By the end of 2018, the total capacity of the installations was approximately 43,481 kilowatts (kW), an increase of 13,910 kW -- a 47 pct increase year over year. Even so, legacy net metering projects remain a small portion of Michigan's total retail electricity sales at .0048 pct.
The legacy net metering program allows customers to generate their own electricity, mainly through solar and wind projects, to reduce their energy needs or electric bills. Michigan law allows utilities to limit participation in the program at 1 pct of their five-year average peak electricity sales, with half of this amount allocated to residential-sized systems, and the other half for larger projects. (Source: Michigan Public Service Commission, MITech News, Dec., 2019) Contact: Michigan Public Service Commission,
800-292-9555, 517-284-8100, www.michigan.gov/mpsc
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100 pct of the 10-acre, NorCap South solar array's power will be delivered to the electric grid and distributed through a virtual net metering agreement to 10 municipal accounts in the town of South Windsor and other locations.
(Source: South Windsor. CT Mirror, Sept., 2019)
Contact: Town of South Windsor, www.southwindsor-ct.gov
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To meet increasing customer demand for solar energy, DOER proposes adding 800 MW to the SMART incentive program, bringing the total to 2.4 gigawatts. The Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) supports this expansion but, in comments to regulators, is calling for even more capacity to be added to the program. To that end, DOER has proposed the dollowing regulatory clarifications and fixes:
According to SEIA, the most troubling aspects of DOER's plans involve the treatment of community solar projects, including a proposed five-fold increase in penalties for larger scale solar projects on certain lands. DOER calls for the new penalties to apply to a broader swath of community solar projects and for changes to apply to projects already in development.
These proposals would have a negative impact on the community solar market. Increased penalties will halt solar development, with penalties ranging from a few hundred thousand dollars to many millions, according to SEIA.
(Source: Mass. DOER, Solar Energy Industries Assoc., 16 Sept., 2019)Contact: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, (617) 626-7300, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mass.gov/doer; SEIA, Abigail Ross-Hopper, CEO, (202) 682-0556, email@example.com, www.seia.org
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The rankings are based on the organization's analysis of nine policies that promote citizen's use of renewable energy and other distributed resources. Policies recommended in the report card are customer-friendly net metering policies and simplified utility interconnection rules for distributed energy producers. The report authors also want to see an emphasis on energy efficiency, more community renewable energy, feed-in tariffs, energy supply diversity and financing programs, such on-bill financing and property assessed clean energy (PACE).
The report card didn't consider cap-and-trade programs or renewable portfolio standards but focused on how state policies encourage consumers and businesses to generate their own power or participate in community solar programs.
(Source: Institute for Local Self-Reliance, MicroGrid Knowledge, 12 Mar., 2019) Contact: Institute for Local Self-Reliance, 612-276-3456, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ilsr.org
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HECO also reports nearly 3,000 new private rooftop solar systems came online in 2018 for a total of about 77,000 systems -- one of every three single-family homes on Oahu has rooftop solar, the highest percentage in the U.S.
In 2018, the HECO companies also laid the foundation for the largest surge in renewable energy in Hawaii history with solar-plus-storage projects and a major wind project that together, pending regulatory approval, will add 325 MW of clean electric generation across the islands of Oahu, Maui, Molokai and Hawaii. Two solar-plus-storage projects on Maui and two on Hawaii Island will be the largest grid-scale solar facilities on those islands and are in addition to nearly 200 MW of new renewable generation planned or presently under construction.
Many Hawaii residents hope to join the 77,000-plus customers using private rooftop solar and the HECO continue working to make that choice available to more families. New programs launched in 2018 made it possible for customers to: receive credit on electric bills for electricity sent to the grid only during peak demand hours; get credit for sending electricity to the grid while allowing utilities to limit it, if necessary, for grid stability; and for present net metering customers to add capacity and energy storage if new equipment does not send electricity to the grid.
To integrate existing and new customer-sited and grid-scale renewable energy, HECO is modernizing the electric grid for the 21st century. In 2018, the utilities received
approval to start a $205-million, strategic, grid modernization plan, developed with the greatest
stakeholder input ever.
HECO also launched the Community-Based Renewable Energy solar program allowing customers on all islands who
cannot take advantage of private rooftop solar. (Source: Hawaiian Electric, PR, 30 Dec., 2018) Contact: Hawaiian Electric, www.hawaiianelectric.com
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The Senate bill also removes caps on non-governmental solar net metering and
sets new 2030 and 2040 emission targets under the Global Warming Solutions Act. The act creates the framework for a revenue-neutral, market-based carbon fee; sets a 2,000-MW energy storage target, and opens the door to large renewable energy procurements in the offshore wind sector.
The legislation needs the state's House of Representatives approval. (Source: Various Media, pvbuzz, 17 June, 2018)
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In eight states -- Massachusetts, California, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Arizona, New Hampshire, and Minnesota -- incentives exceed 100 pct of the costs of installing solar PV systems. Massachusetts leads the pack, with incentives equaling 218 pct of installation costs. Subsidies equal or exceed 77 pct of costs in all but five of the states surveyed in the report.
"Residential solar PV systems receive, on average, between 104 pct and 140 pct of total system costs in incentives while utility-scale solar installations receive about 45 pct of total system costs in incentives," the CEA report notes.
Consumer Energy Alliance Incentivizing Solar Energy:
An In-Depth Analysis of U.S. Solar Incentives,
(Source: Consumer Energy Alliance, Competitive Enterprise Institute, ScottMadden, Inc., June , 2018) Contact: Consumer Energy Alliance, (202) 331-1010 , email@example.com, www.cei.org
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The Solar for All program seeks to provide the benefits of solar electricity to 100,000 low-income households in Washington and reduce their energy bills by 50 pct by 2032.
WinnCompanies has invested more than $50 million in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects across its affordable housing portfolio over the past decade. (Source: WinnCompanies, Affordable Housing Finance, 8 Mar., 2018) Contact: WinnCompanies, Gilbert Winn, CEO, Darien Crimmin, VP Energy and Sustainability, (617) 742-4500, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.winncompanies.com
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The Convention Center Authority will purchase power generated by a new wind turbine under construction in Johnston, Rhode Island. It is expected to be operational by the end of this year.
Since spring 2017, Rhode Island has more than doubled the amount of renewable energy in the state.
Earlier this month, Governor Gina Raimondo announced that the Office of Energy Resources will collaborate with the state's utilities to procure another 400 MW of renewable energy by the end of this summer. (Source: Rhode Island Convention Center Authority, RI NPR, 23 Feb., 2018) Contact: Rhode Island Convention Center Authority, (401) 458-6000, www.riconvention.com; Green Development, LLC, Al Bucknam, CEO, (401) 295-4998, https://green-ri.com
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Under SMART, solar projects are assigned a value based subscriber class, location,storage compatibility and other variables. A portion of that value is determined by the contract of the project, whether it be the net metering, alternative on-bill crediting, qualifying facility, or behind-the-meter contract. Any remaining value is issued to the developer.
Three investor-owned utilities are currently working with the Department of Public Utilities to finalize tariffs for the SMART program which is expected to come into force this June. (Source: Ampion, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
, SolarPower, 31 Jan., 2018) Contact: MDOER, www.mass.gov/org; Ampion, Nate Owen, CEO, (800) 277-3631, https://ampion.io
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With its expansion into Delaware, state residents will be able to purchase a Vivint Solar sytem outright or finance the purchase with monthly payments through one of the institutions Vivint Solar has relationships with, or through their preferred lender, according to Vivant.
To date Vivint Solar has installed 113,000 solar systems in 21 states including Maryland, and Pennsylvania, but not New Jersey. (Source: Vivant Solar, Delaware Business Now, 4 Nov., 2017) Contact: Vivant Solar, David Bywater, CEO, (877) 4040-4129, www.vivintsolar.com
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One of the difficulties utilities have had with past PV systems is that solar power flows at varying rates based on the sun into the grid unchecked, forcing the utility to curtail or increase generation of power to balance the system.
Previously , residential PV systems owners could only set up battery storage systems while still receiving power from the utility.
This new PUC ruling allows existing Net Metering customers to add "nonexport" systems, such as batteries, while retaining their favorable status and authorized activation of new "advanced inverter" functions in PV and storage systems that support the grid during grid disturbances. (Source: Hawaii PUC, Maui News, 25 Oct., 2017) Contact: Hawaii PUC,
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Under the terms of the agreement, RMP will continue to accept new net-metering applications through Nov. 15 then cap that program to new customers. Existing and households with new rooftop solar installations will be treated more or less as any other residential customer after Nov. 15th. RMP also agreed to author a study on the costs and benefits of rooftop solar that will be used to establish a permanent rate for surplus power delivered to the utility when the transition period ends. Net-metering customers will continue to receive credits from Rocky Mountain Power for surplus power as they currently do, through the year 2035. The utility currently credits rooftop solar customers the equivalent of 10 cents per kilowatt hour, according to Rocky Mountain Power. The agreement is subject to the Utah Public Services Commission approval.
(Source: Rocky Mountain Power, Salt Lake Tribune, Sept., 2017)Contact: Rocky Mountain Power, Rita Meyer, VP, (800) 222-4335, www.rockymountainpower.net; Utah Division of Public Utilities, (801) 530-7622, https://publicutilities.utah.gov
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When fully operational, the five projects will increase the states community solar power by about 13 pct and cut carbon emissions by approximately 6,300 metric tpy.
(Source: Ameresco, WBJournal.com, Aug 18, 2017)
Contact: Ameresco, CarolAnn Hibbard, (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com; Blue Wave Solar, (844) 786-4100, www.bluewavesolar.com
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