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This is your SolarWakeup for October 19th, 2018

By SolarWakeup Late newsletter today, thanks to the inflight wireless. Great to see so many of you last night! Presented By Conti Solar. Conti Solar, a national EPC, O&M, and energy storage company. Our attention to detail, flawless execution and collaborative culture has enabled us to successfully develop and install over 500 MW of solar…

Will There Be A New Jersey Solar Industry For Us To Discuss? (Yes.)

By Frank Andorka By Frank Andorka, Senior Correspondent As SolarWakeup Live! heads to Jersey City, New Jersey, in about three weeks, I was startled to run across a story at the website NJSpotlight with the following headline: COLLAPSE OF NJ SOLAR INDUSTRY, BIG LAYOFFS IF NO INTERIM STATE PLAN — WARNING Because I understand clickbait…

The Energy Show: Fuel Cells Are Making a Comeback

By Frank Andorka The Energy Show: By Barry Cinnamon Energy storage is critical to our ability to eliminate the use of fossil fuels. Basically, we need a way to store the abundance of daytime solar and use this energy at night. Although lithium ion batteries have been getting most of the attention, fuel cells provide…

Could DTE Proposal Kill Rooftop Solar In Michigan? Advocates Say Yes

By Frank Andorka By Frank Andorka, Senior Correspondent Just when you think Michigan is finally getting its solar act together, utilities like DTE Energy hatch plans to destroy rooftop solar in the state, at least according to the advocates that talked to our friends at Inside Climate News. Becky Standfield, the Midwest director for Vote…

Could The Coal/Nuke Bailout Be Dead? Definitely, Maybe

By Frank Andorka By Frank Andorka, Senior Correspondent It’s been an article of faith among President Donald Trump supporters that he was going to – come hell or high water – “save” the coal industry. As part of that plan, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and his merry team have been working for months on…

SEIA Issues Comprehensive Update To Solar Tax Guide

By Frank Andorka By Frank Andorka, Senior Correspondent Even the most experienced tax advisers may not know how to navigate the complex matter of solar tax incentives and credits. That’s why it’s important to have solar-specific experts weigh in on projects. In particular, with the investment tax credits starting to phase out, understanding tax incentives…

Minnesota Splits Difference On Residential Community Solar Incentive

By Frank Andorka By Frank Andorka, Senior Correspondent In the wake of a Minnesota Public Utilities Commission decision to add an incentive to attract residential customers to the state’s booming community solar program, neither side – the utility or solar advocates – were particularly happy. On the one hand, the utility argued the incentive was…

This is your SolarWakeup for October 12th, 2018

By SolarWakeup We are entering the end of the year quarter and while we shoot to hit our numbers, we have to worry about what is coming up next. Based on seeing the first responses of the Solar Sentiment Survey makes me think that while you are optimistic, you need to be looking at what’s…

SolarEdge Moves Into The Energy Storage Business

By Frank Andorka By Frank Andorka, Senior Correspondent In the ever-competitive microinverter business, even the slighest innovation or acquisition can tip the scales in favor of one company or another. SolarEdge is hoping its acquisition of a majority stake in a South Korean lithium-ion battery maker will give it just such an edge. SolarEdge announced…

Duke Energy Plans To Invest $500 Million In Energy Storage

By Frank Andorka By Frank Andorka, Senior Correspondent It may not seem like much. After all, it only works out to 37.5 MWh per year. But Duke Energy’s decision to invest $500 million for energy storage in conjunction with its solar portfolio in the Carolinas is still big, given the utility’s ongoing love/hate relationship with…

DoE Grants Aim To Find Longer-Duration Batteries

By Frank Andorka By Frank Andorka, Senior Correspondent Utility Dive (UD) had an interesting piece on the recent Department of Energy (DoE) grants that are aimed at finding longer-duration batteries, which are important as more renewables join the grid. Right now, according to UD, lithium ion batteries don’t provide enough storage capacity (typically four hours)…

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