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U.S. Power Grid Needs Major Revamping Before Going 100% Renewable

Sep 9, 2019 9:10:00 AM / by Paul Fischer posted in Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Solar Development, New Construction, Utilities, Energy Storage, Utility-Scale PV, Decarbonize, Wind Energy

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Is it possible for utilities to provide 100% renewable energy?

 

Xcel Energy is an electric utility based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It serves more than 3.3 million electric customers throughout Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin. Xcel has a goal of delivering 100% carbon free electricity by the year 2050. As of 2018, their delivery was 38% carbon free, and by 2030, Xcel hopes to deliver 80% carbon free electricity before reaching their ultimate goal of 100% carbon free by 2050. 

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Solar Plus Cannabis Solutions

Sep 3, 2019 10:03:00 AM / by Paul Fischer posted in Real Estate, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Solar, Solar Development, Solar Capital, Cannabis, Rooftop Solar, Legislation, Solar Incentives

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The sun is rising on the cannabis industry in the United States. Cannabis is now fully legal in ten states: Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Michigan, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Colorado, Alaska, and the District of Columbia. With widespread legalization, the cannabis industry is growing rapidly. Despite its speedy growth, there are two major roadblocks that the cannabis industry faces. Energy costs and limited backing from traditional banks hinder the industry's further expansion.

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Blackstone Group Finances Installation of 3.9 MW on Manhattan Apartment Building

Aug 19, 2019 2:00:00 PM / by Paul Fischer posted in Property Management, Real Estate, Renewable Energy, Solar, Community, Energy, Education, Solar Development, New York City

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The Big Apple? More like The Big Array! New York City is now home to the biggest array of solar panels on top of an apartment complex in the United States. This solar array sits proudly atop Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village in Manhattan with over 9,671 solar panels spanning 22 acres of roof space. Nearly doubling the solar capacity in Manhattan, this project adds 3.9 Megawatts of power.  Installing this solar array will have the same effect as removing nearly 12,000 cars off the road, and reducing carbon emissions by 62,472 tons!    

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Apollo 11 & the Community Solar Power Summit in Philadelphia

Jul 22, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Andrew Breiter-Wu posted in Renewable Energy, Solar Development, Solar Access to All, MA SMART Program, Massachusetts, Utility-Scale PV, Andrew Breiter-Wu, Power Generation, Community Solar, Legislation

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This past week we remembered the incredible achievements of the Apollo 11 team that put the first man on the moon, 50 years ago. CBS, CNN, and other media organizations did a great job covering this with segments throughout the week and specials using the original footage from the historic day/week back in July of 1969. 

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A Response to "What Happens When Communities Say No To Solar and Wind” by Joel Stronberg

Jul 8, 2019 12:20:00 PM / by Paul Fischer posted in Property Management, Real Estate, Renewable Energy, Energy, Property Owners, Policy, Utility-Scale PV, Solar Industry

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Happy Earth Day from Our President Andrew Breiter-Wu

Apr 22, 2019 8:19:17 AM / by Andrew Breiter-Wu posted in Renewable Energy, Community, About Us, Solar Industry, Business, Tesla, SolarCity, Earth Day, Andrew Breiter-Wu

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Maryland Senate passes solar-powered renewable energy mandate

Apr 2, 2019 9:55:00 AM / by Christian Roselund, pv magazine posted in Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Policy, Maryland

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The 50% by 2030 mandate would include a provision that utilities source at least 14.5% of their power from solar, the highest portion of any policy to date. But to do that it has to get through both the Maryland House and Governor Hogan.

 

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9 new state governors committing to solar and renewables

Jan 9, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by Andrew Breiter-Wu posted in Renewable Energy, Solar, Policy, United States, Politics

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Contrary to President Trump, more and more U.S. states are setting their sights on an ambitious expansion of solar and other renewables. Five new state governors elected in the midterms are committed to achieving 100% renewable electricity. Several others are also pro-clean energy and pro-solar.

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Solar tsunami

Jan 7, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by Christian Roselund, pv magazine posted in News, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Solar, Energy, Solar Development, Residential Solar, Commercial Solar, Solar Finance, Utilities, United States

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Developers have applied to build 139 GWac of large-scale solar projects in the territory of six grid operators – around five times what is currently online across the country – and that figure doesn’t even cover the entire United States. By any metric, we are looking at an unprecedented boom in solar development over the next five years.

Image: NREL - Hit me with your Sunshot

 

Some of it is the pending drop-down of the Investment Tax Credit from the end of 2019 through the end of 2023. Some of it is a series of decisions by states, cities and corporations to decarbonize their electricity supply, and to use solar as a main means of doing this. And some of it is the continual decline in PV system prices, which makes large-scale solar the cheapest form of new generation in much of the United States.

 

But whatever the cause, there is an unprecedented, massive volume of solar projects that is underway in the United States. Research conducted by pv magazine USA has uncovered more than 139 GWac of solar projects which have applied for interconnection with six grid operators (CAISO, NYISO, ISO-NE, MISO, PJM, ERCOT) by the end of December 2018, spanning the Northeast, Midwest, California and Texas.

 

 

For perspective, Wood Mackenzie estimates that there was only 34 GWdc of large-scale solar online at the end in the third quarter of 2018. When you convert that figure to AC power, it means that the new capacity being considered is around five times as large.

 

There are other reports looking at upcoming capacity, and they do vary greatly – which ought remind us all that much of what is in a queue won’t move forward. ISO New England estimates that 70% of the projects in its queue never see the light of day.

 

However, more than 15 GWac of solar projects in these six grids either already hold interconnection agreements, or have entered the engineering and procurement phase.* The largest portion of these is in California, but there are also more than 4 GWac of projects in Texas that hold interconnection agreements.

Our investigation showed solar project development going truly national. In fact, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) grid has a smaller volume of solar projects in its interconnection queue than the Midcontinent System Operator (MISO), Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) or PJM Interconnection, each of which have more than 32 GWac of solar projects in their queue. Unlike California, the large majority of project volume in all three has been proposed in 2017 and 2018 and these regions had all seen limited large-scale solar market development until a few years ago.

 

Even more to come

It is important to remember that these grids don’t cover the entire United States, and as such this 139 GWac does not include projects in the majority of the South, Mountain West, Pacific Northwest and Plains States. And we aren’t seeing these massive projects only in databases, either. As documented in pv magazine USA’s year-end coverage, we have found large solar projects either planned or under construction in 17 states that have not had substantial solar markets to date.

The signals of a boom to come in the U.S. solar market is reinforced by other data sources. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) monthly Energy Infrastructure Update(located under Energy Infrastructure tab) gives estimates of future capacity, and the latest report shows 63 GWac of proposed solar project additions before the end of 2021.

 

 

A quarterly report by Stephanie Tsao and Ellen Meyers of S&P Global Market Intelligenceestimates that the U.S. utility scale solar project pipeline through 2022 has expanded to 33.9 GWac. 

 

 

In these estimates by S&P, grid operators reports and FERC, we are only talking about large utility-scale projects. These numbers do not include smaller systems such as rooftop solar either on the homes or businesses of utility customers. Data from other projections suggest that another 4-5 GWdc is coming from residential and commercial solar combined. Adding that volume to the S&P projections with a DC:AC ratio of 1.25:1 applied, suggests that the United States might build 18 GWdc of solar power in 2019, and just over 19 GWdc in 2020.

 

Energy storage boom

The six grid operator queues we investigated also showed more than 16 GW of battery projects which have filed for interconnection. And this number should not be too surprising to anyone who is watching the meteoric growth of energy storage.

Per the US Energy Storage Monitor, from Wood Mackenzie Renewables & Power along with the Energy Storage Association (ESA), total energy storage deployed expanded by 60% in terms of energy and 300% on a power basis in the third quarter of 2018 versus the prior year. Going out mostly until 2023, the report noted that the front of the meter pipeline expanded to approximately 33 GW of power.

The next five years are going to be truly massive for solar and energy storage. Hold on to your seats.

 

*Editor’s note: PJM Interconnection did not have a list of projects with interconnection agreements, but did list projects which had entered the engineering & procurement stage of development. 

 

This article originally appeared on pv-magazine-usa.com, and has been republished with permission by pv magazine (www.pv-magazine.com and www.pv-magazine-usa.com).

 

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Watertown, Massachusetts Becomes 1st Town In New England To Require Solar Panels On New Commercial Constructions

Dec 10, 2018 8:00:00 AM / by Andrew Breiter-Wu posted in News, Property Management, Real Estate, Rent, Exterior Lease, Solar Subscription, Renewable Energy, Solar, Property Owners, Commercial Solar, Businesses, Massachusetts, Roof Lease

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According to reporting from WBUR, the town council of Watertown, Massachusetts unanimously voted to approve a zoning ordinance requiring commercial real estate developers to put solar on new buildings. 

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