NREL Releases Online Tool to Expedite Solar Permitting

Distributed solar photovoltaic prices have plummeted over the past decade, but non-equipment ‘soft costs’ like permitting, inspection and interconnection (PII) remain high.  PII review and approval processes associated with the 20,000 distinct jurisdictions and 3,000 utilities can sometimes add weeks or months to the installation process along with higher install costs passed to homeowners. These […]

Array Technologies Creates Tech Center to Showcase Solar Products

Array Technologies, a manufacturer of ground-mounted systems used in solar energy projects, has created the Array Tech Research Center, a site dedicated to researching, developing and field testing solar tracker technology.  Located in Phoenix, Ariz., the center will serve as a proving ground where customers can explore product prototypes that address common utility-scale solar challenges […]

Conservation groups create roadmap for large-scale solar development for Long Island, New York

“The Long Island Solar Roadmap,” a new report and interactive online map from The Nature Conservancy and Defenders of Wildlife, demonstrates how Long Island, New York could produce more solar electricity than the region uses all year by developing arrays on “low-impact” sites such as parking lots, capped landfills and commercial building rooftops. “’The Long… […]

The legal status of the Section 201 tariffs on solar panels, which expire in 2022

By Nithya Nagarajan and Isaac Idicula, Husch Blackwell LLP Due to various trade remedy actions taken over the course of the past few years, solar panels are 45% more expensive in the United States than in Europe and Australia, and panels are 50% more expensive in the United States than the global average. SEIA believes… […]

PG&E Delivers Over 35% Renewable Energy to Customers

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E), a subsidiary of PG&E Corp., says it has exceeded California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) goal requiring energy providers to deliver 33% renewable energy by the end of 2020.  PG&E estimates that it delivered over 35% from specified eligible-renewable resources to its customers last year, according to its recent Form […]

New SunSpec software verifies solar product compliance to IEEE grid communication requirements

To accelerate the delivery of Distributed Energy Resource (DER) technology such as solar and storage products that comply with IEEE 1547-2018, the U.S. national standard for DER, the SunSpec Alliance has released the SunSpec SVP Dashboard test platform to its 125 member organizations. SunSpec SVP Dashboard is a Microsoft Windows application that validates DER devices… […]

Stand-alone energy storage tax credit legislation introduced in both the House and Senate

On March 9, U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA-18) was joined by Representative Vern Buchanan (R-FL-16) and Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-03) in introducing the Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act. This bipartisan legislation would create a stand-alone investment tax credit (ITC) for energy storage technologies for utilities, businesses and homes. “The Energy Storage Tax Incentive… […]