicted to hit $137bn

    Revenues from the global solar market are predicted to more than double in the next five years according to a new report.

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    Wed, 23 Jul 2014

  8. Solar generation: Disconnect switches for the solar market

    Energy management: ABB introduces OTDC disconnect switches for the solar market . In addition to higher current ratings, ABB broadens 1500 VDC disconnect switches and introduces OTDC versions for simultaneous switching of three DC circuits for greater efficiency.

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    Mon, 3 Nov 2014

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