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Fund solar R&D

May 20th, 2019

Solar costs have dropped dramatically. Yet, the value of solar at mid-day is dropping as more solar comes on-line.  We need to invest in more R&D to keep lowering those costs and also the costs of battery storage.  This article by Virun Sivarum is a good read outlining the need.   It’s adapted from his book, Taming the Sun, published… Read more »

Enabling the solar+storage market

February 18th, 2019

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities issued important regulatory clarifications this month to jump-start the solar+storage market.   One clarifies how storage projects can interconnect with the grid; the second enables third party financing for the storage equipment by clarifying ownership of dispatch rights.   The article notes that for developers, “capacity rights ownership to dispatch a generator or storage… Read more »

Is a solar PPA secure if the utility goes bankrupt?

January 14th, 2019

PG&E’s filing for bankruptcy raises the question of whether existing solar and PPAs will be respected, or changed, in court. Too early to know. That said, PPAs with terms that provide savings to the buyer compared with market prices even over time seem more likely to survive. Another reason to make sure that a deal works for everyone. See this… Read more »

Large corporate on-site solar comes to Massachusetts

October 12th, 2018

Combine unused land conveniently facing south, a global company with strong sustainability goals, and a world-class solar developer.  Result is one of the largest corporate-sponsored on-site solar projects in Massachusetts.   Read this article about a 1.7MW solar project at Bose’s headquarters.   Kudos to Bose and Sunpower!

Still more hard dollars and cents evidence of the value of distributed solar.

October 1st, 2018

Distributed solar installations are saving real money in New England.  This UtilityDive article highlights a Synapse Energy Economics study on the savings in just seven days in a July heatwave this summer.   More solar, more savings!